Quirky place, nice bar space. Mixture of locals and beer tourists. Good selection. Decent.
3fourths (1537) Boulder, Colorado | February 24, 2004| Updated November 1, 2013
How can I give less than a 15 for selection? They have over 20 Rogue Ales available on tap, plus an entire wall of bottles for sale. The bar staff is very friendly and talkative, and the other drinkers are generally there for the same reason as you... seems like I make friends very quickly at Rogue. One big negative about the bar area is that because of the small size, itís impossible to avoid the cigarette smoke. Easy to get to, and there is always parking available, unlike most other drinking places in downtown.
This is certainly a well worn and almost homely place. Small bar area to the right of the entrance, a few tables out on the patio, and a number of tables to the left of the entrance.
One thing that kind of annoyed me was that for the bathrooms, they just have them labeled as "Barley" and "Hops". I just had to go for it and guess one as no one was around. Apparently Hops = Men. Nice way to make sure some dude wanders into the womanís room (or vice versa).
They have a large selection of different bottles sort of strewn all over the place. There are also a TON of beers on draft. Seemed like 30-40 different offerings and they also have a ton of their spirits. They do tasters of everything and flights of four are available. The group of us settled on 12 beers/ciders/meads to try. Most were not very good.
That last sentence is sort of the key. Rogue is sort of an institution of "craft" beer at this point, but most of their beer is just no longer palatable to me. I sort of felt obligated to come here, but I think you can do much, much better in this city in terms of the actual beer.
Decent pub and restaurant. Service is acceptable but nothing special. Food is pretty good, with lots of items made with the beer. Selection is limited to what they brew, but they brew everything so you should easily find a style you will like. In all a good pub, but nothing that stands out in Portland.
Visited during the day. Very old school place, as expected. Playing cringe-worthy music when we were there. The selection is about what you would expect, with nothing bad but nothing outstanding either. Itís kind of sad they havenít modernized the business as the whole operation has a tired feel about it. However, I do like what theyíre doing with their farm and their goal of vertical integration. That is awesome. Of course, itís also an institution and worth a visit if you have time but if youíre tight for time, Iíd give all the old school Portland breweries downtown a miss and head straight for the more elite ones on the other side of the river.
(Visited 02/2010): The first of 3 Rogue locations we visited during our Portland/Oregon Coast trip. The Public House is located on NW Flanders between 13th and 14th. Street parking is available all around.
The interior opens to a gift shop and bottle display which actually ends up bleeding into the entire bar area. There is table seating on the left side, with the bar on the right. Lots of Rogue breweriana is displayed including a surfboard. The available beers are listed on a chalkboard, and there are 4-beer samplers available of any beers using a photocopied order form. The seating in the bar is long community benches.
The beers at Rogue are consistently good. Many Rogue standards are available including beers from Elliot Bay, Eugene City and Issaquah. All the beers were good, with the John John and Chatoe Dirtoir being standouts.
Our bartender who was covering the bar area was very knowledgeable about the beers and was on top of things the whole time.
We did not try any food on this visit.
Overall the Rogue Public House is a must visit on any visit to Portland.
Right across the street from 10 Barrel, I finally decided to check this Rogue location out. This one, like other locations, has an old-style feel to this expansive place. Service was extremely friendly and prompt, being very generous with free samples. Prices very good for flights. Tap selection offers a large range of Rogue beers, with many I had never had before. Wouldnít recommend this as a priority stop, but itís a decent addition to Portlandís downtown brewery/bar destinations.
I enjoyed this place perhaps the most during my week in Portland. Rogue beers are for the most part pretty great but overpriced back home in TN. Getting them at the source and having such a wide variety available solves any qualms I have about drinking Rogue. Though they donít actually brew on location (they do disill on premesis, however) there is a huge selection on tap and in bottles. The ambiance is festive and warm with tons of crazy Rogue decor. The bartenders were super personable and helpful. Food was delicious and unique, much like Iíd expect from these guys. Very much recommended for the average beer lover.
I had a great time here, but I must admit it was a bit of a letdown. Most of the beers, especially the Imperial series, that I was hoping to try were not on that day, and there was nothing on the handpump. Our waitress was very friendly and competent and the food was decent. I was disappointed at the beers on tap, though, since most were readily available ones. Also, somehow I couldnít help but feeling that freshness doesnít help their beers.