Any restaurant that’s been in business for eight decades must be doing something right with its food, but you’d be forgiven for assuming its bar program might be a little dated. But when we wandered in here recently, we were proven wrong with a draft list we’d love to see anywhere else in town. Standards like Revolution’s Eugene Porter and Allagash White won’t raise eyebrows, but new brews from local upstarts like Pollyanna, specialty one-offs from Half Acre, Moody Tongue’s food-focused brews and even Off Color Scurry on nitro can be found here. Pair that last one with one of Miller’s very sold patty melts.
This city is most assuredly not lacking for great places to drink great craft beer. Want a temple to Belgian beers, pints with your pinball or a rare draft pour with awesome burgers? Check, check and check again. We live in a city where even dive bars have plenty of local draft options, where restaurants are adding taphandles by the dozen and awesome beer lists are showing up in the damnedest places. From a casino to Whirlyball, these are some of the most surprising places you’ll stumble across a great beer.
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