An honest-to-goodness whiskey experience for honest-to-goodness people.

 An honest-to-goodness whiskey experience for honest-to-goodness people.

Created in the spirit of the hardworking ice harvesters who converged on the frozen Kennebec River each winter, The Independent Ice Co. is a bar specializing in fine whiskeys, from around the world and around the corner. Come in and learn about our favorite spirits, try our selection of Maine ales, and enjoy our food offerings. Whether you take your drink with ice, or prefer it neat, you’ll be at home here. 



52 Wharf Street 
Portland, ME 04101


4pm - Close - Sunday - Friday
1pm- Close - Saturday


Phone: 207-956-7150



Rigby Yard Event Space

Our post-and-beam event space with rustic brick and hardwood floors in the heart of the Old Port can accommodate up to 150 people for any type of private or corporate event Just steps away from popular restaurants, bars, hotels, and shopping, Rigby Yard is located on historic Wharf Street. The famous cobblestone alley is a perfect backdrop for any event. Host a reception with our full-service bar offering local craft beers, wines, and custom cocktails by The Independent Ice Company, with catering, rentals, and event planning provided by The Black Tie Company With our full on site kitchen and talented chefs Black Tie will create a menu for any style service of event. Our integrated audio-visual system and custom lighting are perfect for corporate events, training seminars, or presentations. Two outdoor patios are also available during the summer and early fall months with an option for grilled local foods served alfresco.


The Space

Rigby Yard features over 2,000 square feet of open event space. A square footprint allows for a variety of seating and table configurations and clear sight-lines. Our integrated audio-visual system and custom lighting are perfect for corporate events, training seminars, or presentations. Other features:

  • Hardwood floors

  • Small stage for music, speaking or awards.

  • Post-and-beam construction

  • Exposed brick walls

  • Large, clean bathroom

  • Handicapped accessible

  • Outdoor patios available in season

Beverage & Food

  • Full bar service available: beer, wine, and spirits.

  • Custom cocktails and high-end whiskeys and spirits provided by The Independent Ice Co.

  • Cash or open-bar services, purchase of kegs, and wine by the case.

  • Cocktail waiter service.

  • Food and catering provided exclusively by The Black Tie Company.

  • Breakfast and lunch platters, dinner, or full banquet food offerings available.



  • High-speed 100GB+ available for events.

  • Area WiFi.

  • Full audio-visual system includes wireless mics, plug & play to any device, broadcast video, and a 12-foot wall projection in 4k resolution.


  • Large windows on the north and south walls and skylight provide ample daytime natural lighting.

  • Privacy blinds for daytime events.

  • Features 3 types of lights: LED spots, wall sconces, and hanging Edison bulbs. All are dimmable and separately controlled.



  • Cocktails receptions and mixers: 150 people

  • Theater/classroom presentations: 125 people

  • Banquet: 110 people

  • Underground garage parking directly across the street.

Other Notables

  • Historic Wharf Street is a pedestrian-only way from May to October, allowing for outdoor photography.

  • Just a few feet away from renowned restaurants like Central Provisions, Street & Co., and The Independent Ice Co., the space is also close to hotels like the adjacent Portland Harbor Hotel and Hyatt, and a short walk from the Marriott and Portland Regency.

  • Rigby Yard can be rented for several hours, multiple days, or extended engagements. Please contact us to discuss your event and specific needs.