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Rí Rá Irish Pub

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BA SCORE
89
very good

12 Reviews
Rí Rá Irish PubRí Rá Irish Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

72 Commercial St
Portland, Maine, 04101-4749
United States

(207) 761-4446 | map
rira.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
89
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
28
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
5.13%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 28
Reviews by bennybrew:
Photo of bennybrew
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

so. there's like 3 bars and a leather seating area and a fireplace and irish accents and a bar "brought over from ireland" and guinness beef stew and stuff like that.
that's all cool.

but i liked it because it was big and clean and nice and stuff. pretty crowded though. it tooke forever to get a table (without a reservation). but we were quite confortable on a sofa having a pint.

i do believe i prefer brian boru for atmosphere and lack of crowdedness. but brian boru would be a better place to take yer parents.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of coombski
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Gavage
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 2.75 | food: 3.5

One of the few bars open early for breakfast in town. There are two main room here with nice wood bars and several TVs in both. Decorated as all other Ri Ra pubs. 8 beers on draft at each bar and nothing really exciting here at all. Breakfast was decent, and service was good. With all the good beer bars in town, this place doesn't match up if you are looking for a bunch of local beers.

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Photo of Jcorn
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Didn't have any food here but I had several pints of MBC Lunch & was darn happy about it.

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Photo of mheisey
4/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of RKing44
4.25/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Frank_gioffre
5/5  rDev +28.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great food! Excellent local beer selection.

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Photo of mwar
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

Photo of ChrisinRI
3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4

Photo of Cdowd10
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Reds76
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of j_hollings13
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BierBliss
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of 80x2HopHead
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cphughes
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of supercodes
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Ri Ra has two separate identities. First, it's lunch and dinner service. During this time, Ri Ra's charm as an old world authentic Irish pub comes to life. The service is great, the food is fantastic, and the Guinness is poured perfectly at the best temperature. However, just about all the charm of Ri Ra is lost when the pub turns into a normal bar. The locals flock in, and the place becomes over-crowded with some average at best local bar band playing in the corner. Everything that makes Ri Ra great is lost when the sun goes down. Beyond the perfect pour of Guinness, the beer selection is typical fare for the average bar in the area, with a couple of Shipyard brews on tap, some Sam Adams, and maybe a few local micros tossed in for good measure. If you are visiting Portland and want to try out this legendary bar chain, I'd highly recommend dinner service with a nice, traditional Guinness.

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Photo of Larrydoherty
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ri Ra Irish Pub is one of our favorite places to go to whenever we make it to Portland Maine. A great Irish bar, with a great beer selection, if you want to try some of the local Maine brews, there's no better place than Ri Ra.

Ri Ra offers live music on the weekend, a great menu, and plenty of TV's to catch the game on.

Beers are served in their proper glassware. Be sure to order a Baxter Beer so you can try Baxter's cool glass that's shaped like a beer can.

There's lots of options in Portland, but be sure not to skip Ri Ra.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Located in an old building in the Old Port, you'd never know that this is a chain. Typical pub. Clean, with adequate seating. Nice bar.

Good rotating Irish brew and local tap selection, and plenty of cans/bottles.

Service was great. Server was actually brought over from Ireland (for atomsphere?), and she was terrific.

Food was great. Big portions. Potato cakes, Guiness stew, and fish and chips were very tasty. Great brunch menu.

Prices are very easy as well. Reasonable for pints and grub. I'd go back.

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Photo of zamboni1
4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I like Ri-Ra and yes, I know it's a chain ... a small chain. But the Ri-Ra in Portland is just really nice. The beer selection is decent -- Maine craft beers and seasonals as well as the expected Guinness, Smithwicks, Boddie's, Stella, etc. (sometimes Murphy's is on tap, too -- which is what I prefer).

They have Jameson's, Jamesons's 12, Bushmills, Blackbush, Bushmills single malt, Powers and Tullamore Dew as well -- all fine Irish whiskeys and much appreciated.

To me what sets Ri-Ra apart, though is the service. In my experience it has always been outstanding. Every. Single. Time. The bartenders -- no matter who is on, no matter how busy, no matter how quiet -- they are fantastic. Attentive, friendly, and professional. They're among the best I've encountered in any city in North America.

The waitstaff is good, too, in the same way. And the food is pretty darned good. (Try the Sunday brunch upstairs!)

There are three distinct rooms: the rustic country pub, the 2-level Victorian-style pub, and the upstairs dining room. The rustic country pub is my favorite and feels like many country pubs in County Clare. The Victorian pub room looks and feels exactly the the Sliken Thomas pub I visited in Kildare, Ireland and attracts a lovely looking crowd. The upstairs is my least favorite, but it has killer views of Portland Harbor (not really a pub).

I like Ri-Ra a lot. Try it!

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Ri-Ra is a chain so don't go thinking this is a real authentic "oirish" pub. There is one in Boston and one in Burlington, VT as well...however none of them have the location this one has...right on Commerical St. and righ on the water in the Old Port in Portland.

Decent food, 1/2 price burger specials on Tuesdays when I used to go. Never had a bad meal there so no complaints on that end.

Beer selection is sort of heavy on the import side...Guinness, Harp, Smithwicks etc...but they do usually have a Shipyard Seasonal, Geary's Pale as well as Allagash White.

This is not a beer bar but a pub that happens to have an ok beer selection.

Go to Trivia Night, that is awesome.

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Photo of cvstrickland
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Right at the waterfront and close to downtown hotels, RiRa is a great place to have a sandwich and a few pints o' the black. They'll pour you a Guinness correctly, and will even draw the shamrock on top for the tourists.

The place is decorated like a Olde-World style pub, with lots of kitsch scattered around to make it look more authentic, perhaps contrived, but scattered about are glaring hints (glossy, professional adware and printing, 'uniforms' that look casual, but aren't, etc.) that there's corporate money backing this charming "little" pub.

So it's a chain. So what? It was close to our hotel and really saved the day.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Ate here during lunch, so I can't speak for what it's like on the weekends or at night, but some friends of mine in the Portland area say it's a great place during that time. As it was though, it wasn't busy at all.

The beer selection is very Irish with some typical domestic drafts and Maine beer products.

Service was good and the waitress didn't mind taking the time to talk to you. The food was pretty good, but if I was in the area, I don't think I'd go here for the food.

Atmosphere was pretty classy for the dining room area with a raised level, didn't get a chance to see the smaller pub area though. Has a decent view of the waterfront as it's on the oceanside of the street.

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Rí Rá Irish Pub in Portland, ME
3.9 out of 5 based on 28 ratings.
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