Rí Rá Irish Pub
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Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
3.56/5 rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
RiRa has a nice and inviting charm upon entering. There appears to be two or three bars on the first floor. There is also another level upstairs. Wooden floors and great wooden bars stand out. A nice gas fireplace adds warmth to the atmosphere. They have live music on some nights throughout the week.
As far as draught beer selection goes, here are the highlights...Allagash White, Geary's, Shipyard Export & Winter, Murphy's, Guinness, Sea Dog Blueberry and Sam Adams Winter Lager. They offer $2.75 pints for specific beers on certain days. On the Saturday that I visited, Shipyard beers were the special. The Winter Ale that I had was fresh and you can't beat a pint for under $3. It appears all draught beer is served in 16 oz tumbler pints. It would be nice to see an upgrade in glassware.
Service was honest and attentive. My interaction was minimal, but overall service was solid. They also have a full menu, I didn't try any food during my stay, but everything that passed by looked really good. Next time I'm in Portland I would like to try the food.
Certainly worth checking out if you enjoy welcoming Irish pubs. The location is excellent on Commercial Street. Not to mention the fact that it's directly across the street from Downeast Beverage. A great 1-2 combo if you are up to it.
02-21-2005 14:53:49 | More by Hibernator
3.93/5 rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
Been to a RiRa before? This is my favorite, not the least reason being its size and scope. Located on the water near the ferry to Casco Bay islands and right across from a Maine Beer and Beverage location, this is a good spot to mix tippling and tourism in Portland's Old Port. All seasons seem to be comfortable at this RiRa.
On tap: the Maine usual suspects and Irish and British usual suspects: Guinness with a shamrock pour, Boddingtons, Harp, Newcastle, Bass, Shipyard, and light American Macros. The selction is the weakest feature. The staff is never gruff and understands the importance of pride in service. Nicely dressed, often first generation Irish immigrant, they're good people.
But! Three distinct rooms/areas/atmospheres to choose from. Watch worldwide "footie" in the worn, comfortable front bar that looks out onto the street. Lots of open area between a few tables and benches. Perfect for a quick beer with no food. Then there's the multi level "pub" area with lots of sight lines to see and be seen. Fireplace, live music every few nights, beer promo happy hours every few nights, trivia contest on Tuesdays. Just a swell place to meet and talk, and the opportunity for a quick bite from the menu. If youo're looking for a better view or a more sumptuous meal, you can go to the top level restaurant where the grub turns into cuisine ($18.95 will get you a fine leg o' lamb,) and I've never felt comfortable in shorts. The room is glass on three sides for a neat view of the working waterfront: fishing vessels, ferries and the Portland Fireboat are all docked there. Watch for curious seals in the water!
11-11-2003 17:29:22 | More by ecoboy
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Ri-Ra is a chain so don't go thinking this is a real authentic "oirish" pub. There is one in Boston and one in Burlington, VT as well...however none of them have the location this one has...right on Commerical St. and righ on the water in the Old Port in Portland.
Decent food, 1/2 price burger specials on Tuesdays when I used to go. Never had a bad meal there so no complaints on that end.
Beer selection is sort of heavy on the import side...Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks etc...but they do usually have a Shipyard Seasonal, Geary's Pale as well as Allagash White.
This is not a beer bar but a pub that happens to have an ok beer selection.
Go to Trivia Night, that is awesome.
03-21-2009 02:23:38 | More by indiapaleale
3.53/5 rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5
so. there's like 3 bars and a leather seating area and a fireplace and irish accents and a bar "brought over from ireland" and guinness beef stew and stuff like that.
that's all cool.
but i liked it because it was big and clean and nice and stuff. pretty crowded though. it tooke forever to get a table (without a reservation). but we were quite confortable on a sofa having a pint.
i do believe i prefer brian boru for atmosphere and lack of crowdedness. but brian boru would be a better place to take yer parents.
01-21-2005 00:58:01 | More by bennybrew
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Ate here during lunch, so I can't speak for what it's like on the weekends or at night, but some friends of mine in the Portland area say it's a great place during that time. As it was though, it wasn't busy at all.
The beer selection is very Irish with some typical domestic drafts and Maine beer products.
Service was good and the waitress didn't mind taking the time to talk to you. The food was pretty good, but if I was in the area, I don't think I'd go here for the food.
Atmosphere was pretty classy for the dining room area with a raised level, didn't get a chance to see the smaller pub area though. Has a decent view of the waterfront as it's on the oceanside of the street.
12-11-2007 02:39:13 | More by deltatauhobbit
4.18/5 rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Located in an old building in the Old Port, you'd never know that this is a chain. Typical pub. Clean, with adequate seating. Nice bar.
Good rotating Irish brew and local tap selection, and plenty of cans/bottles.
Service was great. Server was actually brought over from Ireland (for atomsphere?), and she was terrific.
Food was great. Big portions. Potato cakes, Guiness stew, and fish and chips were very tasty. Great brunch menu.
Prices are very easy as well. Reasonable for pints and grub. I'd go back.
11-14-2011 14:03:36 | More by OtherShoe2
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Right at the waterfront and close to downtown hotels, RiRa is a great place to have a sandwich and a few pints o' the black. They'll pour you a Guinness correctly, and will even draw the shamrock on top for the tourists.
The place is decorated like a Olde-World style pub, with lots of kitsch scattered around to make it look more authentic, perhaps contrived, but scattered about are glaring hints (glossy, professional adware and printing, 'uniforms' that look casual, but aren't, etc.) that there's corporate money backing this charming "little" pub.
So it's a chain. So what? It was close to our hotel and really saved the day.
06-09-2008 20:59:38 | More by cvstrickland
Rí Rá Irish Pub in Portland, ME
90 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.