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Three Dollar Deweys
Taps: 36 / Bottles: 40
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
241 Commercial St
phone: (207) 772-3310
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 23 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
Ah, the famous $3 Dewey's. As others have said, this is a bar for some serious drinking. The room is pretty sparse on decor (wood and brick), with a lot of open space for standing room only nights, and with picnic tables if you can get one. There is a popcorn machine dispensing free popcorn, copious amounts of which end up on the wood floor. Not the most refined atmosphere, but if you are pubcrawling, it is just what the doctor ordered.
The bar has about 35 taps with a good variety of Maine beers on tap and a few others (e.g., Hoegaarden) and in bottles (incl. for example Cadillac Mtn. Stout). They also have a full bar with single malt scotch, etc., available. There were seats at only a small section of the bar (perhaps there are more bar seats during less busy hours?) I thought the bartenders did a decent job keeping up with the large and rowdy crowd.
I have not tried the food, but a friend tells me it is decent.
If you are in Portland near the waterfront, stop in Dewey's for a pint or two. A good beer drinking pub.
11-07-2003 05:29:06 |
More by UncleJimbo
New Brunswick (Canada)
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Visited this place for my second time on my last trip to Portland. Since this time I was a little more familiar with Maine beers and such, I was shocked at just how inexpensive their beer menu was in general, compared to many other bars in the area. The basic pints are 4$ each, similar to other bars in general, but some of their bottles are extremely reasonable: 8.50$ for a 25 oz. Allagash Tripel?? That's pretty damned good... I know I've seen it for twice that at another bar. Maybe not a huge selection, but still quite decent, really.
Sure, the atmosphere may not be as original or cool as other bars, but it's still a friendly environment... with free popcorn! Service was good; didn't get a chance to try the food.
Either way, definitely an affordable, nice place to stop by for a pint or two, and maybe to split a bottle with someone.
12-12-2009 16:06:39 |
More by berley31
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4
um..... $1 lookie, $2 feelie, $3 dewey. I just wanted to get that out of the way. Okay, listen up, it's not the GLB, not on a good day, but nothing up there is and it is very conveniently located in the Old Port section of Portland and that's a big plus if you've just done lunch at Gritty's or Sebago and you're looking to stumble down the street for a beerbar to have a few in or if you're just mulling around the Old Port area for the day.
The food is good. Standard pub fare for the most part, but good. And I've never had a problem with the service.
Big popcorn machine = woof a basket or two. It's free and it's sustenance. Thye've got big windows that look out towards the water but it's still kind of dim in there, curious.
About 3 dozen taps, a decent mix of Maine and New England beers and English beers and macros. They've also got an adequate bottled beer list. Look, they've got no casks and it's quite likely that you are not going to find the beer that you've been hunting, hoping and praying to find on tap but you can get a decent brew here. Part of my yearly ritual here is a black & blue or two. Big wooden tables,... It's a comfortable joint, I've got no complaints.
03-03-2003 16:37:14 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5
being right in the old port helps dewey's a lot i think. they don't rival the great lost bear in quality or selection but being in the old port goes a long way for this bar. nice long tables like at freeport gritty's and a decent selection of micros on tap and in bottle. old post and beam construction with huge beams.
didn't try any food excpet for the free popcorn.
04-09-2003 22:42:23 |
More by bennybrew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Good place to visit, but I prefer Grittys despite the selection sacrifice (you still get the pub feel). Deweys is still a staple if youre looking to explore Portlands night life.
Huge benches & tables provide a nice atmosphere, especially if youre with a larger group.
Food I cant say Ive been when the kitchens were still open, but Id expect it to be on par with the rest of the stop.
A bit of a late night bar, sort of Portlands answer to Bostons BHP. Well, minus the underage college kids and PBR, of course.
09-21-2006 18:25:34 |
More by msolar
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
A great location on Commercial Street allows for a well-deserved break in touring through Old Port and the waterfront during the day. Also a welcome reprieve from the nearby college bars and dance clubs if you're crawling through the area at night. Lots of taps so there's plenty to drink. You're not gonna find that elusive limited-edition one-time-only super-beer that you've been hearing rumors about, but there'll be something to keep you happy. Every beer costs more than $3 so don't be fooled. Atmosphere is roomy, almost needlessly so. There's a big chasm between the bar and the rest of the place, with no tables or anything. A little strange but that's ok. Vibe is fine, nothing great. Last time I sat down to a Neil Young song on the stereo, followed immediately by the Jayhawks. I smiled at my good fortune, but of course they immediately switched it to some whiny nü-metal. I finished the pint and split.
09-08-2003 18:31:47 |
More by Thrasher
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3
I have been to Three Dollar Deweys twice and both times it was on a Sunday. There wasn't much going on but I wouldn't expect there to be on a Sunday. The selection was pretty good, but not excellent. There were a couple of selections that I normally can't get in Massachusetts.
The interior was very ordinary, kind of "beer hall" like. We sat at the bar and chatted with the bartender. The food was average comfort food, but still tasty. Not my favorite place in Portland but I will go back for three reasons: The beer, the service and the free popcorn.
11-07-2002 03:25:54 |
More by CharlesRiver
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
Wow! What a dive this place is I love it. Just make sure it is the last place you hit during a crawl, it loud and trashy with stale popcorn all over the floor and nice comfy pick-nick tables to spill you beer all over. A solid list of beers Cadillac Mountain Stout for about $5 a pop, then the usual line up of Maine beer, the rest of New England and imports as well. All competitively priced and served in plain pint tumblers.
Oddly I felt like I was one of the older guys here with the college type crowd going at it all night long.
11-04-2003 20:29:28 |
More by Jason
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
Just came back from a trip to Portland where we just happened to stumble upon this bar. Seemed like a regular bar with a few tables and a bar that stretched a good thirty feet. The place was a little bit of a mess but what can you expect at midnight on a Friday. The service at the bar was decent nothing overwhelming but nothing to complain about. The selection was probably the best out of the bars that we went to in Portland with a nice selection of the local flavor and a few bottles off Allagash Dubbel and Grand Cru in the cooler. The beer was nice and fresh except for the Geary's Summer that my brother had, I tried it too and it definitely was past its prime. Overall I would have to say its a nice place to visit to try all the local flavors.
07-24-2008 04:08:49 |
More by Hokies
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $
Stopped by Deweys with the wife for a quick bite and beer after a hellish drive up from Boston. It was 10pm on a Friday night, and the place was almost deserted. And somehow, we still couldn't get anything close to decent service from the bartender.
Food and beer - when we managed to get some - were good, though. At least two dozen taps, including Coal Porter, Gearys, Hop Devil, Harpoon, and lots of Shipyard. Pints were cheap, as were the big bottles of Allagash. Pub grub was tasty, and served up at a relatively late hour.
Still, it's tough to get past near-total inattention when you're one of three couples sitting at the bar. I don't think we'll be back.
10-02-2010 21:58:32 |
More by paulmcm
Three Dollar Deweys in Portland, ME
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