A charming place to stop in downtown Portland this has none of the yuppie vibe that infects most of the establishments in the area. Many of their own beers are not the greatest but their Chernobyl stout is awesome! Not to fear though because they have an excellent selection of guest taps. Also has a good wine selection so it can be a nice, intimate spot for a date in the midst of hectic downtown Portland.
Since Tugboat is a relatively small scale brewery their offerings of their own beers are limited, however they do bring in a great variety of other beers on what I recall as more than 5 taps. In a downtown quadrant of plentiful beer they are a quieter hole which has a calming atmosphere and a relaxed place to drink. It wasnít quite clear at first that you had to get a beer from the only bartender who was quite friendly and knowledgeable but once that is sorted you are welcome to kick back with a book, a game or some good convo with a friend or two.
This and Baileyís 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. Itís dark, itís 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. Iíd recommend Tugboat as a good place to end the night, especially given its proximity to Baileyís.
I found this place without really seeking it out. Just saw it tucked away in an alley as I was strolling around the city. Very nice atmosphere, books and old games everywhere and some funky old pictures of Oregon landmarks, like Crater Lake. Bartender was a really nice guy and the crowd was relaxed. They only had three of their own beers one when I was there, but they had several guests. I was not blown away by the quality of the beers they made, but I did really like the bar. I could see myself being a regular there if I lived in Portland.
This is cool place to go. It is a father and daughter place that is very small and hard to find. It is worth going to chat with the owners and regulars. They have games to play and books to read. The beers were above adverage for such a small brewer and a neat place to check out if downtown.
I liked this place. Kind of hidden down this side alley/road. It didnít even look like the place was open, but it was. Not many people there so the service couldnít help but be quick and good. The beers were pretty good. Very dark, with a bunch of books on the bookshelves for you to read and some games ní shit to play. Interesting. Worth a visit.
fly (247) austin, Tejas, Texas | September 17, 2004
Like this tiny place and glad theyíve been able to hang in there. Canít always find the beer you want due to the tiny batch sizes, but Iíve been lucky to have some VERY good beers there. They had a jazz band last time I was in and it wasnít half bad.
Tugboat is a very unique place. Books and board games are included for your enjoyment. The beer selection consists of all Tugboat beers, about 6 at at time. The service is good. Not sure about the food as I have never had their food on either of my visits. The only think that really marred my most recent visit was a certain individual in my company that it seems turns into a bit of an obnoxious blow hard after consuming a bit too much alcohol. Oh well such is life.