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My husband and I are coming up to Portland for the night next Friday. We're going to a show at the Portland Stage Co. at 7pm and were planning on doing a small dinner before the show and then getting drinks and maybe some late night food after. We eat all kinds of food and typically prefer to sit at the bar. A good beer selection would be nice too.

From reading the board it sounds like District might be a good choice? Fore Street?

Any plain old bar suggestions would be great too.

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Fore Street
288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

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  1. Dinner before at Nosh would be good. Nice long bar with great beer selections, try getting there a bit early as it can get busy...after, perhaps The Corner Room bar for more good beer/drinks and delcious apps. Try their Ricotta Brushcetta. Very good.

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    The Corner Room
    110 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101

    1. For drinks, you can't go wrong with Novare Res. 25 amazingly different taps and over 500 bottle selections. No tvs, no jukebox, just beer and spirits.

      http://novareresbiercafe.com/

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      1. re: DavidPalmer

        Agreed. Novare has very good beers and simple apps (I do believe).

      2. Nosh was also the first place that cane to my mind for same reasons Eric states plus it's right around the corner from the theatre - you'll only have to find parking once. I've had some good food at District except my last two times, one dinner and one brunch, were disappointing enough to remove it from my food recommend list although the bar and happy hour are still good. Novare Rez is a great beer choice although it might be tough finding a spot at the bar after the show. I'd stick to the Arts District where the theatre is - you have some great upscale options like 555, Emilitsa and Grace (Grace would be a several block walk but its bar has the best "wow" factor). Other really good spots within a few block of the show would include Local 188 and Petite Jacqueline. All have good bars and no drive.

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        1. re: bobbert

          I'd agree with Bobbert that parking once and eating in the Arts District is likely your best bet--there are many shows going on on Friday and everyone will have their Halloween on.

          I'd also add Boda Thai on Congress as an option for either your before-show meal or post show snacks and drinks. It's street food-style thai--really tasty from scratch curries that are pretty much all I want to eat this time of year, delicious small plate options and grilled skewers.

          1. re: bobbert

            Thanks, these suggestions are great. We're coming up from Boston so we're staying at the Residence Inn on Fore Street and will be walking everywhere. Nosh and Novare Res sound perfect, and thank you for the other options near the theater, we'll have plenty to choose from.

            I'm thinking we should stop in at Grace for a drink just to see the space...worth it?

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            Fore Street
            288 Fore Street, Portland, ME 04101

            1. re: acornhunt

              Yes.

              1. re: acornhunt

                If you're walking to the theater from the Residence Inn (Old Port) I might suggest Grace on the way before the show rather than after as the area around city hall (where Grace is located) becomes fairly desolate later although the Occupy Portland folks are in the area and can be entertaining. Definitely worth the stop.

            2. Your recommendations worked out well, thank you. We got a small lunch at Duckfat when we got in to town (right near our hotel) and really enjoyed it. Fries lived up to the hype and the tomato soup was delicious. Tuna melt just ok. For dinner we ended up at 555 as Nosh was packed. I'm happy with the choice though, everything was excellent. Oysters and marinated cheese to start and I had the grilled caesar for my meal. The dressing tasted great but there was just a bit too much of it. My husband's steak was cooked perfectly and very good.
              Novare Res was the perfect stop after the show. Wish we had a bar like that in Boston.
              Thank you!

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              1. re: acornhunt

                Glad to hear you enjoyed your time. Come back soon!

                1. re: acornhunt

                  You have The Publick House in Brookline. It's not in a basement so it doesn't have quite the same vibe as Novare, but they have a great beer selection and insanely good mac and cheese!

                  1. re: sultanaboudreau

                    I do like Publick House, it's just more restaurant than bar in my mind. Either way not a bad option..and that mac and cheese is great!