Unwind Cocktail Lounge

Unwind Cocktail Lounge


Is there still going to be book club tomorrow? If so, what time?
Thought of you both! Happy kite flying day!
Is this formally known as Lady and the Mensch?
Love the new name!!
Hi All... Stop in for a cocktail tonight and wish your handsome bartender Jim a Happy Birthday!! His loving wife....Paula🍷🥃🍹🍺🥂🎂🍿🤗👍❤️
Lady & the Mensch, I think this is only fair, don't you??
Just the best! The owners are fantastic, and the drink selection is bar none! The best!
This isn’t what it looks like when Mason does it 😬
ANOTHER reason to patronize Lady & the Mensch!!
NO mention of Saco Mule!! I'm calling the Mayor!!
And what BETTER place to enjoy a nice cold one than Lady & the Mensch, right?? Can I get an amen?!?
Happy anniversary Sarah and Mason...wishing you many, many, many more happy and healthy anniversaries...🍾🍾🍾🍾🍇🍇🍇🍇

We are temporarily closed and anticipate reopening May 28, 2021 at 4:00 PM.

Temporarily closed

So what does Jim and Paula’s home bar look like? Jim likes Manhattans while Paula likes to experiment. The tumblers were a gift from our neighbors.

[01/23/21]   Our friends at Willys Ale Room are serving up our favorite Lone Pine Brewing Company brews! Paula and I are here tonight showing our support and if you can, we’d encourage you to, too!

[01/22/21]   For those of you keeping track, we have officially been closed twice as long as we were opened prior to COVID.

[01/01/21]   Adios 2020!


What is Steve the Bartender drinking for NYE?

Looking for an easy drink to entertain with for New Year’s Eve? Mix up a batch in a pitcher so you could hang out with your guests!

Here’s a great recipe from Steve the Bartender. His YouTube channel is full of great recipes.

Happy New Year!


youtube.com Ratterwick Punch Cocktail Recipe for NYE 2019!The Ratterwick Punch is featured in Maggie Hoffman's "Batch Cocktails". Maggie is a former editor of Serious Ea...

Paula and I would like to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
See you soon!

[12/18/20]   Unwind Key West . . . has a ring to it! No plans just tossing ideas around.

[12/14/20]   Hey, if you’re into spiked eggnog and you typically purchase the premixed stuff . . . here’s your reminder to BUY IT NOW! They don’t make a lot so it doesn’t sit on the shelf too long. Get some before it sells out!


Holly Star (2018) - IMDb

It’s that time of year again! Time to watch “Holly Star”, the Christmas movie filmed in Biddeford, Saco and Old Orchard Beach! https://m.imdb.com/title/tt6268734/

imdb.com Directed by Michael A. Nickles. With Katlyn Carlson, Michael A. Nickles, Erik Van Wyck, John Farrell. A broke puppeteer returns home for the holidays and gets caught up in a treasure hunt with her paintball-obsessed best friend, her tango-dancing grandmother, and a childhood sweetheart.

If you have a moment to support this business at either their Kennebunk or Old Orchard Beach locations, I’m sure they would appreciate it greatly. Save your receipt! Because when we reopen, we’ll give you a dollar off any regular priced drink from our drink menu! You might have to remind us by then but we’ll be happy to do it! Tell them the folks at Unwind Cocktail Lounge say “Hello!”

Dear Friends,

We've had a weird year. I know this isn't news, but it's been what keeps me up every night. Some weeks have been good. Some weeks have been OK. Some weeks have been scary quiet. Lately, there have been too many scary quiet weeks. Today, I have to make a terribly difficult decision to change our business slightly and ensure that we can survive to serve you for the long-term.

Effective today, we will close our dining room for dine-in service. We will continue to offer take out and local delivery. We have great family-style meals for you to enjoy for take out/delivery. My favorite part of the restaurant business is getting to see you and your families enjoying each other's company in the dining room; It's the connections we've made over the years; and it's the family we've created here at the restaurant. It pains me deeply to have to lay off many of our team members with this decision. As soon as we feel that the economic climate has improved and is healthy enough for us to open the dining room, we will do so.

For now- PLEASE help me support our staff for the winter. We will still keep 15 or so employees on payroll. Please help me keep them employed!
1) order take out or delivery from www.duffysmaine.com or the Toast Take Out App
2) order a gift card online or stop in - these funds help us float through the winter

We will keep you posted here, and we look forward to seeing your smiles through the car window or front door as we're delivering car-side or at your home. Mask up, and we'll get through this together.

Thank you for all of your support!

[12/03/20]   Looking for a Christmas/Holiday gift? Here are five of my favorite bourbons:

1.) Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon $27 (inexpensive but excellent)

2.) 1792 Small Batch $30 (smoothe)

3.) Blanton’s (rare find, ask) $55

4.) Wiggly Bridge Small Barrel Bourbon $40 (FANTASTIC LOCAL!)

5.) Basil Hayden’s Straight Bourbon $36 (less caramel more nutty flavor)

Any of those make a nice gift. Think about Buffalo Trace for mixed drinks and entertaining. Wiggly Bridge makes an awesome gift from Maine. Blanton’s if you want to go the extra mile for a gift. 1792 for a great sip on the rocks or neat. Basil Hayden’s for traditional bourbon drinks like mint julep, Manhattan or old fashioned.

All Maine agency liquor stores should have these brands. My choice is Bob & Mike’s Mini Mart in Saco. Great selection and many I don’t have listed.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Just a reminder: last day to get your advent calendars ready.

Unwind Cocktail Lounge's cover photo

[09/27/20]   So, a year ago today Paula and I learned that "Lady & the Mensch" was for sale . . . the rest as they say, is history.

[09/15/20]   Well folks, with no potential opening date in sight, we've decided to keep the doors closed until spring. I've (Jim) taken a contract job with a trucking company up north and will be hitting the road next week.
As it is right now, we're setting our reopening date as Friday, May 28 which just happens to be the third anniversary of the day Paula and I met. Hopefully we'll be allowed to open by then.
We hope you'll join us if you're in town for Memorial Day Weekend. Until then, enjoy your winter and we'll see you in the spring!

Another weekend with the family. This week, New England EcoAdventures ! A hell of a rush! 40 minute boat ride (one way) from Kennebunkport to Perkins Cove and Back!

[09/09/20]   Hey folks, we're still hanging in there! We'll have a better feel for things in another 30 days so stay tuned. Until then . . . #cheersandbottomsup


So what has Jim been up to since we've closed you ask? Designing kids tee shirts for one! Check them out on Amazon! https://www.amazon.com/s?rh=n%3A7141123011%2Cp_4%3AJames+Desrosiers&ref=bl_sl_s_ap_web_7141123011


[08/21/20]   Well, today is definitely a milestone for us. Today we have been closed for 158 days. Prior to March 14 Paula and I had had owned Unwind Cocktail Lounge for 158 days. When we enter phase four and are allowed to reopen, we hope you'll join us in celebrating all the holidays and milestones we missed due to this outbreak. Stay safe, we'll see you soon! Jim & Paula

It's family night! This time off has allowed us to enjoy time with family that we don't normally get to enjoy. Tonight we're at Bentley's Saloon. If you're in the area, Jose Duddy is on stage, burgers are on the grill and cold beer is in my belly! Come join the fun! Here 'til 8:00 PM.


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Hey folks, we're coming up on a tough time for us financially. All of our licenses and permits are coming up for renewal soon (COVID-19 or not) and we have to purchase all of the perishable items that we lost when we shut down. On top of that we've spent most of the money we set aside for things like a piano, sound system and other upgrades on rent and business expenses. On the low end, we need $5,000 to keep the lights on so we can open the doors when the Governor says it's okay to open. If we were to fulfil our dream sheet, we'd need upwards of $15,000 . . . . I can work with ANYTHING BETWEEN those two numbers!
Here's how you can help: Like and share this post with all of your friends. Purchase a gift card online, for yourself or as a gift for a friend (we keep your name and balance in our system in case you forget)
If you or someone you know would like to donate or help with the purchase of a piano, please let me know! There are a LOT of great pianos out there for free, we just need to move one and have it tuned/repaired etc, We'd love to have a nice Yamaha player piano but that's probably gonna have to wait at this time. Thanks so much for hanging in there with us!
We are Unwind Cocktail Lounge located at 172 Main Street in Saco, Maine. If you’re close to Amtrak, it’s worth the price of a train ticket from Boston’s North Station to come see us, we’re about 300 steps north of the train station in Saco!

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[08/04/20]   Okay, who's ready for this C#@P to be over? I'm getting thirsty!

Finished painting the restroom. Just have a few finishing touches to make it feel like home.

Merch has started to arrive!

Bye bye blue!

Unwind Cocktail Lounge's cover photo

[06/22/20]   Thank you everyone for reaching out. We are frustrated and we know you are too. Tomorrow begins another round of communication with the city, our landlord and the liquor board to see what our options are. It won't be an easy process and will require flexibility on each part.
We'll keep you informed.

[06/22/20]   Indefinitely, that's a long time.


Watch the 2020 Maine moose permit lottery

Anybody else listening to the moose lottery? https://bangordailynews.com/2020/06/11/outdoors/watch-the-2020-maine-moose-permit-lottery/?amp=1

bangordailynews.com The live stream of the drawing will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, as the names are read of the 3,135 lucky hunters who will be allowed to hunt moose this fall.

Happy weekend! Tomorrow (June 14) is National Bourbon Day, buy something nice, something local . . . Wiggly Bridge Distillery Small Barrel Bourbon! We like it so much, we're making it our house whiskey!

Old Fashioned:
Place one or two sugar cubes in an old fashioned (rocks) glass, saturate with four dashes of bitters (I use Angostura Bitters), add a dash of plain water. Muddle until mostly dissolved, swirl the glass to get the remaining granuals to coat the side of the glass. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Garnish with orange slice, and a cocktail cherry.

[06/10/20]   Mondays are for?

Tonight's libation brought to you by Lone Pine Brewing Company and The Holy Donut! Coffee Cake Imperial Stout, Yum!

Had a craving for some sweet chili meatballs!

T-Shirt Cannon from Lone Pine Brewing Company . Great I.P.A.! Available at Bob & Mike's Mini Mart , Madden Beverage and other stores around the Saco area.

The future of Unwind Cocktail Lounge

What a crazy time! We could never have seen this coming when we bought Lady & the Mensch back in October. We’re still hanging in there and we’re confident that we’re gonna make it. If not by perseverance then by sheer stupidity. But that’s just how I (Jim) roll . . . I find something I’m passionate about and I give it 110 percent. Most of the time that means I go overboard spending and committing too much time to ridiculous projects. Fortunately, I have the voice of common sense, wisdom and love in my ear. I call that voice Paula. Thank God for Paula.

August 20th is coming up pretty quick. What’s so special about August 20th you ask? Well on October 6, 2019 we bought Lady & the Mensch . . . 159 days later we closed due to COVID-19. August 20, we will have been closed for 159 days. So August 20th is our “Day of Equilibrium.” I think we’ll have to put that on our calendar for future reference . . . maybe come up with a drink and celebrate it annually. Eh, maybe not.

“So what have you been doing since you closed?” Drinking, lots of drinking . . . seriously. All in the name of research of course. Yeah, there were a few nights when we looked at the books and said “F**k” then proceeded to make a round of Kamikazes. Thankfully those nights were few and far between. We’re in better spirits now and we’re moving forward.

What are we doing now? Less drinking and preparing to open our doors (whenever that is). We’re making some changes and finally putting our own spin on the place. We’re painting, adding a new back bar, upgrading our lighting, adding seat cushions to our window area and touching up here and there. When you come back, we want it to feel warm and inviting and like it’s a snapshot of who we (Jim and Paula) are. Yes, there will be Lava Lamps.

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172 Main St
Saco, ME

Opening Hours

Monday 16:00 - 23:00
Tuesday 16:00 - 23:00
Wednesday 16:00 - 23:00
Thursday 16:00 - 23:00
Friday 16:00 - 23:00
Saturday 16:00 - 23:00
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