Saturday, March 8, 2014
By EMMA BOUTHILLETTE
I was excited to check out The Frosty Pint on a recent Friday night with Teila. She and I have both heard cool things about the place, and the story behind it is equally cool.
Bartender Laurie Lavertu mixes a drink at The Frosty Pint in Portland. The bar is owned by a veteran whose dream was to open a sports bar reminiscent of the famed sitcom bar Cheers.
John Ewing/Staff Photographer
THE FROSTY PINT
WHERE: 965 Forest Ave., Portland
HOURS: Open at 4 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 6 p.m. Saturday
PARKING: Ample room in parking lot -- a welcome sight in Portland
SCENE: A laid-back sports pub on outer Forest Avenue
HAPPY HOUR: 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday features Pinnacle Vodka for $4, domestic beers for $2.50 and premium beers for $3.50 with $4 appetizers.
According to the bar's website, The Frosty Pint is owned by a veteran whose dream was to open a sports bar reminiscent of the famed sitcom bar Cheers. After 13 years of service in the U.S. Air Force, he moved from Texas to Maine and opened the Portland bar.
One of the best things about The Frosty Pint is the ample parking. I spend too much time circling the streets of the Old Port for an on-street spot, and it's nice to just pull into a lot, park and walk through a bar's doors.
The space in The Frosty Pint is roomy. The bar itself is one of the longest I've sat at, but if you're there with a group, plenty of pub tables dot the room. Two dart boards are set up to one corner of the bar, and there's a small room to the other side with a pool table. Televisions line the wall above the bar and are tuned to an array of sports stations.
One patron introduced himself to me and pointed out the bar's owner, who was off duty and enjoying a beer with friends. Seeing that enforced The Frosty Pint's motto of "family first" on its website -- most employees are either friends or related to the owner, and patrons are treated like one of the gang.
Dining and drinking here are affordable, too. On Tuesdays, you can get pizza in a two-for-one deal from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays feature a craft beer for $3 and $3 well drinks for college students. On Thursdays, the kitchen serves up 50-cent wings from 6 to 9 p.m. Well drinks are the special on Friday and Saturday nights at only $3 a pop.
The Frosty Pint has more than a dozen beers on tap, ranging from domestic to craft offerings. There is also a huge selection of bottled beer and any alcohol you'd like for a mixed drink.
Teila ordered a Black and Tan, and I ordered an Angry Orchard cider. We sipped our drinks and shared a plate of nachos between us.
For a Friday night, the bar wasn't overly busy, but I can imagine it bustling when major sporting events are being broadcast.
With free parking and plenty of it, you can start and end your night at The Frosty Pint enjoying drinks in good company on comfy barstools.
Emma Bouthillette is a freelance writer who lives in Biddeford.