United States > Oregon > Portland
DeweyDell (10) Columbus, Ohio | March 18, 2010
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 19/20
Everyone already knows this place rocks, I don’t even know why I’m rating it. I ordered a Hair of the Dog Fred and it came in a pint glass, wow... is that normal? (Based on the price, I really thought it would be a smaller glass.) I asked about the tap list when I was there and he updated the paper in front of my eyes, so it seems like there are a lot of good beers in circulation. I recommend ordering a Scotch egg, mmm.
Bigsilky (10) Charleston , | March 17, 2012
90 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 5/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
Cozy, lot of wood paneling. Dimly lit as it should be, actually put sunglasses on when I left as the overcast was a little tough. Had a Scotch egg, and few glasses of cask ale. Good service, great beer. Should have spent a little more time here. Beers were well priced, 1/2 pours offered of everything.
greenhorn1 (8) Mission Viejo, California | October 24, 2008
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited on 10/18/2008. The atmosphere of this place blows and it was so thick of smoke (even though there is no smokinng allowed in bars/restaraunts in Portland) it almost makes you sick. HOWEVER, their beer selection is unbelievable! So many cask conditioned ales on tap...I would return just because of that factor. Didn’t really eat much, except some greasy fries, which at 11::30 pm after a big night of drinking went down very well. If you are in portland, you must stop by and get a good cask conditioned ale.
DrunkenWeasel (7) Portland, Oregon | December 16, 2005
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 17/20
A lot of beers on tap with enw guest taps coming and going all the time. Nice british pub feel to it. Nice british bar food. Great place.
eliidubya (7) Portland, Oregon | November 8, 2011
76 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 3/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 10/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
Horse Brass has a wonderful atmosphere, amazing fish & chips, and the best tap selection I have seen yet. However, their service is terrible. It seems not to be anyone’s fault, just seems they’re constantly understaffed.
ipaapi (7) Oregon | April 9, 2013
100 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 10/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 10/10 OVERALL 20/20
Horse Brass is one of the leading reasons why Portland is the beer mecca of the USA. Steeped in history and tradition and soaked with beer culture. Long Live HBP
gristman (7) | September 4, 2006
30 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 2/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 2/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 4/20
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 dust…
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 menu’s 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!
RustyStaple65 (6) Camas, Washington | February 24, 2007
78 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 15/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE N/A OVERALL 18/20
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.
jleblanc (5) , Massachusetts | November 15, 2011
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
this joint was my first beer stop on my PDX trip. i have mixed feelings about this place. old school western/british style pub. i sat down right next to a plate of half eaten food that never got taken away, but our bartender, hugh was was awesome, had plently of recommendations both travel and beer wise. very helpful cool dude. despite others comments, the beer (draught) selection was very wide, with alot of obscurities from smaller local breweries, pretty heavy on IPA’s and stouts though. the food looked like garbage and it looked like locals knew that for service they would have to initiate things themselves. all good, nice place. definitely a must stop.
lymph (5) California | April 17, 2011
84 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 16/20
I am originally from Portland, and every time I return my first stop is to The Horse Brass. Since the ban on smoking, I have made more of a point to visit. Though I love the ambiance of the place, it is sometimes a stretch for me to find a new beer on tap that I would like to try. At times, there have been multiple blown taps because the bar is too busy. The food is traditional pub fair, and the fries are hand-cut and quite good. I have found that Belmont Station, which is a few blocks away, occasionally has some of the same guests on draft, but is overall cheaper. I do not think a visit to Portland is complete without coming here.
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