Behind Glass: Hyatt’s new lounge

glass 2The construction netting that made the soon-to-open Hyatt Place Portland Old Port (try saying that after a few margaritaslook like a crime scene is finally down.

Behind the faceted glass wall on Fore Street is a standard lobby, Starbucks counter, breakfast nook and a new lounge come May 20th.

Across from Fore Play and Pearl, the small plate, big cocktail lounge called Glass should add a touch of class to this clubby corner.

“We have hired a top mixologist,” said hotel director of sales Deborah Roberts.

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Seduced from Top of the East, the new (as-yet-unnamed) bartender will be filling glasses in the first Hyatt in Maine. “Glass is a vessel you pour something into and also a place to get top-shelf liquor,” said Roberts on a tour of the energy efficient boutique hotel that opens in two weeks.

And judging by its sleek, open walls to the Old Port, Glass invites onlookers. Go Instagram ready.

Lit above with a colorful glass sculpture (a translucent undulating light fixture called “Kelp”) this is a jewel box where optics prevail. Time will tell who retreats here.

It could become a fish bowl for tourists, posh after-work HQ, or the best place to cut a deal in the OP.

Hyatt’s corporate chef Kelsey Yerger is designing the menu, which is also under wraps.

This we do know, lobster bisque and small plates will prevail. Located a block from Commercial Street, Glass is destined to shine this summer.

433 Fore St., Portland.








433 Fore Street, Portland,


Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.