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.
I live within blocks of the Horse Brass, but I’ve only gone a couple of times.
I wish I could give this place a better rating. LISTEN HORSE BRASS: I would spend tons of dough in there, but the smoke stink in the place is the worst. I had to wash my clothes twice when I got home last time.
The beer selection and service are top notch. The servers don’t deserve to have to fetch cigarettes and breathe used smoke all day. Like I say, on most counts, it’s a great place, but they need to do something about the smoke. As a place to drink Old Rasputin on tap, it’s a dream come true. The only problem is that you can’t enjoy it.
I went here a couple of times--both afternoons (Sunday and Monday). This place was very dark with lots of wooden finishing/ The bar is directly in front of you as you walk in with scattered tables and chairs around. There is an enormous tap list, with 4-5 beers in cask engine. The bartender who served me was extremely knowledgeable and the service was good for it being a rather busy place. Prices were fair as well. For food, I had their 3 cheese grilled cheese sandwich with their creamy tomato soup, which was dirt cheap and hit the spot. I thought it was cool that they also had 3 REAL dartboards in this place...Now for the negatives. Horrifically smokey. Bartenders were smoking while I was there, I couldn’t find a seat that was within a 10 foot radius of a smoker and the bathroom was one of the most grungy, disgusting ones I have used. There were copious amounts of dust in the bar area with large dust bunnies on top of the painted glass bar light that looks as though it hasn’t been dusted since the 90s. The selection and service are great, unfortunately it is difficult to enjoy such great selection in such a grimy, dirty, smoke-infested atmosphere without even a patio for those who seek refuge. Reminds me of a bar at a bowling alley, except there is a really killer selection of beers in place of BMC.--Re-Rate---Now that the smoke is gone, this place is more manageable. Bathrooms seem cleaner now, and the entire place just seems touched up, without losing the old school vibe. Beer selection is still great, and the bartenders were attentive. The menu seemed kind of limited, but a half order of the fish and chips filled me up.
In Oregon, you can’t find a better beer selection (Rose & Raindrop used to compare but has gotten disorganized last few months), nor better fish & chips in Portland. Yeah weekends get rowdy, but in a congenial, British way; and smoke smell is a problem (afternoons the best. Very British in apearance, comfortable (despite the chairs.) But the beers-- wide slection, good representation from smaller breweries, 4 or 5 casks-- and good liquor selection as well.
JoeMcPhee (536) Toronto, ON, Ontario | January 26, 2006| Updated August 28, 2009
Great atmosphere, dark lighting, lots of old wooden benches and tables. Three-sided bar that on the night I was there was covered in firkins for a winter cask festival. It was still decked out in Halloween lighting despite the fact that it was late November. Lots of beer decor, great tap list, and knowledgable table servers. I didn’t eat, but the menu looked like typical British pub food. Awesome place.
Good Lord! This is it! A fabulous selection of beer. A knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. A fun, almost rowdy atmosphere. Cheers to Don Younger! I felt like Ray Liotta in Field of Dreams. "Hey, is this heaven?" No. It’s Portland.
A really great place, not obsenely sterile like many diverse watering holes but still has its share of stuck up college kids. The collar is definitely tinted blue here but the beer is golden. Didn’t have any food but the menu looked appealing. Belmont Station sits across a little indoor alley so the influence can’t be bad.