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Brian Boru

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very good

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

57 Center St
Portland, Maine, 04101-3901
United States
phone: (207) 780-1506

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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 10
Photo of mdavis31481
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

While living in Maine Brian Boru became my regular destination for a pint of Geary's Hampshire Special Ale in the winter and Allagash White in the summer. The establishment is Irish all the way.

As you enter you are greeted by not only a fellow checking IDs, but stairs as well. The stairs lead to an upstairs bar and an outdoor patio. In addition the upstairs area often hosts live music. I was a frequent guest on Reggae Thursdays. The downstairs bar is to the left as you enter. The selection is a tad more extensive here. Many Maine micros can be found on tap. Most of the macro fare is found bottled. Beyond the bar are many large wood picnic style tables that are often filled during the winter months. They find little patronage as the weather warms. Both the upstairs patio and a downstairs open-air area are hot destinations during the all too short Maine summer.

I found the service at Boru's to be quite friendly. In fact, after only a few Thursday visits bartender Jeff recalled my regular order. Allagash White, no fruit. This proved convenient and ingratiating.

While the selection at Boru's does not separate it from myriad other Old Port bars the service and atmosphere do. Boru's should certainly be a destination for anyone visiting Portland.

Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Solid across the board. Impossible to miss bright red bulding toward the water, and right near the old port bars/brewpubs. Atmosphere is nice inside as well with a very Irish feeling vibe going on, but not in a fake/cheesy way, quite authentic to this BA, and i've been to Ireland. Quality of the brews is good, and they are cheap here as well (most places in Portland are, thankfully!). Service was fast and with a smile and the tap selection seemed to be half Maine micros and half Irish and US macros. I met Rob Todd here dowing a few Allagash whites before getting back to the brewery nearby. Quality control, cool. They do food I think, but I did not see any or try any as I was full. This was a nice place on an empty afternoon, but I could see it getting pretty full most nights, especially with their great prices.

Photo of Hobbz
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Not at all a bad Irish bar in which to enjoy some suds (or outside on nice days, but these were all taken up, even at this early Sunday hour that we were strolling in). Was nice to find that the Guinness & Bass was only $2, and some of my compadres took up on this, while I waited until after some local pours. Was not overly busy nor smokey at this hour, and managed to talk with a couple of real beer enthusiasts -- one local chap and a more "venturist" one like me. A good choice overall to stop by here (and in lieu of the $3 dewey place which we went to last year, but didn't have the time this time around).

Photo of ecoboy
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Reasons to go to Brian Boru rather than another beer purveyor in Portland:

1. You're going on a Sunday afternoon, when Guinness, Harp and Bass are $2 a pint.

2. You're going on a Sunday afternoon, and the thought of a pick up group of fiddlers, guitarists, bohdran(ists?) making merry would make your pint taste better.

3. It's summer and you want an experience on one of the best outdoors decks in Maine that doesn't overlook the water.

4. You're a smoker and will want a smoke-friendly experience.

5. You're a professional over 30, and want a more "adult" pub experience.

The taps at Boru are really not that much better of a selection than many places around town. But the building and its people make it a regular after-softball stop for this BA.

Photo of bennybrew
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

here is a fine irish style bar neear the old port in portland. they have about 15 beers on tap and several more in bottles as well as a full bar. most beers are maine micros but as they are an irish bar they have guiness, harp, bass, and some cider. you can get a black and tan (guiness and bass) or a half black (guiness and harp). the night i went they had geary's hampshire special ale on for $2 a pint. smoking is allowed in certain parts of the bar, unlike most maine bars. it is in a two story building so there's plenty of room. it is all post and beam and quite nice. not just superficial irisih decorations. often they have irsih bands playing. the beers are good quality and the service is decent even when its busy. food is not to die for but pretty good. after you go to the bear this should be your next stop on your way to the old port.

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