With the end of summer, dock-side sessions and beach brews have sadly become a thing of the past. But although warm weather is starting to feel like a memory, you can still enjoy a cocktail (indoors) while taking in the sweeping water views at Falmouth Sea Grill.

The venue is situated on two distinct levels. The lower level caters to those wandering in off boats and beaches, with garage-door walls that are opened up to the elements on warmer days; the upper level houses the restaurant’s dining room and a bar area.

In summer, the Falmouth Sea Grill’s outdoor bar, blond deck, subtly sexy tunes and summer-inspired cocktails can make you feel as though you’re living in a movie scene. But when I visited recently, the rain had set in, and the lower level was being readied to close down for the winter.

The upper level was still under construction, getting an apparently long overdue face-lift. The bartender, in classic, warm, Falmouth Sea Grill fashion, kindly and enthusiastically agreed to give me a tour of the upper dining room. After inspecting the premises, I’m happy to report that those who plan to visit the Sea Grill are in for a treat. In a word, the place is sweet.

The new dining room, which is now open, is designed to be casual, classy and sleek, subtly seducing diners with its striking views, cozy fireplace and smooth, meandering and beautifully crafted wooden bar.

The walls are really more window than wall, and the warm, honey-colored room features cozy low lighting, comfortable furniture and a super-cool “private” clubhouse booth that easily seats six. The room is large but flows well, with the bar oriented down the middle — dividing the room into dining and drinking sides — without alienating one from the other. Sandwiches and entrees are served upstairs all day.

Because the remodeled space is so conducive to socializing, the Sea Grill plans to open its doors for events such as receptions, rehearsal dinners and holiday parties. Great views, good food, creative cocktails and all your favorite people in one place? Yes, please.

On tap at the Sea Grill are Old Thumper, Allagash White, Shipyard Export and Moat Mountain Czech pilsner ($4.75). Specialty cocktails include a strawberry basil lemonade, an FSG rum runner and the Maine Salty Dog (Cold River vodka, fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice and a salted rim). All are priced at $8 or $9.

During happy hour (3 to 6 p.m., seven days), get any of those specialty drinks and several more for just $4. Draft beers drop to $3.

If it follows in the footsteps of its sister restaurant, the Old Port Sea Grill, the newly improved Falmouth version will give those of us who are happy-hour chasers some good things to look forward to. But even at full price, I’m more than happy to hang out at the bar downstairs, look out over the water, watch the fall colors change on the islands in the distance, and sip on one of the Sea Grill’s creatively classy cocktails.

Johanna Sorrell is a freelance writer.


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