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The best nightlife in Portland, Maine, can be found in Old Port. This working waterfront comes alive as soon as the workday is done. Expect to find lots of dive bars and Irish pubs featuring live music and traditional Irish food. Beer is the specialty here, but there are a few wine bars in the mix as well. Brian Buru’s Comedy Connection — right on the water in Old Port — is also a popular spot.
Live music is another part of Portland’s nightlife scene. If you’re in the mood for a sophisticated night out, check the schedule at the Portland Symphony. The State Theatre is another spot to visit; just know that tickets go fast there, thanks to talent ranging from famous jazz musicians and bands to well-known comedians on tour.