Oakes (821) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 3, 2004| Updated April 22, 2005
Ardunno. I used to like it more than I do now. I’ve become quite attached to drinking without sucking in a hundred cubic metres of second hand smoke. I cannot abide by smoke in a beer bar. It’s bullshit. The beer list is also not as inspired - too many obvious and easy choices. The food is all right for what it is - British pub fare is not haute cuisine.
This place has an inviting pub atmosphere with lots of wooden furnishings, breweriana, and dim lighting. Darts are available near the restrooms in the back. We only had a salad, which was tasty, but my buddy got some scrumptious looking fish and chips for lunch. The beer list is top notch. Heavy emphasis on west coast beer with lots of rare gems I didn’t see elsewhere were available on tap. They have a second page on the tap list labeled "coming soon" which leads me to believe they rotate the selection out fairly regularly. I highly recommend Horse Brass.
Great place to drink in Portland in my limited experience. Great beers, and many to choose from. Decent pub atmosphere. when we were there, it seemed they could have used a few more wait staff on, as our waitress was running around madly. Beers were in top condition.
The classic Horse Brass, located in a beery area of Portland you’ll want to visit anyway is probably a must. The gigantic tap list just makes it worth it by itself. The beers seem to rotate swiftly, so I take it that everything is fresh. In terms of looks, it clearly adopts the English pub path and is relatively successful in terms of decorum, but not in terms of England. The crowd here is relatively young, relatively trendy and just clearly American. I can’t blame Horse Brass for that, but it does not have the warming, envelopping, yet brash and character of a pub in Britain. Efficient bar staff, but it just did not feel all that comfortable though the food aptly looked gross. Still, the selection features tons of IPAs and other American delicacies. The pint of La Folie at 4.50 felt like the deal of the century.
You have to love the look and feel of this place...not to mention the history. Feels like a classic British Pub...only bigger. although the beer list is not quite what I’d call amazing...it’s pretty darn good. Add to that some really good pub food...with the cool vibe and you have a great night out...even better with a large group.
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.
This is my kind of spot. All wood interior, feels like a European or Australian pub. The draft list focuses mostly on WA and OR beers. They allow for a couple tasters at a time so you can tick. I had some Boneyard but also had PtE. I asked the bartender to serve me some tasters of the good stuff and he knew what he was talking about, didn’t give me any crap. The prices are outstanding. This is a spot I would frequent often I lived here.
2010-06. For whatever reason I was expecting to be disappointed by this place. I was very wrong! Walking in on a Sunday afternoon we are welcomed by millions of bees! Oh wait, those are vuvuzelas - The World Cup is on!!! We opt for the less crowded old school CRT tv are rather than the more crowded big screen. I had to chuckle when the tv was promptly removed after the game was over. You aren’t really here for the tv. Atmosphere is about what I expected but more so. Tons of breweriana on the walls, in an English style pub that out danks the dankest of English pubs, but in a good way. Server is super friendly and helpful. The beer list is superb, but the "Coming Soon" list is a bit of a tease today. Rotating Walking Man taps are probably reason enough to come here. We shared the ploughman’s lunch which is possibly the best bang for buck food deal in Portland. The cheese alone would have cost double the price anywhere else. Really enjoyed it, and would have stayed longer if we were not heading up to Belmont Station. SO glad this place is non-smoking now though, I suspect I would have hated it during the smoking days.
A great place! Reminds me of Mcgregors in Rochester NY, gritty and dirty, but friendly, a great tap selection, with a few imports and California beers, and loads of paraphenelia from visiting tourists. Nice pub menu, and very Ratebeer (or beer ticker) friendly service. A must in Portland.
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.
Well I finally made it after 10 years of loving the craft beer scene I made it to the Horse Brass Pub. I will admit a few years back I went in but the smoke was so thick I walked right back out. Now if they left the laws as they where I would have one day ventured in but I was sure glad it was not such a smoke house. Made it nice to really taste and enjoy the brew. Now enough of that off my soap box. Don Younger whom I have met over the years at various events and places has made quite the place. The taps, the bar the place itself was awesome. A beer drinker’s paradise I finally made it. The taps available alone where to die for and I was lucky to have a great beer. Beers in the bottle top notch the food was awesome and the service was also very good. They the servers had great beer knowledge of the product and for this beer geek that was awesome. If ever in Portland and have a few places to see this is one that is on the top of the list for beer bars. Horse Brass I will be back…