There are plenty of taverns, bars and clubs in Portland. They range from high-priced cocktails prepared by mixologists to local watering holes. Perhaps this diversity is a safe haven to help all Mainers endure their winter. Mathew’s on Free Street claims to have opened in 1872, making it the oldest pub in Portland. No one can remember that far back, so their claim is undisputed. Other than longevity, Mathew’s is unremarkable. Think draft beers or shots straight from the bottle starting midday. The décor includes old photos, a pool table, dart game and TVs showing sports. Some might call this a dive while others prefer the description neighborhood bar. Pull up a stool if you want to mingle with the locals.