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The Moon and Sixpence and live string music April 6, 2010

Posted by stacyb17 in Bars.
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Sunday evening a friend took me out to the Moon and Sixpence in NE. I hadn’t been there before, but I will definitely be going again. I spent a year living in Ireland and Scotland and the Moon and Sixpence totally made me homesick for the typical pub down the road. They have really captured the authentic British pub feel- from the monocolor exterior to the interior decorations. I love that the menu is five pages long and four of the pages are dedicated to booze (mostly beer). There are 20 different beers on tap to choose from as well as a variety of bottles. We ate dinner at the bar and the food selection was also completely reminiscient of the UK. I had the cottage pie which has meat, potatoes, and carrots baked into a crispy shell. The side salad was a nice touch. The food was sort of bland, but hey, that is also typical UK.

I’m not sure if this occurs every Sunday or just the first one of the month, but there was a string band that started jamming in a corner of the bar around 8:30. I knew we were going to see a string band and was a little confused when there was no stage anywhere in the bar. But the band just set up next to the bar and started playing. I’m new to the Portland string scene, but there was a whole little community of friendly string enthusiasts that hung out near the band. I met a bunch of new people and found out about local string classes and other popular gigs. I don’t think I’ll become a hard core string follower, but the music is great to chill to and it is always nice to go to a bar with one person and end up sitting in a group of fifteen or so.

The name of the band eludes me and I cannot seem to find it online (Moon and Sixpence does not have a website which I totally do not understand, but I will save that rant for another day). If I find it out and think of it, I’ll update the post with it. Next time I hit the Moon and Sixpence, I want to throw some darts. They have a couple of inviting looking dart boards in the back of the bar.

I wrote a review of this bar for Examiner.com as well. Here is a link: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-35159-Portland-Beer-Bars-Examiner~y2010m4d6-Portland-Beer-Bar-Review-of-the-Moon-and-Sixpence

All for today. Tomorrow I’ll babble about a social entrpreneurship talk and LOST.



1. Brandy Alexander - May 24, 2013

Hey, I’m a regular at the Moon and can answer some of those questions you had.The band that plays on Sunday nights there is called the Foghorn Stringband. They play every Sunday if they’re not out of town playing shows. The best way to find out if they’re playing or not is to call the bar. There is another stringband that plays there every first and third Thursday called Hoppin Jenny. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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