A small hole in the wall just off of Broadway and Burnside. Dark and quiet with a corner bar that looks somewhat out of place. Was served a cask Chernobyl stout from a old bearded man who resembled Ernest Hemmingway, and I shot the shit with him about the establishment. There are a number of wooden tables scattered around inside, and by my eyes best guess the place can only seat about 30 people. At night they usually feature a jazz band on stage, so the mood is very comfortable. Recommended if you’re visiting town.
My experience here was extremely quick and not pleasant. Went in, ordered a Chernobyl Stout, was annoyed by the loud gangsta rap playing, and sipped about 3-4 sips before being disgusted by the abomination of a beer. My friend and I left our beers at the bar and walked out. No idea how this place stays in business right next to Bailey’s if that beer is representative of their quality.
This and Bailey’s Taproom are exactly the kind of places I was seeking in Portland. Tugboat is a great late night stop for a beer lover. The selection is limited, but serviceable. We had a pitcher or two of their beer and I had no complaints. The ambiance is what makes this place. It’s dark, it’s homey and we were entertained by a great old-timey band on stage. The library of books can provide drunken amusement. We ate some nachos which were excellent late night pub grub. I’d recommend Tugboat as a good place to end the night, especially given its proximity to Bailey’s.
Weird place. 3 of their own brews on tap, 11 guest taps and 2 ciders. Their own beers weren’t that great but the guy behind the bar was friendly and funny. People seemed to have nice time there. There was quite a contrast when we came from too crowded and loud Bailey’s across the street here.
Visited late afternoon Wed July 1, 2015. Fairly small, kind of dark place. Was a few patrons at the bar when we arrived. Some off smell too. They had three own beers on, plus a couple of guest taps. Asked to use their wifi, but was asked back what I wanted to drink. Once I did order had to ask again for their wifi password. Only served their own beers as half pints as the smallest serving. Service was fairly bad. Beers were fairly bad to terrible. One had obvious problems with cleanliness, the other seemed to suffer from oxygen problem. Only did sampe two of the beers, and never feel like this is a place I’d go back to. Upon paying was asked how much tips I wanted to add. Others seem to have had better experiences, but if I get both bad service and badly handled beers at the same place, well then I don’t get too excited when there are so many other places around I could choose from instead. Walked over from Pints and then walked from here to Deschutes.
A small, comfortable English-style pub, the kind where you’d imagine old lanterns and dusty bookshelves. So a nice place, but not necessarily a bier temple. Still, if you have a few days in Portland, you should definitely hit Bailey’s tap room and Tugboat is right across the street, so popping in may become interesting. As far as the beers are concerned, they have ~6 guests, not necessarily the most adventurous offerings and ~5 of their own which were quite under average for Portland. I could not stand their liquorous, hugely alcoholic impy and that’s a pretty bad sign.
Across the street from Bailey’s but don’t expect the same level of beer. Kind of a cool place, lots of old books line one wall and some cool decorations and pictures. They have 5 taps of their beers but stick to the guest taps which looked pretty solid. Their beers were beyond terrible. When we order the bartender even tried to guide us toward the guest taps but we Doug told me I had to try the worst beers in Portland, I didn’t believe him that there was any bad beer in this city but I was very wrong!
JoeMcPhee (536) Toronto, ON, Ontario | January 26, 2006| Updated April 3, 2006
Stumbled upon this place by accident. Kind of a neat space, sort of a pub meets library. Next door to a mexican place that shares its bathroom with a strip club. The beers here weren’t great. One was infected and one was just nasty. It’s got sort of a neat vibe, and the guest beers are solid, but there are still better places in Portland.
BrewDad (464) Olympia, Washington | July 31, 2006| Updated September 4, 2008
This is the place to hit after long day at he Oregon brewer Festival. Tucked away in a side alley the Tugboat has what you need beer and quite time. They bring in a unique crowd but the beer was worth it. They have about 6 different styles and all very fresh and tasty. They have books all over so if you’re into the reading thing you will have many books to choose from. The food was pub fair and pretty good. Service was the owner and she was very nice. This is a great place and a must find for the odd brewery in Portland.