United States > Oregon > Portland
3fourths (1268) Boulder, Colorado | May 4, 2004| Updated December 16, 2011
50 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 8/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 5/20
A small hole in the wall just off of Broadway and Burnside. Dark and quiet with a corner bar that looks somewhat out of place. Was served a cask Chernobyl stout from a old bearded man who resembled Ernest Hemmingway, and I shot the shit with him about the establishment. There are a number of wooden tables scattered around inside, and by my eyes best guess the place can only seat about 30 people. At night they usually feature a jazz band on stage, so the mood is very comfortable. Recommended if you’re visiting town.
Rastacouere (664) Montreal, Quebec | July 14, 2009
54 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 5/10 OVERALL 9/20
A small, comfortable English-style pub, the kind where you’d imagine old lanterns and dusty bookshelves. So a nice place, but not necessarily a bier temple. Still, if you have a few days in Portland, you should definitely hit Bailey’s tap room and Tugboat is right across the street, so popping in may become interesting. As far as the beers are concerned, they have ~6 guests, not necessarily the most adventurous offerings and ~5 of their own which were quite under average for Portland. I could not stand their liquorous, hugely alcoholic impy and that’s a pretty bad sign.
NachlamSie (575) Denver, Colorado | April 29, 2010
82 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 17/20
This and Bailey’s Taproom are exactly the kind of places I was seeking in Portland. Tugboat is a great late night stop for a beer lover. The selection is limited, but serviceable. We had a pitcher or two of their beer and I had no complaints. The ambiance is what makes this place. It’s dark, it’s homey and we were entertained by a great old-timey band on stage. The library of books can provide drunken amusement. We ate some nachos which were excellent late night pub grub. I’d recommend Tugboat as a good place to end the night, especially given its proximity to Bailey’s.
JoeMcPhee (502) Toronto, ON, Ontario | January 26, 2006| Updated April 3, 2006
56 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE N/A OVERALL 10/20
Stumbled upon this place by accident. Kind of a neat space, sort of a pub meets library. Next door to a mexican place that shares its bathroom with a strip club. The beers here weren’t great. One was infected and one was just nasty. It’s got sort of a neat vibe, and the guest beers are solid, but there are still better places in Portland.
BrewDad (426) Olympia, Washington | July 31, 2006| Updated September 4, 2008
64 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 13/20
This is the place to hit after long day at he Oregon brewer Festival. Tucked away in a side alley the Tugboat has what you need beer and quite time. They bring in a unique crowd but the beer was worth it. They have about 6 different styles and all very fresh and tasty. They have books all over so if you’re into the reading thing you will have many books to choose from. The food was pub fair and pretty good. Service was the owner and she was very nice. This is a great place and a must find for the odd brewery in Portland.
Ungstrup (352) Citizen of the universe, Denmark | September 25, 2008
42 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 6/10 SELECTION 3/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 8/20
A small dark place with an interior as a living room with couches and bookshelves etc. You see the brewery thru a glass window when you visit the toilet and observe that they brew in plastic containers. 3 beers on draft when I visited and all almost undrinkable. I was told this was part of the roots of the Portland micro scene and a must visit, but with the quality of their beers I can’t recommend this place.
notalush (328) Denver, Colorado | December 16, 2011| Updated December 18, 2011
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Was going to stop into Bailey’s, but they were packed, so I jumped in here - this place is right across the street (close enough to jump onto Bailey’s wifi, if that is any indication - like a coffee shop/bookstore inside - dimly lit - full of hipsters that are pretending to know their beer - cozy enough, but their beer selection is pretty lame - a few house brewed beers and four or five local brews - one server, despite how busy they were - some portly gay dude - attentive and quite friendly - probably good overflow for Bailey’s, but, quite frankly, I am surprised they have lasted in this town.
Sledutah (314) Utah | January 14, 2014
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 10/20
Across the street from Bailey’s but don’t expect the same level of beer. Kind of a cool place, lots of old books line one wall and some cool decorations and pictures. They have 5 taps of their beers but stick to the guest taps which looked pretty solid. Their beers were beyond terrible. When we order the bartender even tried to guide us toward the guest taps but we Doug told me I had to try the worst beers in Portland, I didn’t believe him that there was any bad beer in this city but I was very wrong!
mcberko (274) Vancouver, British Columbia | December 3, 2012
30 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 3/10 OVERALL 2/20
My experience here was extremely quick and not pleasant. Went in, ordered a Chernobyl Stout, was annoyed by the loud gangsta rap playing, and sipped about 3-4 sips before being disgusted by the abomination of a beer. My friend and I left our beers at the bar and walked out. No idea how this place stays in business right next to Bailey’s if that beer is representative of their quality.
after4ever (229) Brier, Washington | May 10, 2009
70 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 9/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 12/20
Cool little hideaway right in the heart of downtown Portland. It’s on an alley, and the walls are lined with books. Feels very quirky, it’s definitely not the kind of place you can create by packing in a bunch of wacky decorations. It’s the kind of place that has to happen over time. Some fallen soldiers from some wine cellar (presumably theirs) line part of a wall. The bar bisects the place at an angle, and there’s a small stage with genuine live music at times. Some booths, some tables. Lots of leather and dark wood. The stacks and stacks of wall-mounted bookshelves go a long way to making this feel like a refugem from the stresses of office work. Spectacular rainy day place. Truly mediocre house beers, but plenty of well-chosen, low-profile, and interesting guest taps.
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