25 Best Dive Bars: Bubba’s

Bubba’s Sulky Lounge is on The Daily Mail list of the 25 Best Dive Bars in America.

Established and owned by “Bubba” for 47 years, Bubba’s Sulky Lounge has become one of the most popular spots in Portland. Maine=born alt-folksinger Patty Griffin even wrote a song about the place (“Please pass the bottle on…”) This colorful bar is full of antiques that are hanging from the ceilings, sitting on the bar, and bolted to the walls, which were sought out and collected by Bubba himself. Offering a full bar, “80s Night w/ DJ Jon” on Fridays, and an “Everything Dance Party” on Saturdays, Bubbas is sure to offer a night you’ll never forget.

Draft Top 25: Mockingfish & Beer II

draftmaptop25Two Maine beers are on Draft magazine’s list of the Top 25 Beers of the Year:

  • Mockingfish from Rising Tide “The tequila barrel’s earthy, agave character zips in at the finish to punctuate the tart lightly lemony sip. Unlike other tequila barrel-aged beers we’ve tasted, the spirit doesn’t contribute any alcohol prickle here, allowing the gose’s wispy salinity to bubble in the center of the sip like a breeze of ocean are.”
  • Beer II from Maine Beer Co. “The session IPA can be just as wonderfully flavorful as its high-octane cousin, and Beer II is proof. The flavorful turns of juicy grapefruit, fresh pine, grass, sweet tangerine and fennel are stunningly complex: just a touch of bready malt holds it together before a quick whip of bitterness pulls it to a pleasant conclusion.”

Rising Tide plans to have a new batch of the tequila barrel-aged available next year.

Roustabout Now Open


Roustabout(twitter, instagram, facebook, website) is now open. Last night’s menu includes dishes such as Pasta Fagioli, Seafood Salad with octopus, chickpeas chilies and bitter greens, Bolognese with garganelli, fonduta and basil, Roast Chicken Fra Diavolo, Skate Piccata and Eggplant Parmesan.

The 75-seat restaurant and bar is located at 59 Washington Ave near Oxbow, Tu Casa and Terlingua and immediately next to Maine & Loire.

This Week’s Events: Beer, Beer, Beer, Beer, Beer, Pie, Thanksgiving

static1.squarespace.comMondayPortland Beer Week kicked off yesterday. There’s a plethora of beer tastings, tap takeovers, lunches, dinners and lectures taking place over. The next 6 days. Checkout the PBW website for a full list of events.

Tuesday11 professional/amateur beer collaborations will be on tap at Salvage.

Wednesday — Bao Bao is hosting a Bissell Brothers beer dinner, Novare Res is holding an Oxbow bottle tasting, and the Monument Square Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Thursday — The Maine Center For Creativity is holding a talk on the Art and Science of Brewing, and there will be a wine and cheese tasting at the Public Market House.

Friday — Master Brewer/Co-Founder Jean François Gravel from Brassserie Dieu du Ceil will be Novare.

Saturday — the 2015 edition of Where the Wild Biers are is taking place at Novare and the 22nd Annual Maine Brewers Festival is taking place at the Portland Expo, Rising Tide is holding the bottle release for Hesperus, there will be a wine tasting at Rosemont on Brighton, and the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market is taking place.

Sunday – Slab is hosting a Hangover Brunch, and Aurora Provisions is teaching a pie baking class.

Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away. I’m assembling a list of Thanksgiving dinners and local resources for home cooks and related events. Here’s what’s surfaced so far:

  • Brian Boru, Thanksgiving buffet, $23.99 (children under 12 are half priced), noon – 5:30
  • C-Squared, 3-course, $65 per person, 11 – 8.
  • Eve’s at the Garden is serving a buffet, $55 per person, ages 6-12 $24.95 and children under 6 are free.
  • Five Fifty-Five, 4-course dinner for $80 per person, there’s also a 3-course children’s dinner for $35 per person, 1-8.
  • Harraseeket Inn is serving their Thanksgiving Grand Buffet.
  • Saltwater Grille is serving a Thanksgiving buffet, $49.99 per person, $14.99 for children.
  • Sea Glass is serving their Thanksgiving Grand Buffet, $60 per adult, children 5-12 are $22, kids under 5 are free, 12-8.
  • Timber, 4-course dinner, $35 per person, vegetarian options available, 1-8.
  • Twenty Milk Street is serving a Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Zackery’s is serving a Thanksgiving buffet, $27 per adult, $22 for seniors, children under 10 pay their age.
  • Turkeys are available from Rosemont Market, the Other Side Delicatessen, The Farm Stand, Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Serendipity Acres Farm, Alewive’s Brook Farm and Frith Farm.
  • Prepared Side Dishes can be sourced from Aurora Provisions, the Other Side Delicatessen and Rosemont Market.
  • While making your own dinner plans, please consider making a donation to the Good Shepherd Food Bank to help them fight hunger in Maine.

For more information on these and other upcoming food happenings in the area, visit the event calendar.

If you are holding a food event this week that’s not listed above, publicize it by adding it as a comment to this post.