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Three Dollar Deweys

very good

24 Reviews
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Three Dollar DeweysThree Dollar Deweys

Type: Bar, Eatery

241 Commercial St
Portland, Maine, 04101-4622
United States

(207) 772-3310 | map

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 39
Reviews by slander:
Photo of slander
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

um..... $1 lookie, $2 feelie, $3 dewey. I just wanted to get that out of the way. Okay, listen up, it's not the GLB, not on a good day, but nothing up there is and it is very conveniently located in the Old Port section of Portland and that's a big plus if you've just done lunch at Gritty's or Sebago and you're looking to stumble down the street for a beerbar to have a few in or if you're just mulling around the Old Port area for the day.
The food is good. Standard pub fare for the most part, but good. And I've never had a problem with the service.
Big popcorn machine = woof a basket or two. It's free and it's sustenance. Thye've got big windows that look out towards the water but it's still kind of dim in there, curious.
About 3 dozen taps, a decent mix of Maine and New England beers and English beers and macros. They've also got an adequate bottled beer list. Look, they've got no casks and it's quite likely that you are not going to find the beer that you've been hunting, hoping and praying to find on tap but you can get a decent brew here. Part of my yearly ritual here is a black & blue or two. Big wooden tables,... It's a comfortable joint, I've got no complaints.

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Photo of illpass78
4.19/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Not a place that will blow your mind with wild tap selections (mostly "big" craft like Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Brooklyn, etc.), but a fine place to watch a game and grab some grub.

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Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of OJT1993
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

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3.92/5  rDev +7.4%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Reagan1984
2.26/5  rDev -38.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 2.5 | selection: 2

Been here a couple times and last night made another visit prior to dinner. This may be more of a commentary of my expectations of the high quality of certain craft beer bars, but this place is just pedestrian. While they have about 20+ beers on tap, the list is so basic and boring it’s scary. Allagash White and a few Shipyard basics is about as crazy as this place gets. I suppose if you’re from Nebraska and never had any Shipyard or Harpoon it might be worth a session… But other than that this place is barely above a standard bar.

The server clearly didn‘t know a great deal about craft beer and basically was parroting what they were told for the daily special.

Atmosphere is fine, but nothing too creative. It appears that long ago this was a craft destination, but frankly they haven’t kept up. When in town there are many other options that are more intriguing.

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Photo of paulmcm
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by Deweys with the wife for a quick bite and beer after a hellish drive up from Boston. It was 10pm on a Friday night, and the place was almost deserted. And somehow, we still couldn't get anything close to decent service from the bartender.

Food and beer - when we managed to get some - were good, though. At least two dozen taps, including Coal Porter, Gearys, Hop Devil, Harpoon, and lots of Shipyard. Pints were cheap, as were the big bottles of Allagash. Pub grub was tasty, and served up at a relatively late hour.

Still, it's tough to get past near-total inattention when you're one of three couples sitting at the bar. I don't think we'll be back.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

I stopped in at 3 Dollar Deweys with ffejherb, FooFaa and his wife Kristen - we had to try the seafood chowder. We walked right in as it was lunch time and it was not very crowded. The atmosphere is casual with cafeteria style wooden table seating and the bar in the back - The service was good as we were seated quickly and ordered up a pitcher of espresso amber.

The selection is pretty decent with local selections from Shipyard and Bar Harbor as well as Peak organic and others such as Victory, Geary's Harpoon and Long trail as far as crafts go

The quality is top notch as the food, beer and service were great - the beer and food are both served fresh
speaking of food it was absolutely the best chowder I ever tasted - smoked seafood with salmon clams and shrimp were tender and the cream base was delicious w/ mild smoke I couldn't have asked for better.

Overall I was very pleased with the experience at 3 Dollar Deweys I would only suggest switching some of the taps from Macro to craft, but I recommend the place and the value is very good as the portions are substantial and the prices are reasonable.

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Photo of berley31
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Visited this place for my second time on my last trip to Portland. Since this time I was a little more familiar with Maine beers and such, I was shocked at just how inexpensive their beer menu was in general, compared to many other bars in the area. The basic pints are 4$ each, similar to other bars in general, but some of their bottles are extremely reasonable: 8.50$ for a 25 oz. Allagash Tripel?? That's pretty damned good... I know I've seen it for twice that at another bar. Maybe not a huge selection, but still quite decent, really.

Sure, the atmosphere may not be as original or cool as other bars, but it's still a friendly environment... with free popcorn! Service was good; didn't get a chance to try the food.

Either way, definitely an affordable, nice place to stop by for a pint or two, and maybe to split a bottle with someone.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Ok,ok,ok before people start knocking Dewey's lets all remember that this place was serving up good beer in Portland before people had ever hear the term "craft beer".

Free popcorn, so get some and sit down in the picnic table style benches that make this place great.

Beer selection is great, they always have Cole Porter so how can you go wrong. They also have a ton of other good stuff, a lot of which is Maine-centric for those of you on vacation.

Food is decent, good chili, nothing crazy though. This place is a pub and a social gathering place.

Dewey's is an institution...much love.

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Photo of Hokies
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Just came back from a trip to Portland where we just happened to stumble upon this bar. Seemed like a regular bar with a few tables and a bar that stretched a good thirty feet. The place was a little bit of a mess but what can you expect at midnight on a Friday. The service at the bar was decent nothing overwhelming but nothing to complain about. The selection was probably the best out of the bars that we went to in Portland with a nice selection of the local flavor and a few bottles off Allagash Dubbel and Grand Cru in the cooler. The beer was nice and fresh except for the Geary's Summer that my brother had, I tried it too and it definitely was past its prime. Overall I would have to say its a nice place to visit to try all the local flavors.

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Photo of Yetiman420
2.13/5  rDev -41.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 1.5 | service: 3 | selection: 1.5 | food: 2.5

My beer buddy and I did a Portland beer tour in September of 2007. After visiting Sebago (the only positive stop of the tour), we decided to do three-dollar dewey's instead of the bear. TDD was on the way back to our Holiday Inn and we figured if they had a lot of beers, we could find 5-10 that would appeal to us. It turns out, we struggeld to find 5 that appealed to us. We began with a bottle of Allagash Grand Cru and it went downhill from there. The next beer was a dissapointing Geary's Pale Ale. At this point in the night I was good for 2-3 more beers and this PA was so bad I had to dump it out in the bathroom. The only selection left was Allagash White and it came in a glass that was recently cleaned in bleach. The majority of people here were drinking Miller Lite. In my book, it does not qualify as a beer bar worth visiting. This pretty much sums up my feelings of Portland as a beer city. I wish others would take the lead of Allagash and take their beer more seriously.

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Photo of msolar
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Good place to visit, but I prefer Gritty’s despite the selection sacrifice (you still get the pub feel). Dewey’s is still a staple if you’re looking to explore Portland’s night life.

Huge benches & tables provide a nice atmosphere, especially if you’re with a larger group.

Food… I can’t say I’ve been when the kitchens were still open, but I’d expect it to be on par with the rest of the stop.

A bit of a late night bar, sort of Portland’s answer to Boston’s BHP. Well, minus the underage college kids and PBR, of course.

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Three Dollar Deweys in Portland, ME
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