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The Great Lost Bear

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

108 Reviews
The Great Lost BearThe Great Lost Bear
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

540 Forest Ave
Portland, Maine, 04101-1507
United States

(207) 772-0300 | map
www.greatlostbear.com

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PLACE STATS
Place Score:
94
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
180
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Taps:
69
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 180
Reviews by Grundle20:
Photo of Grundle20
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

GLB, as it's come to be known in my family, is far more than a damn good place to grab a beer to me. It's a place I used to beg my dad to take me to as a child so I could eat their "Super Nachos" which at the time was a molten heap of meat, cheese, and nachos comparable to the size of my head. I still get them every time I stop in.

It was only recently that I got to go back and fully enjoy all of it's beers and given the high number of bars and restaurants in the area the GLB still dominates all of them. It has an overwhelming selection of good american beer and decent pricing on everything. The food is pretty much standard pub food but its done so well and it's given witty little names that bring your mind back to the late 60s early 70s like Chevy Chase's Love Me Tenders which beats out "chicken fingers" in my opinion.

GLB exudes a presence of local importance and tradition. It's been a staple in my family since I can remember and the same is true with nearly every Mainer in the area. If you're looking for a really unique and telling place to grab a meal or a beer in Portland then I can't help but say you'd be a fool to pass on the opportunity to stop in.

Bottom Line:
Decent food and decent beer for decent people, the very lifeblood of Maine.

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Photo of gr8fulbeerhead
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of 7irondave
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of CayseyW
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

my first stop on a sweeping New England tour this really hit the spot after a long travel day. Cool to see all the Maine offerings and some national brands. Good vibe and food too. Really set the bar nicely for my trip.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4.39/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Oldportwine
4.43/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

One of the original Portland Beer Bars. Extensive selection of craft beers, number aprox. 80 on tap. Proffessional and knowledgable staff in a very busy environment. A seemingly endless food menu covers all realms of bar food. Always a good spot to find new craft beers.

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Photo of SandyMeats
4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Love this place. My favorite vibe in town. Colorful, neighborhood and non of the pretense of some other big beer spots. Still attracts tourists and people from all over without getting watered down. Selection is just crazy and changes. Wings are the best in town. I've had a bunch of the menu and would go for a slab and crab or a one eye bacon cheeseburger right now. Place has been around for about 35 years and I hope it's around for another 35.

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Photo of Usaexercise7
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Tons of beer! Been here many many times. Stuart is an awesome waiter!

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Photo of MarkSansone
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of scxcrunner
4.01/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Great selection of beer including Allagash, Bissell, and Foundation. Service was a bit slow and disjointed and i wasn't really crazy about the food i had but would give it another shot just for the tap list.

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of BillRoth
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Had been touring and tasting @ the Allagash/Industrial park breweries while on Beer Safari in Portland , Maine. Some locals said that I would probably like The Great Lost Bear if looking for supper and some more regional beers. Who was I to doubt?? And very glad I didn't. What a great place. Really cool fairly spacious semi-dark comfortable crowded restaurant with a huge big fun bar. Full bar with wine and cocktails moving regularly with a busy wait staff on a busy Saturday night. But this place was clearly beer centric with an excellent beer menu. Well constructed to guide choices by style, good descriptions...but mostly a heck of an exciting tease. Because the choices were extensive, varied and high quality. Flights were available. Staff were very friendly and cross covered each other to be sure you never lacked help or had an empty glass. Food wise menu was equally extensive with great choices ranging from a broad restaurant menu of appetizers, salads, soups, entrees, etc..to just great bar food. .Just a great place to eat. drink and have a bunch of conversations with staff (Mike) and others (Elena) at the bar. For me this would be a must stop if visiting Portland.

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Photo of DrStiffington
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JaredSammy
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

V: Cool spot; dark and dim. Horseshoe-esque bar.

Q: Excellent beers on tap. Lengthy food options.

S: Not so great.

S: Can't beat their bear (haha) and food selection.

F: Standard.

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Photo of snansel
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MRVermont
4/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of ChrisinRI
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of psweendogg
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Nice bar, nice beer selection with awesome ME offerings, solid food options and a great vibe.

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Photo of SveNss0N
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of OJT1993
5/5  rDev +18.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Great food, great beer selection, all around a great place

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The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME
94 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.
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