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Ogunquit Maine Gay Bars Guide - Best Gay Nightlife in Ogunquit

Plus Gay-Friendly Restaurants and Cafés

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Here's a selection (listed alphabetically) of some of the best gay-popular bars, cafes, and restaurants in Ogunquit, Maine, a favorite GLBT seaside vacation town just a 45-minute drive south of Portland (the host of Southern Maine Gay Pride each June) and a 90-minute drive north of Boston Boston. Most popular from late spring through early fall, Ogunquit buzzes with several gay nightspots during the warmer months and remains a quieter but no less charming getaway in winter.

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1. Amore Breakfast and Cafe Amore - restaurant

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A busy and fun spot for breakfast and lunch, bright and cheerful Amore Breakfast and Cafe Amore (309 Shore Rd., 207-646-6661) serves hearty fare like suasage-bacon-ham-cheddar omelets, lobster Benedict, cream cheese-stuffed French toast, and Belgian waffles in the morning at in the Amore Breakfast section, and lunch fare like hot Italian panini, Greek salad, and clam chowder in adjacent Cafe Amore. It's a good option for to-go picnic and beach supplies, and for coffee and sweets.

 

2. Arrows Restaurant - restaurant

Partners and talented (James Beard-award-winning) chefs Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier are the team behind Arrows (Berwick Rd., 207-361-1100), which has been one of the state's most revered destination dining experiences for years. Book ahead in summer or during weekends for a table at this enchanting restaurant set inside a colonial house and renowned for its emphasis on local seafood, produce fresh from the on-site garden, and exquisitely plated food. The menu changes seasonally and includes some truly decadent treats, such as a lobster tower (parfait, brochette, and chilled lobster) and classic Dover sole. Lightly smoked rhubarb-glazed salmon cooked on a rock with green papaya and carrot salad is one of the more creative options. Desserts are out of this world - consider the artful Thai Dessert Box with pandanus and coconut gelee, banana fritters, coconut ash pudding, and tamarind paste. A meal here is truly a special occasion. Gaier and Frasier also own MC Perkins Cove (below) as well as Boston's new MC Medici Ristorante & Bar at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel.
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3. Barnacle Billy's - restaurant

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This favorite seafood restaurant at touristy but very festive Perkins Cove is a lovely spot to watch the boats in the harbor, enjoy outdoor dining on a sunny day, and feast on consistently fresh and tasty seafood, including lobster and clam rolls, scallops, broiled-haddock platters, surf-and-turf and the like. Barnacle Billy's (Perkins Cove Rd., 207-646-5575) has been going strong for more than a half century.

4. Bread and Roses Bakery - restaurant

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Dapper and welcoming Bread and Roses Bakery (246 Main St., 207-646-4227) has been delighting customers with both sweet and savory snacks, light meals, and sweets since 1989. Espresso drinks and smoothies are served, along with European-style baked goods of all kinds, from creative sandwiches to fresh salads to amazingly tasty desserts - chocolate truffle torte, lemon coconut cake, blueberry pie, and giant cookies. It fills up on summer days with folks heading to and fro the beach.

5. Caffe Prego - restaurant

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The attractive neighbor and sister restaurant of Five-O (see below), Caffe Prego (44 Shore Rd., 207-646-7734) is fronted by fragrant gardens and open-air patio seating and is a fab destination for well-prepared Italian food at lunch or dinner (creative pastas, salads, meatball sandwiches, panini, brick-oven pizzas) as well as espresso drinks and absolutely delicious gelato and other desserts throughout the day. There's a good list of cocktails and wines, too. Like Five-O, Prego is as much a spot to mingle and socialize as it is a fine option for dining.

 

6. Fancy That - restaurant

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On the busy corner of Beach Street and U.S. 1, just across from the festive Front Porch Cafe, Fancy That (138 Main St., 207-646-4118) occupies a former service station and now contains a coffeehouse and ice cream shop. It's adjacent to and run by the same folks as the Ogunquit Village Food Market. Fancy's That's best attribute, apart from the tasty sandwiches and hearty bagels at breakfast (along with high-quality coffees) is the sunny patio that's a perfect perch for people-watching.

7. Five-O Restaurant and Lounge - restaurant/mixed bar

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An excellent restaurant with a cool little lounge and a more formal dining room serving first-rate contemporary food, Five-O (50 Shore Rd., 207-646-5001) has become renowned as a romantic "gay date" spot. There's a impressive wine list, and the kitchen prepares such tempting fare as Maine lobster cakes with a creamy corn sauce, and herb-crusted rack of lamb with lentil salad and mint-yogurt sauce. The same folks operate the gourmet coffeehouse, gelato counter, and gourmet food shop Caffe Prego, next door (see above). Five-O is close to other gay-popular Ogunquit hangouts, such as the Maine Street Bar and the Front Porch.

8. Front Porch Cafe and Piano Bar - restaurant/gay bar

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At little Ogunquit's busiest intersection, the gay-owned and perfectly charming Front Porch Cafe (9 Shore Rd., 207-646-4005) has been a fixture in this tres gay seaside resort community since it opened in 1980. The fine little restaurant serves lunch and dinner and adjoins a popular piano bar and martini lounge, offering sing-alongs and musical fun from 4 pm till closing. There's also lighter fare available from the bar menu, such as ginger-chicken spring rolls and grilled pears and blue cheese flatbreads. Close to Ogunquit Beach, this is a great place to stop for food and conversation throughout the day. The Front Porch is just across the street from Fancy That and the Village Food Market, and a short walk from other Ogunquit gay nightlife options, such as Maine Street Bar.

9. Gypsy Sweethearts - restaurant/mixed bar

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Gypsy Sweethearts (30 Shore Rd., 207-646-7021) serves sophisticated, globally inspired food, including plenty of veggie options, and is also notable as a fun and friendly bar in the center of town. The menu is broken down into tapas (Mexican-style grilled corn, confit of orange-glazed duck, grilled local goat cheese), bocados (olives, cubed manchego with rosemary and thyme), and main dishes (pan-seared scallops, pork shanks with grilled polenta). There's a romantic garden and deck as well as indoor seating.

 

10. Hamburger Harry's - restaurant

In the former Inicio space in the heart of downtown, newcomer Hamburger Harry's (237 Main St., 207-646-7580) serves juicy, top-notch burgers with beef sourced from local farms in the region. There's also a full bar serving creative cocktails.

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