Lincolns: Our Favorite Bar Beneath The Streets of Portland
Lincolns is one of the hottest spots in town, even if nobody can find it. The speakeasy, buried deep in the heart of Portland’s Old Port, first opened its secret doors back in December of 2014. Since then, it has garnered praise from just about everyone who’s ever been there.
One of the best things about Lincolns is that it feels like an old school speakeasy. With dim lighting, wood trim, booths and lanterns all making appearances, it’s a wonder that the bartenders don’t all have waxed moustaches. There’s also a small stage in the corner, which plays host to a number of weekly events, including a comedy night on Thursdays, and a Rock Paper Scissors tournament on Sundays (Yes, it’s real, and just as hilarious as it sounds.)
As the name of the establishment might suggest, every item on the drink menu is $5. It sounds too good to be true, but I assure you, it is. Their menu is made up of what most people would expect from a speakeasy – a small but impeccable beer selection, and enough hard liquor and mixers to satisfy casual cocktail drinkers.
The trick to not having the place constantly overrun with patrons is the intense secrecy surrounding its location. There’s no signage whatsoever, and no doorman outside muscling you for a password – you have to know where you’re going, or if you’re lucky, have a friend that will show you the way. As hard as it may be to find Lincolns, it’s definitely worth the effort.