Nocturnem Draft Haus

Bar, Eatery

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

(207) 907-4380 | map

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Reviewed by rderedin from Maine

3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
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.
May 22, 2014
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Reviewed by arizcards from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5
Stopped here after an early morning hike at Cadillac Mountain and a quick shower at our room in Ellsworth on 8-26-19. Beautiful low 70's day!

Vibe of this place, well it was 3:00 pm on Monday afternoon, well it was a cool place and i can see the vibe rating ramping up at night. In the heart of downtown hipsterville Bangor, definitely a place that i can see younger folks gravitating too!

Quality of the beer was very good with a good mix of Maine single and double ipa's, sours, Belgians from Allagash, and various other brews - 20 quality beers total including a Kolsch from Cologne which i had to try!

Service was very good, very friendly bartender/server. Did not get her take on brews other than she seemed knowledgeable chatting it up with a couple of customers.

Selection of beers was excellent. There were highly rated Double IPA's/New England IPA's as well as dank and fruity ipa's from around Maine. Even a high gravity stout from Prairie/Evil Twin was on the menu.

Food was very good as well as the house burger was on special on Monday for $7.99 and it was excellent in the medium-rare format.

Overall a must stop if you are in the Bangor area as there is very good food, beer, and conversation to be had here!
Aug 26, 2019
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75
Stopped in after a long day of driving from central VT. Sat at a high table next to the bar. Service was excellent; food was even better than the service, and they had a great selection of beers on tap. What more could you ask for? I don't get to Bangor very often (like this trip is once), but if I ever come back I'll definitely patronize Nocturnem!
May 24, 2018
Rated: 4.69 by Userme59 from Massachusetts

May 09, 2017
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Reviewed by cwlumm from Maine

4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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.
Nov 27, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by dmmichaud from Maine

Jul 20, 2015
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Reviewed by illpass78 from Maine

5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.
Jun 25, 2015
Rated: 4.72 by WantonFaun from Canada (YT)

Feb 11, 2015
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Reviewed by CraftyViki from Florida

4.75/5  rDev +8%
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.
Sep 19, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by BastardFromABasket from Massachusetts

Aug 13, 2014
Rated: 1.5 by johnsonsf8878 from Maine

Aug 04, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by fj40onrox

Jul 31, 2014
Rated: 5 by deliman from Maine

Jul 01, 2014
Rated: 4 by Crumpetsnbeer from Maine

May 09, 2014
Rated: 5 by jmsedgwick from Mississippi

Jan 24, 2014
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Reviewed by poolemhore from Maine

4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
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!
Dec 17, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by hockeypuck from Maine

Oct 31, 2013
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Reviewed by bcgeiman from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
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.
Oct 31, 2013
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Reviewed by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
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!
Apr 23, 2013
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Reviewed by vomfoss from Florida

4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
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
Jan 26, 2013
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Reviewed by GuyIncognito from Maine

4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
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!
Sep 16, 2012
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Reviewed by GarthDanielson from Virginia

4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
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!
Sep 09, 2012
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Reviewed by CallMeHarmon from Texas

4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
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.
Jul 23, 2012
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Reviewed by Your_Mom

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
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.
Mar 03, 2012
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Reviewed by Archemedies from Massachusetts

4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
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.
Jan 15, 2012
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Reviewed by berley31 from Canada (NB)

4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
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.
Nov 07, 2011
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Reviewed by SevaTse from New Hampshire

4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4
Stopped by here on the way to a rafting trip around Millinocket, on recommendation from a server at Lion's Pride(btw, THANK YOU- didn't get his name).
The selection has some awesome Belgians, as well as GOOD stuff from around Maine(Maine Beer Co, Allagash), as well as Black Bear Brewery stuff, which is rather rare outside of that part of Maine.
The selection is rock solid, the server was friendly and funny, and the place had a good number of people on a Saturday late afternoon.
I didn't rate the food, as I myself didn't get it, but my friends did and they loved it.
Sep 15, 2011
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Reviewed by Kenyon from South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5
Bangor now has an outstanding, bonafide Tap Bar. Stopped in while waiting to pick up a son at the airport and would have had lunch there but Nocturnem doesn't open until 3 PM. They have about 14 taps and 2 beer engines. Taps are all rotating so you can either just wander in and enjoy what's an tap or look at the website and pick and choose when to enjoy a particular favorite brew. We just missed a Dogfish Head Tap Takeover but the mix of Maine and national micros on tap was very impressive. We wound up drinking Life and Limb from Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head which on draught is truly amazing. In the summer they seldom use the beer engines since they say the weather is too warm (in Maine?) to transport casks or firkins.

Nocturnem has two rooms. There is the bar with stools and several tables and the more "social room" with more space and a corner for musicians. Both rooms are very comfortable and have a lot of pub atmosphere.

We didn't try the food but the limited menu had several tempting entries in the line of traditional pub grub. People speak highly of their soft pretzel snacks and the sausages.

We will return whenever we wind up spending time in Bangor. This is by far the premier beer place in town. If you are in the bar hoping mood, Paddy Murphy's Pub and The Reverend Noble Pub are less than a block away.
Aug 25, 2011
Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor, ME
Place rating: 4.4 out of 5 with 29 ratings