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Kennedy School (McMenamins)

Not Rated.
Kennedy School (McMenamins)Kennedy School (McMenamins)
Based on:
68 Beers
720 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 22
Visits: 39
Avg: 3.99
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 3
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

5736 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97211
United States
phone: (503) 249-3983

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap 

Notes:  Linked Beer Listing
Place added by: weefisheads

On-premise brewing:
Concordia Brewery, established September 1997.
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Reviews: 22 | Visits: 39
Reviews by DoubleSimcoe:
Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

This place is fun! The atmosphere is definitely a five, outstanding and unique. An old school that is kind of creepy, mysterious and fun to explore. So many nooks and crannies and rooms and bars and spaces...

We spent the night here in a great old room with high ceilings and chalkboards. The soaking pool was on the other side of the hallway but we didn't try it (looked nice). Before bed, we drank a couple of beers at the Boiler Room bar. So beautiful! Two levels with a spiral staircase and a great industrial/plumbing decor. Funky and cosmic, sort of like Willy Wonka meets Magic Hat. Art on the walls everywhere.

It was busy on a Saturday evening and our server didn't come too often, but we still got our beers. Salmon Run IPA was only alright, I liked the Hammerhead Pale much better. I decided to try the McMenamin's house spirits and ordered an "Alambic "13" brandy, aged for 13 years in oak barrels. Shit tasted like moonshine!

The selection here is far from great. Only a couple of house brews, plus a guest beer: Coors Light. Oy! Three bottled beers only, including St Pauli alcohol-free and Estrella Damm from Spain.

In the morning we had a fine breakfast (kale biscuit!), although service was again sluggish. Not impressed by their brews or spirits, but the Kennedy is a blast of a place to spend a night or two at and I'd do it again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of flexabull
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

A place that you go to entirely for the vibe. Such a fun place to walk around, peek into rooms and what not. The only bummer is we ran into some nasty patrons, some were just flat out jerks, while a few girls we saw outside needed to be home in bed. (beyond intoxicated)

Quality is decent. As with most McMenamins venues, beers are nothing special.

Service was also just decent. It was a zoo in this place, and I could tell they were mostly working hard, but it was a bit to slow to get beers at times.

Selection is the standard lineup, a few guests and one offs, plus wine and booze if you'd like.

Food is a touch above average, but certainly not great.

I always recommend this place. Just remember you are going for the amazing atmosphere, everything else is just kind of mediocre.

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Photo of MaximumYuks
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Photo of donnierickles
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Absolutely worth checking out. The boiler room is great. Catch a movie here, but have a few drinks in one of the 3 bar areas first. Book a room if you want to get the full experience. The only downside, theres not a whole lot to do within walking distance of KS.

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Photo of stumac
5/5  rDev +25.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

So it's an old elementary school that got converted into a restaurant/brewery/public pool/hotel. If you can't find something you like at this place, you're probably dead

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3.95/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

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4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -24.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of djbreezy
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Finally got to check this place out on Mother's day with my girlfriend's family. It was a gorgeous day. We sat outside on the internal patio, so to speak. The weather was awesome. The surrounding plants made for a great atmosphere along with the overhead hanging light bulbs...would be great on a clear, warm night I bet.

The beer was good. I enjoyed 2 pints of Ruby and sampled one of our party's Rubinator pints...first time for that...not bad! The Ruby is refreshing and was perfect for the day.

The food is consistent with every other location.

The service was fine. There were only 2 servers for probably 15 large 8-10 top tables so I can't be upset. Our busser was definitely stoned. Made for a good laugh when he couldn't remember any of the featured items. Aw, well.

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Photo of JimmyK77
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Going to Kennedy School is like an adventure. Walking in feels like walking into your old elementary school (because it is), except that there is beer and food. The place is large - very large - with several distinct areas. There are many bars, each with a different theme (cigar bar, whiskey bar, some quiet, some not) along with a movie theater, restaurant (in the old courtyard), soaking pool, and guest rooms. First time - stop by 'the office' by the entrance for a map! We spent most of our time in the 'boiler room bar' playing pool and shuffleboard. Besides good beer, they also have liquor and wine made by McMenamins distillery and winery (not located here).

My only regret is not getting a room for the night.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

I want bother describing this place as its one of those places that "you've got to see to believe".

We spent the bulk of our time in the "boiler room" bar. I've never had a beer in a place that had a more amazing atmosphere than that. Whomever fabricated the interior of the boiler room bar is an amazing artist.

Beer at McMenamins is nothing amazing. The draw is defintiely more the atmosphere here than anything else. They had a "hot for teacher IPA" on tap that was decent, the porter was okay and the Hammerhead is definitely solid.

I really was impressed by how cool the whole Kennedy School experience was. If you are not familiar with this place, it is pretty much amazing.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Victoria and Seattle were already behind us and after a short and uneventful drive down I-5 we were in Beervana. Finding the place was a piece of cake from the highway, this section of town is an easy to follow grid, with short length blocks and well identified streets. With the old schoolhouse concept and the Méliès film / turn of the century art motif, it was easy to fall under the charm of this complex. It's a bit far from downtown and the other Beer attractions (Concordia ale house being the exception), but the bus system is pretty efficient and the parking in the back is free. I didn't try everything on the Beer menu, I mostly stuck with the hammerhead which was okay. It was even more okay after stumbling out of the aforementioned neighboring drinking establishment a little tipsy (see my review for the whole story), ordering a pint and a pizza, and watching the movie on those comfortable old sofas. I came really close to falling asleep only a few minutes after the show started and ended up crawling back to our room not too long afterwards. That experience alone was worth the price of the hotel room in itself. Speaking of that, it was similarly priced to a lot of hotels and B&Bs in and around the city, the amenities and other quirky features make it even more of a bargain. The soaking pool is great. Service was slow at both the restaurant and gift shop, but not to the detriment of the whole experience. If I ever go back to Portland, I'll do whatever I can to book my sleeping arrangements here.

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Kennedy School (McMenamins) in Portland, OR
90 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.