Local 188

685 Congress St., Portland, Maine

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local188.com

Open daily, Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.; Drink until 1 a.m.; Happy Hour: Monday - Thursday 4 - 6 p.m.; Brunch: Saturday + Sunday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Tapas-style dining is popular on this list, but Spanish food? That’s not so easy to find. Fortunately, Jay Villani has answered our foodie prayers with Local 188, a spacious, yet über-cool restaurant and lounge that is equally appealing for dinner, or just cocktails and snacks.

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