First stop on my recent road trip with Bikesandbeer and I was impressed. This place was great, a great draft selection with multiple taps and several cask beers. This is a great place, the food was also pretty damn tasty, they even had good vegetarian selections for my traveling partners. I like this place a lot, one complaint is that the various tobacco smoke that was present was a little obnoxious, but not terrible. We spent several hours here drinking and eating and playing board games on a quiet sunday evening. Highly Recommended.
This is a smoky British-style pub with scroungy bathrooms and indifferent servers.. However, the beer selection and general beer culture ambience trump the physical inadequacies. There is a good selection of draft beers and a long bottle menu. I didn’t try the food, but it diidn’t llook very impressive. Overall, a good beer experience.
The place potentially has a lot going for it, but it’s lacking a certain something. Okay, we were there in late afternoon, and what it was lacking were customers. The physical atmosphere is classic, gnarly English pub, and the selection was pretty good overall. The bartender seemed like he might have been knowledgable, but he was more interested in talking about what was selling than what was good, and his service was indifferent at best. I probably owe this place another shot when there are people present, but it just didn’t seem to have that inviting quality (which most great beer bars have even when they’re empty). If you’re in this neighborhood, visit Belmont Station first, then stop here only if you have extra time.
Pretty gritty/pubby venue. Walking in is like a dive bar, but being in is like an English pub, at least in some corners. Great food. Usually about 5 ales on cask. It is perhaps the best real ale place, with food, in the whole NW.
Crit (150) Surrey, British Columbia | June 17, 2007| Updated September 14, 2008
I was NOT impressed!!!. So smoky I could barely breathe. Also badly in need of a good cleaning. Dark and dingy, servers were indifferent. Had to order serveral things before I found one they weren’t out of.
Was basically a waste of my time
This place has a great selection, mostly like the rotating selection of beers on tap. Tried the food on several occasions and its always good. Place can be incredibly smoking and the service can be terrible at times. Beer keeps bringing me back to this place.
troopie (71) Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon | January 10, 2007| Updated May 21, 2016
Smoke often messy English pub. Well done English pub food, one of few places in Portland you can get steak and kidney pie.
Good beer selection with everything served at the proper temperature. Two caveats, one medium and one minor. The medium is that they are frequently out of a featured selection. The minor is that crappy macros take up taps. But some people like those liquids and they’re entitled to them.
No longer smoky. They now tell you when they no longer have a featured ale. Well worth your visit. One of my favourite places
The Horse Brass is legendary in Portland, but I think its time has come and gone. With new beer pubs raising the Bar (Concordia) for pubs, food, beer and service quality; Horse Brass is being left in the dust…
On my last visit, I found the place a 1/8 full with dirty tables full of left over plates and glasses. Our server was rude and dismissive. We were told she was busy and we needed to hurry with our order. There was no one there! After spilling beer on the table, the floor and a friends coat with no apology, I really have very little good to say about service.
The beer menu’s where out dated and most items on the beer menu where not available.
The food has been hit and miss for some time. This visit solidified the downhill slide. The fish and chips were awful. The fish cold inside barely cooked. The fries were the end chips and scrapes of other batches. It appeared little effort was put into preparation or concern for quality.
While I have enjoyed the Horse Brass many times in the past with consistent quality in food, service and selection; I feel this establishment is missing their original mark.
3 recent visits - no change in review!
I’m from ATL. This place alone wants me to claim PDX!!!!!!!!!
It’s hard to find, passed it a few times before finally stopping. The interior is dark and the menu is very British. I love the HorseBrass food. Sunday English breakfast is the best in the world! First time there I ordered Steak and Kidney pie. Goes great with a YSB on cask! Dennis is the most welcoming and helpful person working in the house. Sent us to all the right places to meet all the right people in town. I just have too much to say about the Horsebrass Pub! Thanks Don. It is a must visit when in the city of roses.