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Lucky Labrador Beer Hall

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Lucky Labrador Beer HallLucky Labrador Beer Hall
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

23 Ratings
Ratings: 23
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.41%
Active Beers: 1
Beer Ratings: 4
Beer Avg: 4.1
Taps: 16
Bottles: 0
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1945 NW Quimby St
Portland, Oregon, 97209
United States
phone: (503) 517-4352

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:
Hours: Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to Midnight
Sunday, Noon to 10 p.m.
Minors: Allowed until 9 p.m.

(Place added by: krberg on 03-24-2006)
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4/5  rDev -3.1%

anteater, Oct 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

KStark, Aug 29, 2014
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Hobbit, Mar 14, 2014
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4.35/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Arrived here at 11AM for the Barleywine Fest was one of three including wife and BA BillHilly nad his wife that drove from Tacoma and got early worried about crazy Brouwers style lines.Nope. We walked in early. Hung out talk to the staff and servers before it started. The atmosphere was nice. Lots of cool, social people who all enjoyed the same thing, great beer. The crowd was diverse and you could tell this was a big locals joint too. Lots of wide open area, plenty of long tables and the patio outside is a HUGE bonus.

Q: I had Old yeller about 3 ways and Son of. I also grabbed some Super Duper Dog and found it to be very good

S: Very nice and welcoming. All of them. However, not enough staff at the bar to subdue the lengthy lines. 1 person?

S: I was amazed at the selection of house beers on and the varity of. I think it was maybe 15 or so?

F: Food was good that day but for the price it was great.

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Returned with wife and Hendrix. Nice day outside. Service, selection and food all GREAT. I am quickly falling in love with this place!

barleywinefiend, May 17, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -20.1%

The first nice sunny day in Portland in a long time, so the wife and I took the baby and dog on a walk to the Lucky Lab Beer Hall.

We grab a seat outside and hooked the dog's leash to the table hook. I went inside to place an order.

There were about a half dozen people waiting in line, and what appeared only 1 woman taking orders. Someone else was cooking in back. We ordered a ceaser salad, which was simple, but good. I also tried to order a medium pizza, but was informed they only make 1 size. We should have ordered slices instead of a full pizza. We ended up with the greek pizza, but the two of us could only eat half. Again it was good, but nothing specials. I drank the Super Duper Dog, and the wife had the Organic Pale Ale. Both were good, but a bit disappointed with both.

The service inside was not friendly at all. When I asked for a box for remaining half of pizza, I was given something that could hold maybe 2 slices. When I asked if they had anything bigger, a full sized pizza box was tossed at me without a word spoken.

The price was right, but we are in no rush to head back. There are too many awesome places for us to visit in Portland.

HuskyinPDX, Apr 24, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +4.8%

This place is a bit more low key than the Hawthorne location, and I like that a lot.

Decent beers on tap at any given time. The staff is friendly. There is a ton of space to sit down and I kind of like how it is a big mess hall with benches.

It's a good place to work on a laptop as you can get away from folks if you need to due to the enormous space.

It's very cool that the garage doors can open up and that there is a place outside with benches if you want to bring your fine animals to enjoy a beer with as well.

djbreezy, Mar 11, 2010
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3.36/5  rDev -18.6%

Day 1 & Stop 4 of the Portland Pub Crawl. When you approach this place, you'd think that you are entering an old garage. Well, you are. Inside, it's just a bunch of very long table and seat, with community style seating. Lots of old metal machine parts hang from the ceiling. Not extremely comfortable, but it's uniqueness sticks in my mind. Grabbed some beers from the bar way in the back. No table service, you gotta go get your own. There were roughly 8-10 beers on tap. I went with something that sounded different: a chardonnay Belgian ale served in a stubby wine glass. Of all the beers that I drank in Portland, this one seemed the most unique. My wife went with the porter. The prices were overall very reasonable. The people next to us brought in a cake for a birthday party. They have a food menu, though the look of the kitchen made me think twice. This place seemed like the kind of place you just go to have a few beers and chill. We both thought it was pretty cool.

morebeergood, Jul 17, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +10.2%

We went here on a Thursday afternoon around 2 pm and there was only a few other people in there at the time, which made this place probably look even bigger than it already is, this place has a great layout with a huge open warehouse look, there is a dartboard, a projection screen, two different rooms, super long wooden tables, dogs coming and going, board games, and a large outdoor area, I can go on and on about this place's atmosphere, it is awesome, staff was friendly too, even got to meet the brewer briefly, we ordered a bunch of food here including a bowl of peanuts, slices of pizza, pretzels, one of the best peanut butter cookies I have ever had, and something else that is slipping my mind, we had of all that plus six half pints of beer and were out of here for right around twenty dollars, great deal if you ask me and all of it was good, sixteen taps with mostly their own beers, maybe just three or four guest taps, we had an alt, wheat, Belgian pale, rye, and a great imperial stout named Pavlov, reviews on the beers to come later, this place kept very clean, wonder if they play movies here on that screen, I can imagine that being pretty cool if they do, this will be a place that I go back to every time I am in Portland, it was not just a beer stop but an experience and I am sure it would be that much more fun with a larger group of people and some kind of event going on, definitely recommended

Floydster, Jun 08, 2009
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3.23/5  rDev -21.8%

While my first visit to this Lucky Lab location was during the Barleywine and Big Beer Fest, I got a pretty good grasp of the place to give an informed opinion.

Following the pattern of other Lucky Labs, you end up drinking at communal picnic tables, and I was fortunate to sit my a good bloke who gave me the skinny on the Earth Day sale at HOTD, which was certainly worth the visit in itself.

The service at the 'main' counter was akin to the Bataan death march, as one poor young lady had to take food orders, pull beers, plate up appetizers, and sell script for the fest. Sadly, she was absolutely overwhelmed, as the line typically was 15-20 people long in the middle of the afternoon. Definitely a staffing issue.

On the issue of food, while I had the good sense to save my appetite for dinner at Higgins, I saw restaurant supply chips and salsa and reheated pizza, besides some decent looking sandwiches. The pizzas at $18-20 dollars, are extremely overpriced-this ain't Apizza Scholls.

The beer list was pretty extensive with some guest taps and good happy hour beer prices, though I have never been impressed with LL's everyday brews. However some of the one-offs they had on tap for the fest were quite tasty.

All in all, I've never been impressed with the Lucky Lab chain, though I have had a number of very pleasant conversations with shared table mates. and the Munich style beer hall atmosphere is pretty unique for Portland. Intimate it ain't, but if you are looking for a good social time, you might want to give this out of the way pub a chance.

jdense, Mar 09, 2009
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4.44/5  rDev +7.5%

Apparently a big stop during the OBF. I also visited Lucky Lab Beer Hall (on Quimby); it is your basic garage (formerly owned by Freightliner) with an open areas for picnic tables, a bar in the back and brewing equipment. This is not a place to go for aesthetics - great and cheap micros, well that's another story.

The styles available pretty much runs the gamet. There will be something for everyone; for me, were the Organic Nut Brown and the Irish Nitro Stout. Though my recent stop at Bridgeport Brewing Company (see reveiw)prevented me from eating, the grub here did look tasty.

All in all, a worthy addition to the many beeradisios in the area. And convenient to the Portland Streetcar.

Other notes: nice music system. A relaxing place to quaff beers in Portland. Woof!

jjboesen, Jul 29, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +8.2%

What amazed me most about this place, is how the owners managed to find a place on the NW side that seems to capture almost the exact same atmosphere as the SE Hawthorne venue.

Like the place on Hawthorne, this place has the feel of a large old warehouse with lots of wood and high ceilings. This place has the same rustic picnic tables inside, and just like the Hawthorne site, the vibe is relaxed, low key and informal. I sat down with my glass of pilsner and did not want to leave.

Quality was up and down I thought on this paticular day. My pilsner and the super dog IPA were excellent, but the Belgium sour and bourbon aged strong ale did not impress me.

Service was quick, friendly and efficient. The bartender was more then happy to let me sample whatever was available. Also, one of the employees in the back came out to help me right away when I had problems initially logging on to their wi-fi site.

The beer selection was pretty good, on this day consisting of 14 or 15 on-site beers, a couple of cask selections, and a couple of guest beers.

As for price, I'm here on miser monday. My glass of pilsner was $2.25.

It's places like this that make it hard to leave Portland, and make me look forward to the time I can move back here permanently. This is a very cool place.

John_M, Jul 28, 2008
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4.1/5  rDev -0.7%

I would describe this place as a neighborhood beer hall. It's basically a giant garage with tables arranged in long rows creating a real beer hall look and feel. On nice days, they open the garage doors to let in the sun and fresh air. They also have tables outside. With residential areas close by, it has a real family friendly feel.

They had a nice selection of self brewed beer (10+) including my favorite, the Super Dog IPA. I've also had the Black IPA which was very nice.

I didn't eat there on this visit but I have before. I had the Gobler Sandwich and it was only average. The pizzas looked good though so I wouldn't rule out trying the food again.

This is a very unique place. I really enjoyed it and look forward to another visit.

GJ40, Jul 27, 2008
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4.72/5  rDev +14.3%

This place is great. Huge warehouse type open-space with nice beerhall feel. There are some side rooms and smaller tables available as well. Counter service was really good early Saturday afternoon, guy with the beard on early shift was really friendly and knowledgeable. Didn't try the food at this location. The beer here was excellent, what I have come to expect from LL. They offered at least 4 different (house) IPAs and were all very good, I highly recommend the Triple Threat IPA. Highly recommend this place to anyone.

BeerZack, Mar 28, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

Glad to see a dog-friendly establishment! Granted, I don't have one at the moment, but seeing them wander around the outdoor patio and lapping up beer, it just makes me smile. A surprisingly large percentage of Lab's no less!

Like other reviewers stated, its a bit hard to find. Nothing a little GPS can't solve.

Really good selection. There's a cask, nitros, and like a dozen others. Get the sampler, you shant regret it. Also I recommend picking up a 22oz or a growwwler on the way out. Outdoor dining is the way to go, (assuming it's summer). Food is solid pub fare.

SurlyDuff, Feb 12, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev -10.9%

On the "other" side of the river in Portland, but it's pretty close to downtown. This place is pretty great if you have a dog, because they have an outdoor, somewhat heated, seating area that you can be at with your dog. The inside is mainly like a German beer hall - lots of long wooden tables with seats. You order up at the front, and the service is very minimal (they bring you your food). However, they have a great amount of beers on tap, so there's a great selection. I think our sampler had 12 beers - 3 of which were different IPAs. The menu was pretty limited to soups and sandwiches. We went mid-afternoon and were able to socialize with some other dog owners, but I suspect that when the place gets hopping, it could be a loud and fun time with a large group of people.

kdoc8, Feb 08, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +1.7%

If you can navigate the grid, you can do pretty well here. A block this way, 2 blocks that way, up 3 more blocks, wait, large industry barrier a few blocks wide, we'll have to circle around, keep riding the fence, now cut down, should we turn yet you think, no, up another block, I think we've overshot it, turn down, now come back some, see, we did overshoot it, there, there you go...

A big open industrial space here, with a concrete floor, large wood pillars, giant cross beams above, high, high, high wood plank ceilings, and the walls some wide wood plank and the others painted burgundy and yellow with a Warholesque Labrador collage. Sizable open panel windows on the side wall, shirts & hats displayed on the opposite wall, and darts on the front wall next to the roll down door. Drop lamps and keg lighting mounted to the pillars and walls. We noticed the No barking" sign and adhered best we could. A pair of long beer hall tables seating 20 each and a bunch of shortys pushed together to create the same effect in between, and 7 small tables on the walls, mismatched chairs throughout, and a side room behind an inner roll down door holds another 20 seat table and more than a dozen small tables. A small bar holds the inside corner and the room is decorated with artwork of photos of dogs touched up. In the far back corner, a long bar with no seating holding 3 towers separated across the bar and a handpump. Crazily colored chalk boards contain all that you need to know. On the 40" x 60" board; tap selections, ABV's and a big "X" in the "in" and "out" boxes letting you know what's currently on tap, and then food selections on a larger and smaller board, the kitchen being located behind the bar. An outside area off the parking lot holds about a dozen and a half tables for decent weather days.

12 house beers (Crazy Ludwig's Alt, Stumptown Porter, Wheat Stout, Bike Route Rye, 5 Ton Strong Ale, Triple Threat IPA, Nitro Triple Threat IPA, Organic Golden Ale, Organic No Pity Pale Ale, Helle Saures Rex, Superdog Double Hop IPA, Crystal Weizen) & a cask (Triple Threat IPA), plus 3 guest taps, one of which was a cider (New Old Lompoc Red, Pyramid Snow Cap, Fish Spire Mountain Pear Cider). We played the "make your own sampler" game. The Crazy Ludwig's Alt was 6.3%, all malty goodness and alcohol; the Stumptown Porter had some good chocolate flavors; the Wheat Stout was creamy & dry; the Bike Route Rye was blah; the 5 Ton Strong Ale was solid though; the Helles Saures Rex was a real nice Helles, and of the 3 versions of the Triple Threat IPA, I think the nitro was the best of the lot. I thought the Alt, Porter, Strong Ale and Helles were all very good. Drafts are available in ¼ pint samplers for $1.25, ½ pints for $2.50, pints of $3.50, and pitchers for $11.00, which is just a steal.
Very comfortable, good vibe, good beers, good tunes, time well spent here.

slander, Sep 29, 2007
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4.36/5  rDev +5.6%

A short walk north of the Portland “Street Car” the beer hall is a big converted warehouse with small kitchen and good selection of had made beers on tap. The atmosphere is cool and has kind of a hipster vibe to it. Big long tables in a big room make for a nice German style beer hall theme. They are family and dog friendly as well.
The beers I have tried are all solid. The happy hour is great with $2.50 imperial pints. I did not try the food but it looks like good pub fare. A good place to check out had have a good beer. I will be back on my next trip here for sure!

HumuloneRed, Sep 04, 2007
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4.7/5  rDev +13.8%

Awesome staff. Made sure we got the best deal for our money (Monday night deals are great here.) And then they helped us find our way to the next pub on our journey and recommended others we hadn't considered.

Excellent beers. Great selection. We tried all 11 they had on tap. Even the lightest were flavorful. They had several different IPAs that would satisfy the most hop heads. Porter was decent, but as my wife put it, a little thin, but still a good beer. Wasn't one I wouldn't have a second glass of.

Hummus and bread appetizer was very tasty.

Very open and airy even on a rainy afternoon when we couldn't sit outside.

We'll try to get back once more before we head back to OH.

darchooker, Jul 24, 2007
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4.06/5  rDev -1.7%

After swinging around the corner from NOL to the Green Room, a spot I heard about on Beer Mapping, and then heading through some old industrial yards and new condo developments, my partner in crime and I stumble into this wonderful Lucky Lab location.

After getting over the immensity of the beer garden and hall the first thing I notice is the chalk board. There are these great drawings of Alex from Clockwork and Crazy Ludwig but despite their flare I settle on a Pavlov’s Dog RIS, which just so happens to clock in at 9.4% and only costs me two fifty. This place is a steal.

The bartenders are wearing Grateful Dead attire and laughing like Beavis when we walk outside passed the brewery’s red and grey striped F-250 pickup that reminds me of the one my dad had when I was a kid. We settle at picnic table near a drunk family and entertain ourselves by watching their prized young boxer harass an old and warn out mastiff. The thing about this place being really dog friendly seems to be true. Some attractive young Latin couples are sipping ales with their dogs at another table but otherwise we have this huge beer garden, really just a parking lot for an old factory, to our selves.

The sun is setting and I can’t imagine a better beer in a more peaceful urban location. I will later admire the artwork placed hap-hazard around the place along with curious graffiti scattered hear and there. Slogans like, “I ain’t gonna paint no mo” and “John should date Sarah H” will greet me creating questions about those who were here before I. For now, however, I am content to sip on my stout and contemplate which of the 20 brews on tap I will try next. I’m thinking about the ESB. What a great place this is. I’d go back in a heart beat.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 05, 2007
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4.28/5  rDev +3.6%

Had a little bit of a tough time finding this place, but glad we did. Beer hall is an old warehouse looking building, surprisingly a very large building. Went there on a Saturday and there was plenty of room. Selection was also very surprising, they mush have had 15 taps or so. Some of them looked like guest taps. I had their IPA which was pretty good. Service was good, the people working were very helpfull. Didn't eat but their menu looked pretty tasty. This is a pretty cool place, I only stayed for one beer but when in Portland I will be coming back for sure.

loren01, May 23, 2007
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3.95/5  rDev -4.4%

My second trip to the still fairly new Quimby Beer Hall. Found along a still somewhat industrial street, though recently opened condos and the new Dove Lewis Animal Hospital are signs that this are is only going to improve.

The Hall itself is a warehouse space - high wood ceilings, heavy beams, concrete walls, ample natural light (high windows, but no street views unless good weather allows the garage doors to be opened). A little more sterile feel than the original pub on Hawthorne. Bare concrete floors, a couple dartboards, and a very long self-serve bar with open kitchen beyond.

Selection of beers is excellent with more taps (at least 20) than the Hawthorne location. A handy chalkboard lists all the brews offered, their ABV and whether they're "IN" or "OUT". On this day, most were in, including a couple guest taps and one cider. $3.50 imperial pints are a bargain with even cheaper deals available on Mondays & Tuesdays. Tried the Wheat Stout & Super Dog; both were good and fresh, though served maybe colder than I'd like.

Service is decent enough, friendly and informative. On a slow day, they'll bring food to your table but when busy you get a number and grab it yourself when called. Food was pretty average -sandwiches, soups and salads - but reasonably priced.

Definitely worth checking out. Good beer, casual environment, dog-friendly (of course - though a sign posted on the door clearly states 'dogs not allowed inside').

msubulldog25, Feb 03, 2007
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3.78/5  rDev -8.5%

I was a bit surprised by the design of Lucky Lab’s northwest expansion. It does say “Beer Hall” on the sign hanging above Quimby Street. But I was somehow expecting something as different from the Hawthorne Street brewpub as their Multnomah Village Public House. Instead, the NW beerhall is remarkably similar to their original pub. It’s housed in the same spacious warehouse environment furnished with long wooden tables and mismatched chairs. Both brewpubs have counter service only and an auxiliary banquet room. Even the dual dartboards and magazine racks look similar. They’ve obviously stuck with a working formula.

I counted 20 beers on the beer board, all with displayed ABV and a quick description. This expanded beer menu reflects both Beer Hall ales and the roster from Hawthorne St. One tap is nitro, one cask-conditioned, and two or three are guest taps (from Klamath Basin no less). The food menu looked identical to Hawthorne’s, which doesn’t bode well as the sandwiches there are no prize. However, the corn chowder I had was very tasty and I don’t think you can go wrong if you stick to a simple soup and salad.

Like all things Portland, the Beer Hall is very casual, though I might prefer it if they ditched that Blondie disc. The indoors bike rack is both very cool and highly utilized. The $3.50 imperial pints are a bargain, and the smoke free environment is appreciated. Most people welcome a window into the brew house at a brewpub and I’m a little disappointed that Lucky Lab neglected to build that into the design. Brewery apparatus are only visible from the covered parking area that shares space with several picnic benches.

The bottom line is beer, of course, and the Lab has that covered nicely. I also liked that crazy five-ton winch hanging from the ceiling. Just the thing for picking up…. well, whoever you like to pick up in bars.

RedDiamond, Nov 17, 2006
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3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

NW needs more quality beer spots and I was so happy when I found out the Lucky Lab opened a brewpub 4 blocks or so from my apartment.

The atmosphere is sort of weird. It is some sort of old industrial building with two garage doors in the front, concrete floors and lots of tables. Very few decorations, no jukebox, no seats at the bar, and thankfully no TVs or smoke. There are a slew of picnic tables outside. It is very spartan, but on a warm, sunny afternoon it is a great place to grab a bitter and read the paper.

I have had great "here sample this, this, this and this" service and "I can't believe I just had to clear my throat to get somebody's attention" service. That equals average.

The beers are plentiful and tasty. Currently they are have a great Irish stout and a fantastic old ale amongst other offerings including Bear Republic's Red Rocket as a guest tap.

I had a sandwich and it was good. My girlfriend had a sandwich and it was good. Pretty average.

$3.50 imperials. The food is decently priced. They have tightwad Tuesdays which I think means $1 off house pints.

Open Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. to midnight, Sundays noon - 10:00 p.m.

Overall, great, inexpensive beer, decent food in a non-smoking environment. Plus your dog can go too (outside only). A great addition to the neighborhood. The only real cons are the lack of cask ales and its location in condo hell.

UPDATE: The NW Lab now has a beer engine!!!
They have also installed 2 bristle boards and the service has improved considerably. Now all I need are beer dork, dart playing friends in NW.

krberg, May 01, 2006
Lucky Labrador Beer Hall in Portland, OR
92 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.