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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: 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: 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: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Three Dollar Deweys has always been a must stop for me when visiting Portland and this past weekend was no exception. All of the variables (atmosphere, service & selection) at this place make for a great bar.
The vibe is very casual and laid back. Customers and staff are unpretentious. This is a good sized place with wooden floors and wooden benches for seating. There is also a bar in the back as well. A popcorn machine emanates the smell of fresh popcorn in the air. Customers can help themselves to free popcorn as they wait for food or throw back a few pints.
As for the beer selection, there are about 38 drafts and around 35 bottle selections. The bottle options are more diverse and interesting, but either way provides you with some great Maine beer options. Bottle highlights include Allagash Dubbel & Grand Cru, Shipyard Blue Fin Stout & Joshua Chamberlin, Bar Harbor Peach Ale and Cadillac Mountain Stout. The Cadillac Mountain Stout I had was delicious.
Prices are really good at $3.75 - $4.25 a pint. They also offer daily beer pint specials for $2.50. A cool option if you are looking to try different beers is the four 4 oz samples for $4. Service was friendly and attentive. Three Dollar Deweys offer a lengthy pub style menu featuring pizza, nachos, sandwiches, salads, chili, etc.
I would say this place is a must when in the area. It's easy to locate in the Old Port and never lets me down.
02-21-2005 15:34:12 |
More by Hibernator
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
See what happens when I leave for sixteen years? They move a block closer to the waterfront, just to throw me off. The long, wood bar is off to the right upon entering and is an elongated U-shape with a bank of taps attached to it. There were two coolers visible to the right of the back bar. The kitchen was off to the left and the washrooms at a left oblique. The décor was very reminiscent of the original with lots of long, wooden tables, benches, exposed wood beams, and free (!) popcorn (Look up!). Over by the popcorn machine was another servers station, just inside the door. I could not decide if some of the art was original prints made from woodcuts or just reproductions. $1. Looky. $2. Feely. $3. Dewey.
08-19-2006 17:41:41 |
More by woodychandler
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3
A good place to to enjoy a beer. More of a relaxing nplace than a bar. Well light, spacious, woody and free popcorn. Sort of a mead-hall feel. Not many Bud Light drinkers, mostly beer fans of varying degrees. In the range of 70 beer offerings. Most drafts are regional. Many bottled Euro offerings. Nothing terribly different for local beer advocates, but very solid. The food is nothing special, but good. Service is attentive. Try it out. Cheers!
09-03-2002 07:18:12 |
More by BillyBrew
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Warning and/or bonus #1: A question about 3 Dollar Dewey's name will get you a rather naughty answer. The best beer selection in the tourist-oriented Old Port section of Portland. A necessary visit in the BA crawl through that neighborhood. You may not get something you've never had before, but the full page of choices should bring a smile.
Warning and/or bonus #2: unlike Sebago and Great Lost Bear, you can smoke in 3 Dollar Dewey's. One big room sort of feels like four with some waitress stands, the free popcorn machine and a couple of brick wall segmenting the place, and your choice or stools, benches, booths or chairs to sit on.
Many draft lines, and many bottle choices with about the best European list in the county. The only place in Portland I could find Hacker-Schorr and Paulaner if that gives any info. Unlike the Great Lost Bear, which will have 3 or 4 of a specific Maine brewery's styles, 3 Dollar Dewey's might have just one or two.
Every bartender or waitress I have ever had was nimble and attentive, but they may not be terribly beer-educated. They may have a great beer list, but they also serve a full food menu, and are not a church of beer so much as a good pub. that said, the food is pretty darned good: they make some mean soups and have a fairly extensive group of vegetarian choices.
Warning and/or bonus #3: Use of $3 Dewey's as a pick-up bar on Fridays after work seems to crop up pretty frequently.
08-01-2003 16:57:27 |
More by ecoboy
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This place has a large bar with all tap beers right next to the bar for easy identification - no beer list needed. The place is large and open with long family style tables. Free popcorn is offered and there is plenty on the floor so watch your step. Younger crowds frequent this place, as I noticed several college aged kids sitting at the bar doing shots and beers.
Nice variety of beers on tap from Allagash, Casco, Sebago, Shipyard, Gritty's, along with some others like SNPA and Paulaner. The few beers I had over two different sessions in the place were of good quality and fresh.
Did not have any food, and most people seemed to be drinking and enjoying the free popcorn. The bartenders were quick to refill your pint, and were joking with most customers. Definitely worth a stop but don't expect a nice atmosphere or quiet crowd.
06-22-2005 11:23:48 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4
I've been to this beer bar in the old port 3 times now, and each time I go, I become more fond of the place. Even though there is usually a considerable amount of people, there always seems to be plenty of space to stand around or to sit even on a Friday night. The beer selection is very good with about 25 taps of mostly Maine micros and the bottle selection is also very nice with Cadillac Mtn. Stout available for about $5+ for the 22oz. bomber. Last time I visited, there was a good mix of 25-40 y.o. people, so I didn't feel quite as old as I did at some of the bars in the area. Free salty popcorn and great music playin in the background is also a plus.
07-07-2003 10:21:40 |
More by Longstaff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I stopped in at 3 Dollar Deweys with ffejherb, FooFaa and his wife Kristen - we had to try the seafood chowder. We walked right in as it was lunch time and it was not very crowded. The atmosphere is casual with cafeteria style wooden table seating and the bar in the back - The service was good as we were seated quickly and ordered up a pitcher of espresso amber.
The selection is pretty decent with local selections from Shipyard and Bar Harbor as well as Peak organic and others such as Victory, Geary's Harpoon and Long trail as far as crafts go
The quality is top notch as the food, beer and service were great - the beer and food are both served fresh
speaking of food it was absolutely the best chowder I ever tasted - smoked seafood with salmon clams and shrimp were tender and the cream base was delicious w/ mild smoke I couldn't have asked for better.
Overall I was very pleased with the experience at 3 Dollar Deweys I would only suggest switching some of the taps from Macro to craft, but I recommend the place and the value is very good as the portions are substantial and the prices are reasonable.
03-07-2010 23:57:46 |
More by Slatetank
Three Dollar Deweys in Portland, ME
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