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Brian Boru

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Brian BoruBrian Boru
BA SCORE
88
very good

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 8.42%
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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(Place added by: bennybrew)
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

cphughes, Dec 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

hockeypuck, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%

Stumbled onto this place after seeing a concert at Cumberland County Civic Center. Didn't want to try and get out of the madhouse parking situation, so decided to stroll around Portland and grab a drink or two.

We only had drinks since it was around 11-12 at night. The place was packed, which I imagine isn't difficult considering the small size. I really enjoyed the atmosphere, even though is was crowded, the crowd itself was pretty laid back and just having fun. Upstairs had a live band going on, which was where we stayed most of the time. The upstairs is pretty nifty with a balcony of sorts to look down on the entrance area.

There's a larger bar downstairs with the majority of the stuff on tap and a smaller bar upstairs with a limited selection. Because it was pretty popular, expect to be waiting in line to get a beer, especially if you're picky and don't want to get why they have on the limited bar upstairs.

I will caution that if you don't like smaller places (which also means places that are louder), this might not be for you. My girlfriend complained on the size and noise since it was difficult to sit back and talk when compared to some other traditional Irish pubs.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 07, 2007
Photo of snowmageddon
4/5  rDev +5.3%

snowmageddon, May 26, 2014
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

francisweizen, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of indiapaleale
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%

Brian Boru is a pretty sweet little pub to hang out in on a random night but it gets even better when there is live music or some sort of event like Halloween or the like.

Decent beer selection, don't expect anything too crazy its pretty standard Maine fare like Geary's and Shipyard mixed in with some other decent stuff but nothing amazing and don't expect to find some hard to find Allagash offering.

Food is pretty standard pub fare but still good stuff especially for lunch on the weekends or a quick bite before a nearby Pirates game.

If you are looking for a generic "Oirish" pub in Portland you're better off going to Ri-Ra.

indiapaleale, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of bennybrew
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

bennybrew, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of TheRealPour
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

TheRealPour, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of mdavis31481
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

mdavis31481, Aug 24, 2005
Photo of Hobbz
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%

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).

Hobbz, Oct 12, 2003
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Brian Boru in Portland, ME
88 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.