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The Great Lost Bear

The Great Lost BearThe Great Lost Bear

Taps: 69 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N

114 Ratings
Ratings: 114
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9%
$$ - reasonable

[ Bar, Eatery ]

540 Forest Ave
Portland, Maine, 04101-1507
United States
phone: (207) 772-0300

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Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped in while waiting for some family to arrive at the airport. This place is right up my alley. Great rustic feel as soon as you walk in the door, with tons of beer paraphernalia plastering the walls, including old photos, ads, and neon. This bar is the perfect balance of dive and beer mecca. Love it. The waitress I had on this particular evening was fantastic. The place was about 50% full, and it was a bit later in the evening, but she was very attentive and helpful. For a place with such a large tap list, she was very knowledgeable regarding inventory and with particular style queries. Great tap list, with a ton of rotating seasonals, locals, and imports, as well as a rotating cask. The food was great. Gastropub style with a ton of burgers and sandwiches, as well as some lighter fare, if that is what you are in the mood for. I had a sandwich and a couple of beers, and the tab was right around $18. Definitely on my list of places to return to on future visits.

08-06-2013 03:06:20 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of Abilow33

New York

3.85/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

They have a large selection of local beers. I tried Gritty McDuff's Black Fly Stout and Maine Beer Company's Lunch. The stout was good and the Lunch was great. We sat out on the patio and enjoyed a good meal. They have a large food selection as well. Service was great and the atmosphere was really good.

07-26-2013 12:27:38 | More by Abilow33
Photo of Sinnian


3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$

First bar/restaurant I ever drank in, and the place I met my wife ~ enough said!

However there beer selection for Maine/New England ~ and abroad is quite extensive. Menu has something for EVERYONE ~ whether it be for carnivores, vegetarians, or gluten free!

Might I suggest the Super Nachos with a Funky Bow So Folkn' Hoppy IPA!

07-18-2013 21:34:59 | More by Sinnian
Photo of supercodes


3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$

The Great Lost Bear is an unusual place. It is designed and maintained to be a local watering hole, with memorabilia focusing on local Portland history, and a palatable food selection, but also happens to have the largest tap selection of Allagash in the state, and a literal who's who of New England craft brews. Literally, if you want to sample the best of what New England has to offer, while drinking in a completely unpretentious atmosphere, the Bear is the place to go.

06-23-2013 18:47:33 | More by supercodes
Photo of Sudcutter


4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$

Great restaurant with a great beer selection that is frequently updated. The atmosphere at the bar is always fun and boisterous, but not over-the-top loud and not rowdy. I am a huge fan of their mac n' cheese. Also, the sampler option is a great value for trying up to five beers. I highly recommend this place as the second best beer-drinking option in Portland (second only to Novare Res).

06-22-2013 03:21:56 | More by Sudcutter
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4 | $$

My second trip to the Bear on a business trip for work by myself. Roadhouse/chain restaurant feel to the inside of building with a nice deck off to to the back left. The menu is mostly pub grub, but does have some choices that are veggy and/or healthy. I had a hanger steak that was really well done! The huge, Maine focused tap list holds many choices for the casual beer drinker, but I did manage to find a beer or two that excited my inner geek. Service was attentive and my meal was moderately priced for the area. Great place for some beer and food, I wouldn't hesitate to return unless I was sampling some of the geekier beer destinations in Portland.

06-16-2013 02:11:00 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of shueyy

New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$

I was recommended this place my a fellow BA member and was glad I took his advise thanks mathematizer. The brick building is a little out of "downtown" Portland but not to bad. I was able to find off street parking which was a plus in their parking lot.
Once you walk in staring in front of you is the bar with dinner tables etc. off to the left as well as and outside patio. The bar is separated from the dining room by a glass wall which is nice the decor is dark wood with a local vibe with lots of yearbook looking pictures.
I was with a group that wanted to sit at table instead of the bar. The service was good maybe a little slow but I wasn't in a rush so it didn't bother me. I order a 5 oz. sample of all the Allagash beers which was great I believe they had 7 on tap.Once I was done with that I order another sampler round of Maine beers which I hadn't had before. With close to 70 taps you can bet there's probably something you haven't had before.
The food was good with plenty left over there was something for everybody. You willn't go hungry or thirsty here.
Overall I thought the place was a great value for the price with a very good tap list. Not being fom Maine I enjoyed all the great beers brewed in Maine that they had on tap. I would recommend this bar/restaurant if you looking for good local beer and decent food.

09-17-2012 21:59:23 | More by shueyy
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev -13.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$

A big old style bar and restaurant not far from downtown Portland. Many taps, lots of selection of what comes through, not all of it great, but some of it not bad. Environment not bad to have a beer by day, but there were nicer in terms of more modern or snazzy places to have beer by night. Service was fine, though understaffed.Prices were fair so that one can have their fill of beer a fraction of the big cities. A go to place for bar food but lots of beer. Cask occasionally on.Worth a stop if in area seeing the brewers.

08-16-2012 20:41:05 | More by Sammy
Photo of andylipp


4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Stopped for some lunch and beers with the wife last weekend and enjoyed it very much. Lots of taps, with the selection highlighting many interesting Maine brews-all in proper glassware. The bartender was gregarious and offered up several excellent beer suggestions, and didn’t even grumble when I asked for a flight to facilitate trying several. Extra points for the good attitude.
My wife ate lunch, a concoction called Buffalo Mac and Cheese which was very tasty and equally bad for you and your new year’s diet.
The place felt quite comfortable, and they were quite hospitable to us, even though we were only Masshole tourists. Nice folks, great beer and good food. I’m a fan and I’ll certainly be back.

01-10-2012 01:01:59 | More by andylipp
Photo of far333


3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$

Finally made it to this northern New England craft beer destination and was not disappointed. Great selection of beers, many Maine beers and many New England beers, great to see a place that focuses strongly on local and regional selections. Dark interior, a little gritty, slightly edgy, interesting breweriana and eclectic photos, plaques, banners, etc. on the walls.

Great job of having updated tap lists printed and easily available throughout the restaurant and at the bar, and good categorizations of origins and styles. Nice touch, sorely missing at so many places.

12-27-2011 02:19:23 | More by far333
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The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME
94 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.