Mingle with the Pretty People at Sonny’s | Portland Old Port

Mingle with the Pretty People at Sonny’s

Photo by Ted Axelrod

Photo by Ted Axelrod


While we still miss the tasty albeit slightly overpriced eats of O’Natural’s, Sonny’s has been a worthy successor.

The bar seating area is cozy, with a mix of tables, sofas and upholstered chairs, and of course the bar itself, staffed with some of the best bartenders in town, is a lovely place to perch.

Sonny’s location is a major draw for many. Located on Exchange Street and with views of the drum circles and fire dancing at Post Office Park, Sonny’s makes for great people watching. It’s pretty killer inside too, with gorgeous antebellum architecture, giant bank vaults from yet another previous incarnation (no, not F. Parker Reidy’s, we mean Portland Savings Bank), and lots and lots of really attractive people drinking, snacking, and making eyes at one another. Seriously, some pretty good-looking professionals tend to frequent the bar area. So if you’re looking to date someone who isn’t living in their parents’ basement, Sonny’s is the place for you. If you’re a jazz fan, be sure to swing by on a Thursday night when the live music usually gets going around 10 p.m.

One of Sonny's killer cocktails | photo by Ted Axelrod

One of Sonny’s killer cocktails | photo by Ted Axelrod

Aside from the people-watching, Sonny’s also boasts an amazing cocktail list, including plenty of infused beverages. We’re partial to the 99 Problems, a mix of Prosecco, Canton, ginger, and lemon, and the Hot Mama, made with house-infused strawberry jalapeno vodka. There’s also a well-curated selection of craft beers on tap or bottled, plus Miller High Life (because sometimes it’s the simple things in life).

The menu has a south of the border flavor, with an emphasis on cuisine from Mexico, Venezuela, and Brazil. For bar noshing, the yam fries with poblano cream and the house nachos are a must. Dinner is a bit on the pricey side if you’re just looking for a casual night out, but you can get a sandwich, burger, or enchilada for $13-$16. The brunch scene is also pretty hopping. Served on Saturdays and Sundays from 10-3, the same southwestern influence can be found in dishes like Huevos Rancheros, Pulled Pork Ojos Grandes, Fried Sweet Plantains, and the Empanada of the Day.

Sonny’s is located at 83 Exchange Street. Call them at 207-772-7774 or check them out online at www.sonnysportland.com.