Front Porch Piano Bar

 
83% love it
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Not your father's Front Porch, but still OGT's anchor
Under the ownership of golden touch-Wayne Wescott, this piano bar institution (probably the only one left in New England) went from low to high brow in its aesthetic a couple years ago - a lot of people were put off by the replacement of the backyard BBQ furniture with the new acrylic tables and chairs, but they've adapted. No matter, the place is packed and the programming has been expanded to include comedians and other entertainers. Food, too!

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    • Str8 iz the new Gay
      Was there end of last season and I was the only gay person there. I would have felt under dressed in a tux. I would also not classify this as a gay bar under any circumstances. It was just like walking into any str8 restaurant anywhere in the country. I felt like I was going to be blood tested and credit checked the entire time. Upper middle and Middle class str8, stiffnecked, over chic, Trendy to the point of wondering if they thought str8 was the new gay. Regretably the family will be bringing me back since they think its great. They dont get that a gay bar is gay because its the only place to feel free of the constraints placed by having to adjust to straight people.

    • empire1guy
      empire1guy Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Experience
      This second floor piano bar is lots of fun. It is well decorated and you will need to come early. It was packed on the two nights we were there. It's a mixed crowd, but mostly gay and very gay friendly. Service was great, servers cute and the singing, lots of fun. A really unexpectedly nice experience in a resort town.

    • One of the main staples of an Ogunquit experience!
      I have eaten downstairs in the dining room and I have had coctails upstairs whilst listening to the cheerful piano-bar entertainment. If you are vacationing Ogunquit, I highly recommend checking out the Front Porch!

    • southendjt
      southendjt Over a year ago
      Loves it

      got song?
      My partner

    • callmesurfer
      callmesurfer Over a year ago
      Hates it

      average
      Has 10 people at 11:30. Kitchen's closed at 11. They are going for a clean, classy look. They make the grade. Bartender is an ass. But this is prob the 3rd best bar in town. Go to Maine Street, they are much nicer.

    • Gaytravelers
      Gaytravelers Over a year ago
      Hates it

      We won't return!
      Everyone doesn't like everyplace. We used to enjoy this piano bar however. We went there evertime we were in Ogunquit, since the 1990's. New owner had changed the bar's image way too much! When we were there we talked with several out of town people who said that they had gone but would never return. Way too bad, as this could be a wonderful bar as it was in the past.

    • jonpaul
      jonpaul Over a year ago
      Hates it

      tacky performer chris
      need to get a new performer chris is past due

    • retsofmada
      retsofmada Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Place!
      I have been going to the Front Porch for years and the waiters/servers are exceptional! The adult comedy can be a little harsh, but straight people seem to love it! The food is of very high quality, and the pianists are great!

    • David32
      David32 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      RUDE STAFF and OWNER
      I have been going to Ogunquit for about 6 years and although I like the village I will never go back to the Front Porch again. Their staff/owner and entertainers are some of the rudest I have ever encountered. The owner of the B and B I was staying at said that the Front Porch runs off more travelers to Ogunquit than anybody. Such a shame. Two other bars there that are much better and they are FRIENDLY to tourists. Also ate at the downstairs cafe at the Front Porch and it was also awful.

    • MichaelCNH
      MichaelCNH Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Yes, It's Different, But it's Also The Same
      I must take up gentle cudgels with those who feel that the Front Porch has changed too much in recent years. Granted, it's not the same old place, but it's still has the same welcoming ambiance and the same passion for entertaining the crowd that it always had. I've been coming since John "Mother" Revere owned it and yes, I too loved the vibrant yellows and greens of the old decor, but I was just as happy to see Wayne Wescott's imprimatur when it came time to put his mark on a venerable institution. The colors and the furnishings have changed, but the Front Porch remains a beacon in the heart of Ogunquit- it radiates a warm aura of acceptance and tolerance for all comers, no matter which side of the garden gate you may be swinging on! Come for the great piano music, the entertainment, the drinks and the food- you'll fall in love with the Front Porch all over again!

    • OGT
      OGT Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Overpriced
      The atmosphere upstairs is great but as for the restaurant area, you're better off going elsewhere. The service wasn't that great and the hostess was not pleasant at all. The food selections were minimal but on the up side, what we ordered was actually tasty. The down side was that for 2 prime rib steaks and a cocktail the tab was over a hundred dollars. Not worth the price at all!

    • 1outta4
      1outta4 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great drinks, cute atmosphere
      This isn't the kind of piano bar where a singer leads the entertainment and folks from the crowd can get up and sing too, but rather the kind of place where a group sits around the piano/bar and sings together as the pianist bangs away at the keys and cracks a few jokes. The drinks were fabulous, as were the hot waiters, and we loved the fun murals on the walls depicting life in Gay Ogunquit. A tip- skip the "Adult Comedian" unless you want to hear the same old tired jokes and straight-baiting from a guy in a red sparkly vest who won't leave you alone if you just want a drink.

    • kevy39
      kevy39 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      I enjoy the Front Porch
      The Front Porch is an Awesome place in Ogunquit Kudos to the Owner Wayne!! Keep up the great work I will be at the Yellow Monkey this Weekend (Aug 8th and 9th Celebrating my 3 year Anniversary to my husband Anthony

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