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Jun 21, 2011 01:01 PM

Imagine it is 9 pm Saturday in Portland

...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?

Fore Street
288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

111 Middle Street, Portland, ME 04101

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  1. Local 188, hands down.

    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.

      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.