Concordia Ale House
Ratings: 41 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
3.68/5 rDev -13.2%
I was told that this place was one of the first bars in Portland to embrace the craft beer scene, but that they have in turn fallen a bit by the wayside as the scene has boomed around them. Nevertheless, I could tell this was a place with a lot of history, and I was definitely glad to visit. It was here that my wife and I decided to ring in the new year (2012), and while not the most glamorous of venues for such an event, we had to improvise, and kind of just picked it as one of the few places that was open until after midnight + that we had not gone to yet on our beercation. There was a band playing, so...blah. But otherwise, the place had a nice vibe: gritty and dark, but large enough to lose out on intimacy. The bar was fairly large, and there are plenty of tables and chairs, plus a pool room, and a shady video gaming lounge in the back. Service was spotty and the bartender was pretty aloof, but he was working on New Year's Eve, so what could I expect? A good selection of 20+ beers on tap, lots of local stuff, and plenty of crafts and micros in bottles. Food was decent, and prices were reasonable.
01-04-2012 05:43:54 | More by Rifugium
4.05/5 rDev -4.5%
I was lucky enough to stop in while I was in Portland last night. Concordia is a really cool spot for some great pool and games, and also not to mention that they have a pretty nice tap list to go along with the great atmosphere. While hanging out and having a couple beers I ordered the fish and chips which happened to be amazing. The food was hot, fresh, and tasty, and also reasonably priced. Overall, I am really impressed with the Concordia Ale House and their great food and tap list. If I was living in Portland I would be almost there every weekend because of the great environment they setup for their guests. This place was definitely a great find and a great place to stop in and enjoy a good beer.
07-20-2011 19:46:19 | More by PaulStoneAnchor
3.68/5 rDev -13.2%
Another of the legendary beer places in town, this one has less of a beer geek atmosphere than the others. Basically you get a carpeted large room at the front, and a dark, crowded, awkwardly situation bar in the back where people watch sports. The taplist is always pretty good, but I never like going to a place where I feel like I know more about beer than the people serving it to me. This was the case when they listed "Chimay Red" on the taplist and I asked how that was possible since Chimay Red has never been kegged. The server assured me that it was indeed the red and obviously came back with Chimay White. After I told her it was Chimay White she argued with me a bit and then realized it wasn't. The beer had been on tap for a few days already so that was kind of odd. Otherwise the experiences have generally been positive.
05-18-2010 15:46:12 | More by squaremile
3.9/5 rDev -8%
Awesome special events including the Beer Brawl give this place A+ marks for me, but during regular visits the service has often times suffered and brought down the experience dramatically, in addition to the on and off quality of the taps. That being said, I still frequent Concordia and I think they are a great ale house. I just think there are some areas where quality could be improved.
The food is decent pub food, and the atmosphere provides plenty of seating. I really like sitting out on the benches out front during the summer.
When the place has been incredibly busy, the service has suffered considerably. I don't want to bash this place on service overall but my experiences with the busy times have not been good. It has been hit and miss during other visits.
The bottle selection is a nice addition.
02-10-2010 01:00:41 | More by djbreezy
4.9/5 rDev +15.6%
One of Portland's best places to grab a beer. Stopped by the other day with a few friends, one from Atlanta. The selection is nearly as good, if not better, than the famed Brickstore in Decatur, GA. The staff was attentive, but not too attentive. I had a variety of lighter beers as we were headed to a few more places that night, a Double Mountain Kolsch and a pilsner from Wild River. Food was excellent. We went to the Mash Tun amd Kennedy School Boiler Room and Detention Bar as part of our NE Portland pub crawl - a great little itinerary which I recommend!
06-19-2009 03:32:16 | More by LittleA
3.5/5 rDev -17.5%
Killing time on a Friday afternoon before a BB game at nearby University named after the bar:), I'd stopped in before but wanted to do a more thorough analysis this trip.
A bit miffed at the staff's lack of attention, the female barkeep seemed more interested at playing with her cellphone than taking care of the 4-5 customers. To give her some credit, the crew (with the exception of the gentlemen who was working on his day off) was a bunch of screw-offs until the owner showed up.
The help aside, the draft beer selection was quite a revelation. PtheE, St. Bernardus 12, and a pretty good selection of NW Micros, at pretty reasonable prices. Choice of size pours 12/16/20 along with liter and pitchers offered for most brews. Most pints were in the $4.50 to $6.00 range.
They also have a smaller cooler with about 120 brews, some hard to find, but no bargains except for some $1.25 Old German tall boys during happy hour. I inquired about a St. Feuillen Tripel and was quoted $15.00 for a bottle. Somebody came in and wanted the DFH WW Stout and paid $11. Talking with the guy working on his day off (very knowledgeable and helpful) he said they marked up 30% over retail with no discount for carryout.
I didn't try the food, but watching some compatriots chow down on pub-type offering, it didn't look that special. I'd just as soon order some 'cue from Cannon's Express across the street.
I echo the comments about the atmosphere-pool tables, a VLT room, pinball. what crowd are they trying to appeal to?
In the end, it's all about the beer, and from that perspective, this is one of the best places in town. Belly up to the bar, tune out the atmosphere (or lack thereof) and enjoy one of Beervana's best selection of tap offerings. If I was rating this place just on the quality of taps, it'd be a A-. Unfortunately, the lack of atmosphere hurts the overall experience.
02-10-2009 04:13:40 | More by jdense
4.5/5 rDev +6.1%
Nice little neighborhood bar/eatery, with a hell of a good beer lineup. Appears to be around 22 or so taps, a double fridge case packed with bottles, and resaonable prices.
If anything, I think the interior is a bit drab, just bland colors and basically no atmosphere. A huge wall mural or something might do them well. It's clean and smokefree though, with some pool tables and whatnot in the back corner.
The beer menu is very well done up in spreadsheet fashion, listing current beers, abv, kegs in queue, prices for 4 glass sizes, and short beer synopsis. Very nice!
Food is standard pub fare. Got a brie/shroom/onion and chicken sanwich, delious despite the epic oversized ciabatta roll that gave me like 10 bites of just bread and no meat/goo.
12-08-2008 21:26:51 | More by SurlyDuff
4.16/5 rDev -1.9%
We stopped in here on a Saturday afternoon for a pint or two. The place feels like a pizza place, at least at that time of the day. Rather bright, with about ten tables in the front and a 15 stool bar behind.
The draft list was very good, concentrated on NW locals. I enjoyed the Black Homoerectus I had. Bottle list was extensive. This was the first time I have seen a beer bible that was all pictures. It was easier to look in the coolers behind the bar as it turned out. This was the only place we went to in Portland that still had Dissident in bottles. I was happy to be able to pick one up before we left town.
Service was just ok. The bartender was pleasant but not knowledgeable and weeded even though there were 5 bar patrons. Or maybe she was trying to avoid the obnoxious clown who chose to sit next to us despite the rest of the bar being almost empty, in which case I can't blame her. Ah, well, can't pick your customers.
We did not try any food but would definitely stop back our next time in.
10-29-2008 20:08:57 | More by sholland119
4.47/5 rDev +5.4%
I have hit the Concordia a few times in the past couple of weeks, and I've liked it.
They have 22 beers on tap. I found that MOST of the pints went for $ 4.25, and not the $4.75 that was mentioned in a previous review.
Furthermore you can purchase your brew by the glass, pint, Imperial pint, liter, or pitcher. If you choose to buy by the pitcher your price in most cases comes down to $3.75 a pint.
I found their draft selection to be a nice sprinkling of various styles. They had on a Chimay Tripel, Arrogant Bastard, Great Divide's Espresso Imperial Stout, Laurelwood Red, and Bear Republic's Racer 5 just to name a few.
On my most recent visit I had their Collaborator Doppleweizen, and then we split a bottle of St. Fullien Brune.
Their bottle beer selection was extensive with lots of Belgians. It was a good mix of imports and domestics. I spotted Skullsplitter, Iron City, Great Divide Hercules, McCewan's, Delerium Tremons, Boulder Cold Hop, Dogfish IPA, and Old Speckled Hen.
The nights I was there it was VERY quiet, ( however it was a Monday after MNF and a Wednesday ). We did not experience any service problems and for that matter the owner was bartending and we had a chance to engage him in a long conversation.
The food was good and reasonable. We had a 4 cheese fondue made with Chimay. It came with apples and sausage for $ 8.
It's located a couple of blocks from the Kennedy School McMenamins complex, so if you are in that area you should give it a try.
10-15-2008 20:07:27 | More by frankm
2.75/5 rDev -35.1%
First stop in Portland after Belmont Station on a recent visit. Not nearly as impressed as all of these reviews would suggest.
Atmosphere: Pretty dead. A few scattered people at the bar, a couple of people playing pool, one table full in the dining room. Set up and decorated (aside from some local art for sale on the walls) like a college sports bar. A guy yelling our "quizzy" (we call it trivia on the East Coast). All of the lights were also out, so I couldn't see a damned thing. I didn't get the impression that this was a well-oiled operation. Scattered newspapers/flyers all over the bar area.
Quality: I should not have to ask for my pint glass to be un-frosted. The waitress was scratching out finished taps on the beer menus as I walked up.
Service: Attentive server, lackadaisical otherwise. Bartenders were more interested in talking to their buddies than serving the people at the bar.
Selection: 20 or so taps, I didn't check out the bottles. There were a number of Imperial IPAs on tap - I would have appreciated seeing the ABV% on the menu so I knew what a little better what I was ordering. Very overloaded on IPAs and Imperial IPAs, which I can't complain too much about and I gathered it had to do with an event they recently had.
Food: Had a salad w/ pork tenderloin. Decent, but nothing spectacular.
Value: Reasonable, compared to what I am used to on the East Coast. $4.75 pints, and cheap "specials" for food.
Quite unimpressive. I can't stress the college bar comparison enough.
07-21-2008 06:06:09 | More by RedMedicine
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