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The Liberal Cup

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115 Water St, Ste 1, Hallowell, ME 04347-1357
+1 207-623-2739
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fish and chips” (28 reviews)
“pot roast” (19 reviews)
“turkey dinner” (10 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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115 Water St, Ste 1, Hallowell, ME 04347-1357
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The best mussels I have had, and in my 69 years I have had my share of mussels. My partner had the turkey dinner and was very happy with it. Overall I would rate this place as excellent and a must stop.

Thank mrbarrypa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I no longer recommend The Liberal Cup. I am very lactose-intolerant, and on three separate occasions when I ordered a salad with NO CHEESE, it was clear that cheese had been added and then (unsuccessfully) picked off. I will not eat food that will make...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 18 February 2018 via mobile

Found this on TA so the wife and I could have some dinner before high school basketball playoffs. Had read reviews about a wait, which there was, but we had plenty of time and it turned out not to be any where near as long...More

Thank Kevin F
Jamie H, Owner at The Liberal Cup, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Thank you very much for the feedback. We are glad you had a great experience. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 22 January 2018

There is no possibility of failure with this five star restaurant. Sometimes it is noisy, but that does not matter. I often have mussels, but I ask that they be cooked in wine. The standard at the Liberal Cup is to steam them in milk,...More

Thank caldwellsylvainpendl
Jamie H, Owner at The Liberal Cup, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Thanks for the review! We appreciate it. Hope to see you again soon! (And, I can't wait to try the mussels your way!)

Reviewed 15 January 2018

If you are looking for excellent food this is the place. They also have a good range of brews, so it doesn't matter if you are looking more for the brews than the food, you will be happy with both. Also definitely family friendly.

Thank Lisa H
Jamie H, Owner at The Liberal Cup, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018


Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Excellent Cole slaw and good beer. The fish was good too but it's hard to screw up a deep fried piece of fish. The cole slaw was really good though. I only had a chance to try one beer and it was really good. Not...More

Thank Timothy E
Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

We visit the Liberal Cup often for their in house range of brews from Alewife ale to Bug Lager. The staff is friendly and aim to please , don’t forget the good bartenders. The menu range is from burgers, drunken pot roast and haddock, good...More

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Reviewed 11 January 2018

Had a dinner hear with business colleagues and we all thoroughly enjoyed the appetizers, soups, and meals. Half had fish and chips, and the others had the mussels. Rave reviews all around. Friendly server was attentive and kept the drinks coming. We made the drive...More

Thank Stephanie B
Reviewed 22 December 2017 via mobile

Had a great family dinner for sons birthday. Nice food selections to suit everyone’s taste. The haddock dinner is HUGE! Hangs off the side of the platter! All for under $12! Very busy in the summer, but they do take reservations.

Thank Dulcey D
Reviewed 20 December 2017

I went here with friends on a very busy evening when the locals celebrate Halloween and have a pub crawl- the place was jam packed. I was hungry so I ordered the spinach artichoke dip- it came out piping hot in a fresh bread bowl-...More

Thank Lucy M
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12 March 2017|
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Response from tishlangdon | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Why don't you call and speak to the restaurant directly. Only they would know that answer.
11 February 2017|
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Response from mhart2002 | Reviewed this property |
We ate there this past fall and they did have a gluten free menu.
5 July 2016|
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Response from Larry B | Reviewed this property |
Sorry to say there is no outdoor seating at the Liberal Cup
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 115 Water St, Ste 1, Hallowell, ME 04347-1357
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Hallowell
  • Phone Number: +1 207-623-2739
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The Liberal Cup Public House & Brewery in Hallowell, ME, is our take on the traditional English pub. Our mission is to provide a gathering place for our local friends and seasonal visitors to enjoy good food and drink. Like the pubs that dot the English countryside, The Liberal Cup is an inviting and cozy spot to bring family and friends. And while the draughts will conjure that familiar flavor of jolly ol’ England (ales and bitters being our specialty), we’re happy to brag that the food will not. Our award-winning chef has taken classic pub fare and elevated it with fresh, local ingredients. His daily specials highlight Maine's seasonal offerings and on the weekends he likes to turn The Cup into a gastropub with his haute and nouvelle cuisine creations.
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