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Horse Brass Pub

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Horse Brass PubHorse Brass Pub
BA SCORE
95
world-class

126 Ratings
Ratings: 126
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 10.9%
Taps: 74
Bottles: 26
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

4534 SE Belmont St
Portland, Oregon, 97215-1636
United States
phone: (503) 232-2202

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @horsebrasspub

Notes:
Weekdays: 11:00am -2:30am
Weekends: 9:00am - 2:30am

(Place added by: sinistersteve)
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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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kbrown, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of Fluffheady
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

Fluffheady, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of jera1350
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

jera1350, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of JBetz
4.59/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

JBetz, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of yuriruley
3.68/5  rDev -14.6%

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.

yuriruley, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of gkunkle
4.95/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

gkunkle, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Hotlanta
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

Hotlanta, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of cbarrett4
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

cbarrett4, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of ROBPIII
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

ROBPIII, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Clembo1957
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

If i lived in Portland i think i'd adapt the Horse Brass as my local and i can't recommend the place higher than that. Ok it's an English style pub and i'm English but i rated the place for it's atmosphere, the friendliness of the staff and for it;s selectiion of beers. we visited on a lunchtime so the bar wasn't too busy with people coming in for lunch and beers. The staff were friendly and told us the history of the pub and how many of the fittings had come from the Princess of Wales pub in south London and also told us about the now sadly deceased owner Don Younger. We felt immediately at home here. there are so many pubs and brewpubs in Portland but if i was lucky enough to live in the city i think i'd make the Horse Brass HQ!

Clembo1957, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%

Another beer related stop on my trip to Portland. Was very excited to come here.

Atmosphere: This was a cool place. I'm not sure what a "classic English pub" actually looks like, but this fits pretty well into my imagination.

Quality: The beer and food tasted fresh. Good quality.

Service: The service was decent. Had a couple fairly long waits but nothing too bad. The waiter was an interesting personality, but not a turn-off I suppose.

Selection: For IPA selection, this is definitely the place to come. Tons of very high quality IPAs. However, it was a little too IPA heavy for me, I wish that they had some darker/maltier/just less hoppy beers to offer.

Food: The food was pretty damn good. I had the beef and mushroom pie, and the girlfriend had the fish and chips. The fish and chips especially were incredible. Great English pub fare.

Overall, I liked the place a lot and would definitely go again. Not my favorite beer related place that I went to in Portland but still very good.

zhanson88, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%

Ahh the 'Brass. A Portland institution. It has to be on the list for anyone coming to Portland for a beer bar tour. The Horse Brass is really Portland's original craft beer bar. Don Younger set out to offer a true craft brewing lineup for his guests, and the tradition continues.

One of my favorite things about the Horse Brass is the great selection of beers on Cask. At any given moment there are usually three to four beers on cask. So smooth and delicious.

Another favorite is the fish and chips. Some of the best in the city, and at lunch you can get them for $7. Great deal.

They usually have at least one offering from Russian River which is nice. On a recent trip the Elder had just kicked but was replaced with Supplication. Nice.

The atmosphere is classic old pub, including the musty smell. I don't mind the dark lighting and everything but it would be nice if they could take care of the musty smell.

Service is always top notch. Quite friendly and knowledgeable, always willing to point out a hidden gem on the menu.

If you are visiting Portland, I highly recommend you stop by for a pint.

cavemanlawyer, May 12, 2011
Photo of Dunkelhund
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%

The Horse Brass has an elusive quality of character that many other pubs and taverns aspire to achieve. Beyond having an outstanding selection of beer and great food, the Horse Brass immerses you in an atmosphere that is rare to find even in a city with such terrific choices. The furnishings and the decor are outstanding and the menu offers some excellent food. The personality of the place also stands out in the service and is a credit to the spirit of the pub.

The beer selection is top-notch. Hair of The Dog and I got to be good friends here and I also love the variety of great stouts. This is where to go if you want to be assured of getting a good beer on tap and enjoy drinking it in an excellent traditional style pub. I love it and Horse Brass is without a doubt someplace I know I will enjoy each time I visit.

Dunkelhund, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of guajolote
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Pretty much everything I could say about this place has already been said. Basically, if you're a beer geek, you won't be disappointed in the Horse Brass.

The vibe is low-key, the food is very good and the beer selection, which is the most important thing, is top notch.

I've never been here on a weekend night, so I can't comment on how crowded it may or may not get, but every time I've visited I've had no problem finding a seat or getting service.

I"d echo what a lot of other people feel about this place: The Horse Brass Pub is a must-visit beer institution if you're a beer geek living in, around or visiting Portland.

guajolote, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of clonebrewer
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%

After much BA research I decided this place was a can't miss during my business trip to Ptown. Took a cabbbie down on Friday about 7pm and the place was nuts to butts. Found an open chair at the bar and swiftly struck up conversation with a fellow BA. Awesome freaking tap list with blind pig and some racer 5 on cask. Fish and chips were delish. I really hope this institution continues its awesomeness in the absence of Mr. Younger. For a Guy from Iowa the Portland scene is just unreal. This place is highly regarded as an institution and it should be. If you have not been here you need to check it out.

clonebrewer, Feb 13, 2011
Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR
95 out of 100 based on 126 ratings.