The Hop & Vine
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
4.18/5 rDev -3.2%
For some reason, I always have a difficult time describing this place, when I tell someone I stopped by (and why I like the place). The H&V is basically a two room afair, with a small bottle shop on your left and the small beer bar/restaurant to your right, as you look in from N. Kilingsworth. The place has something of a funky, almost divish atmosphere, and there's no denying that the setting here is very low key. In some ways I think, the tap selection in the beer bar typifies this place. There are only 8 beers on draft, and at first that seems a bit disappointing, until you take a closer looks at what they have available. On this day, the selection included the Cafe Racer 15, a biere de mars by Oakshire, a sour from Commons brewing, and then the cuvee de jacobins rouge (I believe). In other words, my initial look of disappointment quickly morphed into a big goofy smile. My experience in the bottle shop was similar to my experience in the beer bar. Again, they don't have the largest selection of bottles, but what they do have is pretty interesting, with some real gems.
Service was very, very good on the day I visited. My server had been around and really new his stuff (Drew I believe), and service was otherwise always quick, efficient and friendly. Frankly, I very rarely encounter this level of service; most of the time I'm just happy if the bartender or server gets my order right. So that was a big plus here. Pricing was also pretty reasonable. Generally, you can order most beers by glass or by pint, but they also have a small size if you want to try several different items. Frankly, even the small size was more than generous I thought, and I think my entire bill came to just over $7 (for a glass of Oakshire and racer 15).
Have been meaning to try the food, as it always looks great, but I was still full from my pizza over at the b2 taphouse. Oh well, one of these days...
This place is great!
08-11-2013 15:45:44 | More by John_M
The Hop & Vine in Portland, OR
94 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.