Bull Feeney's

very good

16 Reviews
Bull Feeney'sBull Feeney's

Type: Bar, Eatery

375 Fore St
Portland, Maine, 04101-5010
United States

(207) 773-7210 | map

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 31
Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

At first I was a bit skeptical about heading to Bull Feeny's as I've heard it's a hit or miss place. Very large floor plan, but an excellent space. First floor has a long bar and is a bit skinny, but after you walk upstairs, which sort of reminded me of a ship staircase, the place opens up into what is about 4 or 5 rooms and spans the over half the building block. It almost seemed as though you had to define the atmosphere you were looking for. Be that in the room where the band was playing, at the crowded bar, in the room with leather chairs and couches or out in the quieter, "restaurant" area. High ceiling and arching windows made the rooms look bigger then they really were, but added a nice character to the place.

Bartenders were prompt and accommodating, but I'm not sure they knew a whole lot about the beer. The one bartender remembered us the second night, which allowed us to have privileged service of sorts. Bull Feeny's has about 10-12 taps with local stuff and the usual macros. 420 IPA, Allagash White, Casco bay, and Geary's were the really only things that I would have drank. Everything else didn't even deserve a peak. Did not try the food unfortunately.

Not necessarily the best beer bar in Portland, but one that seems like it's got a nice niche with the live music. With so many brewpubs in walking distance, I'm not sure this would be my local hangout, but a good place for a long night of drinking.

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Photo of Grundle20
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

On my last trip to Portland I visited Bull Feeny's both early in the afternoon and later in the evening, this makes a huge difference.

Early in the day it's a nice little place with a lot of charm. There's a selection of about 4 local micros including Allagash, and Stone Coast beer. The beers were poured well in to the proper glassware although they did serve my Allagash white with an orange slice. The bartender was perky and quick to initiate conversation which I enjoy in a bar, makes you feel like you're at your local dive. The locals were rowdy and quick to burst in to song, no joke, they were wasted at noon singing "Puff the Magic Dragon." The bar is STOCKED though. I wasn't looking to get plowed that early in the day but it was certainly an option. They had a great selection of scotch and whiskey and a pretty standard high end bar. Overall it looked like, and sounded like an Irish pub.

At night Bull Feeny's blows hard. The place is massive, two floors and several bars, and I had to go all the way to the top floor and back bar at 10pm in order to get some room. I obviously can't get in to some discussion with a bartender at this hour but I'll be damned if it didn't take 20 minutes and a minor scuffle to get a beer at this point in time. I picked up a 420 IPA from Stone Coast and they either had dirty lines or I got the dregs of the keg because the pour was awful and tasted very off, vastly different from the brewery and the downstairs bar. The regulars are long gone at this point. The place is now packed with meat head 20 somethings getting plowed and rowdy. I'm only 22 but even I found this to be annoying and excessive. It was as if being in an "Irish" pub warranted extra drunken stupidity. I've spent a good portion of my life in Maine and know that Mainers now how to throw them back but the bar goes from charming to douchebag head butting party palace in about 4 hours.

If you're looking for a quick and enjoyable beer I suggest getting it well before 7pm and passing on the bar entirely after that point.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Located around the corner from the Portland Regency hotel I was staying at. Typical Irish bar with appropriate music playing at a reasonable level. The bar wraps between two room and has about 15 stools available. Stairs lead to a dining area on the second floor which I did not examine. Small booths and some tables surround the bar area. The word Guiness is painted on the brick wall by the bar.

The beer selection was decent as Guinness, Harp, Bass, Boddingtons, Newcastle, Stella Artois, Paulaner Hefe, Allagash White, Geary's Summer, Shipyard Export and Fuggles IPA. I had an Allagash served in appropriate logo'd glassware.

Bartender was quite and non-conversational. My glass was empty for a few minutes before he asked if I wanted another. The girls greeting customers at the door were good looking and sporting bubbly personalities.

Not a bad place to stop to grab a pint if you are looking for Guinness or Harp, but I felt a little out of place drinking the Allagash here.

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Photo of mdavis31481
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

As a frequent visitor to Portland's Old Port and it's myriad bars, I find myself at this lovely Irish pub often. Located on frequently busy Fore Street, Bull Feeney's provides a welcome respite from the work world. Dark wood and comfortable seating provide an inviting atmosphere. The pub provides customers with an upstairs and downstairs bar. The upstairs, while my preferred destination, is usually closed unless it is Friday or Saturday. An open upstairs is certainly necessary as Feeney's becomes quite crowded Friday and Saturday evenings.

The beer selection provides nearly everyone with a choice or two. During the winter months Geary's HSA is poured liberally in 22oz. pint glasses. (I realize this is now a year-round brew, but the bar manager told me they take it off tap in the summer due to a decline in sales). In the summer months the HSA is replaced with Geary's Summer. Allagash White, Shipyard Export, Boddington's, Stella Artois, and Guinness have found permanent homes on tap. Paulaner is currently on tap as the weather inches its way towards summer. Seasonals from Shipyard and Casco Bay round out the selection. Bull Feeney's also takes great care to serve each brew in proper glassware. The bottle selection, where you will find the macros, is unimpressive.

I have not had the food at Feeney's as it appears quite expensive for pub fare. The beer prices, on the other hand, are on par with area bars.

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Photo of Hibernator
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Bull Feeny's is a centrally located restaurant and bar on Fore Street in Portland. The Guinness signs in front should be welcoming.

This is a good sized Irish pub. Clean and very comfortable with two levels of dining and bars. The gas fireplace added a great vibe to the atmosphere.

The draught beer selection was solid and every beer I had was fresh. Most beers are poured in nice glassware. This is one place that recognizes the beauty of a 20 oz pint.

Draught selection highlights included Allagash White, Shipyard Winter Ale & Export, Geary's & Geary's Hampshire Ale, and Casco Bay Riptide. I had the Geary's HSA and it was fresh and tasty. Credit must be given to the 20 oz Geary's HSA glass...very nice. There are also many of the typical English and Irish options (Guinness, Bass, Boddingtons, etc.)

Service was a bit shaky and slow. The bartender and some of the waitresses appeared disinterested. Prices are a little on the high side, but the atmosphere makes up for it. Soup and food was served luke warm and waits were way too lengthy.

On the other side, there were some very creative tasty food options. Nice dinner and lunch dishes from seafood, pasta, sandwiches, salads...slightly better than average pub food.

Overall, this place is worth checking out if you are in the area. I would certainly go back and hope the service can be a better experience.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Since I added it I may as well be the first to review it.

I like this place a lot. There is a big history of John Feeny, the man whose nickname adorns the sign, and how he started several Portland pubs, but I'll let you read it if you go here. This a a slightly upscale version of the Americanized Irish pub. Lots of wood, nice fabric, and fireplaces, which I really dig. The usual assortment of antiqued pics adorn the walls and of course, Guinness signs.

The pub is split in to four distinct areas, the downstairs pub, an upstairs dining room, an upstairs bar, and an upstairs music/drinking room. Off the upstiars bar there is a smaller sitting room with some very nice furniture and a fireplace. There is a rotating schedule of live performers.

Beer wise they have a decent selection. I saw about 12 taps with a lot of the usual Irish/English suspects and a few locals such as Allagash white, HSA, and Shipyard export. They also mix in a couple of macros and Heineken too. The pours are fairly generous in my experience. Pints are $4.50. You can even get half yards if you're feeling it for $9.50.

The food is quite good, albeit slightly overpriced. This night I had the half chicken, which was good, and the rest of my party had fish and chips. They have entrees in the $13-$19 range with a fair amount of sandwich choices for less. Like I said, typical pub fare. Service is a bit slow even when empty.

Overall, a nice place to sit and relax with friends if you aren't in a hurry.

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Bull Feeney's in Portland, ME
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