WHY HERE: This is a little piece of Scandinavia in coastal Maine, where fresh oysters, gravlax and pickled fish meld with creative drinks crafted by owner-bartender Andrew Volk. Since opening in 2013, the space has become a local favorite. WHY NOW: Portland's first craft-cocktail bar continues to shine with a deep drinks list that spans from approachable to geeky. There’s the Norseman, a Scandinavian twist on the Old Fashioned that gets a kick from brown-butter-washed aquavit, and the simple Green Eyes, a gin sour sharpened to a keen edge with a healthy splash of Green Chartreuse.
Photo credit: Meredith Perdue