Bull Feeney's

Bull Feeney'sBull Feeney's
BA SCORE
3.82/5
32 Ratings
Bull Feeney'sBull Feeney's
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(207) 773-7210 | map

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
32
pDev:
10.21%
 
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Centrally located in historic Old Port, Bull Feeney’s is as fine an Irish pub as you’ll find this side of Kilkenny – or Biddeford, anyway. Set behind a pair of grand Palladian windows overlooking busy Fore Street, this convivial pub is a grand place to share a pint or craic (not that kind!). There is here a well-worn rustic atmosphere that makes one long for the Auld Sod. This sprawling pub is heavily festooned with every kind of Irish bric-a-brac: medicine jars, signboards, road markers and the mandatory “Guinness Is Good” posters. In addition to the lengthy bar, which is overlooked by an imposing battalion of Irish whiskey bottles, there is a comfortable dining room and an upstairs. Of course, no Irish pub would be worth a shamrock if the comely server did not pour a perfect pint of the Guinness. There is also live music should you wish to shake the sawdust from the floorboards.

Bull Feeney offers plenty of local Maine beer on tap along with a serious supply of single malt scotch; however, it is the aforementioned Guinness that makes the place shine. The food menu contains many Irish favorites, including a pulled pork sandwich braised in Guinness barbecue sauce. Or as Michaleen Flynn from John Ford’s “The Quiet Man” might have said: “When I drink Guinness, I drink Guinness, and when I ….”

Speaking of John Ford, it is he who this pub honors. Born John Martin Feeney, he played football at Portland High School. His habit of lowering his helmet to charge his opponents earned him the name “Bull.” It is his picture that adorns the front sign. This is an excellent pub where no patty fingers are tolerated.

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Photo of KLHBB
4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Fun vibe, wood, old world charm. Server "in training" but both she and her mentor were great. I can't speak to the food, but the beer selection and quality was great.

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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

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4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Barleycorn
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Irish Pub, with a traditional food menu & a good selection including many quality local beers. A solid choice that is not as touristy or loud as others in Portland

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Bull Feeny's- Portland

Walked in here after eating at Gritty's. 2 staircases go upstairs to more dining? Pleny of brick, hardwood, and fireplaces. Along the left side of the bar plenty of loud rowdy locals and plenty of people eating on the right side. Ordered up a Stone Coast IPA. Bartender was friendly and quick. The beer had a slight bleach flavor?! Otherwise comfortable atmosphere and a very good tap and drink selection. On tap I noticed; Guinness, Harp, Bass, Smithwicks, Allagash, Geary's, Shipyard, and Stonecoast.

A good local joint.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped by on a rainy Saturday afternoon of wasting time in the Old Port.

The thing that struck me the most is how much I love the atmosphere of the place. It has the feel of being very old and is very cozy pub-like. I can't speak much for the rest of the place as I was seated on the first floor.

They have a rather large selection of beers on tap and a large menu of drink variations. I got a Poor Man's Black Velvet (although I believe it was wrongly listed as a Snakebite, doesn't matter though, they list each drink combination, this one being half Guinness and half cider). This is one of my favorite drinks and most of the bars in my area of living can't make it because they don't have cider on tap, let alone even stock bottles of it.

The food was typical pub fare and the service was alright, not extremely fast, but if you like to joy your stay in a pub then it works out.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

We stopped in here walking around Portland Saturday night,very old interior is what stuck out to me when we walked in like many places in Portland the interior of the building looks over 100 years old,pretty large with a upstairs and downstairs with a rather large bar that was packed we had to wait 20 minutes for are table so we started at the bar,about 10-12 taps with Stone Coast 420,and Geary's Autumn ale as the highlights my wife ordered the Allagash White all the beers came in proper glassware wich was cool.After we sat the service was prompt and efficient my mom and wife ordered the haddock sandwich was very fresh tasting and good (not like here in B-lo)I had the lobster ravioli wich was also very good.Like everywhere in Portland just about its pricey but hey the food was good and they had decent beer.

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3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 4.5

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Straight up Irish pub - if you're looking for a wide selection of odd brews, this isn't your place - if you want standard Irish fare - you'll love it.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

first off this place is a lot bigger than it looks, with few floors and a few rooms on each floor. the atmosphere is pretty damn good, it pulls of being an old pub even though it's not, and it's got tons of character.
the service was good enough for there to be no complaints. the waiter was a little dinterested, but pretty attentive. the selection was ok in terms of irish pub/maine beer. they had allagash, shipyard, stone coast, and a few others, along with the requisite guinness, swithwicks, etc. the stuff i had was all in good condition. the food wasn't bad, but not as good as it was touted in advertisements i've seen for the place. the fish and chips and shepard's pie were well prepared, but could have benefited from a little jazzing up. it was also a little on the expensive side for what it was as well.
overall not a bad experience. give it a shot for the atomosphere, it's a cool looking pub.

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Photo of mdavis31481
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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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3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Not actually a very exciting selection of beers, although I was glad to see Murphy's Stout the other day, and I think it's a pretty decent selection for a regular Irish pub. The food is very good for pub style, the service is usually friendly and fast . The atmosphere is fun, good music scene, lively, and it's a great location-- easy to head off onto the next place from Bull Feeney's. This is a good place to grab some hearty grub before you move on to places with more beers to choose from. Novare is a close walk away.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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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3.63/5  rDev -5%
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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