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Bull Feeney's

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BA SCORE
86
very good

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 8.7%
Taps: 12
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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(Place added by: yankeeheel)
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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

Located around the corner from the Portland Regency hotel I was staying at. Typical Irish bar with appropriate music playing at a reasonable level. The bar wraps between two room and has about 15 stools available. Stairs lead to a dining area on the second floor which I did not examine. Small booths and some tables surround the bar area. The word Guiness is painted on the brick wall by the bar.

The beer selection was decent as Guinness, Harp, Bass, Boddingtons, Newcastle, Stella Artois, Paulaner Hefe, Allagash White, Geary's Summer, Shipyard Export and Fuggles IPA. I had an Allagash served in appropriate logo'd glassware.

Bartender was quite and non-conversational. My glass was empty for a few minutes before he asked if I wanted another. The girls greeting customers at the door were good looking and sporting bubbly personalities.

Not a bad place to stop to grab a pint if you are looking for Guinness or Harp, but I felt a little out of place drinking the Allagash here.

Gavage, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

Bull Feeny's is a centrally located restaurant and bar on Fore Street in Portland. The Guinness signs in front should be welcoming.

This is a good sized Irish pub. Clean and very comfortable with two levels of dining and bars. The gas fireplace added a great vibe to the atmosphere.

The draught beer selection was solid and every beer I had was fresh. Most beers are poured in nice glassware. This is one place that recognizes the beauty of a 20 oz pint.

Draught selection highlights included Allagash White, Shipyard Winter Ale & Export, Geary's & Geary's Hampshire Ale, and Casco Bay Riptide. I had the Geary's HSA and it was fresh and tasty. Credit must be given to the 20 oz Geary's HSA glass...very nice. There are also many of the typical English and Irish options (Guinness, Bass, Boddingtons, etc.)

Service was a bit shaky and slow. The bartender and some of the waitresses appeared disinterested. Prices are a little on the high side, but the atmosphere makes up for it. Soup and food was served luke warm and waits were way too lengthy.

On the other side, there were some very creative tasty food options. Nice dinner and lunch dishes from seafood, pasta, sandwiches, salads...slightly better than average pub food.

Overall, this place is worth checking out if you are in the area. I would certainly go back and hope the service can be a better experience.

Hibernator, Feb 21, 2005
Photo of jjboesen
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

jjboesen, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

bjohnson, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of BierBliss
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%

BierBliss, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

oberon, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of SteveO1231
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

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!

SteveO1231, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of mk_ultra
4/5  rDev +8.7%

mk_ultra, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

deltatauhobbit, Dec 10, 2007
Photo of dunix
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

dunix, Jul 22, 2014
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Bull Feeney's in Portland, ME
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