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Rí Rá Irish Pub
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
72 Commercial St
phone: (207) 761-4446
(Place added by: ecoboy)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 12
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I like Ri-Ra and yes, I know it's a chain ... a small chain. But the Ri-Ra in Portland is just really nice. The beer selection is decent -- Maine craft beers and seasonals as well as the expected Guinness, Smithwicks, Boddie's, Stella, etc. (sometimes Murphy's is on tap, too -- which is what I prefer).
They have Jameson's, Jamesons's 12, Bushmills, Blackbush, Bushmills single malt, Powers and Tullamore Dew as well -- all fine Irish whiskeys and much appreciated.
To me what sets Ri-Ra apart, though is the service. In my experience it has always been outstanding. Every. Single. Time. The bartenders -- no matter who is on, no matter how busy, no matter how quiet -- they are fantastic. Attentive, friendly, and professional. They're among the best I've encountered in any city in North America.
The waitstaff is good, too, in the same way. And the food is pretty darned good. (Try the Sunday brunch upstairs!)
There are three distinct rooms: the rustic country pub, the 2-level Victorian-style pub, and the upstairs dining room. The rustic country pub is my favorite and feels like many country pubs in County Clare. The Victorian pub room looks and feels exactly the the Sliken Thomas pub I visited in Kildare, Ireland and attracts a lovely looking crowd. The upstairs is my least favorite, but it has killer views of Portland Harbor (not really a pub).
I like Ri-Ra a lot. Try it!
04-09-2009 00:05:40 |
More by zamboni1
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I didn't know this place was a chain until recently. I went there for a co-worker's going away party and really liked it.
A/S/Q: Not sure what the rest of the Ri-Ra's are like, but the one in Portland, ME has a great beer selection with a fair amount of Maine beers and seasonals. Since I was there with a very large party close to 20 people, we had exceptional service since there were a couple kids there too. For a Saturday night, the service really was spectacular.
S/F/V: The selection of food was more than adequate (it took me awhile to figure out what I wanted). When I got my food (bangors and mash), it was piping hot and pared nicely with a Shipyard Summer ale. The prices seemed reasonable. I would go back and recommend anyone visiting Portland, ME to try it.
11-24-2011 20:22:44 |
More by kangarooAdam59
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Rí Rá Irish Pub in Portland, ME
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