We’re giving you a list of the most popular “Late-Night” (12AM +) restaurants, bars, and transportation offered in the heart of Old Port. This list reflects a range of cuisines, cultures and neighborhoods, with the aim of answering the question “Where can I go after 12AM in Old Port”.
As many of you are aware, the restaurant industry has faced unparalleled challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. With too many small restaurants, bars, and transportation services being negatively impacted by the regulations being put in place, people are constantly asking us “what’s open these days”? That is why we created this list.
We hope this will help you figure out where to eat and drink during the late hours of the night and into the early morning. On top of that, it is with our ambition to highlight local restaurants that are exceptional for a variety of reasons, including restaurants that have remarkably stepped up during the COVID-19 pandemic, be of service to their communities and thinking of out of the box ways to thrive in the hectic world we are currently living in.
Blue Rooster Food Co. (Weekends 11 AM – 2 AM)
This all day/late night gem found in the heart of Old Port in Portland, ME serves delectable, delicious, locally sourced, and most of all community adored comfort food.
There is something for everyone in your family with options ranging from custom made sandwiches, tot-tine (tater tots, cheese curds and gravy), fried brussel sprouts, queso, and a variety of side dishes.
If you want credibility of how amazing their food is, you’ll be happy to know that this late night hunger hero is run by the respected previous executive chef at Bar Boulud in New York City.
Kushiya Benkay (11:30 AM – 2:00 AM Th, Fri, Sat)
Sitting elegantly right on Congress Street, the Traditional Japanese Pub of Kushiya Benkay gives customers a casual relaxed atmosphere.
Currently the restaurant is open from 11:30 AM to 2:00 AM (Thursday – Saturday)
This late-night specialty restaurant is the ideal place to grab drinks and sushi during the odd hours of the night. With a full sushi and yakitori bar, alongside quality beer, wine, and saki, what more can you want in a night !
Samuel’s Bar & Grill (11:30 AM – 1:00 AM Everyday)
One of the most popular late-night American themed food and drink establishments in Old Port is Samuel’s Bar & Grill.
While Samuel’s Bar & Grill is enjoyed throughout the entirety of the daytime, the real glory to this establishment’s name is their late night deals.
Seven days a week from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM, they open up their late night menu which includes deals on food and drinks!
For when you’re as hungry as a horse, this place hits the spot with it’s cheap large portions.
Taco Escobarr (11:00 AM – 1:00 AM EVERYDAY)
If you’re looking for a little extra spice to your late-night meal, Taco Escobarr is the place to be with their $5 wings and “niños nachos” from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM.
With both indoor and outdoor seating options, you’ll get to experience the stylish dining atmosphere of the interior restaurant, as well as the beautiful street-side view of Congress St in Old Port.
Taco Escobarr also offers are variety of Craft beer, Mexican beer, specialty cocktails and fresh squeezed margaritas for the occasional night out !
Rosie’s Restaurant and Pub (11:00 AM – 1:00 AM EVERYDAY)
Located on Fore Street, right by the harbor, Rosie’s Restaurant and Pub offers late night food and drinks until 1:00 AM !
Overall, it’s a laid-back restaurant with outdoor/indoor seating along with a fully brick interior giving you an atmosphere similar to that of an old rustic coffee shop.
If you’re going for the drinks then you’ll be happy to know that Rosie’s offers 15 beers on tap plus burgers, pizza & wings throughout the late hours of the night and into the early morning!
Tomaso’s Canteen (11:00 AM – 1:00 AM EVERYDAY)
Found on Hampshire St. in the Old Port District of Portland, Tomaso’s Canteen is a down-to-earth neighborhood bar open from 11:00 AM – 1:00 AM every day of the week!
They offer high quality pub grub along with a wide variety of locally made brews.
If you want to get a taste of what Portland has to offer, with respect to late night food and drinks, Tomaso’s Canteen is one of our top picks !
Downtown Lounge (5:00 PM – 1:00 AM Tues-Sat)
If you’re looking to have a great night at a dive bar in Portland, look no further. The Downtown Lounge is conveniently located on Congress St. in Old Port.
Currently, the Downtown Lounge is open 5:00 PM to 1:00 AM (Tuesday – Saturday).
It’s not just the cheap food/drinks, large portions, and it’s friendly staff that makes this place a must in people’s late-night schedules. It’s the hip atmosphere that brings you into a 70’s movie dive bar feel that makes people yearn to come back for more!
Bramhall ( 4:00 PM – 12:00 AM EVERYDAY)
Open from 4:00 PM to 12:00 AM, this modern speakeasy is a great place to have a rich, enjoyable drinking experience in the heart of Old Port.
Aside from the wide variety of quality drinks, Bramhall offers customers moderately priced entrees that will make your mouth water, alongside much cheaper yet still good quality appetizers, bar snacks, and desserts.
Inside Bramhall you will be put into a different world, one of which has a brick and stone lined chamber, primarily lit with candles giving you a sense of nostalgia of what life used to be.
CBG (Weekdays until 12:00 AM, Fri/Sat until 1:00 AM)
Looking for a nice bar and grill to go to in the late hours of the weekend? The popular CBG Bar & Grill is your answer.
This retro bar & grill serves a very unique food menu and offers a great selection of drinks (specifically the cocktail menu is highly regarded by Portland residents) until 1AM on Friday/Saturdays.
Lincolns (Sun-Thur until 12:30 AM and Fri/Sat until 1AM)
Located on Market Street in Old Port, Lincolns is seen as a jack of all trades when it comes to what this unique speakeasy-like establishment offers.
Overall, Lincolns is a low-key, cash-only underground bar offering $5 beer, wine, spirits & chili mac and occasionally offers stand up comedy nights!
Bonfire Country Bar Portland (Wed-Sat until 1:00 AM)
This rustic-chic hangout on Wharf Street, offers a country theme atmosphere plus a self-serve beer wall & bar food. If you’re looking for variety, Bonfire makes handmade cocktails and 20 beers for those in need of an extra kick in their meal!
For you sports fans, Bonfire Country Bar is well equipped with 16 LCD flat panel TV’s to get all of the action on the field/courts.
Commercial Street Pub (10:30 AM – 1:00 AM EVERYDAY)
This Old Port pub is open from 10:30 AM to 1AM, 365 days a year.
With great vibes, a wide variety of alcoholic drinks, and delicious food options, Commercial Street Pub is the perfect place to spend your late night.
Fore Play Sports Pub (Wed-Sat until 1:00 AM)
Operating Wednesday to Saturday from 4:00 PM to 1:00 AM, Fore Play Sports Pub (located on Fore St.) offers an American style bar with low price beer and cocktails, as well as pizza, grinders & other pub grub, plus TVs & arcade games.
Make sure to also check out the similar styled Rosie’s Restaurant and Pub on the same street. (Open until 1AM)
Gritty McDuff’s Brew Pub (Until 1:00 AM Everyday)
This Portland classic is in a flagship location on 396 Fore Street, right near Fore Play Sports Pub and Rosie’s Restaurant and Pub.
Open until 1:00 AM, 7 days a week, Gritty McDuff’s is a prime place to be when looking for late night drinks and a casual/clean atmosphere in Old Port.
They serve bar food, vegan food, and house ales.
LFK (5:00 PM – 1:00 AM Friday/Saturday)
Located in the center of Portland’s Art District on Longfellow Square, this literary-themed bar is a popular place to grab a late bite to eat.
Normally open from 5:00 PM to 11:00PM, LFK changed their hours by extending Friday and Saturday nights to 1:00AM.
On these nights alone, from 10:00 PM to 1:00 AM, LFK offers a special menu of late night burgers, pizzas, and bar foods that will go down great with the vast variety of creative concoctions made behind the bar ! (drinking emoji).
Home Runners (Car Service 7:00 PM – 2:00 AM EVERYDAY)
Need a ride home from the bars and want your car in the driveway in the morning???
Unlike any other car service in the world, more specifically in Old Port, Home Runners is the service that provides just that !
Home Runners is a car service that not only gets you safely home after a long night at the bars, they actually drive you and your car home for you instead of making you leave your car where you parked it overnight.
While there are other credible car services such as Uber and Lyft, none of them will give the satisfaction of this Portland based company.