The "Suds" Pub

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8 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

151 Main St
Bethel, Maine, 04217-4019
United States

(207) 824-6558 | map

Located at The Sudbury Inn.

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of abagofit
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Hit the Suds Pub for a couple beers and dessert for the kids last night. Located in the basement of the Sudbury Inn, the atmosphere of this place is fantastic. Warm, cozy and inviting this is the perfect winter pub to shake off the chill and enjoy a beer.
Service was very good and overly friendly and inviting.

We did order two desserts and both were pretty darn good. Obviously can't comment on the food, but the menu is basic pub fare. Saw a Pizza set down at the table next to me and it looked great.

They have 29 taps and a basic selection of bottles. The tap list is mostly regional beers focusing a lot on Geary's. To me the list isn't that exciting and I think this is the one area that holds this back from being a great place.

Bottom line, if you're a beer person in Bethel, definitely hit this place.

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Photo of juzy
4/5  rDev +3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Been a long time since we visited the Suds Pub. I don't recall there being such a big tap selection when I was in my 20s, but who cares, it's there now. About 29 taps, primarily local Maine offerings, which is good when you want to try as many as possible while you are visiting from Alaska.

Chatted with Dan for most of our visit. Turns out he had visited Alaska and we had lots of stories to share.

Generous with offering samples of things.

We visited during lunch on a week day and thus the place was dead. We had some wings to go with our beer and conversation. Could've stayed for a few more hours, but one of us had to drive back to Sunday River.

If you are in Bethel there is beer to be had. More than I recall or expected ;-)

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Photo of mountdew1
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A good almost dive ski bar. Small and crowded during popular season, especially crazy by occasional self seating. Lots of old ski stuff on the walls. Our waiter was quick, knowledgeable, and was friendly. 29 beers on taps, plus a handful of bottles does make for a solid selection, esp in the middle of almost no-where. Food is pretty tasty, having had the pizza, burgers, nachos, salads and others, all were good. Nothing fancy, but good solid food. Price isn't too bad, slightly higher than I like to pay, but in line with the area. 4 bucks for a micro pint is pretty good. Last bill was 40 bucks pre-tip for 1 beer, 1 soda, 1 plate of nachos, 1 cesar salad, and a burger. One of the few restaurants I hit regularly in the area.

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Photo of radshoesbro
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

i've been going to suds since i was about 13. my dad lives right outside of bethel so i've definately gotten to "know the place" over the years. suds is located right in the middle of bethel, it's about 10 - 15 minutes from sunday river. my biggest suggestion to everyone that wants to go here is to park in the rear! that's where their parking lot is. you just walk down the flight of stairs into suds. now, as far as beer selection goes it's quite impressive. we're talking 28 or 29 taps and some bottles. all of this in the middle of the mountains is pretty sweet if you ask me. tons of other people have talked about what they have on tap so i'll spare you...just look at other peoples reviews. my biggest qualm about this place has nothing to do with their bar service, but their food service. every single time i've been there it has taken an HOUR to get a pizza. a full hour! if you come here and you want to eat, i'd advise against it. get some beer and then hit up the movies. there are a couple other places (pat's pizza comes to mind) right around there that you can get some pretty good food. when at suds, skip the food and have the beer.

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Photo of slander
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

We hadn't gotten a block from Sunday River before I noticed it on the list of names and addresses I'd compiled earlier that morning. "Hey, um, Karl,... do you know where Main Street is? Reason I'm asking is there's, uh, another place here in Bethel for us to visit". We went up the road that way and got off over there, and just followed the kind of "business district" signs that generally land you on a town's "Main Street" and there is was; a place that looked way too upscale for the likes of us. We parked out front and figured we'd casually walk by and look in and didn't see anything beerish goin' on, but as we got past the front windows and turned the corner, we saw a lit "Suds Pub" sign back theres a ways. Jed mused, "Maybe they're hiding it in the basement", and yeah, they are. The lit sign is next to a doorway that leads down a flight of stairs to a basement bar....
In the middle of the room is an elevated "U" shaped bar with low bar stools seating a dozen and a half, and bar counters running on 2 sides. A dozen tables wrap around it's 3 sides, nearly half of them are German beer hall style and the other half are smaller tables covered with tableclothes decorated with red peppers. A small raised stage in the far corner, Phil's golf game, and Suds Pub mug club mugs (say that 7 times fast). Old stone walls on 2 sides and along the corner where the stage is, the walls are covered with old instruments and strung Xmas lighting.
The menu reads, "Our pub has the largest number of beers (29) on tap west of Portland" and it's true. Nearly half of them are from Maine breweries (Sunday River, Gritty's, Allagash, Shipyard, Gearys, Atlantic Brewing). A few other micros (Magic Hat #9, Sam Adams Winter, Widmer Hefe, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), dull imports (Newcastle, Bass) and macros. Apparently they do a decent job of mixing up the tap list, rotating in new things and seasonals. Also a dozen bottles, all macros & maltos.
Beer was fresh and the place was okay, other than nearly getting the hell beaten out of me by "Angry troll Red Sox woman". Kind of small and tight, but they do have some good taps...

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Photo of Thrasher
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This joint is in the basement of an upscale inn, but is pretty low-key and basic if not an altogether dive. Between this place and Moose's Tale (Sun. River Brewpub) up the road, Bethel ME turns out to be a relative beer oasis in NW Maine especially when you consider how unpopulated the area is. Clientele was totally local when I went in, and pretty sparse but it was early in the week. Beer selection is the highlight with plenty of offerings from Gritty's, Geary's, Stone Coast, and Shipyard. I had a Kennebec River Magic Hole IPA which I'd never had or heard of, and it was great. The Geary's summer was disappointing & flat, although not surprising since it's the end of the season. Bartender steered me towards the Gritty's summer, which was much better, crisp, hoppy, and seemed perfectly fresh. Food was tasty and ample. Prices are in the mid to upper range (like most of Bethel) but the portions are very big, and the movie/pizza/beer deal is a good one. Full marks for service and here's why: after paying the tab, making a pit stop, and on the way to walk out the door, the bartender called me over and gave me back the extra 20 that I'd mistakenly left in the pile. Oops!

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Photo of ecoboy
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I would have to say that this hard-to-find place in the basement of an inn in Bethel is a worthy stop for those Sunday River Ski Area visitors who don't want a lodge feeling and have already stopped by the Sunday River Brewing Company's brewpub. Hard-to-find often works out in the region: you might get a table here or a spot at the bar when everybody else has an hour wait. To get in, park in front of the Sudbury Inn and walk to the side door. The steps down lead to a warm and low-ceilinged place with live music on the weekends and red-checked table cloths on the tables.

The beer selection is impressive this far off the beaten path. 29 taps. Sure, there's a large number of the usual suspects: Bass, Guinness, Sierra Nevada, Heineken, Labatt's, PBR, but also rotating taps from Gritty's, Geary's, Shipyard, Sunday River, Redhook and others.

Nobody will go hungry. This isn't food with tons of panache, but it isn't bad either, and again, that works this far off the beaten path.

Directly from the website:
$10 buys you a small one topping pizza, a beer or soda and a movie ticket for Casablanca Cinema. This deal works Sunday through Thursday, non-holiday weeks.

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The "Suds" Pub in Bethel, ME
Place rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 8 ratings
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