United States > Oregon > Portland
Shellac31 (10) | May 24, 2010
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyed the feel of this place, they had good beers that they brewed as well as several good guest taps.
NachlamSie (530) 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 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.
trampdaddy (43) California | April 27, 2010
40 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 5/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 7/20
little hole in the wall brew pub they only had 2 of the tugboat beers an IPA and an alt we weretier it was late we need to give them another chance
Rastacouere (651) 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 youíd 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 Baileyís 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 thatís a pretty bad sign.
stchloe (23) Portland, Oregon | May 19, 2009
64 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 4/10 SELECTION 5/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
The service kind of sucks, and they only serve their ales, and only a limited selection of those. The mood of the place is great. Dank little hole in the wall with damn fine ales.
after4ever (215) 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. Itís on an alley, and the walls are lined with books. Feels very quirky, itís definitely not the kind of place you can create by packing in a bunch of wacky decorations. Itís 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 thereís 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.
Ungstrup (345) 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 canít recommend this place.
raphael (40) Portland, Oregon | August 23, 2008
66 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 4/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 14/20
The ambiance is dive, worn carpet, furniture, wood, the floor in the hall going to the bathrooms. Megan lights the place up when shes there, and service is generally good without her. 4-6 of their own beers, around 8 guest taps. The home brew is cheap but not that outstanding the guest selection has several good options, including a couple imports. Good is basic tasty and filling. home to some fine local jazz and assorted musics, cover free.
BiddleBrau (76) Fort Washington, Pennsylvania | August 21, 2008
62 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
Cool little snug of a place. Quiet on the Tuesday afternoon I was there. Open space with booths and lots of books and subtle lighting. A place to spend some hours reading and relaxing.
hoffshow (11) Newport Beach, California | July 30, 2008
70 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 13/20
Very unique brew pub. They donít do sample platters but the bartender was happy to let me let me taste three of the Tugboat beers. The English Brown was very tasty, the others were so-so. I wound up having the best chocolate stout I have ever tasted from one of their guest beers. OTH Stout, check it out. More chocolate flavor than Youngs Double Chocolate.
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