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The Great Lost Bear

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The Great Lost BearThe Great Lost Bear
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

105 Reviews
Reviews: 105
Visits: 171
Avg: 4.23
pDev: n/a
Taps: 69
Bottles: --
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

540 Forest Ave
Portland, Maine, 04101-1507
United States
phone: (207) 772-0300 | map
www.greatlostbear.com

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Reviews: 105 | Visits: 171
Reviews by mltobin:
Photo of mltobin
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped here for lunch while heading further north into Maine/

It was a tad difficult to find for someone who was coming from "away", but after driving underneath 295, we eventually came across the Great Lost Bear. From the outside, it looks shady, kind of like a low scale strip club (for real).

The quality was good overall, with the beers presented in proper glassware.

The service was the best feature with a knowledgeable and friendly waitress, thanks!!!

The selection was good, especially good if you want to see what the brewers of Maine have to offer.

Food is good, not amazing, but hey its a bar, so im happy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of scxcrunner
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great selection of beer including Allagash, Bissell, and Foundation. Service was a bit slow and disjointed and i wasn't really crazy about the food i had but would give it another shot just for the tap list.

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.49/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BillRoth
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Had been touring and tasting @ the Allagash/Industrial park breweries while on Beer Safari in Portland , Maine. Some locals said that I would probably like The Great Lost Bear if looking for supper and some more regional beers. Who was I to doubt?? And very glad I didn't. What a great place. Really cool fairly spacious semi-dark comfortable crowded restaurant with a huge big fun bar. Full bar with wine and cocktails moving regularly with a busy wait staff on a busy Saturday night. But this place was clearly beer centric with an excellent beer menu. Well constructed to guide choices by style, good descriptions...but mostly a heck of an exciting tease. Because the choices were extensive, varied and high quality. Flights were available. Staff were very friendly and cross covered each other to be sure you never lacked help or had an empty glass. Food wise menu was equally extensive with great choices ranging from a broad restaurant menu of appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, etc..to just great bar food. .Just a great place to eat. drink and have a bunch of conversations with staff (Mike) and others (Elena) at the bar. For me this would be a must stop if visiting Portland.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JaredSammy
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.91/5  rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

V: Cool spot; dark and dim. Horseshoe-esque bar.

Q: Excellent beers on tap. Lengthy food options.

S: Not so great.

S: Can't beat their bear (haha) and food selection.

F: Standard.

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Photo of snansel
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.48/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MRVermont
4/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of ChrisinRI
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of psweendogg
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice bar, nice beer selection with awesome ME offerings, solid food options and a great vibe.

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Photo of SveNss0N
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of OJT1993
5/5  rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great food, great beer selection, all around a great place

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Photo of Wickedasitseems
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great place to hang out and have a beer....good food too!!

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Photo of slasich
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of josephwcarr
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Cdowd10
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of irishevans
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Reds76
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of illpass78
5/5  rDev +18.2%

A must-go-to on the Maine beer trail. Dozens of Maine beers on tap. Great staff and tasty food, too.

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The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME
94 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.