Nocturnem Draft Haus

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27 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

56 Main St
Bangor, Maine, 04401-6304
United States

(207) 907-4380 | map

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Photo of Userme59
4.69/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of cwlumm
4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

Nocturnem stands out from the crowd among Maine beer bars (and there are a few of those around). Excellent food with a menu that gets shaken up every week or so; a revolving cast of 12 or so draft beers, mostly from Maine but usually with a Belgian or two thrown in. Nocturnem showcases Maine's astonishingly good beer scene with humility and taste - you never feel like they're merely cheerleaders. In addition to an astonishing bottle list, they also serve absinthe in the traditional style and have a respectable spirits menu. The service is almost always superb, and very friendly. The kind of place I moved to Maine to find, and since I found it, I take every visitor who comes through town there. If you like beer, it's worth going out of your way for.

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Photo of dmmichaud
3.94/5  rDev -10.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of illpass78
5/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great place with kind of a "coffee house"-type vibe and really tasty food. They always have good stuff on draft and cask, including lesser-known Maine brews. A good anchor for downtown Bangor.

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Photo of WantonFaun
4.72/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Sief1970
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of CraftyViki
4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

Spent a week in Maine this month and this brewery was the gem of the trip. The barkeeps are attentive, friendly and have a great sense of humor. They have a great draft selection and a phenomenal bottle selection. The chef and food are great too.

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Photo of BastardFromABasket
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of johnsonsf8878
1.5/5  rDev -65.8%

Photo of fj40onrox
3.5/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of deliman
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of rderedin
3.68/5  rDev -16.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Great rotating selection of drafts. The bottle selection is also quite good and reasonably priced. If you like Sours they have a good selection. If you want to go to a place with beers you haven't heard of before this is your place. An appetizer consists of cheese, crackers or nuts so if you are looking for onion rings this might not be your place. If you are content with looking at a foreign beer menu but aren't looking for a real meal come here.

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Photo of Crumpetsnbeer
4/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of jmsedgwick
5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of poolemhore
4.67/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

I have visited Nocturnem Draft Haus twice now and wish only that I had discovered it earlier in the school semester. As a college student at University of Maine price can be a big issue when deciding where to go. Nocturnem is a bit more expensive then some of my other frequents, but I've given the establishment a "$$-reasonable" rating because there is no place you will get to try multiples of the awesome selection of craft beer they offer for the same price.

The atmosphere is great although it might get a little cramped on a busy night on account of the bar positioning.

Each time I have been in I have had a knowledgeable server/bartender which is probably the number one reason I will return again and again. Some of the staff are quirky and may put-off a certain crowd, but I have found it pretty enjoyable - just buy into it! In general I have found their bark to be much harder than their bite.

Selection is incredible & of the best Bangor area has to offer! 14 Rotating taps and generally a choice of one cask and one lambic on tap. To take advantage of the tap selection I suggest visiting on a Monday night as it is 'flight night'. There is a seemingly endless list of bottles to accompany the taps.

I haven't had their food but I hear the soft pretzel is more than worth trying!

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Photo of hockeypuck
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of bcgeiman
3.97/5  rDev -9.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Great little place. Second stop today. By far the better of the 2. Great atmosphere. 14 Taps. Boston game on and only one customer cheering them on. Might not be your first choice for sports. Very happy with the sollection. Did not try the food. They do have many local beers to choose from.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.54/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Stopped by on a Saturday afternoon. Loved it.
Two long, narrow rooms. You enter the bar area. The bar seats around twelve. Some high tops up front and along the side. The other room has regular tables, a sofa and chairs. It looks like the bands perform in that room. Brick walls, tin ceiling, beer memorabilia on the walls. A nice, comforable place.
Fourteen beers on tap, additionally a cask selection and a lambic. Eclectic tap selections, with frequent rotations. Around one hundred bottles. My wife had a Green Flash West Coast IPA, and I had Stone RIS espresso. Excellent.
We both has a veggie burger, good but not great.
Service was excellent.
When in Bangor, make sure you visit this place!

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Photo of vomfoss
4.6/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Finally a real drinking Experience in bangor. A must stop when heading to bar harbor , staff is great and very knowledgeable on both the beer they have on all 14 taps and the bottled beer selection. food is limited but what they do have is good. wished they opened before 3 :) Hats off

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Photo of GuyIncognito
4.7/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Nocturnem is an amazing drafthaus. This place has the best beer selection in Bangor hands down. They are constantly rotating the taps, and there is always something for every beer taste. The tap takeovers are a lot of fun, and flight night on Mondays is a great way to try all the beers. This place is a haven for beer lovers! The staff is very helpful, and makes great recommendations. The music room is wonderful too. I haven't tried the food yet, but plan to next time. I'm so glad this bar exists in Bangor!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Used to live in Bangor, so when I recently visited I had to stop by the new beer joint. Very impressed. This place was great. There is outdoor seating in the back, a huge bar when you first enter the front, and a second room of seating directly opposite the bar. I went on a Saturday night and there was a little jam band rocking out all night, which was pretty cool. They have a dozen or so rotating taps, and while I was there they were in the midst of a "Sour Celebration", so there were plenty of unique and rare BAs and other Sours to choose from. On top of that, there is a bottle list that is easily 100+. The staff was extremely knowledgable and friendly, as well as prompt, which can be completely missed on Saturday nights. I didn't try the food, but one of the people in my party got a couple of appetizers and were very pleased. All in all, I would recommend hitting this place up if you find yourself in Bangor. I know I will be making a return trip!

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Photo of CallMeHarmon
4.95/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

While this is not a cheap outing, it is a good value outing. The tap wall offers 14 rotating diverse and interesting taps and a cask. When a keg is done, out it goes and a new beer takes its place on the wall. So don't get too attached.

The beers range all over from wheats to pilseners, Belgians, IPAs, barleywines and whatever is in between. About half are from the northeast, and half are from Europe or other USA. They also offer meads from local organic farmers. Wine is not their thing but they do have it.

They could survive as just a burger bar - the burgers are that good. Not a huge menu, but enough good choices to go with the suds. Loved it and want to come back.

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Photo of Your_Mom
4.13/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great place! Huge selection - always something new to try. I love the Belgian ales... something that I haven't had a lot of. They have frequent "tap takeovers" to feature a brewery or region. Very educational. It's a great thing to have in Maine so that I can broaden my tastes. The food (tapas) is light and features some local ingredients. The hummus plate is my favorite. The only negative that I have is that sometimes the music ( from the speakers, not live) is too loud for conversation.

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Photo of Archemedies
4.36/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Nocturnem opened up in Bangor over the summer. Easily the best bar for beer in the area. It is also within walking distance from Bangor Wine & Cheese, a great bottle shop for the area. State St. Wine Cellar is also a mile or two up the road.

Nocturnem is split into two rooms. The bar area with some tables in one room, and a sitting/social area with a bunch of tables, a couch, a piano and an area for someone to play music in.

With 14 rotating taps, and plenty of great bottles there is more than enough to please any beer lover here. Nocturnem updates their draft list reguarlly so you can look up on their website what they have before hand. I have been in a lot an they usually have a good mix of local Maine beer, imports and other American beers. They do Keg parties often, and dedicate all 14 taps to one brewery for a night. They have a nice bottle list too.

The service was nice. This place is pretty busy most of the time, so they are on their feet a lot. Sometimes takes a little log to get the beer you ordered because of that.

Overall an awesome place for beer in the Bangor area, and the state of Maine. A must-go to place if you are in the area. Really going to miss this place when I graduate.

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Photo of berley31
4.33/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A: Bigger than I expected, it's basically two rooms. The first one has the bar on the right-hand side when you come in, with lots of tables as well; the second room has comfortable-looking tables and couches, and a small stage for when they have live music (which seems to be often). Two coolers behind the bar house lots of bottles.

Q+S: I was here over two evenings and had a combination of 6 drafts and two bottles. All the beers were fresh-tasting and high quality. Tap selection was quite varied (especially for the area, I imagine)... good variety of local Maine breweries, other U.S. stuff, Belgians, etc. Very nice bottle selection as well, lots of small bottles and large ones to share.

S: Everyone who served us was perfectly friendly... they were pretty busy, but they did spend a bit of time chatting about beer. No complaints.

F: Had a couple of pretzels and some hummus, quite good.

V: Typical tap prices for a higher-end bar, so a bit pricey for some of the imports. But I was quite impressed with a lot of their bottle prices... they didn't seem to be charging more than a buck or two higher than what you'd pay at a beer store.

Great place... I imagine it's awesome for Bangor to have such a high-end beer bar in town. We'll definitely be back when in the area.

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Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor, ME
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