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Updated: December 22, 2023

Friday Food Insider: It's time to get into the holiday spirit(s)

Courtesy / The Kennebunkport Inn via social media The Tinsel Bar at the Burleigh inside Kennebunkport Inn, at 1 Dock Square in Kennebunkport.
Photo / Alexis Wells
Pictured here is the Jingle Berries gin and tonic from Batson River in Biddeford.

It's not too late to get into the holiday season, and what better way than by visiting a local restaurant or cocktail lounge?

Check out these tasty and fun cocktails like a Mistletoe Mule, a Grinch's Margarita or a Maids-A-Milking Eggnog. I mean, it's only this time of year when you can get a Christmas-themed cocktail, right?

Here are some places to look for fun cocktails this holiday season.

Southern Maine

  • ALTO Terrace Bar + Kitchen, including its ski-lodge igloos, at the Cambria Hotel Portland Downtown Old Port, 25 Hancock St., Portland.
  • Fire & Ice Igloos, at the Portland Harbor Hotel, 468 Fore St., Portland.
  • Via Vecchia, at 10 Dana St., Portland. 
  • Apres, at 148 Anderson St., Portland.
  • Portland Hunt & Alpine Club, at 75 Market St., Portland.
  • Blyth & Burrows, at 26 Exchange St., Portland.
  • Highroller Lobster Co., at 104 Exchange St., Portland.
  • Papi Portland, at 18 Exchange St., Portland.
  • Batson River Brewing & Distilling, at 82 Hanover St. in Portland, 12 Western Ave. in Kennebunk and 17 Lincoln St. in Biddeford.
  • Tinsel Bar at the Burleigh, inside Kennebunkport Inn, at 1 Dock Square, Kennebunkport.
  • River Tap & Grill, at 52 Gold Course Lane, Hollis. 

Heading north

  • Sonder & Dram, at 12 Ash St., Lewiston. 
  • The Oak Table & Bar, at 233 Water St., Augusta.
  • Homestead Kitchen & Bar, at 186 Broadway, Farmington. 
  • Happy Endings Martini, Tapas & Dessert Bar, at 32 Main St., Bangor.
  • Timber Kitchen & Bar, at 22 Bass Park Blvd., Bangor.

What is your favorite holiday cocktail? The Mainebiz Food Insider wants to know! Contact Alexis Wells at

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