Horse Brass Pub

Mayor: DuffMan (3) | Taps: ~50 | Bottles: numerous
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 14/20
marcus  (196) Sacramento, California | August 5, 2007
This is a smoky British-style pub with scroungy bathrooms and indifferent servers.. However, the beer selection and general beer culture ambience trump the physical inadequacies. There is a good selection of draft beers and a long bottle menu. I didnít try the food, but it diidnít llook very impressive. Overall, a good beer experience.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
Flyer  (50) Hartland, Wisconsin | July 2, 2007
The place potentially has a lot going for it, but itís lacking a certain something. Okay, we were there in late afternoon, and what it was lacking were customers. The physical atmosphere is classic, gnarly English pub, and the selection was pretty good overall. The bartender seemed like he might have been knowledgable, but he was more interested in talking about what was selling than what was good, and his service was indifferent at best. I probably owe this place another shot when there are people present, but it just didnít seem to have that inviting quality (which most great beer bars have even when theyíre empty). If youíre in this neighborhood, visit Belmont Station first, then stop here only if you have extra time.
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb  (545) Woodland, California | June 29, 2007
Pretty gritty/pubby venue. Walking in is like a dive bar, but being in is like an English pub, at least in some corners. Great food. Usually about 5 ales on cask. It is perhaps the best real ale place, with food, in the whole NW.
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  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 5/10
  • OVERALL 8/20
Crit  (142) Surrey, British Columbia | June 17, 2007| Updated September 14, 2008
I was NOT impressed!!!. So smoky I could barely breathe. Also badly in need of a good cleaning. Dark and dingy, servers were indifferent. Had to order serveral things before I found one they werenít out of. Was basically a waste of my time
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  • AMBIANCE 2/5
  • SERVICE 4/10
  • SELECTION 15/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 18/20
RustyStaple65  (6) Camas, Washington | February 24, 2007
This place has a great selection, mostly like the rotating selection of beers on tap. Tried the food on several occasions and its always good. Place can be incredibly smoking and the service can be terrible at times. Beer keeps bringing me back to this place.
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  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 6/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 15/20
troopie  (70) Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon | January 10, 2007
Smoke often messy English pub. Well done English pub food, one of few places in Portland you can get steak and kidney pie. Good beer selection with everything served at the proper temperature. Two caveats, one medium and one minor. The medium is that they are frequently out of a featured selection. The minor is that crappy macros take up taps. But some people like those liquids and theyíre entitled to them.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 2/10
  • SELECTION 6/15
  • FOOD 2/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 4/20
gristman  (7) | September 4, 2006
The Horse Brass is legendary in Portland, but I think its time has come and gone. With new beer pubs raising the Bar (Concordia) for pubs, food, beer and service quality; Horse Brass is being left in the dustÖ On my last visit, I found the place a 1/8 full with dirty tables full of left over plates and glasses. Our server was rude and dismissive. We were told she was busy and we needed to hurry with our order. There was no one there! After spilling beer on the table, the floor and a friends coat with no apology, I really have very little good to say about service. The beer menuís where out dated and most items on the beer menu where not available. The food has been hit and miss for some time. This visit solidified the downhill slide. The fish and chips were awful. The fish cold inside barely cooked. The fries were the end chips and scrapes of other batches. It appeared little effort was put into preparation or concern for quality. While I have enjoyed the Horse Brass many times in the past with consistent quality in food, service and selection; I feel this establishment is missing their original mark. 3 recent visits - no change in review!
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 10/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 10/20
AstoriaJerry  (3) Astoria, Oregon | August 2, 2006
Can get smokey
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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 19/20
unclemattie  (112) Georgia | July 20, 2006
Iím from ATL. This place alone wants me to claim PDX!!!!!!!!! Itís hard to find, passed it a few times before finally stopping. The interior is dark and the menu is very British. I love the HorseBrass food. Sunday English breakfast is the best in the world! First time there I ordered Steak and Kidney pie. Goes great with a YSB on cask! Dennis is the most welcoming and helpful person working in the house. Sent us to all the right places to meet all the right people in town. I just have too much to say about the Horsebrass Pub! Thanks Don. It is a must visit when in the city of roses.
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  • AMBIANCE 1/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 13/15
  • FOOD 6/10
  • VALUE N/A
  • OVERALL 13/20
rian  (1) Portland, Oregon | June 25, 2006
I live within blocks of the Horse Brass, but Iíve only gone a couple of times. I wish I could give this place a better rating. LISTEN HORSE BRASS: I would spend tons of dough in there, but the smoke stink in the place is the worst. I had to wash my clothes twice when I got home last time. The beer selection and service are top notch. The servers donít deserve to have to fetch cigarettes and breathe used smoke all day. Like I say, on most counts, itís a great place, but they need to do something about the smoke. As a place to drink Old Rasputin on tap, itís a dream come true. The only problem is that you canít enjoy it.
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 9/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17  (326) Woodland, California | June 9, 2006| Updated July 21, 2010
I went here a couple of times--both afternoons (Sunday and Monday). This place was very dark with lots of wooden finishing/ The bar is directly in front of you as you walk in with scattered tables and chairs around. There is an enormous tap list, with 4-5 beers in cask engine. The bartender who served me was extremely knowledgeable and the service was good for it being a rather busy place. Prices were fair as well. For food, I had their 3 cheese grilled cheese sandwich with their creamy tomato soup, which was dirt cheap and hit the spot. I thought it was cool that they also had 3 REAL dartboards in this place...Now for the negatives. Horrifically smokey. Bartenders were smoking while I was there, I couldnít find a seat that was within a 10 foot radius of a smoker and the bathroom was one of the most grungy, disgusting ones I have used. There were copious amounts of dust in the bar area with large dust bunnies on top of the painted glass bar light that looks as though it hasnít been dusted since the 90s. The selection and service are great, unfortunately it is difficult to enjoy such great selection in such a grimy, dirty, smoke-infested atmosphere without even a patio for those who seek refuge. Reminds me of a bar at a bowling alley, except there is a really killer selection of beers in place of BMC.--Re-Rate---Now that the smoke is gone, this place is more manageable. Bathrooms seem cleaner now, and the entire place just seems touched up, without losing the old school vibe. Beer selection is still great, and the bartenders were attentive. The menu seemed kind of limited, but a half order of the fish and chips filled me up.

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