Concordia Ale House
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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
3.31/5 rDev -21.9%
My friends and I went to Concordia after our pilgrimage to Horse Brass, so perhaps there was a little bit of comparative disappointment that makes me less enthusiastic about this place than other reviewers.
The ambience at Concordia is very nice--there's a spacious bar area, and the back room has free pool and several TVs. It reminded me a lot of Beveridge Place in Seattle, which is a good thing, and has the overall vibe of a sports bar that was overtaken by hipsters and beer lovers. Again, that's a good thing.
The beer selection--all twenty taps or so--was good; I had a Double Mountain India Red Ale, my friends got Mudshark Porter and the HUB ESB. One of my friends did point out that their selection omitted dark beers (with the exception of the Mudshark). Maybe we were there on a strange day, but indeed, the selection was made up almost entirely of pales, IPAs, reds, goldens, and other lighter-colored brews. The service was surprisingly curt and a little slow--at times the bartender seemed really drained by a request for another beer (not a sampler, but an actual pint).
Were I to live in Portland, I'd stop by Concordia for a second visit, but it's not worth a trip in and of itself for out of towners. Spend an extra hour or two at Horse Brass or Bailey's.
04-11-2008 17:13:32 | More by benito
3.36/5 rDev -20.8%
Staying at the Kennedy School, the Concordia Alehouse was a no-brainer. It's maybe a three minute walk from the school! Beer, then sleep. Sounds like a plan.
This place is in a sort of mini strip mall, next to a Subway sandwich shop and other establishments. Inside, it is warm and neighborhood-y, less beer-nerdy and more homey than your typical Portland beer bar. It was far from lively when I visited on a Saturday at around 10pm. Lots of empty tables, some folks playing pool, bored employees... a bit sad, almost.
As I entered, they played "Reptilia" by The Strokes, one of my favorite songs. They get major points for that!
Their tap list is alright: Old Chubb, Green Bucket Triple IPA, Weihen Hefe, StormBreaker Opacus Stout, Terminal Gravity, Laurelwood Red Elephant, Elysian Espresso Milk, Barnyard Femme Fatale, Mad River 24th Anniversary... a variety of styles and lots of locals, but with so much beer goodness in Portland, Concordia falls a bit flat. I ended up getting a Woodford bourbon (only seven bucks!).
Not a destination by any means, but OK if you're in the neighborhood.
02-18-2014 22:46:05 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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
3.54/5 rDev -16.5%
well, apparently little has changed in the 5 years since RedMedicine visited....
the outside patio looked promising, 4-5 tables, some people enjoying some IPAs in the sun... walked in to a huge L-shaped room, high ceilings.... dive-y, college bar atmosphere.... requisite Portland bar beer swag on the walls, etc.... pinball and I think a pool table in the one corner... bartop contoured the bend of the L, plenty of stools, quite a few tables spread out in the main front room... not much thought to style....
despite the curious atmosphere, they did have what I estimated to be 120-150 bottles in wall fridges - decent selection and mix - low prices in my book ($5 for Duchesse, hmm)... bunch of local stuff, bunch of hoppy beers, Belgians... actually more or less standard beer bar stock, they just have the space to store more.... tap list was a little boring/uninspiring, excluding 10 IPAs they were having a judging contest on.... it's easy to miss gems in a sea of hops, gave it a few once-overs - still not amazed
none of the bartenders (3-ish - 1 main, 2 floater/servers) seemed too (in a sense) professional - they were preoccupied with talking to friends and regulars only (and there was no more than 7 patrons in the whole place)... had 2 beers, 2nd of which, Anchor No. 2 Mild, was poured into a dirty glass, bubbles all over.... no one came back to ask if I liked either beer or the taco
the food menu seemed standard pub grub with a few standouts.... immediately went to the a la carte tacos, fish.... that fish taco - very dry, chili spice rub was alright, could've come w sauce.... the prices overall were just above reasonable, but not exorbitant
someone local who I mentioned this place to rolled his eyes and offered that they "don't know what they want to be". Understood. There's quite a few comparable spots here in South Jersey, and I'm sure more on the way all over - (former basic local) bars looking to cash in on this brand new "micro-beer" trend.... scary to think they opened with this concept and it hasn't evolved...
05-15-2013 03:26:12 | More by Bouleboubier
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
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
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