Little Tap House

Little Tap HouseLittle Tap House
Little Tap HouseLittle Tap House
Bar, Eatery

106 High St
Portland, Maine, 04101-3815
United States

(207) 518-9283 | map

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Rated: 4.11 by PhillyStyle from Georgia

May 25, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by tlavarea from Maine

Mar 07, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by Eddiehop from Texas

Sep 21, 2017
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Reviewed by John_M from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Stopped by on a cold rainy afternoon in April.

Located on the corner of High Street and Spring street, the taphouse is a small cozy affair, with a warm, laid back appealing vibe. In addition to the 10 seat bar off to the right as you come in, there's also a modest size dining room, holding around 10 or 12 tables and chairs. The exposed brick and warm yellow brown color inside adds to the warm cozy vibe. In terms of beer, the taphouse is unapologetically Maine and Portland- centric (something that mentioned on the tap list). On this day, they had 13 beers on tap, most of them from right here in Portland (couple of beers from both Allagash and Bissell brothers). Quality is good, as you expect, though there were no high abv. beers on tap (I think 8% was about as high as I saw). Didn't try the food, but what I saw on the menu looked pretty good (some interesting, inventive dishes on the menu for sure). Service was OK. This is one of those places where the bartender takes your order (pretty quickly), brings you your beer, and pretty much leaves you alone until it appears you might need another drink.

Really like the feel of this place, despite the somewhat diminutive tap list.
Apr 06, 2017
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Reviewed by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Enjoyed dinner and a couple a pints while in town. Great vibe - engaging but not pushy wait staff. Awesome rotating selection of local beers - MBC, Foundation, Austin St., Bissell, and a handful mote from ME. Reasonably priced full pours. Food was awesome - I had the fish and chips, wife had the Caesar and French Onion soup. Delicious. We shared the fresh made chips and pickled beets. Fantastic. Definitely worth a visit - one of those places you can have your cake and eat it too: awesome beer list and great food/vibe.
Oct 30, 2016
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Reviewed by MattyTibbs from Maine

4.79/5  rDev +14%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
Small, quaint & vibrant atmosphere. Tap list is definitely one of the best in the city. They have a lot of the most popular (and BEST) brews from the greater Portland area for real. If you find yourself looking at the many options on the menu, do yourself a favor and order the Rueben eggroll. You'll thank me later. Oh yeah, the other options are also fantastic. Get in there. Slainte!
Sep 24, 2016
Rated: 4.24 by 7irondave from Massachusetts

Sep 19, 2016
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Rated by WillieNelson from Maine

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
Attentive, polite waitstaff and bartenders. No question, one of my favorite places to grab amazing food with really amazing beer.
May 13, 2016
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Reviewed by deuce5645 from Maine

4.81/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 5
I stopped by for a business meeting after meeting my associates we were promptly seated and served drinks, my partner had soup which he raved about. But after that the service dropped i was completely ignored by our waitress. The bartender made up for it though. Pretty decent beer selection as well.
May 12, 2016
Rated: 4.15 by BEERMILER12 from Maine

May 11, 2016
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Reviewed by jhavs from New York

4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5
Great little restaurant and bar. Atmosphere is comfortable and the building is one I have always liked. The hip menu has enough options for everyone to find something they like. Beer selection is targeted towards local options, noting crazy, but all high quality and carefully selected options. Great place for dinner before a show at Port City which is just around the corner.
Jan 04, 2016
Rated: 3.3 by coombski from Maine

Dec 27, 2015
Rated: 4.76 by SpAiReArGsEonNE from New Jersey

Dec 16, 2015
Rated: 4.3 by HopsnMalts_NJ from New Jersey

Sep 09, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by mendvicdog from Maryland

Aug 20, 2015
Rated: 4.48 by cherche from Washington

Jun 24, 2015
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Reviewed by kinopio from Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4
Wanted a nice, laid back place with a good local draft list on my first stop in Portland and Little Tap house definitely delivered.

Big focus on local stuff. Allagash One T, Bissell Bros LUX, Maine Lunch were some of the drafts when I was there. Pour sizes, ABV and price were displayed on the menu. Didn't see a bottle list.

1 TV on each side of the bar. There is also a large dining area. Great views out the windows to the nice old buildings in the area. Beer and a bite for $4 or something during happy hour. Definitely pop in here if you are seeing a show at the State Theater or staying at the Holiday Inn, both of which are super close.
Jun 03, 2015
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Reviewed by Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Sat at the bar for Happy Hour on a Tuesday PM. Not too busy.
V - As many people drinking wine as beer. Not a place to go get your beer geek on. But bring clean nice place. 3.5
Q - No complaints 4
Ser - Bartender and manager were both attentive to the crowd.
Sel - Somewhat small, but a good variety of local Portland beers. 4
F - Excellent - had the potato chips with egg salad as well as with the cheese dip. 4.5
May 13, 2015
Rated: 4.35 by ChrisinRI from Rhode Island

May 12, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by psweendogg from Connecticut

May 11, 2015
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Rated by SmallMegss

4.98/5  rDev +18.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5
Best food and local craft beers!!
Apr 04, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by etmur007 from Maine

Oct 27, 2014
Rated: 3 by asherchase from Maine

Oct 04, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Tidesox28 from Maine

Aug 06, 2014
Rated: 4.16 by MacQ32 from South Carolina

Jul 29, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Wendi from Maine

Jul 21, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by mk_ultra from New Jersey

Jun 19, 2014
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Reviewed by slander from New York

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4
A little walk up a long goddamn hill, is what it is. We were here back in June post The Festival, but I was in no shape to scribble, or maybe in shape to only scribble. In any event, no notes nothing no. So now many months later, just back in town from the Oxford show and on the heels of a lobster roll, we set out in the cold cold rain (btw, it’s 60 and sunny in New York). Up the hill backwards...

Enter off the corner and dodge the 5 barrel tables to the far wall bar; straight, with a slat laminate top, panel base, & my feet left to dangle. Seating for 10 on swivel stools. Barback is a wall of brick with a window a center mirror with crosshatched panel framings. Countertop below holds a two tiered booze pedestal over stemmed glassware to the left and a long wood box holding 14 taps to the right; tulip & snifter types atop, and shortys in between. Booze cabineted below and other shorty mirrorage on the end. Xmas wreath with strung white baby lighting in the barback window; it being the season, and flats in both corners of the bar.

Brick & stucco in yellow and maybe two toned in white; but maybe not, hard to tell in this light. The ceiling done in black with matching ductwork, and beautiful looong wide plank floorings, reclaimed from something somewhere somewhentime. 3 prong spots, drop single filament glow bulb gumdrop lighting, and a cluster of 8 of them at alt heights up front.

Windows over both streets off the corner entrance, horizontal wine display piece on the far wall, a pick a pint board down on the end, and some random tools mounted. Vaulted ceiling in the rear room with crown molding, track spots, & spinnys. Light décor; a red, white, & blue star, a watering can on a stool, potted plants, an arched mirror, candle holders in various sizes & shapes, and a framed Duchesse de Bourgogne print (She seems sad). The draft list is printed on a narrow door to somewhere, and there are kitchenings to the rear. A single shorty table up front, a handful more in a small side room, and 4 to the rear.

14 taps, roughly ½ of them Maine goods (Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale, Allagash White, Gneiss Weiss & Cenozoic, Bunker Brown, Funky Bow Five String Oatmeal Milk Stout & End of the Line Pale Ale, Atlantic Real Ale), and the other ½ a collection of coast to coast American craft (DogFish Head Import, Sixpoint Sweet Action, Founders Centennial IPA & Breakfast Stout, Lagunitas Brown Shugga, Stone Smoked Porter). I drank Bunker Brown, Funky Bow End of the Line Pale Ale, & Oxbow Farmhouse Pale Ale.

Revisited 4 months out, and found 9 of the 14 taps holding state of Maine offerings, and a list that was in general most hop forward (¾ of the list was IPA’s, Rye IPA’s, & Pale Ales). Sampled the Marshall Wharf Toughcats IPA (not what I was looking for), but the Bissell Brothers The Substance, was just that, so I grabbed a pint, one and done this evening.

It’s a chill place come midnight. I thought this town closed at like 10 PM. Congratulations for escaping Old Port, there are other places to play. It’s a good little house. I like that you have to earn it by hiking the hill.
May 21, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by TheMaineBrewBus from Maine

Feb 18, 2014
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Reviewed by jjboesen from Maryland

4.16/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75
Been in Portland a few days and seek relief from the bars and booze holes of the Old Port? Well, have I a place where you can escape the madness and quaff excellent beers and dine on some superb cuisine: it is the Little Tap House on the quiet corner of High and Spring, a few steps from Congress Street.

The venue is single room, dim and cozy adorned with a modest arrangement of tables and a moderate sized bar. There is soft lighting accented by candles amid whitewashed brick. Yet it still comes off as rather casual – neither yuppie nor hipster doofus are about. The crowd is mostly thirty-somethings – with the exception of your gallant reviewer.

This visit occurred during Portland Beer Week (November 2013) and Little Tap was the venue for the Dark Knight event that featured dark beers natch. I thoroughly enjoyed: Otter Creek Hop Session, Geary Porter, Stone Smoked Porter, Sierra Nevada Narwhal and a delightful concoction called Phantom Punch, a winter stout from Baxter Brewing.

Great chow (Shepherd Pie) and decent service made for an enjoyable dark night. So, like I said, if you need to get away, there is no place better to hide than here at the Little Tap House.
Nov 27, 2013
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Reviewed by Chowdahead from Maine

4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75
Finally got around to visiting Little Tap House this past weekend. Nice, open interior with some sit down tables toward the windows and in the back then some stand up tables by the large bar. Lots of light from the big windows and nicely decorated. Laid back atmosphere and crowd which was nice to enjoy some drinks and food.

Tap list is a touch small for a beer focused bar (14 taps I believe) however the selection was good with lots of high quality Maine brewed beers but nothing that wow'd me. Beer prices were in line with other restaurants/bars in Portland.

Food was excellent and very fairly priced. Menu is small but diverse and most items were $15 or less which is a welcome relief from the many high end places which have dominated new restaurant openings in Portland recently. I ordered the burger which was cooked perfectly and I would say is the best burger in Portland. My wife had the Forager's Pie which was also very tasty.

Service at the bar was excellent.

Overall a great place for a high quality but more casual and relaxed dining or drinking experience. Looking forward to coming back soon!
Jun 05, 2013
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Reviewed by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
Red brick on an unassuming corner just out of downtown Portland. Natural brick facade inside painted pale yellow with sparse but eclectic wall hangings. Big windows on two walls let lots of the outside in. Small bar with maybe 12 seats and about twenty tables around with a few high top whiskey barrel tables. Taplist about 12 deep with a focus on Maine brewers. The menu is a bit on the small side but well thought out and focused on local and sustainable. I had a burger today an at medium well was cooked to perfection and juicy enough to not need condiment. Daniel was extremely attentive and somewhat knowledgeable about the beer he served me. Prices are what I would expect for the quality. Great experience for me, I would come back again if in the area!
Jun 04, 2013
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