The Thirsty Pig

Bar, Eatery

37 Exchange St
Portland, Maine, 04101-5009
United States

(207) 773-2469 | map

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 63
Photo of 86sportster883
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Casual place. Seat yourself, grab a menu, go up and order your drinks and food at the bar. Place was mostly empty an hour before closing on a Sunday evening. Packers were playing Cincinnati on the two flatscreens and the music was some sort of Indie mix. Outdoor seating out back seemed inviting but we decided to watch the end of the game. We both enjoyed our Lithuanian Kielbasa with a beer. Selection was all local Maine brews with a decent selection from which to choose.Enjoyed my short visit and would probably return when looking for just a light meal and a good local beer. Not sure I would come here on a busy weekend evening, but it suited me just fine when I was there.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Popped in for a pint while cruising through the center of town. Cold October day so the patio out back was closed. Kitschy vibe with a bunch of stuff all over the place, including a rack of clothes. Self service setup with about eight taps, including Bissell and Allagash. Looked like a pretty good stash of bottles in the cooler behind the bar. Lively place - they were prepping for some live music later in the evening. Cool vibe.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.75

Cool typical city restaurant with a nice outdoor deck in the back. Self-service, with great food and about 8 solid taps; mostly local. The vibe is pretty cool and the food and beer and location are all tops.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5

Went there because I heard they had a pretty decent tap list, and they make their own suasages. The beer selection was not bad, tiny on tap but good quality and a pretty fair amount of bottles and cans. The food was stellar we had the suasage platter with five different suasage links and they were fantastic.

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Photo of Gavage
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Stopped here twice on my trip, and mostly because they had mostly local beer. 10 total on draft, and a bunch in bottles. The bar is tiny as it only seats 5, but there are plenty of tables, and a nice outdoor seating area. My first visit some annoying awful DJ doing some dance music crap, and the second visit was more laid back with an acoustic guitarist. I noticed a few more locals here than tourists. worthy of a stop but there are better bars to hit.

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Photo of ColinMac326
5/5  rDev +21.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great sausages. Always amazing beer on tap. Great service from more than friendly and knowledgable staff. I really enjoy how they feature local tap takeovers and help promote the local beer scene as much as possible.

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Photo of -Rick
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

A very nice beer bar, located in the hub of Portlands tourist area. The food here was pretty good (no waiters), and the beer tap list was great. Lots of local stuff to try (had a few Bissel Brothers beers on tap) Cool outside sitting area, loved the fact that we could bring our dog with us. Highly recommended.

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Photo of SenatorSpaceman
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Really cool vibe. The taplist is short, but is full of killer beers from Maine's best breweries. "Service" is different since you have to walk to the counter to order everything. If you're not into sausage, you may have a hard time finding something to eat, but if you're a carnivore, then you'll go crazy trying to decide which one of their mouthwatering sausages to choose. I highly recommend this spot to anyone visiting Portland.

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Photo of bosshop
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Beer list, food (Greek sausage) and atmosphere work all excellent. Service, however, was sub par to borderline offensive. Don't tell me how annoying it is to have to make my food. I didn't make your hours of operation. But, damned that sausage though!! Paired just beautifully with the Bissel Baby Genius.

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Photo of slander
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Old Port wandering, with some time before hotel check in drop off slack about. Fuck, even I can find Exchange Street blindly. And I did. Parked there, too. Found a beer in a storefront on the strip of touristy Maine things. Thank you for opening early in the day unlike those who shan’t be named...

Enter and push through to the rear, it’s a large open airy well lit room. Caramleizing onions grillin’ & chillin’ to the left, and past there, a ’J’ shaped green plasticy bar, with a vertical slat wood pieced rounded base and your feet left to dangle or rung below; seating for 8 on hightop wood chairs. The barback wall of brick holds a center Thirsty Pig block logo over a shelved row of piggy stamped kegs. Drafts selections are chalked on small black slabs fronting them in alt colored chalk, and bottled selections printed the same along its sills. Glassware a-danglin’ from the underside, and sinkage & beer coolers below. Curved wood sickle piece overhead, with spots tracing the bar and counter piece, and drop spots running its perimeter.

Cream wall uppers with framed prints over vertical wood slat lowers, with some pillar lighting pieces; they are cool. A large front window to the right of the glass panel doorway; another smaller one angled in between, and smaller boxed panel windows above. To the rear, paneled windows upper & lower to both sides of doors to the deck. Slat wood floors, and high ceilings of pressed tin & crown molding done in silver. Sunken spots and some drop red glass lamp pieces. Flatscreens in some corners for your viewing displeasure. A dozen and a half or so mismatched tables & boos clustered and not, some bar counter space on the divider hiding the loo, and a rear deck holding a bunch of square mesh tables Shipyard umbrella’d up.

Wood tap box on the bar with small toy pieces I shouldn’t touch, atop (I may have inadvertently wound up a Scooby Doo wheeled item and watched as it quickly buzzed away). 10 taps, ½ of them local Maine craft (Maine Peeper, Rising Tide Maine Island Trail Ale, Allagash White, Shipyard Summer Ale & Export Ale), the other ½ a mix of regional craft (Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA), craft afar (Goose Island Pere Jacques, Rogue Hazelnut Brown), a local Mead (Maine Mead Ram Island Lavender Lemonade), and local cider (Fatty Bampkins Maine Hard Cider). I drank the Rising Tide Maine Island Trail Ale & Maine Peeper. A single handpump on the bar (currently unused but it’s usually Shipyard Thumper), and upwards of a dozen and a half bottles (including Maine Brewing beers and an open handful of Belgians), if nothing on taps floats you.

So, they do sausages here; 10 of them listed on the big board. I so should not have lunched further south and just dealt here, Rosamunde style, but alas, I didn’t know the deal ‘til I got here and saw the scene. And I’m bummed, ‘cause a blueberry chicken sausage sounds like it’d be all me. Good crowd. I just met Josh (who has heard the best beer story ever, secondhand ‘til now), and ran into Brendan and family a long way from Philly home. Trivial Pursuit cards and full gamings for the play. Service serves, knows their game. Good beer here, nicely representing their local wares.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

The Thirsty Pig is more of a sausage restaurant than a beer destination; but the sausages are so damn good! It can be found on Exchange Street, almost across from the entrance to Novare Res (See My Reveiw) and amid the hustle and bustle of the Old Port.

It consists of a large single room strewn with tables, with booths along the wall. There is a small semi-circlar bar in the middle, where you get the grub. There is loud music blasting away - during my visit, the TV above the bar was running "The Big Lebowski." The beer selection was limited to 10 frequently rotating taps, but well chosen and included Long Trail, Gritty and the superb Rising Tide Zephyr.

I enjoyed this place, because I love fresh sausages, which come in several varieties, and these are worth a visit. Just avoid the chilli relish or you will die. Great eats with decent beer. Not bad. The Thirsty Pig abides.

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Photo of Kirk_Grant
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

EDIT/UPDATE: I went back recently and I have to say that my thoughts on this place changed from my previous 2-3 times being there in just one visit. I started to notice things that I had not noticed prior to this visit. Beers are VERY well priced...given the quality of the food I'm even more impressed. To me this is a place that is looking to offer value in both the quality of their food and low beer prices. They appear to have a minimal mark-up on beers...and once again, the food is amazing!

The more I think about this...the more I think Novare Res should have them cater their bigger events. This has just shifted to a MUST-TRY place for me when friends come to visit.

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Photo of supercodes
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

This is an establishment designed for the niche meat/beer enthusiasts in our delightful community. There is a limited tap/bottle selection, but what is offered is always exclusive and delicious. The menu accompanying your brew is a decent selection of delicious hot dogs and sausages done in several different, unique styles (I recently had their chorizo sausage w/ jalapeno aioli, and it worked quite well). The size of the Pig is fairly small, but the deck is one of the best in Portland, so if you find yourself in the area during the summer months, make sure to take advantage of the deck service! Overall, highly recommended.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

Great little place in Portland where you can get a different option for food and some great rotations of craft beer offerings. The restaraunt has a slight industrial feel to it, with a bar in the back and plenty of seating throughout. Lots of craft beer themed art adorns the walls, and there are copies of BA available on the counters to peruse while you are eating/drinking. You order at a main counter, and then your food and drinks are brought out to you. I was there in a party of 3, and our orders came out very fast. The food is very tasty, and the menu leans more towards sausage/meat offerings, inlcuding pulled pork, brawts, hot dogs, etc. I had a buffalo chicken dip that was pretty goddamn tasty. There were 6 or 7 beers on tap, and I think they were almost all Maine craft offerings, but covered a variety of styles. From what I have heard about the place, the taps rotate fairly frequently. Prices were very reasonable, and I am actually looking forward to getting back to the Thirsty Pig soon. Good food and good beer in a great city...can't beat it.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Easily accessible on the bustling exchange street, this beer/cider/mead bar offers ample indoor/outdoor seating, several well selected taps, and even thirsty pig store merchandise.
We had no trouble finding seating for a party of 6 on a hot Saturday evening (which can be a nightmare at novare res) and had most of the back patio to ourselves. Several excellent beers were on tap (peeper, prince tuesday, oxbow freestyle) as well as a local mead and cider. Although the staff was scatterbrained and hard of hearing we managed to get our orders and samples in a reasonable amount of time and a reasonable price at that. Overall I really liked this place for their beer selections and atmosphere and will likely return next time I'm in Portland.

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Photo of far333
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Great spot in the old port section of Portland. Large and airy space, high tin ceiling with lots of wood and exposed brick, but feels a bit cold, could be more comfy. Good beers on tap, but not a huge selection. A few Shipyards, Geary's and other locals, and my first encounter with Maine Beer Company Peeper ale. Great stuff, nice and fresh. Quick, attentive and friendly service, tasty and original food. Perhaps just a bit pricey, but everything was very good. Great place to stop in for a quick casual bite and some local beers.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.53/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

An old joint with plenty of charm. Limited seating near the bar, but there is plenty of space to pack people in. Negative points for the men's room, where there was probably more urine on the floor than what actually hit the bowl. You literally leave tracks as you exit.

Tough to get someone's attention, unless you are a regular. Staff was friendly, and the brew cam quick, but we had to hunt for someone in a fairly empty place to get refills. Had to chase someone down (as I saw another patron do) to actually pay.

Beer week in Maine, so all taps were IPAs. Decent selection, moderate bottle selection. Liked their picks though.

Limited menu, didn't eat, but what was featured looked interesting.

Cheap brew and chew. Some flaws to this place, but not bad overall.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Located on Exchange Street in The Old Port. This was a fun place to pass some time on a Saturday afternoon. The room was long, narrow,, and high-ceilinged. Brick walls, some dark wood paneling. Tin ceiling. Kind of retro. Tables toward the front and the right wall. Small J-shaped bar on the right. A deck was out back. Three mounted TVs. Peanuts in the shell.
I counted nine beers on tap: Blue Fin Stout, Stowaway IPA, Shipyard Export Ale, Peeper Ale,,Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Marshall Wharf Wiener, Geary's 25th Anniversary Ale, Geary's HSA, and Allagash White. Nice selection. Only three or four bottled beers. I had the Wiener and the 25th anniversary, enjoyed them both. My wife got her Pumpkinhead fix.
We had good service, and enjoyable conversations with the other people at the bar.
Nice place. Will be back.

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