The Great Lost Bear

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

186 Ratings
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
greatlostbear.com

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PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
186
Reviews:
109
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
6.6%
 
 
Taps:
69
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of HeartofMiami
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of Oldportwine
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +9.2%
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 +15.1%
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 +3.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of scxcrunner
4.01/5  rDev -5.4%
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
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of BillRoth
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JaredSammy
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of blisscent
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
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 +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4.48/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of MRVermont
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Photo of ChrisinRI
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of psweendogg
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
4.24/5  rDev 0%
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 -6.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of OJT1993
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

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

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Photo of Wickedasitseems
4.41/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Great place to hang out and have a beer....good food too!!

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Photo of slasich
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of josephwcarr
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Rekrule
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Cdowd10
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

The Great Lost Bear in Portland, ME
4.24 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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