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Beginner’s Guide to Dining & Drinking in Bar Harbor

The best places to eat (and drink) in Bar Harbor

We’ve rounded up some of our top choices for dining and drinking in Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park, Maine. We’re covering breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour, and cocktails in this post so be sure to click all of the links to learn more about the best places to eat in Bar Harbor! Make sure to click the photo or the header to learn more about the places listed.

There are places we really enjoy that are not on this list, but we haven’t been able to highlight them yet. Updates to come as we explore more!

Two Cats / 2cats

2 Cats off of Cottage Street in Bar Harbor, Maine offers the absolute breakfast or brunch you will ever find! You must try the strawberry butter on the house made biscuits. You won’t regret it! Expect a wait here, as it’s a really popular place for breakfast or brunch in Bar Harbor.

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Breakfast at 2Cats in Bar Harbor, Maine

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Side St Cafe

Side Street Cafe is a local staple. It’s also open most of the winter. The Margarita of the Moment is why we continue to go back here. Side Street Cafe offers a great happy hour and tons of gluten free options as well!

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Crab cakes and a Strawberry Champagne Margarita of the Moment at Side Street Cafe in Bar Harbor, Maine

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Fish House Grill

The Fish House Grill is a lovely place to sit on the water. It’s also a great place to get Maine lobster in Bar Harbor. Don’t forget to ask to sit outside! The Porcupine margarita is a favorite here. The Fish House Grill offers great prices and killer views.

Menu Make sure to check out the Fish House Grill when visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park!
Delicious stone crab at the Fish House Grill in Bar Harbor, Maine

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Bar Harbor Beer Works

The Bar Harbor Beer Works is a great place to grab lunch, or just a drink in Bar Harbor, Maine. The views overlook Main St. in Bar Harbor. You’ll want to sit on the roof! If you’re lucky, they will have a band.

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Liquid Sunshine from the Black Bear Brewing Co. at the Bar Harbor Beer Works in Maine

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Thurston’s Lobster Pound

If you’re looking for a fresh Maine Lobster, this is the place for you! It’s a casual dining experience where you can pick your own lobster for your shore dinner. The freshest Maine lobster you will ever have!

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The Freshest Maine Lobster you will ever have!

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Cottage Street Pub

We love Cottage Street Pub for a cocktail when out on the town. It’s a super small venue, so be prepared to get close to your neighbor, but it’s worth it! Definitely add this to your list for a night out in Bar Harbor, Maine.  Pub drinks and great company is what you’ll find here!

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Craft cocktails at the Cottage Street Pub

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  1. DD
      Thanks Scott! Bangor Beer Co. is a place I hang out here at home and I clearly was thinking about them. And I added the word “drinking” into the copy. cheers!

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