Rí Rá Irish Pub

very good

12 Reviews
Rí Rá Irish PubRí Rá Irish Pub

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(207) 761-4446 | map

No notes at this time.

Added by ecoboy

View: Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 28
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.

 522 characters

Photo of ecoboy
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Been to a RiRa before? This is my favorite, not the least reason being its size and scope. Located on the water near the ferry to Casco Bay islands and right across from a Maine Beer and Beverage location, this is a good spot to mix tippling and tourism in Portland's Old Port. All seasons seem to be comfortable at this RiRa.

On tap: the Maine usual suspects and Irish and British usual suspects: Guinness with a shamrock pour, Boddingtons, Harp, Newcastle, Bass, Shipyard, and light American Macros. The selction is the weakest feature. The staff is never gruff and understands the importance of pride in service. Nicely dressed, often first generation Irish immigrant, they're good people.

But! Three distinct rooms/areas/atmospheres to choose from. Watch worldwide "footie" in the worn, comfortable front bar that looks out onto the street. Lots of open area between a few tables and benches. Perfect for a quick beer with no food. Then there's the multi level "pub" area with lots of sight lines to see and be seen. Fireplace, live music every few nights, beer promo happy hours every few nights, trivia contest on Tuesdays. Just a swell place to meet and talk, and the opportunity for a quick bite from the menu. If youo're looking for a better view or a more sumptuous meal, you can go to the top level restaurant where the grub turns into cuisine ($18.95 will get you a fine leg o' lamb,) and I've never felt comfortable in shorts. The room is glass on three sides for a neat view of the working waterfront: fishing vessels, ferries and the Portland Fireboat are all docked there. Watch for curious seals in the water!

 1,632 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.