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.
I’m surprised this place has recieved such a high score.. The place was a cool if you were into drinking horrible beer in an old opium den... There beer actually sucks I had to order a beer for another brewer... I will never go back or recommend it to anyone ...
Across from Bailey’s. A kind of cool eclectic decor, lots of books around. The service was great, and the place was not very busy. Had four beers of their own. Now, the only issue was the beer was bad. Oddly flawed in an obvious way that is surprising considering the Mecca that Portland is. The two hop forward beers I had were extremely bitter in the finish- I mean, big hops are in and all, but this was medicinal and unpleasant. I suggest getting some quality control. Find someone in Portland that understands these things. Pay someone. Find someone that cares and you will make much more money. The location should be great, Bailey’s will being people in.
notalush (395) Denver, Colorado | December 16, 2011| Updated December 18, 2011
Was going to stop into Bailey’s, but they were packed, so I jumped in here - this place is right across the street (close enough to jump onto Bailey’s wifi, if that is any indication - like a coffee shop/bookstore inside - dimly lit - full of hipsters that are pretending to know their beer - cozy enough, but their beer selection is pretty lame - a few house brewed beers and four or five local brews - one server, despite how busy they were - some portly gay dude - attentive and quite friendly - probably good overflow for Bailey’s, but, quite frankly, I am surprised they have lasted in this town.
Since Tugboat is a relatively small scale brewery their offerings of their own beers are limited, however they do bring in a great variety of other beers on what I recall as more than 5 taps. In a downtown quadrant of plentiful beer they are a quieter hole which has a calming atmosphere and a relaxed place to drink. It wasn’t quite clear at first that you had to get a beer from the only bartender who was quite friendly and knowledgeable but once that is sorted you are welcome to kick back with a book, a game or some good convo with a friend or two.
As said this place has its own weird vibe. Next to it is more upscale Bailey’s Taproom and then Santeria-Voodoo shop, some kind of sex shop and grocery shop with few local micros. Place was dark, service very good. No samplers. They have some other than own beers too.
A charming place to stop in downtown Portland this has none of the yuppie vibe that infects most of the establishments in the area. Many of their own beers are not the greatest but their Chernobyl stout is awesome! Not to fear though because they have an excellent selection of guest taps. Also has a good wine selection so it can be a nice, intimate spot for a date in the midst of hectic downtown Portland.
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.