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Norm's Bar and Grill - CLOSED *
GayCities Members report that Norm's Bar and Grill - CLOSED has closed

A-listers love this gayest straight bar/restaurant
Norm's (and brother bar/restaurant Downtown Lounge) in the heart of Portland's arts district, is akin to an upscale Hamburger Mary's, and nearly as gay. It's where Portlanders take a first date, celebrate birthdays, or simply stop in for "a" drink after work only to be pushed out the door five hours later. Drinks are generous, and the food is just plain good. Feeling fat? Try the lamb salad. Devil may care? Go for the fish and chips.

Tags: Mixed Gay/Straight , 20-somethings , 30-somethings , 40-something , Lounge , Smoke-free , Food , Free Parking , No cover , American

617 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101
West End

(207) 828-9944
Daily 'til 11 p.m.


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  • gourmetman is now a fan

    Mar 27, 2012 at 3:07pm ·

  • brad1945 gave this place *
    I LOVE IT!!!!

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:43am ·

  • brad1945 is now a fan

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:42am ·

  • PortlandShaman is now a fan

    Dec 8, 2010 at 12:56am ·

  • amon is now a fan

    Dec 8, 2010 at 12:56am ·

  • The_Bud is now a fan

    Dec 8, 2010 at 12:56am ·

  • SparkyNH gave this place *
    A bit of a disappointment
    Sorry, but after reading the last review, I thought I'd try Norm's, and I probably won't bother to try it again. The area of the city looked a little run down - lots of closed shops and businesses. Once I got there, I was surprised to find the place as small as it was, and I asked to sit at the bar (8pm on Monday evening). The whole place was dim, and I sat at a dark end of the bar where I was largely ignred by the bartender. I finally got a drink and had to discover that the menu, utensils, and condiments were in a metal stand on the bar. I had the fish & chips (which was OK) and two drinks - one was "normal" and the next was "knock my socks off" stong. The clientel appeared to be mostly straight, and I sat next to a loving, cooing, straight couple that turned me off... Too dark, too long to get served, and not worth it if you ask me.

    Aug 31, 2010 at 8:49pm ·

  • tjb0873 was here

    Jul 31, 2010 at 2:25am ·

  • aquario214 was here

    Mar 12, 2010 at 1:53am ·

  • PortlandShaman gave this place *
    An unexpected treasure.
    Norms is the heart and soul of alternative Portland. It feeds the most diverse of Portland's community in the most welcoming atmosphere imaginable, all while keeping prices reasonable and the drinks powerful. It does not matter if you are a local or visitor, gay, straight or undecided for the evening, Norms is an absolute must, as important to understanding the true character of Portland as a visit to the Old Port.
    first review First to Review

    Jun 16, 2009 at 3:34pm ·


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