Taps: 12 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 14 | Show All Ratings:
4.18/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75 | $$
Centrally located in historic Old Port, Bull Feeney’s is as fine an Irish pub as you’ll find this side of Kilkenny – or Biddeford, anyway. Set behind a pair of grand Palladian windows overlooking busy Fore Street, this convivial pub is a grand place to share a pint or craic (not that kind!). There is here a well-worn rustic atmosphere that makes one long for the Auld Sod. This sprawling pub is heavily festooned with every kind of Irish bric-a-brac: medicine jars, signboards, road markers and the mandatory “Guinness Is Good” posters. In addition to the lengthy bar, which is overlooked by an imposing battalion of Irish whiskey bottles, there is a comfortable dining room and an upstairs. Of course, no Irish pub would be worth a shamrock if the comely server did not pour a perfect pint of the Guinness. There is also live music should you wish to shake the sawdust from the floorboards.
Bull Feeney offers plenty of local Maine beer on tap along with a serious supply of single malt scotch; however, it is the aforementioned Guinness that makes the place shine. The food menu contains many Irish favorites, including a pulled pork sandwich braised in Guinness barbecue sauce. Or as Michaleen Flynn from John Ford’s “The Quiet Man” might have said: “When I drink Guinness, I drink Guinness, and when I ….”
Speaking of John Ford, it is he who this pub honors. Born John Martin Feeney, he played football at Portland High School. His habit of lowering his helmet to charge his opponents earned him the name “Bull.” It is his picture that adorns the front sign. This is an excellent pub where no patty fingers are tolerated.
11-14-2013 20:35:19 | More by jjboesen
3.64/5 rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
I got to go here for a friend turning 21, one of the stops on her pub crawl, she wanted to go to Bull Feeney's.
A/Q: The atmosphere definitely had that Irish pub sort of feel, decorated with a substantial amount of Irish decor. It was quiet, but it was a Tuesday, so nothing bad (I imagine its probably a hoppin' place on a Friday night). It was kinda dark.
S: The service was pretty good, even though there weren't a whole lot of people in there, the bartender was pretty quick about getting my order (Geary's Summer Ale).
S: The selection was good with mainly craft beers on tap and Guinness.
F: I didn't try the food but got a chance to sneak a peek at the menu and it looked like they had some good stuff.
V: The value was pretty much expected for the Old Port of Portland. I would go back there.
06-26-2012 22:46:49 | More by BeerKangaroo
3.68/5 rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
Not actually a very exciting selection of beers, although I was glad to see Murphy's Stout the other day, and I think it's a pretty decent selection for a regular Irish pub. The food is very good for pub style, the service is usually friendly and fast . The atmosphere is fun, good music scene, lively, and it's a great location-- easy to head off onto the next place from Bull Feeney's. This is a good place to grab some hearty grub before you move on to places with more beers to choose from. Novare is a close walk away.
03-19-2010 20:35:08 | More by Oktoberfesting
3.53/5 rDev -5.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
My wife and I hit up Bull Feeny's after spending most of our afternoon at Novare Res. Located right down the street in an old historic building.
I'm not quite sure why this place is considered a beer bar, they had some craft brews but not a huge selection or anything rare. They did have fresh Allagash White on and Guiness 250 on tap. I enjoyed both.
The atmosphere and food make up for any shortcomings in the beer department. There is a small bar area when you walk in with a dining area off to the right and more goings on upstairs.
Like I said the entire place was really old brick and wood tables, really nice authentic Irish pub feel. On a friday night it was jam-packed in there. Mixed crowd of older folks, meatheads, and a ton of younger college aged kids. Live music started in the dining room at 9:30 pm. Had to wait 30 minutes for a table which was not that big a deal, we sat in the bar having a few beers.
Once we were seated we had a great dinner, we split an appetizer; a phyllo dough wrapped cheese, deep fried and drizzled with a raspberry sauce, AWESOME! The menu offers typical Irish pub fare. My wife had a small salad, I had the fish and chips which was claimed to be the best in Portland. It was pretty damn tasty, I got four huge pieces of fried haddock and a potato/sweet potato fry mix.
This place was a lot of fun, great atmosphere, really good food. This is a great place to go to with friends.
07-29-2009 12:13:58 | More by SteveO1231
3.75/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
first off this place is a lot bigger than it looks, with few floors and a few rooms on each floor. the atmosphere is pretty damn good, it pulls of being an old pub even though it's not, and it's got tons of character.
the service was good enough for there to be no complaints. the waiter was a little dinterested, but pretty attentive. the selection was ok in terms of irish pub/maine beer. they had allagash, shipyard, stone coast, and a few others, along with the requisite guinness, swithwicks, etc. the stuff i had was all in good condition. the food wasn't bad, but not as good as it was touted in advertisements i've seen for the place. the fish and chips and shepard's pie were well prepared, but could have benefited from a little jazzing up. it was also a little on the expensive side for what it was as well.
overall not a bad experience. give it a shot for the atomosphere, it's a cool looking pub.
05-11-2008 23:19:44 | More by kmo1030
3.98/5 rDev +7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Bull Feeny's- Portland
Walked in here after eating at Gritty's. 2 staircases go upstairs to more dining? Pleny of brick, hardwood, and fireplaces. Along the left side of the bar plenty of loud rowdy locals and plenty of people eating on the right side. Ordered up a Stone Coast IPA. Bartender was friendly and quick. The beer had a slight bleach flavor?! Otherwise comfortable atmosphere and a very good tap and drink selection. On tap I noticed; Guinness, Harp, Bass, Smithwicks, Allagash, Geary's, Shipyard, and Stonecoast.
A good local joint.
12-30-2007 00:15:04 | More by NJpadreFan
3.93/5 rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Stopped by on a rainy Saturday afternoon of wasting time in the Old Port.
The thing that struck me the most is how much I love the atmosphere of the place. It has the feel of being very old and is very cozy pub-like. I can't speak much for the rest of the place as I was seated on the first floor.
They have a rather large selection of beers on tap and a large menu of drink variations. I got a Poor Man's Black Velvet (although I believe it was wrongly listed as a Snakebite, doesn't matter though, they list each drink combination, this one being half Guinness and half cider). This is one of my favorite drinks and most of the bars in my area of living can't make it because they don't have cider on tap, let alone even stock bottles of it.
The food was typical pub fare and the service was alright, not extremely fast, but if you like to joy your stay in a pub then it works out.
12-10-2007 23:08:04 | More by deltatauhobbit
3.88/5 rDev +4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
We stopped in here walking around Portland Saturday night,very old interior is what stuck out to me when we walked in like many places in Portland the interior of the building looks over 100 years old,pretty large with a upstairs and downstairs with a rather large bar that was packed we had to wait 20 minutes for are table so we started at the bar,about 10-12 taps with Stone Coast 420,and Geary's Autumn ale as the highlights my wife ordered the Allagash White all the beers came in proper glassware wich was cool.After we sat the service was prompt and efficient my mom and wife ordered the haddock sandwich was very fresh tasting and good (not like here in B-lo)I had the lobster ravioli wich was also very good.Like everywhere in Portland just about its pricey but hey the food was good and they had decent beer.
10-09-2007 14:49:19 | More by oberon
3.63/5 rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
At first I was a bit skeptical about heading to Bull Feeny's as I've heard it's a hit or miss place. Very large floor plan, but an excellent space. First floor has a long bar and is a bit skinny, but after you walk upstairs, which sort of reminded me of a ship staircase, the place opens up into what is about 4 or 5 rooms and spans the over half the building block. It almost seemed as though you had to define the atmosphere you were looking for. Be that in the room where the band was playing, at the crowded bar, in the room with leather chairs and couches or out in the quieter, "restaurant" area. High ceiling and arching windows made the rooms look bigger then they really were, but added a nice character to the place.
Bartenders were prompt and accommodating, but I'm not sure they knew a whole lot about the beer. The one bartender remembered us the second night, which allowed us to have privileged service of sorts. Bull Feeny's has about 10-12 taps with local stuff and the usual macros. 420 IPA, Allagash White, Casco bay, and Geary's were the really only things that I would have drank. Everything else didn't even deserve a peak. Did not try the food unfortunately.
Not necessarily the best beer bar in Portland, but one that seems like it's got a nice niche with the live music. With so many brewpubs in walking distance, I'm not sure this would be my local hangout, but a good place for a long night of drinking.
08-27-2007 14:08:59 | More by bjohnson
3.5/5 rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | $$
On my last trip to Portland I visited Bull Feeny's both early in the afternoon and later in the evening, this makes a huge difference.
Early in the day it's a nice little place with a lot of charm. There's a selection of about 4 local micros including Allagash, and Stone Coast beer. The beers were poured well in to the proper glassware although they did serve my Allagash white with an orange slice. The bartender was perky and quick to initiate conversation which I enjoy in a bar, makes you feel like you're at your local dive. The locals were rowdy and quick to burst in to song, no joke, they were wasted at noon singing "Puff the Magic Dragon." The bar is STOCKED though. I wasn't looking to get plowed that early in the day but it was certainly an option. They had a great selection of scotch and whiskey and a pretty standard high end bar. Overall it looked like, and sounded like an Irish pub.
At night Bull Feeny's blows hard. The place is massive, two floors and several bars, and I had to go all the way to the top floor and back bar at 10pm in order to get some room. I obviously can't get in to some discussion with a bartender at this hour but I'll be damned if it didn't take 20 minutes and a minor scuffle to get a beer at this point in time. I picked up a 420 IPA from Stone Coast and they either had dirty lines or I got the dregs of the keg because the pour was awful and tasted very off, vastly different from the brewery and the downstairs bar. The regulars are long gone at this point. The place is now packed with meat head 20 somethings getting plowed and rowdy. I'm only 22 but even I found this to be annoying and excessive. It was as if being in an "Irish" pub warranted extra drunken stupidity. I've spent a good portion of my life in Maine and know that Mainers now how to throw them back but the bar goes from charming to douchebag head butting party palace in about 4 hours.
If you're looking for a quick and enjoyable beer I suggest getting it well before 7pm and passing on the bar entirely after that point.
05-09-2007 12:09:04 | More by Grundle20
Bull Feeney's in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.