Hopworks is always busy, which can be frustrating but I’ve never had a problem finding a seat in the bar. The food is pretty good, pizza and pub grub, the pretzels are pretty good and the mustard that comes with them is great. The beers are all their own and mostly pretty good. They cover all of the required styles but some of the beers are just not up my alley. If you like IPA I would steer clear of theirs, however definitely try the stout! The seasonal selections are also better than most of the standards.
As this was just about next door to my hotel, this seemed like an easy get. Small amount of people on the first Wednesday in July 2017 at about 10pm. Loads of seating, this looks like it borders the line between fanciful craft brewery and place people want to go for a good time with their friends.
Did the 15x3oz sampler for $13 to work through the bulk of the liquids on tap, leaving a few more for clean up at a later time. Happy hour food prices run 3-6pm and then pick up again at 9PM until close, which is pretty sweet. Food is good, lots of options for basically any food preferences you have.
Second visit a couple of days later right around 11am when they open for lunch. Already a few people in for pints and lunch. This is certainly a popular place, but as others have noted, the beers are good, staff is friendly, but it seems like the family friendly atmosphere and good pricing on food are also a driving force here.
Worth a visit if you’re nearby, but not at the top of the list.
Visited on a wednesday evening. Pretty packed place despite the huge size, lots of noise and people walking around. Not a bad thing per se, just not very beergeeky. Selection consists of more than a dozen of their beers, some of which I find quite nice. Hardly extreme in any way, simply well-brwed. We stayed for a couple of beers. Overall hardly top ten level, competition is tough in this tow. Not a bad place to stop for a couple when you are in the immediate area.
Mercutio (20) Capitola, California | December 19, 2016| Updated February 7, 2017
Trendy, Self-Conscious, Outdated, Demonstratively green yet corporate vibe, Expensive food, Grandmothers and kids running around. I estimate 4 out of 5 customers are not there for the beer. Too many blah taps. Too many superior places nearby.
Located in the SE part of town, this is a little further out. Varied taplist, with plenty of seating, including lots of bar space. Service is always friendly and the beers are solid. A second tier place in PDX, but worth a stop if you can fit it in -- either this or the Bike Bar location will do.
Walked over from where we were staying on the SE side of town. Love the bike theme of this place, from the old frames hanging over the bar to the Chris King headset rings on the tap handles. Beer is good didn’t have any food, just an all around good vibe when you walk in the place.
Visited on 8th November 2014. It’s a large, split level venue that appears to be very popular with the locals. The decor features bikes quite a lot which reflects the environmental sensibilities of the place. We managed to get a table and tried all the beers on offer via a tasting flight. Beers were decent enough, we had some nibbles which were decent. A good place. Not the best in PDX but soild enough.
Very nice place...I recommend a visit on maybe a second Portland craftbeer tour...keep in mind this would be a first tier place in most cities...but in Portland...this is somehow one level lower because there are really that many places that score higher. Nonetheless, check out Hopworks when you can...large list of house made beers...very cool bicycle-centric décor...(love the bike frames over the bar)...and pretty decent food.