Tugboat Brewing Company
Active Beers: 5
Beer Ratings: 23
Beer Avg: 3.6
Taps: 15 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 45 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by ccrida:
3.03/5 rDev -7.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3 | food: 2.5 | $
This place is super smokey on weekend nights, but otherwise has a good atmosphere, really dark and dank, walls lined with bookshelves stuffed with old books and odd photos, a tiny corner stage that usally has some spacy atmospheric type jam rock or jazz muscian/band. The bar is small and most of their beer is pretty bad for the most part. They usually have a handful of local guest taps which are always a better choice, as well as a few macro type euros. Service is just one bar tender but usually not a problem. Selection is ok, usually low on their on beers but no worries because the guests are always better. The food is not to hot, not a great selection either (5-6 total things, usually 1 entree, no real kitchen), although last time I was there, we had a cheese and fruit tray that was much better then the thai chicken skewers we had the visit before. Pretty cheap prices though, but cash only. Worth a quick duck in for the atmosphere if your looking for some live music but the real beer is next door at Bailey's.
01-29-2008 22:09:10 | More by ccrida
More User Reviews:
4.68/5 rDev +42.7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$
I usually agree with the Beer Advocate reviewers (indeed, I depend on their reviews and often base my visits on them), but I totally disagree here - the Tugboat is one of the most attractive bars I've been in: inviting, warm, comfortable, and with tons of board games available, too. It also has an extremely savvy selection of Oregon craft brews. Yes, it's quiet (no TV, some nice soft music, bluegrass-southern rock when I was there), yes I suppose you could call it somewhat a coffee house atmosphere, but I and everyone I brought there (I was in Portland for a Bar Mitzvah) loved it. I've gone to 15-20 Portland places over the years, and most are great, but this would probably be the first I'd re-visit.
06-16-2014 15:17:47 | More by Quentin33
Tugboat Brewing Company in Portland, OR
78 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.