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Gritty’s Portland Brew Pub is the perfect place to experience the ambiance of Portland’s Old Port.

Since 1988, Gritty’s missions have been to craft the best beers possible, serve the very best pub food, and to have way too much fun doing both. For more than 30 years, Gritty’s has succeeded in all three (especially the third…just sayin’).

From its humble beginnings as a small brewpub in Portland’s Old Port, Gritty’s has been brewing authentic English ales and has grown to become the brewery of choice for thousands of Mainers and visitors alike. As Maine’s first brewpub since the repeal of Prohibition in 1933 and the state’s second overall brewery, Gritty’s is proud to be one of the earliest pioneers of the brewing renaissance in Maine, with owners Ed Stebbins and Richard Pfeffer helping to carve the path to where we are now. With three locations – in the heart of Portland’s Old Port, on Route 1 in the heart of Freeport, and in the spirited downtown of Auburn on the banks of the Androscoggin River – Gritty’s has become a true Maine institution, garnering awards such as Best Bar, Best Brewpub & Best Beer.
“There are very few 30-year-old brewpubs in America; I’m pretty sure you could count them on one hand,” says Stebbins. “I know that does not fit into the ‘newest is best’ climate that rules Maine’s beer business these days, but, let’s be honest, how much time does a new brewery get to be ‘new’ these days? Gritty’s will always be the first.”

Our Fore Street location is in the heart of the historic district. Pull up a chair at our copper-topped bar. Strike up a conversation at our beer hall style tables. Take in the street life on the cobblestones of Wharf Street from our patio. Visit us and see where the legend began.

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Gritty McDuff's Brew Pub
Great
4.1
Based on 638 reviews
Chase C.
Love this place, perfectly adequate pub food and a great atmosphere, and classic beer styles on tap. Totally worth a trip for a pint of classic ale and some comfort food! However you don’t want to run into this one doorman in about his mid 20’s. The guy seems to usually work the front door on busy nights. He is beyond rude and entitled. I hope he loses his job eventually because I love going there but don’t want to be bummed out or frustrated running into him. Acted like ID’ing me wasn’t his job and I was inconveniencing him!? I’m here to spend my money and have a good time, not be barked at or talked down to
David M.
Very busy for a Thursday late lunch. Samples for helpful trying to decide on beers. Waitress was very good. Fried chick and Rachel were great. Pan fried ravioli were good. Solid lunch!! Great beer!!
FOTD
Service was EXCELLENT ! Thank you Ariel. Top notch pub food in a friendly environment of locals, & tourist. We had a bacon ch burger & a Rachel,both much better than average and at a fair price. Love this place. Best margaritas in Old Port, Portland, Maine.
Sumiko D.
Great food & craft beer. Fast, friendly service. What's not to love? Our server had great suggestions & was attentive & efficient (Thank you, Mena!) . Menu is perfect for a beer pub in a historic port city. The clamp chowder was excellent, the lobster poutine was tasty & filling, & the lobster roll with house made tarragon mayo was succulent, tender, perfect! There was live music on the Tuesday night that we visited. This is on my "visit again" list.
Jonathan H.
Best lobster roll anywhere in Maine, consisting of actual large, perfectly, freshly cooked lobster pieces, not cut up or blended with any other ingredients - like half a pound of lobster! - in a very light sauce. Not to mention the sweet potato fries - the best between Philadelphia and Portland! Slightly crispy and a very light salt baked onto the outside, absolutely delicious! If I didn't live in Philly I'd be there twice a week.
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Jul
17
Wed
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff’s @ Gritty McDuff's
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff's @ Gritty McDuff's | Portland | Maine | United States

You ready for trivia night?

Did you know we host trivia every Wednesday night? From 7-9PM in our Portland location, you can test your brain power against some seriously tricky trivia questions. First, second, and third-place teams win Gritty’s gift cards for their display of knowledge. Can’t make it tonight? We’ll see you next week for another round.

Jul
20
Sat
Tiger Eye Taylor Live at Gritty McDuff’s @ Gritty McDuff's
Jul 20 @ 9:30 pm – Jul 21 @ 12:30 am
Tiger Eye Taylor Live at Gritty McDuff's @ Gritty McDuff's | Portland | Maine | United States

Tiger Eye Taylor will be playing live at Gritty McDuff’s on Saturday, July 20th from 9:30PM – 12:30AM

Jul
24
Wed
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff’s @ Gritty McDuff's
Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff's @ Gritty McDuff's | Portland | Maine | United States

You ready for trivia night?

Did you know we host trivia every Wednesday night? From 7-9PM in our Portland location, you can test your brain power against some seriously tricky trivia questions. First, second, and third-place teams win Gritty’s gift cards for their display of knowledge. Can’t make it tonight? We’ll see you next week for another round.

Jul
31
Wed
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff’s @ Gritty McDuff's
Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff's @ Gritty McDuff's | Portland | Maine | United States

You ready for trivia night?

Did you know we host trivia every Wednesday night? From 7-9PM in our Portland location, you can test your brain power against some seriously tricky trivia questions. First, second, and third-place teams win Gritty’s gift cards for their display of knowledge. Can’t make it tonight? We’ll see you next week for another round.

Aug
7
Wed
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff’s @ Gritty McDuff's
Aug 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff's @ Gritty McDuff's | Portland | Maine | United States

You ready for trivia night?

Did you know we host trivia every Wednesday night? From 7-9PM in our Portland location, you can test your brain power against some seriously tricky trivia questions. First, second, and third-place teams win Gritty’s gift cards for their display of knowledge. Can’t make it tonight? We’ll see you next week for another round.

Aug
14
Wed
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff’s @ Gritty McDuff's
Aug 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff's @ Gritty McDuff's | Portland | Maine | United States

You ready for trivia night?

Did you know we host trivia every Wednesday night? From 7-9PM in our Portland location, you can test your brain power against some seriously tricky trivia questions. First, second, and third-place teams win Gritty’s gift cards for their display of knowledge. Can’t make it tonight? We’ll see you next week for another round.

Aug
21
Wed
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff’s @ Gritty McDuff's
Aug 21 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff's @ Gritty McDuff's | Portland | Maine | United States

You ready for trivia night?

Did you know we host trivia every Wednesday night? From 7-9PM in our Portland location, you can test your brain power against some seriously tricky trivia questions. First, second, and third-place teams win Gritty’s gift cards for their display of knowledge. Can’t make it tonight? We’ll see you next week for another round.

Aug
28
Wed
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff’s @ Gritty McDuff's
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff's @ Gritty McDuff's | Portland | Maine | United States

You ready for trivia night?

Did you know we host trivia every Wednesday night? From 7-9PM in our Portland location, you can test your brain power against some seriously tricky trivia questions. First, second, and third-place teams win Gritty’s gift cards for their display of knowledge. Can’t make it tonight? We’ll see you next week for another round.

Sep
4
Wed
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff’s @ Gritty McDuff's
Sep 4 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff's @ Gritty McDuff's | Portland | Maine | United States

You ready for trivia night?

Did you know we host trivia every Wednesday night? From 7-9PM in our Portland location, you can test your brain power against some seriously tricky trivia questions. First, second, and third-place teams win Gritty’s gift cards for their display of knowledge. Can’t make it tonight? We’ll see you next week for another round.

Sep
11
Wed
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff’s @ Gritty McDuff's
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Trivia Night at Gritty McDuff's @ Gritty McDuff's | Portland | Maine | United States

You ready for trivia night?

Did you know we host trivia every Wednesday night? From 7-9PM in our Portland location, you can test your brain power against some seriously tricky trivia questions. First, second, and third-place teams win Gritty’s gift cards for their display of knowledge. Can’t make it tonight? We’ll see you next week for another round.

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