Internet media outlet BuzzFeed has used city guide app Foursquare to pin down the “most popular” bars in each state, as determined by user ratings and numbers of visits logged at each location.
The most popular bar in Maine — at least by those metrics — is none other than Novare Res Bier Cafe in Portland.
This is not the first time Novare Res has been lauded nationally for its atmosphere and extensive beer selection. Draft magazine has on multiple occasions named the venue to its annual list of the country’s top 100 bars.
DownEast magazine, USA Today and the publication Imbibe are among the others that have sung Novare Res’ praises over the years.
Here’s how Foursquare users describe the bar, according to BuzzFeed’s review:
- “Excellent beer selection, and a very fine cheese plate.”
- “Corn hole and an amazing beer selection.”
- “If you are in Portland and you love beer, this is a MUST.”
Novare Res, an almost secret-feeling place which is accessible through an alleyway on lower Exchange Street, has two dozen-plus beers on rotation, including local brews and a range of international choices.
If you’re across the border in New Hampshire, BuzzFeed and Foursquare say Strange Brew Tavern in Manchester is the most popular bar. Click here to learn more about the most efficiently planned beer-tasting road trip in the country, as well as where it would travel through the Northeast.