The Gin Mill

A Rich History...

We are located in Augusta’s Historic Riverfront District. Like many communities throughout our great country, we are blessed with a water gateway to the world. Explorers visited these banks of the Kennebec as early as 1607. Captain James Howard, who was the commander of Old Fort Western, became the first permanent settler. “The Fort” as it was called at the time, became a key frontier trading post and later an inland port. It is now know as Old Fort Western, the oldest wooden fort in the Northeast. Augusta grew up around the fort and became incorporated in 1797, Augusta grew with the help of its manufacturing and publishing businesses. Our building was built in 1903 as a warehouse that stored paper, magazines and catalogs. These items were manufactured and printed here in Maine and shipped through the beautiful granite Augusta Post Office (the Old Federal Building across the street), and down the Kennebec River to their world wide destinations. Our rich history is exemplified in the incredible architecture of our the buildings here on Water Street.


Riverfront BBQ and Grille, open 7 days a week, 363 days a year for lunch and dinner. Authentic, Southern, slow smoked BBQ, featuring Memphis rub ribs, pulled pork, shredded beef brisket and smoked chicken. We have something for everybody, including fresh seafood, pasta and vegetarian entrees. We are family friendly and have an excellent kids menu. Riverfront BBQ and Grille purchases fresh local products and makes every item in house from scratch. We do not take reservations but we will work with you to accommodate larger parties. In addition to the restaurant, our Gin Mill Lounge is open Thursday through Saturday.

  • Gin Mill menu available from 3pm til 11:30pm
  • Great wine selection
  • 125+ imported and domestic beers
  • Several single malt scotches and single batch bourbons
  • Vast and intriguing martini list
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