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Bull Feeney's

Not Rated.
Bull Feeney'sBull Feeney's

Taps: 12 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
86
very good

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 8.94%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]

375 Fore St
Portland, Maine, 04101-5010
United States
phone: (207) 773-7210

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Oktoberfesting

Maine

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
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
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j_hollings13

Ohio

2.53/5  rDev -31.4%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3 | service: 1 | selection: 3.75 | $$

Can a man get a drink in this place? I sure couldn't. Two bars, four bartenders, and I still could only get one round of beers. If I ever go to this place again, which I doubt, I will ask my wife to go get the drinks and see if she fares any better. I know it became a joke for the increasingly long line of guys waiting to get served as the ladies walked up and immediately walked away with drinks.

06-19-2014 14:27:27 | More by j_hollings13
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mk_ultra

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-19-2014 13:47:04 | More by mk_ultra
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bobv

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

06-02-2014 17:18:21 | More by bobv
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jamvt

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-19-2014 02:02:27 | More by jamvt
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jwps214

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-03-2014 02:26:52 | More by jwps214
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jjboesen

Maryland

4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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
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MJSawyer

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-14-2013 02:16:11 | More by MJSawyer
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Cheers!

07-29-2009 12:13:58 | More by SteveO1231
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
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
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Bull Feeney's in Portland, ME
86 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.