Horse Brass Pub
Taps: 74 / Bottles: 26
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 111 | Reviews: 98 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by katybee:
4.4/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
When my husband and I returned from a trip to England several years ago, we were desirous of finding any location in the States that duplicated the authentic character and texture of a true British pub. Not the type of upscale "yuppified" urban club where beers are on tap like flavors of ice cream. But something of the old world, with a slower pace, where you can take the time to sit back and really relax. When I saw the name of this pub, based on the brass findings of a horse's harness, which was actually one of my husband's souvenirs from Wales, I knew we need not look further--this was the place. And we were not disappointed. The Horse Brass Pub has a nice range of beers on tap, but it is the atmosphere we sought. From the entryway seating with dark walnut stained benches, and historic prints dotting the walls, to the good old game of darts in the back, memories came flooding back. But the clincher was the menu---including authentic English items like "bangers" and lamb meat pie, as well as fish and chips...this place is like taking a vacation to Britain without leaving the state. A wonderful place.
07-21-2009 00:26:10 | More by katybee
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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 -16.2%
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
Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR
95 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.