A-LIST-January + February 2010
By Joe Ricchio
Photographs by Maria Alexandra Vettese


Bar Lola: Tequila Mockingbird
A nice balance of classic and creative drinks complement the boutique wine list at this cozy East End spot, where small plates make perfect bar snacks.
100 Congress St. | Portland | 207.775.5652 |

01 El Camino Cantina: Lowrider Margarita 
Not only are the margaritas delicious, but you’ll feel like you’ve wandered onto the set of a Quentin Tarantino film. A perfect neighborhood bar.
15 Cushing St. | Brunswick | 207.725.8228

The Corner Room Kitchen & Bar: The Tom & Jerry
It’s the current residence of cocktail guru John Myers, who brings his knowledge and enthusiasm for all things booze to make winter a little easier.
110 Exchange St. | Portland | 207.879.4747 |

02 The Armory Lounge: The Stiletto
A longtime favorite of mine, it’s the perfect place to get away from amateur drunks and be around fellow restaurant workers.
20 Milk St. | Portland | 207.774.4200 |

03 Local 188: The Basil Lemonade (bottom)
Have a cocktail, peruse the well-thought-out wine list, maybe eat some pork belly, and enjoy a broad range of music—what else could you want?
685 Congress St. | Portland | 207.761.7909 |

Francine Bistro: Apple brandy with lemon & rosemary syrup topped with ginger beer
In addition to a focused and intelligent wine selection, there is always one featured cocktail based on seasonally available ingredients to complement Chef Brian Hill’s menu.
55 Chestnut St. | Camden | 207.230.0083 |

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