Dog & Pony Tavern

Dog & Pony TavernDog & Pony Tavern
5 Ratings
Dog & Pony TavernDog & Pony Tavern

Type: Bar, Eatery

4 Rodick Pl
Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609-1886
United States

(207) 288-0900 | map

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Added by FightingEntropy on 07-11-2011

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Ratings: 5 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Sabtos
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | food: 3

If you happen to find yourself stuck in a hotel with no TV while Game 3 of the NBA Finals rematch between GSW and CLE happens to be on, then this is the place to be.

While it might seem odd to the locals for the bar to be packed full later than 8PM in this sleepy town, especially when the bar is full of a bunch of new faces from Cleveland, they will quickly find out what's going on as soon as the Cavs score a basket.

The bar staff knows what's going on and will keep you satisfied on the TV front, of which there are many. They will also make informed recommendations on brews. The tap list isn't too chock full of craft but there's enough local brews here to keep you occupied for a full game if you're only in one night.

However, if you are a local you probably have had every craft beer available here, but if you're craving some wings after being lobster'd out, and need to mellow out in a very down to earth bar, this is the place.

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Photo of dlindsay79
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Kenyon
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

The Dog and Pony is an indoor/outdoor tavern/restaurant with a small indoor seating area open pretty much year round and an outdoor gazebo area that is great in the summer time. We love to sit at the gazebo and enjoy the breeze and a beer or two. D & P does not have a large selection but the outdoor bartender will get you a beer from inside and they have great Maine beers from Atlantic Brewing, Bar Harbor Brewing and others from the Portland area. Yes they do have PBR for that group of locals who work the whale watch ships and also the local lobstermen. We drank Otter Creek IPA and DFH 60 minute since I can't get that in South Carolina.

We were bar hopping and just ordered Poutine and nachos but both were very well done and certainly filled us up. The menu is pub grub but we have never been disappointed in all the food the have eaten here.

Our outdoor bartender was busy but still had time to stop, chat and check on our beer level on a regular basis. We well frequent the Dog & Pony often while we are on Mt. Desert Island.

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Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
2.3/5  rDev -34.5%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 2.5

Came here on a rainy April 2012 weeknight - hardly tourist season. Just wanted to sit down for a pint to check out the place. The bartender wasn't friendly or accommodating, so my girlfriend and I quickly finished our drinks and left. Selection wasn't great, maybe a long trail and sierra nevada on tap. Couldn't tell what they had for bottles. Place was really small, maybe four booths visible and some stools at the bar, though they do have a large patio. We ended up at the Thirsty Whale and felt a lot more comfortable. Maybe it was just the rain that made the bartender unfriendly.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

After sampling beers at the Bar Harbor Brewing sampling room that is downtown by the tourist bus drop off from all of the hotels, we headed over for a pint at the Dog & Pony Tavern before dinner at Lompoc Cafe.

Unfortunately, the Atlantic Brewing IPA we chatted about in the tasting room was out, so I substituted their Coal Porter instead, a good Porter with a good flavor. Next pint, tried a Black IPA from Otter Creek, which was exceptional. Both were well served, clean and fresh. With 14 taps, the range in the pub is not extensive (no Meadhall in Boston), but a nice mix of macros (PBR), regional favorites (Long Trail and Shipyard) and local micros (CASCO and Atlantic). With limited taps, they have different beers set up inside and outside on the patio. The bartender got one from the back bar that I wanted since it wasn't busy, so that might be an issue when more people are there. After dinner, we walked by the pub and it seemed pretty lively later on with a lot of people enjoying the partially covered outdoor space. We ordered a order of french fries, which showed up in a silver pet food bowl and was just cool--fries were good on top of it. Rest of the menu seems to be what I started to call basic NE pub grub: mac n cheese, burgers, chowder, deep fried apps, etc. Not an extensive menu, like the tap list, but a clear indication that they are trying to do a good job with limited space and resources.

We were there late afternoon, and it was quiet with light chatter, and quite comfortable inside the pub by the main bar. I can see where it might get a little noisy later at night, our stop was a lot of fun. Good pub to check out, especially for a pint or two of a local brew.

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Dog & Pony Tavern in Bar Harbor, ME
Place rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 5 ratings
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