Horse Brass Pub
Taps: 74 / Bottles: 26
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 109 | Reviews: 98 | Show All Ratings:
4.23/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
My friend/roomie is a Scotch connoisseur. I think he had an orgasm in this place, as he dished out, I believe, about 12$ for a shot of some exquisite Scotch whiskey that he said costs about 400$ a bottle. So, if you're looking for good Scotch in PDX, this is probably your place. Quite an impressive beer selection as well. I'm not an expert on British pubs, but this place seemed damn authentic. We walked outta there speakin' in Cockney accents. This is one of those places where you can walk in, sit down, & drink, and it seems as though the outside world has disappeared, and that's a good thing. Should be on your list of "go-to's" when visiting PDX.
03-08-2014 23:34:42 | More by brewtalthrone
3.61/5 rDev -16%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | $$
Around the corner from Belmont Station, we all walked down to Horse Brass to drink a couple of beers before dinner at Roe on Division. The Brass looks like a rural British pub, takes me back to those lovely trips through the English countryside with the wife, stopping at small places like this one for a cask ale and some rustic fare.
Only here the beer selection, while geared towards the UK and British styles, includes many great examples of American craft, including a good number of Oregon/Northwest beers.
They have 4 casks, no less, and also Hair of the Dog Blue Dot, Pliny the Elder and Blind Pig, Ft George Vortex, Migration Black IPA, Walking Man Black Cherry, Boneyard Hop, Breakside Salted Stout, Laurelwood Goose... a bit too IPA-focused for my tastes, and not enough big beers. But it ain't bad, that's for sure.
Prices are good, I paid $7.25 for a pint of Pliny that seemed to be 20 ounces. Other beers are between four and six dollars. Service wasn't so great, even though we were at the bar...
Didn't try food but it looked like typical pub food, fries and fish and chips and stuff. I think I would come back here for the atmosphere, so cozy and warm, but would go elsewhere for beer.
02-19-2014 20:42:28 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.1/5 rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | $$
An old standby that you absolutely should visit if you’re in portland, but I don't know if it would be on my short list if I only had, say, one night in town. Given two or three, though, visit here. There’s a beautiful old wooden bar, an awesome beer selection, and a great respect for beer here. It feels a bit less hipstery than some of the other places because it's been around for a very long time.
08-05-2013 04:27:49 | More by Fluffheady
4.55/5 rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75 | $$
This was our second beer related stop in Portland. The place is large, dark, rustic and historical feeling which I feel is awesome. Pretty empty on this early afternoon, so we sat at the bar and had awesome service from the bartender. He had great beer advice and explanations, food recommendations and even sight seeing options in the neighborhood and state. Very, very nice and personable guy.
Beer selection is huge with a wide variety of beers including lots of local/regional options. Two cask brews on which we took advantage of, a couple of nitro beers as well. Beers were all very good quality.
Food here was awesome. British food that tasted very authentic with many things being homemade. We had the vegetable pastie and steak and kidney pie which were both awesome and tasted authentic. They accidentally made an extra order of fish and chips which they gave to us on the house. I have to say that the fish and chips was one of the best things I have eaten on our trip and I'm not even a big fish and chips fan. This was amazing though.
Can't recommend this place enough. We may have to make another stop here before we leave town.
06-14-2013 16:57:05 | More by jera1350
4.59/5 rDev +6.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Horse Brass is everything I look for in a pub. Warm, worn, wooden, dimly lit atmosphere with crowds of people who call it home. The servers here are knowledgeable and seem to always recommend a great beer for me. Tons of new beers on tap, changed out frequently with many new guest beers both local and from afar. I come here regularly to meet with a group to talk about all things you're not supposed to talk about in bars (religion, politics, etc.) and always leave feel elevated. A great place.
Food is english pub food. Nothing to write home about, but it always feels good.
Dart boards in the wings and plenty of space at long wooden tables spread all around.
If you're in Portland, I highly recommend it. One of my favorite places in the city for a good pint.
03-28-2013 05:51:39 | More by JBetz
3.68/5 rDev -14.4%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4 | service: 2.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
I didn't like the atmosphere as much as I thought I might. But, it wasn't bad.
The quality of the beers I had from there were good, and the food was decent.
Service was not great. The waitress was in a bad mood, brought us three different beer lists, and then got mad at us when we didn't know which beers were on or tapped out. She did bring us stuff pretty quickly, but was not a pleasant person.
They had a pretty decent selection of stuff when I was there.
Food was decent, as previously mentioned.
Prices seemed reasonable.
I know it is kind of an iconic place in Portland for beer, but it is far from my favorite out of all the places Portland has to offer. It was worth going to, and I'd probably go again if I was in the area. But, I wouldn't go out of my way to go again. Admittedly, this is mostly due to the service we received.
01-09-2013 23:39:20 | More by yuriruley
4.95/5 rDev +15.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This is by far my favorite place to enjoy a pint in portland. This bar feels comfortable. Classic old school far furniture and wood accents give it a welcoming feeling. I like to play a little game with myself where I try to spot Winston Curchill from wherever I am sitting in the bar. There aren't any TVs, so this isn't a place to watch sports. The only entertainment is the four dartboards, labled 1,2,4 and 5. The staff is nice, and they generally know their beer. My guess is that if any of them aren't beer nerds, they do their homework on the beers they have on tap. Beer selection is always great, I have never walked in and been able to easily pick which beer I want, there is always a lot of great options. The food at the brass is decent, it's generic pub food. I can say I've never been dissapointed, but I always get the same burger, so saying that doesn't hold much weight. The fries are always good too, if you are going to be around for a while drinking, get yourself some French fries, they are cheap and delicious and prevent you from drinking on an empty stomach.
01-03-2012 07:09:18 | More by gkunkle
4.28/5 rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $
I had 1 day to spend in Portland so this was at the top of my list.
This place has the decor and atmosphere that a lot of pubs in the US try to achieve and fail. This is pretty authentic.
It was early on a weekday when I stopped by. Some people drinking coffee, most drinking beer. Might have been a little busier then they expect on a cold Tuesday morning, so the service was a little slow, but I never had an empty glass.
Selection and prices were right where I would expect from a world class pub. My only complaint is that there were more beers on the tap list than my sobriety could afford.
Wife and I split the scotch egg, sausage roll, and the cheese plate. Nothing spectacular, but definitely a step up from greasy pub food. The sweet/spicy mustard was really good. Only complaint about the entire visit is that there was some odd smell next to our table.
12-16-2011 04:17:53 | More by Hotlanta
4.3/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$
Come for the beer, not the barely acceptable pub fare food.
The atmosphere is nice but often you get overwhelmed with the fried fish and vinegar smell. Sometimes there is a lovely odor from the bar/bathroom area, so I recommend sitting farther back or around the side of the bar. But the place is always hopping and the buzz is intoxicating on its own.
The beer selection is hands down among the best in Portland. They rotate taps constantly and also have listed what brews are coming to tap.
Only Henry's Tavern has a better tap list, but Henry's is a little 'frat-tastic' and Horse Brass is a lot more the local slice of Portland. A place I regularly visit for the great beer, good service, and insanely knowledgeable bartenders.
Of note: On one visit the bartender started talking hops to me. I expressed a desire to really understand some of the differences between hops and the bartender (since it wasn't too busy) took some time to pour my roommate and I several small tastes and guide us through a mini tasting to grasp the nuances of a few single hop beers. It's little things like this that keep me coming back to an establishment.
08-28-2011 22:02:22 | More by cbarrett4
4.65/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I visited my folks in Portland for the summer and was lucky enough to kick it at the Horse Brass Pub. Each visit was mid-day, nothing much going on except for good friends visiting over good beer. The "sir" at the bar is what I wish all bartenders are - old men who have seen it all with a love of good people and good beer. After putting down a Pliny the Elder and an Old Rasputin we ordered some killer fish n chips and enjoyed our full bellies for a bit. I wish I had an authentic pub in my town in Texas but when I head back to the Pacific NW I will defiantly be back at the Horse Brass.
08-18-2011 21:11:20 | More by ROBPIII
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