Bleachers Sports Bar & Restaurant

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6 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

118 Preble St
Portland, Maine, 04101-2425
United States

(207) 772-9229

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by bennybrew:
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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

EDIT 9.19.05 benny goes to the new bleachers. it is no longer on forrest ave but now on prebble st. it is sort of in the middle of nothing, as far as i could tell. but let this not deter you from going. if you want some decent beer and lots of tvs for sports go to bleachers. the new spot has a seperate bar and dining room and, for you blind tiger fans, nicer bathrooms. otherwise not much has changed. a few good beers and decent pub food. three of us ate for $50 with 6 pints, 2 apps and 3 dinners and i call that resonable.

not sure how i ended up in bleachers. i think yankeeheel had something to do with it. actually i'm pretty sure of that. something to do with duke basketball...

which brings me to the point: there are a lot of tv's for not a very big bar. its not a small bar but there are a lot of tvs. so its a sports bar then. know that going in (if the name doesn't give that away).

HOWEVERFORTHWITH let this not deter you from stumbling in on yer way back to yer hotel or abode heading home from the bear. this establishment has many fine qualities (assuming, like me, you prefer a quiet beer bar to a sprts bar with 100 tvs).

there were manymany fine maine brews on tap. bout 16 as i recall. and some sort of beer special (pint for $2?) worth indulging.

service was qiuck and friendly and helpful and spiffy in all manners but not outstanding.

food was decent and fairly portioned and priced.

so. stop in and enjoy.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

My first stop on my first night in Portland, Maine. Thanks to Ecoboy and Margaret for taking me out here to meet up with one of their local friends. The atmosphere here is very good for a sports bar, even from the outside, one gets the feeling that this may not be a "typical" sports bar, and it isn't. On the inside this is one big room with a few tables, many tvs, and a small but adequately sized bar. The quality of the beers I had here were spot on, and the selection is good, and definately has a local flare to it with many Maine micros on tap. Service was fast and friendly as well, just as I like it. The food was a real highlight for me. Cheap and big portions, just what this frugal shopper likes. I had the steak burrito which was the chefs whim for the day, and it was damn tasty and quite filling. They also had a trivia contest here, and although our team did not win, we all had a great time playing, and I have to say that I think that I helepd out a lot with the Seinfeld trivia questions. Overall a nice sports bar, located close to the GLB. Both are great options depening on what you want. I am very glad to have drunk here in great company, and I hope to do it again sometime.

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Photo of slander
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Agreed, I don't really know how it is, why it is, I wound up here. Doesn't "Bleachers" says "sports bar"?? Yeah, but it sounds worse than it is. Really not too bad for what I think of as a sports bar.
One big ol' room with a 6 seat bar and a dozen and a half tables. A big screen TV and a bunch of smaller TV's on all walls. Mostly games on but they were also running NTN trivia. I got smoked pretty badly although I did notice someone named Ecoboy amongst the previous trivia high scorers from February '04. The room is heavily decorated with sports jerseys, plaques, pictures, mirrors, and so forth and they've got a giant peanut barrel in the corner. I noticed an outside seating area to the rear but we never actually made it out there.
16 taps. Half of them are New England beers. 5 from local Maine brewers (Shipyard Export, Casco Bay Winter, Sunday River Alt, Geary's Pale Ale, Gritty's Halloween) and the Magic Hat Jinx, Sam Adams Winter Ale & Stock Ale. It's nice seeing the Stock Ale. You usually get the Boston Lager, seldom do you see the Ale on tap. Guinness, Bass and a bunch of macros. Service was pleasant and attentative. Good place to watch the game, I suppose. Like I said, not too bad for a sports bar.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Atmosphere: Very cozy sports bar. Several TV's with one widescreen behind the bar. Most other TV's are standard size and mounted on the wall due to limited floor space. Grab yourself a bucket and fill up with some free peanuts.

Selection: 16 beers on draft including Geary's Pale and a seasonal, Sam Adams and a seasonal, Gritty's seasonal, Shipyard selections, Magic hat #9, Sunday River Alt, Bass Guinness and then BMC. Don't know if they carry bottles.

Quality: Both beers I tasted were fresh and tasty. They were running a 2.75 draft special on Shipyard products and you can't beat that price.

Service: Quite good. It was not crowded at lunchtime but the waitstaff were prompt and friendly.

Food: Pretty good, sandwiches and burgers mostly. I got a steak and cheese that was rather tasty. Pretty good for standard sports bar fare.

Only ducked into this place because the Great Lost Bear was not open for lunch yet. A nice surprise.

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Photo of yankeeheel
4/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This is a higly underated establishment.

A small, but solid selection of brews on tap, food that is definitely better than GLB, and lots and lots of sports. A solid combo. My only beef is the way they lay out the tv's. Most of them are smallish in comparison to other sports bars I've been too, and they are all at ceiling height. Makes for a lot of having to look up to watch your game. I guess the space is limited and they can't put a lot of big screens at floor level. Just my quirk, but don't let it stop you.

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Photo of ecoboy
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have found so few sports bars that also respect their beer that I only visited Bleachers after living in the area for a good three years. And with the 990 lb. beer gorilla of Great Lost Bear just a few blocks away, why would I go to Bleachers for a beer?

What a pleasant surprise! Bartenders who pour the Guiness with the traditional you-gotta-wait-for-it pour. Over a dozen taps, half of them locals like Gritty's, Geary's, Casco Bay, and quality regional players like Red Hook and Magic Hat. (My "4.5" for selection should be taken with a grain of salt, as I give it a "5" based on expectation.) A mug club at a sports bar! I've only been to one establishment (Stuft Pizza and Breweries of Southern California) that manages to do it "bigger."

And I didn't say better. The little things at Bleachers have made me a believer. Free peanuts. Three page menu with prices that beat the food menu at Great Lost Bear by close to four bucks an item. Two for one burgers, chicken wings, and other items depending on the day. NTN trivia. Chipper servers. And of course, should I really want to see the Pawsox, San Jose Sharks and UNH vs. UMaine hoops instead of the bigtime sports event on my TV...

Just another worthy option in my hometown full of worthy options.

(An adaptation and a couple of downmods in number for the new location. Quality and selection will still beat the snot out of most "sports bars" in other states, but as a beerfly destination, this is not essential beer in Portland.)

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Bleachers Sports Bar & Restaurant in Portland, ME
Place rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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