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Brian Boru

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American, Bar, Pub, Irish
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57 Center St, Portland, ME 04101
+1 207-780-1506
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11:30 - 01:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 01:00
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Ayer, Massachusetts
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really fun Irish bar.. but it isnt a "fake" Irish bar with paper shamrocks all over the place..Its a legit Irish bar, where people go to drink, listen to music, laugh, make friends, chat it up. Bar keeps are good and are fast, so if you are drinking rounds, buckle up!! This is one of my favorite stops in Old... More 

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Thank Donna D
United States
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100 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We went here on a bar hop and the drinks were good and such but the bar is small and out dated just not the best spot in the old port would recommend going somewhere else

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Thank Steve J
Boston, Massachusetts
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Out on a cold misty night, looking for a bite. We saw Brian Boru. I remembered seeing it on Trip Advisor so we said, why not. It really is a bar with some food. A young crowd for a couple of gray hairs ! But they were very welcoming. Long tables and benches for seating. Had fish and chips. Very... More 

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Thank lovesroads
new jersey
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

been to Portland many times and always have to have drinks and dinner at brian boru's. long picnic style tables, just sit down enjoy and converse with people

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Thank mozes51
Beverly, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

Informal, pub style atmosphere. There is outside seating in an alley (not romantic!) and an outside upper deck (good mostly for standing). Fun, younger crowd. We did not eat, but beer was cold, service good.

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Thank Cadillacjay
Saint John, Canada
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110 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

Wasn't here for the food, more the drinks and band upstairs.. had a great time. Cheap drinks.. very fun atmosphere! Check it out!

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Thank rcroz2
Portland, Maine
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

I went there for brunch around 12pm and they had already ran out of Hash and a few other things i was very dissapointed. There eggs were ok nothing special

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Thank Tjmou
Portland, Maine
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22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

The food was not good at all..One item ordered was a house summer special, so it was expected to be great. The items per the price and quantity could have been better. The only thing good was the entertainment. I would not recommend this place to anyone, especially when Portland has so many OTHER awesome places. Just not this place,... More 

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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114 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Bloods were cheap, spicy, and delish! Huevos rancheros were crispy and soooo yummy! A definite spot for brunch, but also looks like a great place for music and beer later.

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Thank Rachelle G
Mystic, CT
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96 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

The people are pretty nice here, we had some appetizers and drinks, the wings were decent. I can't rave about the place, but then again, it's not St. Patrick's Day! Bet that's a fun night in this location.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub, Irish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol
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Bar Scene
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 01:00
Monday
11:30 - 01:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 01:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 01:00
Thursday
11:30 - 01:00
Friday
11:30 - 01:00
Saturday
11:30 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 57 Center St, Portland, ME 04101
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-780-1506

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?