After a day of exploring the hills and shores of the Camden, Maine area, what better reward than enjoying a Dark & Stormy with a view of the harbor? Here are five of our favorite spots in Camden for a summer afternoon cocktail.
For the full Maine experience, don’t forget to ask for Maine-made spirits in your cocktail. High-quality area distilleries include Maine Distilleries/Cold River Vodka (Freeport), Sweetgrass Winery (Union), and Split Rock Distilling (Newcastle).
1 Wayfarer Dr. (use 59 Sea St. for GPS), Camden
This mostly open-air restaurant, located on the dock at Lyman Morse at Wayfarer Marine right on Camden Harbor, offers a primo view of the inner harbor, village, and Mount Battie. You have to practically walk through the boat yard to get to the tables and the outside bar. And don’t be surprised if a big shiny yacht pulls up alongside your table while you’re there. You’ll feel you’re truly living the good life.
While the seafood at this seasonal restaurant is quite good, we more often visit Rhumb Line for a drink with friends and to enjoy the incredible view. This is waterfront living at its best.
Open late spring into early fall; Thursday – Sunday 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. and for lunch on summer weekends.
48 Bayview St., Camden
We love the Waterfront because it’s reliable: it’s been around forever–it celebrates its 35th anniversary this year–is open every day and year-round, and you can depend on the food. But the best thing about the Waterfront is its outside deck on a sunny summer afternoon, with the same incredible view as the Rhumb Line only from the opposite side of the harbor. It’s the kind of spot where we just lean back with a big smile, drink in hand, and feel thankful that we live here.
Open year-round every day 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
16 Bayview St., Camden
This relatively new, self-described “luxury boutique hotel” offers The View, a rooftop bar and terrace with dramatic, sweeping views of the Camden Harbor and the surrounding Camden Hills. This might best view in town aside from the top of Mount Battie! You’ll be living the high life in comfy open-air seating generously augmented by heaters (even in the summer Maine nights by the sea can be chilly). And there’s only room for 45 patrons at a time, so you’ll also feel you’re in on something exclusive!
Open daily 4:00 – 9:00 p.m., June through October. May be closed due to inclement weather or for private events.
40 Washington St., Camden
Located in the (renovated) historic Knox Mill, the bar at 40 Paper is the locals’ g0-to spot for bartender Wind’s homemade Happy Hour cocktail specials (and inexpensive bites to eat) from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. The inside bar is a bustling scene year-round, and in the summer, the small outside patio fills fast. Also offers an extensive craft beer and wine list.
Bar/lounge open year-round Tuesday – Sunday, 4:00 – 10:00 p.m. Restaurant open 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
50 Elm St., Camden
“Drouthy” is an old Scots word for “thirsty” or “dry.” And if you’re feeling drouthy, this authentic Scots-Irish-British-style pub is the place to visit! Let Scottish owner/bartender Andrew Stewart guide you through an expert whisky tasting; he has more than 70 single malts and whiskys on-hand. Or let him make up one of his creative cocktails for you, while you nibble on traditional pub food like Scotch egg, sausage roll, or Cornish pastie. This warm and family-friendly spot offers a few outside tables, but in summer is best appreciated on a rainy or chilly evening. In winter, it’s the best refuge from the cold we can think of!
Open year-round Tuesday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (or later at the bar). Serves tea 2:00 – 4:00. Live music on Wednesday nights.
Please drink responsibly!