Top of the East Cocktail Bar in Portland, Maine, finally reopened

One of the oldest bars in our beloved city of Portland has finally reopened for patrons to enjoy panoramic views of Casco Bay and their favorite brick town.

What was once the Eastland Hotel is now the Westin Portland Harborview, home to the Top of the East bar which opened in 1963 but recently went on hiatus for two years.

The top floor bar is back and locals and visitors alike are ready to take in the views, sip the new cocktails and sample the new menu.

Top of the East cocktail bar reopens in Portland, Maine

The cocktail bar is located on the 15th floor of the hotel, offering panoramic views of the harbor and the city. The renovations were worth the wait with an aesthetic meant to “evoke a feeling of yesteryear,” as the spot shared on Facebook.

As the bar shares, the design is inspired by the entertainment era and the Westin’s history.

The hotel has a rich history of entertainment…

Long ago, ex-Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne was escorted out of town and kicked out of the Eastland/Westin Hotel for throwing pool furniture off the roof. The pool has since been closed.

Thank you, Ozy.

Although there is no longer a rooftop pool, we still have the iconic Top of the East cocktail bar and now a recently refurbished version.

Top of the East cocktail bar renovates and reopens

Top of the East recently reopened on Friday, September 2, with an updated and newly revamped food and cocktail menu. They have classics like an Old Fashioned and unique ones of their own. Personally, I admire their carefully curated mocktail list, which is important for any bar.

For bites to eat, you’ll find tasty local dishes like harissa prawns and sweet potato crab cakes and of course a charcuterie platter.

Whether you’re a regular or you’ve never set foot on the Westin’s 15th floor, you’ll need to check out the best views of and over the city with a drink in hand.

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