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Imagine it is 9 pm Saturday in Portland

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...and you want to kick off a several day vacation with your spouse with a couple very nice glasses of wine and maybe a couple of appetizers or share a light meal. Don't want to spend much more than 50 before the tip. Don't want the nosiest atmosphere, but bustling and intimate is fine.

I had made reservations at Bresca, but...

What if several (1 to 5 say) colleagues want to come along. Say your goal is still the above plus others want maybe a good beer maybe a glass of wine, maybe a bite as well. We all want to talk some...

Where to then Chowhounds? Does this bar at Fore Street accommodate this? Other venues?

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Fore Street
288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

Bresca
111 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

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  1. Local 188, hands down.

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    Local 188
    685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102

    1. Have to agree with Local 188 being a very good choice for what you're looking for. A couple of other options that came to mind were District and Grace. Both have good bar scene where you can talk and good apps.

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      Local 188
      685 Congress St, Portland, ME 04102

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      1. re: bobbert

        Parkers on Washington Avenue is another great choice...
        Fun Bar, good food and service, and much more quiet then most places.

      2. Check out Nosh.