douglas88 (337) Portland , Oregon | March 30, 2012| Updated August 11, 2017
I was in some sort of subterranean bar with a live music venue attached. 4 beers on tap. Great service. A very cool feeling to the place, mellow and unpretentious. Just old school and fun. Update: finally visited the rest. One of the most amazing concert venues. Loads of history. Jimi Hendrix got fired here from a gig with Little Richard. Something like that. A small brewery. So much to love. A nice hotel as well. Probably 6 bars in total.
Typical McMenamins pub, food and drink wise. Cool downtown location, funky place to hang out, Good lunch food, a decent selection of McM’s brews and a decent service make this a good place to visit if downtown.
This is a nice, open brewpub with classy wooden furnishings. A decent array of beers were available with some decent session stuff but nothing too extreme. Pool tables and a jukebox are available. We were here for lunch and had a very delicious strawberry salad and an awesome curry dish. This is a fun little stop in downtown.
Great bar atmosphere with usually attentive servers and a great pool area. A bad taste was definitely left in my mouth several years back when I went there with my friend Leems, my ex girlfriend and a friend of hers and they made Leems and myself drink at the bar because the girls were underage. Assume it’s because it’s a concert venue, but it was on a sunday afternoon for pete’s sake. One perk is can you hear music from the crystal ballroom if you’re not attending the concert, or can get your pre-game on if you’re heading to a show later.
It’s a pretty fun place. If you are into McMenamins it’s definitely a must for your list. I never have problems with servers here, and you know how slow McMenamins can be. Standard food from them but they seem to have a little extra when it comes to their brews. Some recipes that don’t make to a lot of other ones.
A fantastic place, huge bar area with 6 pool tables off to one side, but remember to go upstairs to the 2nd floor to see the beutifully decorated brewery (painted tanks etc.) and if open to the 3rd floor ballroom and try the fantastic bouncy floor - I’d love to go to a concert there. They have cheap late afternoon pubgrub - where I chose a good cheeseburger, though not many patron in the place in late afternoon on a Thursday. The staff was very friendly. 9 beers on draft.
BrewDad (464) Olympia, Washington | May 8, 2008| Updated September 16, 2008
This is a great place for concerts and dancing. An old floating ball room floor turned into another McMenamins place to visit in Portland. Same type of beer as all others and the food was also very nice. Parking can be tight and you will have to walk a good few blocks to find parking. You can drop off your friends then find the parking so you look cool. The McMenamin brothers have out done themselves again. The beer is good, cold and ample. The food pub fair with the lamest service.
What can you say, the Crystal has great concerts, Ringlers... well is always packed like there is a concert. Standard McMenamins food and brews. Ringlers gets filled with a bit more trendy people then you see at the typical McMenamins, but same with the NW pubs.