It’s fun to tell people I met my husband at a bar, but when I say it was George’s on the Hill, they look at me funny.

The spot was George’s place for almost 50 years until Awful Annie moved in. Now the name has changed again, and Mama’s making a name for herself.

Owner Tricia Henley just resigned from her day job at Rosemont Market to give the new-look Mama’s Crowbar, at 189 Congress St., Portland, a full-time effort.

Mama’s Crowbar is open from 4 p.m. to midnight, seven days a week. This small bar has a lot of unique features worth checking out, starting with “Made in Maine” bar stools, barrel tables, tin ceilings, a variety of board games and a house chihuahua named Kiwi.

Mama’s Crowbar is a cash-and-beer-only kind of joint. It does not have liquor or wine, but does carry beers that are made in the U.S., and offers gluten-free options and two cider choices for those who can’t handle the brew. On draft you’ll find Hooker Munich Style Golden Lager, Long Trail Belgium ($4) and Allagash Black, to name a few.

Try Fishermans, Spring Peeper (made in Portland), Harpoon IPA and Long Trail, or go with a tall boy or “fancy can” of many varieties for $3.

A place for artists, musicians and friends to gather, this little bar has big things to offer. On Mondays you can make requests to the live piano player, with proceeds helping jazz education. On Tuesday, grab an Allagash Black for $4. Wednesday is Ladies Night, with organic cider on special. Grab your $2 tall boys on Thursday. Friday is the best night of all, with 50 cents off all drinks – if you are knitting. That’s right, a knitters night.

Prose, impromptu sing-a-longs, Irish jam sessions — things are always changing, so find out what’s going on through Facebook ( or Twitter (

At Mama’s, like any good neighborhood bar, you never know what you are going to get, and there is something for everyone. That’s why you go. That and the fine drinks and good company, because that never changes.


Amber Olesen is a freelance writer who lives in Westbrook.


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