Guide to Midcoast’s Happy Hours

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Happy Hour is a magical time in Maine. Starting with Belfast and moving down the coast, the Penobscot Bay Pilot has the go-to list for all of them right here, including notes on the Happy Hour mood of each establishment.

Restaurant/Bar owners contact Kay Stephens at news@penbaypilot.com for any changes/additions.

Location: 155 High Street, Belfast

Days & Time: Seven days a week. 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: $3.00 Drafts; $4.00 Well Drinks; $5.00 House Wines: $3.00 Down East Cider. Food: Deep Fried Pot Stickers stuffed w/pork. Served with ginger soy sauce. $5.00; Egg Rolls served with duck sauce and Chinese hot mustard. $5.00; Buffalo Wings with chipotle citrus BBQ sauce and house-made bleu cheese Dressing. $5.00; Salsa with House-Fried Corn Tortilla chips. $5.00; Bowl of hand-cut fries with BBQ dipping sauce $4.00

Mood: This is a spacious, casual restaurant, a perennial favorite of the locals and family friendly, with a comfortable bar vibe and plenty of window seating. They always have good local brews on tap, an inventive martini menu and the food specials are not only great “comfort food,” but also plentiful. This is one of those places that shouldn’t be overlooked for happy hour.

Location: 37 Main Street, Belfast

Days & Time: Monday-Friday 3-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: 1/2 Price wine by the glass, well liquor, $2 domestic and $2.50 craft and imports. Food: Three boneless wings for $1.

Mood: This is a local’s favorite watering hole and sports bar. The booths are usually crowded but quickly served by a hardworking staff. They have an epic beer selection, from PBR to Allagash Saison. Outside deck in the back is mostly used by people who smoke.

 

Location: 37 Front Street, Belfast

Days & Time: Monday-Friday 2:30-5:30 p.m. And all day on Tuesdays.

Specials: Drinks: $3 house wines, $3 house infused liquor cocktails; $3 well cocktails; $3 drafts. Food: $3 for: boneless chicken wings, sweet potato french fries, fried jalapenos, hummus plate with crudite, large onion rings, fried mushrooms and a cup of chili with chips.

Mood: Run by two women, this is a mellow working class pub environment with plenty of wooden booths inside and an outside deck. Very friendly staff. The specials are some of the best happy hour prices around. Check out our past story: Belfast’s Front Street Pub teaches folks how to really shake it

 

Location: 108 Main Street, Belfast

Days & Time: Every day except Wednesday. 4 to 6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: Discounted house cocktails, beer and wine selections Food: Oysters and smaller dishes.

Mood: This is a spacious, upscale restaurant with an extended bar area overlooking the street. They take their mixology seriously and have an inventive cocktail menu along with beers from all over New England.

Location: 3 Main Street, Belfast

Days & Time: Everyday from 3-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: Pepperwood chardonnay or cabernet $3. House margaritas $5. PBR cans $2. Food: Buffalo or BBQ Wings with celery and blue cheese dressing $5
Fried Mushrooms with Louisiana Horseradish Sauce $5 Hand Cut Onion Rings with Louisiana Horseradish Sauce $5 ½ pound of Local Mussels steamed with white wine and garlic $5 Pulled Pork Potato Skin with cheddar cheese and zesty chive sauce $3

Mood: A spacious wrap around bar with views of the waterfront. An unpretentious, easygoing vibe with unbeatable happy hour offerings. Where else are you going to get mussels for $5?

Location: 52 Main Street, Belfast

Days & Time: Every day 3-5 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: $3 drafts; $3 well cocktails; $4 house wines. Food: $1 tequila poppers, $1 bacon wrapped shrimp; $3 fried mushrooms; $3 olives; $3 bruschetta; $3 garlic cream sauce.

Mood: This is a chic little upscale bar with more refined happy hour food specials. Tiny bar, cozy atmosphere, great for Girls Nights and more intimate gatherings. Check out two of their craft cocktails that made the news: The Belfast Orchard and the Spiced Hot Buttered Rum Toddy.

 

Location: Lincolnville Beach

Days & Time: Seasonal. Week days 4-5:30 p.m. Except Mondays.

Specials: Drinks: $2 drafts; Ask about daily drink specials. Food: $1.50 oysters.  3 mini crab cakes for $6; Steamed lobster $11.95; 3 shrimp cocktail for $4; steamed lobster claws for $6; 1 lb steamers for $8.95; 1 lb mussels for $7.95. 

Mood: This is long-time locals restaurant with probably the best seafood specials you’ll find in the Midcoast. Tiny bar upstairs, cozy atmosphere, which tends toward the older crowd.

Location: Lincolnville Beach

Days & Time: Week days 4-6 p.m. Except Tuesdays. 

Specials: Drinks: Miller Lite, LaBatt Blue on tap $3; house wines $4; Food: Buffalo or plain wings $7.95 per pound; Chicken dippers $5.95. Small plates for $11.95: mac n’ cheese, beef lasagna, haddock sandwich, grilled pork with apples; half pound burger, steak sandwich; Shepherd’s Pie.

Mood: This is long-time locals pub and restaurant with an outdoor deck on the ocean, a quaint tiny bar inside. They make the best chicken wings in the Midcoast—well done and crispy. The bar has the feel of an old English pub.

Location: 52 High Street, Camden

Days & Time: Open seasonally. Monday, Wednesday, Friday 3-6 p.m. Tuesday 3 p.m. to close.

Specials: Drinks: Drafts $3-$4, wines for $5, specialty cocktails $5-6. Food: Bar Snacks from $5-$7 includes braised lamb belly, teriyaki cucumbers, gin and tonic olives, duck fat peanut and black garlic wings

Mood: The Whitehall Inn became simply Whitehall over the winter. The outdoor fire pit and funky decor now distinguish it as a more trendy environment than its previous incarnation. Their Summer Social Hour happy hour menu is upscale and the outdoor setting makes this a hip place to sip.

Location: 37 Main Street, Camden

Days & Time: Weekdays 4-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: $3 drafts

Mood: Normally you wouldn’t associate a deli with happy hour, but they offer a decent draft special. No food specials, but their sandwiches are abundant and good. Casual atmosphere. The best part is their roof-top deck overlooking the Camden Harbor. This is a hidden gem for those who want happy hour on the water.

Location: 5 Bayview Landing, Camden

Days & Time: Daily. Social hour goes from 4 to 5 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: Specialty cocktail $7; two daily draft selections $5; red and white wine $7 Food: $2 oysters and smaller dishes.

Mood: This is hip, modern/bar with a fresh and varied cocktail menu, a comfortable curved bar attached to a raw bar and in the summer, and plenty of outdoor seating overlooking the ocean.

Location: 1 Main Street, Camden

Days & Time: All week 3-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: Featuring 12 rotating taps. $1 off drafts/rotating house wine and cocktail specials along with forthcoming food specials.

Mood: The Sea Dog Brewing Co. got its start in Camden in 1993 and now has come full circle reopening in 2016. With a completely renovated bar and two decks overlooking the harbor, and spacious second floor with a second bar, this iconic Maine bar always feels like home for both tourists and locals alike. Not to miss: Behold the gargantuan Bloody Mary Bar

 

Location: 21 Bayview Street, Camden

Days & Time: Weekdays 3-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: $2 PBRs, $1 off all drafts, $4 house wines and well drinks; Food: $5 specials every day on pizza, calamari, quesadillas, stuffed mushrooms.

Mood: Cuzzy’s has a local, working guy flavor with a comfortable U-shaped bar and TV on in the corner, as well as board games on the bar. Upstairs has an area overlooking Bayview Street with a glimpse of the harbor and a back deck that accommodates smokers. Darts and a pool table upstairs.

Location: 48 Bayview Street, Camcen

Days & Time: Winters only. Weekdays 3-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: $3 for craft beers; $4 for brand name red and white wines. Food: Winter only. $5 “bites” menu such as crab and artichoke dip with toast points.

Mood: Known for being packed on the deck in the summer, this is a local’s haven in the winter, when they run their happy hour specials. Cozy up by the faux fireplace in the bar nook, or belly up to the bar, this is THE place to come for a snow day.  You’ll enjoy the very comfortable local’s vibe of this place.

Location: 7 Public Landing, Camden

Days & Time:  Thursday-Sunday 3-5 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: cocktails $5; glass of wine $5; draft beer $4; shot du jour $3. Food: 14-inch pizza $7-9; by the slice $2-3; wings $5.

Mood: This is a cozy little spot right in the Public Landing of the Camden wharf to get your pizza craving and cocktails in one place. And it’s rare to find Happy Hour on a Sunday. This place has a cool vibe, good music, and friendly waitstaff.

Location: 16 Bayview Street, Camden

Days & Time:  Nightly 4-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: top shelf liquors $8; glass of wine $5.5-$6; draft beer $4; half-priced bottled beer. Food:  A small selection of gourmet bites from Fromage Fort with Bacon and Tomato to Salted Caramel Apple Crisp $3.5 to $6.

Mood: This cocktail lounge with decor reminiscent of the 1920s to 1940s leans on the swanky side with a cozy fireplace. It’s located on the ground floor of 16 Bayview Hotel. This glamorous, gilded space balances its history with modern touches like bourbon flights, hand-crafted signature cocktails, local craft beers and small plates.

Location: 41 Elm Street, Camden

Days & Time: Seven days a week. 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Specials: They offer $5 specialty cocktails that come with complimentary hors d’oeuvres as well as a small plates menu of comfort gourmet foods ranging from $5 to $12. A full bar, beer and wine menu is also offered at full price.

Mood: This is a cozy inn, perfect for an intimate hangout by the fire place or fire pit on the patio or just when you feel like dressing up and enjoying an inn’s atmosphere for a few hours.

Location: 40 Washington Street, Camden

Days & Time: Weekdays 4-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: $5 craft cocktails; Food: $5 Italian comfort food specials like flatbread pizza and arancini.

Mood: This is a hip, posh eatery with modernist flair from the lighting to the decor. Always crowded at happy hour because their award-winning bartenders shake up some serious craft cocktails at half price, along with a half-price bar menu. Top-notch craft beer selection, many locally sourced. This is the scene to be seen.

Location: 5 Country Inn Way/Rte 1, Rockport

Days & Time: Weekdays 4-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: $2 drafts, Pacifico, Dos Equis and Heineken/$4 margaritas. Food: $2.50 chips and homemade quesa dip. $4 chips and homemade salsa. $5 nachos.

Mood: They have both a tiny indoor bar upstairs (very cozy) and an outdoor enclosed patio under a thatched roof that feels like you’re bellying up to an all-inclusive resort bar in the Caribbean. Very affordable quality drafts and Mexican food for happy hour. Casual, fun place to gather.

Location: 24 Central Street, Rockport

Days & Time: Wednesday through Friday 3-5 p.m.

Specials: Wine is $5 glass and cocktails are $8.

Mood: They have a beautiful long bar with a view onto the kitchen where the chefs are preparing for the evening’s meal. They offer tasty bar snacks and have a Happy Hour food menu that includes pasta pomodoro, lamb burgers, and marinated olives.

Location: 399 Commercial Street, Rockport

Days & Time: Monday through Friday 3-5 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: Drink specials include all craft brew drafts and bottled beer, house wines, and specialty drinks roughly 50% off..

Mood: This is a nice quiet and spacious place to relax for the afternoon with an upstair loft area that’s great for groups.

Location: 421 Main Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Seven days a week 4-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: $4 well drinks/$3 import drafts/2 Bud Light drafts/$1 Jello Shots. Free pool.

Mood: This is a local, laid-back and spacious restaurant with casual benches and an outdoor patio. Good for large groups and for out of the way happy hour.

Location: 328 Main Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Seven days a week 5-7 p.m. and all night on Monday nights for Open Mic.

Specials: Drinks: All house cocktails, wines by the glass and draft beers are discounted by $2.

Mood: This is hip, urban-type place with the scenesters, yet casual around happy hour. They make it a point to serve excellent craft brews from Maine and beyond and their cocktail specials are usually locally sourced as well.

Location: 415 Main Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Seven days a week 4:30-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: Andrews Pale Ale $3; glass of white $5; glass of red $6; Old fashioned $7. 

Mood: This is a quiet, upscale little eatery, which is good for couples and small get togethers for happy hour. They have a small bar, but all of the seating, including the couches, feels like being in someone’s nice living room.

Location: 416 Main Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Seven days a week 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: $1 off draft beers.

Mood: They don’t offer much in the way of happy hour, but this is a working brewery in downtown Rockland with a comfortable wrap-around bar and window seats that provide some good people-watching.

Location: 2 Park Drive, Rockland

Days & Time: Thursday-Monday 4-5:30 p.m.

Specials: House Chips Happy Hour. Drinks: Every adult beverage is discounted $1. Food: Complimentary house chips warm and seasoned house chips with choice of ranch or BBQ dipping sauce.

Mood: Eclipse is right above The Speakeasy. It’s a cozy redesigned bar with comfortable stools and atmosphere.

Location: 279 Main Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Tuesday-Thursday 4-5:30 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: All house margaritas and draft beers half price. Food: Complimentary chips and salsa.

Mood: Tiny little bar with a Mexican flavor/decor and friendly bar staff. Anyone going solo to happy hour will find this place very amenable and will find it easy to have a conversation with someone you’ve never met.

Location: 275 Main Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Monday-Friday 4-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: Half price on drinks. Food: Half price on food.

Mood: If you want an inexpensive place to unwind and act like a local, watch sports or play pool this is the place. A back porch looks out onto the ocean.

Location: 12 Myrtle Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Sunday-Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: $2 domestic bottles and drafts, $3 imports, bottles and drafts, $5 tall well drinks, $6 tall call drinks.

Mood: Local color, cheap drinks, free pool and outdoor seating.

Location: 4 Union Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Daily, starting at 4 p.m. Sundays; all day $4 Bloody Marys and $4 Mimosas.

Specials: Drinks: $4 well drinks; $2.50 Bud Light drafts. Food: $8 cheese pizzas.

Mood: Trackside is actually a historic train station that has been transformed into a lively sports bar and restaurant. Popular with the locals, it has large flat screen televisions and a 150-inch drop-down projection screen.

Location: 58 Ocean Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Monday-Friday 2-6 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: $3 beers, $5 well drinks. Food: Half price on appetizer menu.

Mood: Two things this place has going for it that no other establishment has on this Happy Hour page is that the magic hour starts at 2 p.m. and that it boasts the only indoor/outdoor bar with a shaded deck overlooking the harbor. A great place to gaze off into the distance and savor a cocktail.

Location: 1 Commercial Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Mondays, 5-7 p.m. Seasonal.

Specials: Drinks:  $5 Martini Mondays. 

Mood: This casual restaurant has an unbeatable view of the water from their double decks. Friendly staff with a good, positive vibe.

Location: 275 Main Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Fall Hours: Wednesday to Friday 3-5:30 p.m. Open June-October

Specials: Drinks: $1 off on all beer, wine and well cocktails. Mood: Under new owners, the vibe is a casual seafood with strong local presence and a circular “Cheers” bar. The outdoor seating with the directors chairs and umbrellas affords spectacular views.

Location: 449 Main Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Monday through Friday 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: All draft beers $4; Food: They have what they call “Blice:” Beer and a slice is $5 and Beverage (wine or cocktail) with a slice is $7. Also has Italian inspired Happy Hour snacks.

Mood: With two floors and different atmospheres, you can choose your ambience and with some fine local brews on tap (as well as prosecco on tap!), this is the kind of place that caters to Rockland’s renaissance.

Location: 266 Main Street, Rockland

Days & Time: Weekdays: 3-6 p.m. Saturday: 12-6 p.m. Closed for the winter.

Specials: Drinks: $1.00 off all beer; Well drinks (single liquor) $4; house wine $4 per glass. Sunday Special: $4 Bloody Mary

Mood: This is comfortable, casual family-owned restaurant where you can be assured whatever seafood you order off the menu will be fresh.  A deck overlooks Main Street with a glimpse of the harbor.

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Location: 154 Main Street, Thomaston

Days & Time: 5:30 p.m. to close

Specials: Drinks: $2 drafts and $5 bar food. Examples: Grass Fed Beef Sliders; Olive Tapenade with Grilled Bread; Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili Sauce; Buffalo Wings; Farmer Jones Sausage Gravy and Grilled Biscuit; Cheese Plate

Mood: A cozy, airy place with great natural light. A local’s favorite hang out, especially on open mic nights.

Location: 5 Cold Storage Road, Port Clyde

Days & Time: Summers only. Thursday-Monday nights 4-8 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: Specialty drinks are offered each Thursday with a special bartender. Typical beer range: $2.50-$6.00. Mixed drinks like a strawberry daiquiri or Dark and Stormy, $8-9. A full bar is available. Food: everyday they serve sliders. On Thursdays a full meal is offered in the barn. On Sundays, oysters are $2.50. Note: bring cash.

Mood: As part of the B & B, this is a genuine barn with eclectic decorations. The public is invited to sit a bar at the tables with a view of the ocean. Cozy environment with a piano. The place attracts everyone from fishermen from retired locals, all of whom are very friendly to tourists as well. 

Location: 12 Commercial Street, St. George

Days & Time: Summers only. Thursday-Monday nights 3-5 p.m.

Specials: Drinks: $2 off all beer, cocktails, and glasses of wine.

Mood: This is hands down, one of the most gorgeous places for happy hour in the Midcoast. Quiet, serene on a working wharf after the day is done. Check out the harbor on the picnic tables on a nice day, or hang out in the snug bar on a rainy afternoon and drink like a local...with the locals.