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Top bar recommendations from locals

Gastropub
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“The hot spot of Kittery! Their deviled eggs are 100/10. Don’t like deviled eggs? You will after you try these. “The Black Birch is built on community; it is a small, cozy restaurant. At times the room becomes noisy and raucous as friends, neighbors, and strangers meet and gather to share a conversation and dinner. We are shaped by our community; the neighbors and partnerships we build along the way.” I would eat here every night of the week if I could. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great seafood restaurant on the marsh, across from the beach. Rooftop bar. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Chef Matt Louis, who trained with Thomas Keller at the French Laundry, is a community favorite. At Moxy (his first of three restaurants, see: The Franklin and soon to open, Luigi's) he serves up small plates (tapas) with an America twist. Not only do his dishes feature local ingredients, he pushes the boundaries by including ingredients like green crab, an invasive species on the coast of Maine. This is a place to share food. Reservation recommended. ”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“A solid public house with thoughtfully created (pub) food and its own tasty beers on tap. Plenty of vegetarian options. After dinner go downstairs and play pool in the Jimmy LaPanza Lounge. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“This place requires its own category. Perhaps, file under "Top Notch Craft Cocktails"? Yet there is only one Dram. This is a cozy, limited seating establishment that escapes notice, like a secret portal to another universe. Everything, besides what comes in a bottle, is handmade; the bitters, the garnishes, the mixers. The menu takes time to absorb...take your time...find your libation. Don't embarrass yourself by ordering "white wine" or a "beer"...I scoff when I hear that. This is a cocktail emporium. Have a cocktail or leave a seat open for someone who is serious. Limited bar menu and snacks. If you're on the wait list at Black Birch, they'll text you...its just across the parking lot. Its actually a fabulous one- two punch of an evening.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“One word: "Seafood". Whether it's lobster, sushi, raw oysters or classic fish and chips you're after, this is THE place to go to satisfy your seafood craving. And the ambience is killer- great atmosphere and right on the water, just above Martingale Wharf. Some of our fave dishes: Lobster Sara, Wicked Awesome Tuna rolls, Fried Tomato and Bacon salad and Parmesan-fried Calamari. Disclaimer: Beware the Oyster shooters!”
  • 9 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“The menu is fantastic and the view is unparalleled. Right on the water. Watch the tugboats bring ships to port as you wine and dine. Often has live music . A great place for cocktails as well. The blood orange margaritas are to die for. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
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“Spanish-style tapas. Romantic, low-lit, with delicious food. There is a patio for outside dining. May need reservations in the summer. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Chef Evan Mallet brings you on a gastronomic journey at this local favorite for a "fancy" night out. You'll need reservations but if you don't have them check the cozy, romantic bar upstairs...sometime you can snag a table for two. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Hotel
“The downstairs restaurant, the Ship's Cellar Pub, is a cozy casual spot in town...a bit overpriced for what it is, but a good option if you want to eat out without leaving York.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“This is the go-to patio in Portsmouth. Live music on weekends, great spot for drinks and a bite in an ambient open air space. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pub
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“This is an old watering hole and music venue that recently had an extensive facelift. Food, drink, and really good music...it is a staple of our local scene. Used to be people showed up on Friday nights, with instruments, to sing sea shanties...not sure that happens anymore.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Our friends (who are big beer people) drive miles for releases from this Kittery brewery.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
“Great place to read a book, have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and relax on a lazy afternoon. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Hidden gem in downtown Portsmouth. Fun beer and good food. Love the salads and duck pastrami sandwich.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Bar
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“Food drink and revelry in a (former bank with vault etc ) cool old building right in the heart of Portsmouth”
  • 4 locals recommend