Broad Arrow Tavern

Broad Arrow TavernBroad Arrow Tavern
Broad Arrow TavernBroad Arrow Tavern
Bar, Eatery

162 Main St
Freeport, Maine, 04032-1311
United States

(207) 865-9377 | map

Notes: Located at the The Harraseeket Inn.
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Photo of lehows
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Located at the northern end of the shopping district on Route 1 in Freeport, this great tavern and restaurant also has an Inn and another fancier restaurant on premise. The decor is very woodsy and sort of cliche-Maine, with numerous taxidermied animals/fish and snow shoes hanging everywhere. It works though, of course. Would you want anything else? The paper placemats gives you a history on the area as well as the meaning in "Broadarrow". On tap was Shipyard, Geary's, Allagash, Bar Harbor, and Freeport, all local Maine brews and I was happy to see it. All the beers are great, my only complaint was the Freeport Pale Ale was flat as could be but it's still a good beer. As far as the food goes, the lobster stew is just fantastic (order a bowl) and the brick oven pizzas here are good. Otherwise the rest of the menu is decent (don't order the bison burger). This is a cool place to grab lunch or dinner when in Freeport.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.59/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3

Broad Arrow Tavern is located in a big old inn on the northern side of Freeport (before you get to all the discount stores). The inn itself serves great food at expensive prices. I had never been in to the tavern, but on a recent Saturday shopping expedition I wanted to check some football scores. When you're in the main lobby of the inn, there are signs directing you to the tavern. It's kind of like running a maze. Entering the tavern there's a desk with a dead stuffed animal underneath it. The decor is all pretty rustic Maine. The bar is located to the left, with a larger restaurant (not the expensive one) in the rear. A small L-shaped bar that seats seven, with a few tables. Six taps, all Maine microbrews. On September 23rd they were Allagash Dubbel, Sebago Runabout Red, Shipyard Export, Geary's HSA, Bar Harbor Blueberry Wheat, and Freeport Octoberfest. I had a couple Ofests, and they were great. My wife had an excellent Cosmo (her report, not mine).

The tavern is quite comfortable, and pleasant to be in. Although the tavern wasn't busy, service was a little spotty because the bartender was also acting as the maitre'd. Still, she was pleasant and knowledgable about the beer.

I'll go back again.

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Photo of slander
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Okay. Have me that crazy barley coated chicken sandwich for lunch at Grittys... check. Score me them leather slippers at the Bean store... check. At Jameson's over a beer, conspire to steal away more of Massachussetts to create New New York... check. Other than hitting that strange Civil War store, there's nothing left to do in Freeport 'cept visit the Broad Arrow Tavern...
The Broad Arrow is tucked inside a very large inn at the intersection of rtes 1 & 125, just as you hit town. As you enter, there's an open front kitchen area to your right with all sorts of craziness going on. A large brick oven had little pizzas tucked inside it and a rotisserie had a rib roast spinning next to that. Pies abound on a layered rack, and baskets of tomatoes on the counter top. To the left, a small 7 seat "L" shaped bar, kind of tight but effective.
The decor is a clean hunting lodge motif. Deep green walls with low lit yellow forest scene chandeliers. Camping, hunting & fishing prints everywhere, decorative boat oars, snow shoes, stuffed animals (or at least their heads), a fishing lures print, white Xmas lights strung throughout with intermingled brightly colored shotgun shell tube lights. About two dozen tables some here, some there.
Only 6 taps, and they're all from different Maine breweries. Points for a small but solid beer selection, supporting your local breweries. Shipyard Export, Geary's HSA, Casco Bay Pilsner, Atlantic Brewing Coal Porter, Sebago Runabout Red, Freeport Blonde. Chef Kenny (the guy over there with the rotisserie) is the Freeport brewer. The bartender was able to aptly describe the nuances and styles of each of the beers, he gets points, too. I had the Coal Porter. It was outstanding. Beers were clean and fresh, all good there.
Jed said, "The badger under the maitre d table kind of scared me". Otherwise, it's a nice comfortable, woodsy place. Very, just what I was looking for.

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Photo of bennybrew
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4.5

this is a fine place for a meal but not really what i usually think of as a beer bar.

the dining room is this psuedo hunting camp thing. there are moose heads and old wooden snow shoes and my favorite thing was a string of christmas lights around the room where every other light had a spent shotgun shell around it. not very nice for an upscale resturaunt.

the beers were of fine quality as was the food. good temp and not hint of dirty lines or old brews.

the service was attentive and knowledgeable while not being overbearing as you might expect at an inn of this sort, especially in freeport.

selection was modest but the choices they offered were of good quality to make up for the lack of numbers of beers. there were 6 or so on tap with more in bottles and a full bar.

the food was maybe the best i've had from a "beer bar". they offered such things as buffalo chili and bison burger. my club wrap had real smoked bacon.

the broadstreet is a good place to meet your girlfriend's parents for the first time as oposed to grittys, which is right down the street, which is more of a traditional pub. i'd go back.

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Photo of purplehops
4.15/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

The Broad Arrow Tavern was a pleasant find in downtown Freeport. The tavern is inside of the Harraseeket Inn, parking is plentiful behind the inn. After following the signs to the tavern inside the inn you are greeted at the door by a very pleasant host. The open kitchen is straight ahead, the bar is to your left, and tables are ahead and to the left past the bar. The seating area is separated from the bar by a partial wall.

The atmosphere is quasi Maine hunting lodge. Stuffed animals and animal heads take up shelf and wall space. There are hunting related items and pictures also around, including some shotgun shell christmas type lights. Despite all of this you don't really feel like you are in a hunting lodge. Could it be the swimming pool on the otherside of the glass wall and the brick open oven in the open kitchen?

The quality of the staff, food, brews is wonderful. I would have no fears about ordering anything in the tavern or asking anyone for information about anything there.

The service was prompt, friendly and pleasant. They staff was informed about what they were serving (including the beers on tap).

The beer selection was small (only six or seven taps) but was well representative of local brewers.(including Freeport Brewing Company products) They also had bottled beers and a full bar with a very nice wine list.

The food was a giant step above your normal pub and bar food. The offerings were the same type but these burgers and nachos were prepared by chefs who cared about what they were producing. (The chips and salsa came with three salsa's (tomatillo, red bell, and a mango-goat pepper.)) And the prices were very reasonable. A party of four with two rounds of beer and luch was $51.00

All in all well worth a visit. Good food, good beer, and good people.

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Broad Arrow Tavern in Freeport, ME
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