This year, nearly all wedding plans were put on hold due to the impact of COVID-19. While obviously devastating for those who were getting married, it’s also tough for the people who were attending – especially those involved in the wedding party who had flights booked for bachelor and bachelorette parties. If you’re in that boat (no pun intended), you might want to consider a Portland Maine bachelor party.
There are continued local restrictions, but the incredible restaurants downtown have started opening up their patios and doing take-out cocktails, local breweries are offering pick-up orders, and there is still plenty to do in the city that doesn’t involve being indoors. Don’t let the celebration get cancelled – just get creative with it!
Drink Around the World Tour
What better time to put a spin on this original college classic than a bachelor party? There are so many types of bars and restaurants in the city that are doing take-out drinks*. Here’s what we would recommend for your boozy tour:
- Margaritas (and tequila shots) from El Rayo Taqueria
- Frozen cocktail of choice from Highroller Lobster Co.
- Quarantine Punch from Sagamore Hill Lounge
- Thai Basil Tom Collins from Boda
- Bloody Marys from Central Provisions
- Cold sake from Bao Bao Dumpling House
- Double Double Espresso Martini from Lazzari
- Old Fashioned from the North Point
*Cocktails are only available for take-out with a food order, so plan to go into this hungry!
Local Craft Breweries
There are so many breweries in town doing pick-up orders it’s almost hard to keep track. If you or your crew are into craft beer, some classic favorites that you have to check out include:
- Austin Street Brewery
- Liquid Riot Bottling Co.
- Allagash Brewing Company
- Rising Tide Brewing Company
- Foundation Brewing Company
- Battery Steele Brewing
- Oxbow Bottling & Blending
- Lone Pine Brewing Company
- Bissell Brothers Brewing Company
Private Charter Sail
Need to incorporate some adventure to accompany your celebrating? We’ve got you covered. Pack your take-out cocktails or craft beers, grab your buddies and join us for a private chartered sail through the Casco Bay with Sail Portland Maine.
Our classic trip is about two hours, but we can coordinate to take you out as long as you’d like. We’re always BYOB and can make suggestions for the best local food to bring with you for the journey. Nothing says gentlemen like a boozy cruise around the famous Portland Casco Bay. You’re in for some stunning views, so be sure to bring your phone fully charged – if you didn’t Instagram it, did it even happen?
Old Orchard Beach
Though Old Orchard Beach isn’t technically in Portland, it’s close enough to want to consider this option. About 30 minutes from the city, OOB is like the Jersey Shore of Maine. It’s a little tacky, but in the best way possible. You’ll find beach bars, a boardwalk, amusement park, endless shops selling souvenirs, tattoo parlors, variations of fried foods (do not leave without Pier Fries) and a huge stretch of beautiful beach. Depending what time of year you’re celebrating, definitely be sure to keep this locale in mind.
If quarantine is raining on your bachelor party plans, be sure to keep Portland Maine in mind for a weekend full of local booze, award-winning food, and a unique experience you’re sure never to forget.