New Portland bar with presidential theme opens on June 1st

Owner Ryan Deskins doesn’t expect to sell a lot of the Trump cocktail. Served in a beautiful gold martini glass (which you can keep) full of hot air with an elaborate orange twist garnish, the price of $2,500 is probably a bit steep for most customers, especially for a drink that “will leave you feeling regretful and unsatisfied, with hints of existential horror.”

Those visiting Sagamore Hill in Downtown/West End and not thrilled about laughter at 45s expense might be more inclined to order “The Blue Dress” or any other of the presidential-themed cocktails being offered when they open on June 1st. There won’t be any meals served, but Deskins promises a variety of bar snacks holding to the theme, including peanuts, pretzels, and jelly beans. Food trucks will also be present starting June 10th.

Opening in what was once the lobby of a luxury hotel, with an outdoor patio for up to 40 patrons in addition to the 60 seats inside, the bar pays tribute to the summer home of Teddy Roosevelt and the elegant details reflect that. Those details include 3,000 pounds of curved walnut ribs above the bar mimicking a boat hull, in reference to Roosevelt’s time as Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

The bar has been a year and a half in the making, so June can’t come soon enough, but Deskins says they might even open early and potential visitors will know they’re open “when the pictures in the windows come down”. In addition to specialty cocktails, patrons can expect 30 or so beers (draft, cans, and bottles, with many locals), about 20 wines, and a stong selection of bourbon and rye, including some rarities.

Hours will be 4-1 Mon-Fri and 12-1 on the weekend. Though all the design and construction isn’t quite complete yet, it’s getting very close. Sagamore Hill looks to be a fun place to grab a drink whether you’re with friends, on a date, or headed to or from dinner. It’s theme and beautiful detail will make it inviting and comfortable. The patio will be a great option in the warmer months. Take a swing by in June and let me know what you think.

150 Park St.

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