The Great Lost Bear
Taps: 69 / Bottles:
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 100 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ToasterChef:
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
The Great Lost Bear is a wonderful place to go to if you want a wide selection of microbrews on tap, especially local ones. You probably won't find anything extremely rare or unique, but you will find selections beyond the normal Portland micro selection of Shipyard Export and Geary's Pale. Lately they have been expanding with some more interesting selections, including a number of Belgians and Allagash Alley (5 Allagash brews always on tap, not including Allagash White). The food menu is pretty extensive, but none of the dishes are amazing. In the past, the specials always seemed like premade meals that were reheated. This may have changed, but I haven't dared order one after a number of bad experiences. Still, ordering off the menu will get you a meal that you will enjoy. Plus, there are vegetarian and vegan selections, if that's your thing. The service is average; I've had nights where I've gotten great attention and nights where I've been practically ignored. The atmosphere is kind of interesting, with lots of weird signs, photos and other items on the walls. It's what a place like Applebees tries too hard to look like; at the Bear you know they've been collecting this stuff for 30 years. The crowd is a little strange. Since this place is first and foremost a restaurant, you get a lot of people you would never expect to see in a beer bar: families with lots of little kids, teenagers, old folks eating dinner at 4pm, and lots of people ordering Bud Lite and Michelob Ultra bottles. My advice is to seat yourself in a booth back by the bar; it's more private back here and closer to the beer. This used to be my favorite place to drink beer, but now that I've discovered a world of beer beyond the New England breweries at places like Novare Res and Ebenezer's Pub, I don't come here as much. But I do still come, because there is something special and unique about the Great Lost Bear. Its a fun place that is worth visiting if you get a chance.
Update, 4.12.10: The specials have gotten tastier, the beer selection is larger (and more international), and the staff has gotten friendlier and more attentive. About the only thing that hasn't changed is the crowd; there are still a lot of folks who aren't here for the beer. But don't worry, you can almost always find a fellow beer nerd sitting at the bar. I really can't think of a reason not to recommend GLB to anyone visiting or driving through Portland.
06-05-2009 11:53:02 | More by ToasterChef
More User Reviews:
4.48/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Very laid back and chill atmosphere. I enjoy sitting in the lounge area which is always busy. The selection of beers is incredible and the food menu is quite large. The service could have been faster but I'm sure that my server just had too many table which happens sometimes. I like the wings and choosing many different beers each time I come back to the GLB.
07-08-2014 14:55:46 | More by Tajmohol
The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME
94 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.