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Moon and Sixpence

Not Rated.
Moon and SixpenceMoon and Sixpence
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 5.39%
Taps: 15
Bottles: 25
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2014 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97213-1305
United States
phone: (503) 288-7802

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Photo of baritebill
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%

OK, all you who didn't give Moon and Sixpence an A+ because of the smoking: there is now NO smoking in bars, pubs, whatever in Oregon. Moon and Sixpence has wonderful beer: Ninkasi and Double Mountain, two of the best, seemingly always one of these on tap, and always several cask ales, including from the above two breweries. The atmosphere is authentic British.
The Saturday 4:00 jazz session we heard was wonderful - very classic Django Reinhardt Gypsy Jazz, I am told. And they don't get paid - they are pros (mostly) in town who do this for fun.
All of you non-smokers (I also) come back next time you are in town. Horse Brass is also very good for serious beer, but Moon and Sixpence has just a slight edge in friendly service, and isn't quite as "grungy" (in a good way).

baritebill, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of miserableassin
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%

One of my favorite places in Portland. They look after the beer exceptionally well. The beer menu itself is a bit much, but that seems to be the norm in Portland, and their basic list behind the bar is easy to navigate. Great atmosphere, spoilt only by bright lights and parents with children during the early evening. They could perhaps ask families to leave by, say, five o'clock so that serious and lonely drinkers could sit there in the contemplative silence that a bar like this could then achieve with zen to spare. Expect nothing of the food menu beyond typical English food and you will not be disappointed. Somerset would be proud.

miserableassin, May 09, 2011
Photo of johnny5martini
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

johnny5martini, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of halvbeerson
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

halvbeerson, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of mashmstr2
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%

The "Moon" is one of my favorite pubs in Portland.

A British friend, now living in in Portland states, "It's the closest thing to home." The Moon has a good vibe and comfortable groove. Aside from the bar seats there are tables and benched booths. Dark woods with a European bar feel. Only thing missing is a fire blazing in a stone hearth.

Mooners are friendly and easy going. Servers are helpful and attentive.

Food selection is within the Britsh Pub realm with FIsh and Chips (GREAT CHIPS) , Rarebit and the like.

Beer selection is hand picked and carefully selected with a nice selection of European and Northwest beers. A couple of nicely done casks are always a favorite.North Coasts Red Seal seems to be a standard, but have seen lots of great casked beers available. Always great specialities on tap, check the black board. Beer selection runs top notch, from Guinness to Fullers to Youngs. NW and beyond. Usually a nice selction of Belgian's on tap and/or in bottle. Walking around the side of the bar or reading the menu will give you a selection of bottled beers. Never dissapointing....

Live music some nights. Irish to Jazz.

Darts and games available. Nice, but barren back patio.

Great place to sit back relax and meld into the atmosphere.Fairly smokey atmosphere! When I smoked, I didn't notice, but now that I've quite, it's quite thick... Still worth every inhale!

mashmstr2, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of W34PON
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%

W34PON, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Matthew
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%

The atmosphere is great at the Moon and Sixpence. Fairly dark, carpeted, the walls are covered with pictures and english beer mirrors and signs. Older looking wooden tables are set up in front of some benches that are against the wall. There is a dart area in the back.
Service for me has always been very kind and just all around good. Helpful and always ready to make a suggestion. Their are roughly 16 - 18 taps? Which includes to taps for cask conditioned beers. There is always the english, irish and scottish staples, Fullers, Newcastle, Guiness etc...but also some local micros with the addition of usually a beer from stone and North Coast. The cost is pretty average for most places in the area and I've been told that this is the closest I will get to an English pub in the states. Maybe thats true, either way this is a great place to grab a beer.

Matthew, Oct 20, 2006
Photo of weefisheads
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%

The name just screams English bar, and the moment you enter the front doors you're almost transported "across the pond" in a wave a British nostalgia. From the obligatory dartboard area to the Bangers and Mash on the menu, it's about as authentic England as you can get in Portland without going to...well...The Horse Brass.

However, in addition to a very impressive list of beers from the UK, this place also has a tremendous selection of other beers. Two pages of Belgian yummies, for examples, including Chimays, Rochforts, and a rather pricey Westvleteren. And so as to not forget some beers closer to home, there is also a nice selection of draught beers as well. On my visit I just happened to be lucky enough to have a Deshutes Brewery selection called Twilight I've never had before, but only after my first chance at a Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale.

Foodwise The Moon and Sixpence is quite authentic as well. Though Enlish cuisine doesn't quite conjure up imagines of gormet food, the food I had was hands down better than some of the other English pubs I've come across, and I thoroughly enjoyed the selections I made from the appetizer menu.

Despite being a tad on the smokey side (but at the same time adding to it's English feel...), The Moon and Sixpence is definatly a place worth a visit.

weefisheads, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of yemenmocha
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%

Wonderful, relaxed vibe at The Moon And Sixpence. It clearly had a locals feel, with British focus on the ale selection of course. It wasn't terribly nice inside but it had a perfect, relaxed feel that I love in a pub. A few older gentlemen were playing chess, a few reading newspapers in solitude with a pint, and it wasn't noisy at all. I loved that I didn't have to endure loud televisions or loud music. Bravo.

Prices were within reason for Portland area. Convenient location with a bus stop almost right out in front. If they could upgrade some of the interior decor, flooring, etc. this would really be a gem.

yemenmocha, Aug 14, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

dmorgan310, May 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

SickBrew, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of John_M
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%

Edit from 5/2/11. Stopped by again today and hung out for a while. Sigh.... that really brought back some memories. Smoking is no longer allowed in PDX, and so not allowed at the Moon and Sixpence. Funny thing is... they still have a jar of complimentary cigarettes, except you have to take them outside to smoke. IMHO, this gesture still exemplifies the warmth and hospitality of this pub. As before, service was very friendly here, and this is the sort of place where even a curmudgeon like myself can feel at ease. I don't know what it is about this place, but whenever I come here, everyone seems so very friendly and unpretentious (staff included). Beer selection was about the same as always, except I became positively excited when I saw they had the FS black gold bourbon stout on cask.

Keep on flying under the radar Moon and Sixpence... I'll certainly be back. End of update... I've updated the atmosphere here appropriately.

If Portland ever makes smoking in bars and restaurants illegal I will probably revise my atmosphere score considerably .

I was vising the Moon and Sixpence this past Friday during their tribute to Sierra Nevada's Ken Grossman. They had 8 of his beers on tap for the evening (Mr. Grossman was there for the event as well), the most I've ever seen except at the SN brewpub in Chico. By and large this place always has a very solid selection of beers, portraying themselves as an English/Irish pub. The food here is quite excellent. I usually get the soup, which is always homemade and excellent. Last time I was there they had a wonderful, spicey Gazpacho; something you would never expect at your typical pub. As for beers, they normally have 20 or so beers on tap, with usually a couple of beers on cask and rotating in the occasional Belgium and seasonal beer from a NW brewery. The bottle selection is also quite excellent, with I'd guess over 100 different Belgium, German and other local micros. The folks who work here are unfailingly pleasant, and service is generally very quick and efficient.

Sigh... but then we have the smoking issue. I'm almost surprised they don't require you to be a smoker in order to get in the door. This place has a low ceiling, and with so many people smoking all at once (including the staff half the time it seems), it's all I can do to keep from gagging in my soup and beer at times. Often times they'll even open a couple packs of cigarettes (generic I would guess) and put them in a glass on the bar for the patrons to help themselves. Truly, the unbelievable amount of smoke one encounters in this bar is the one fly in the ointment of an otherwise absolutely wonderful tavern. On average I visit this place no more then once a month. It would be more like once a week if I wasn't assured that my clothes would smell like an ashtray after sitting inside for more then 15 mintues.

This is still a great place, but the amount of smoke makes it difficult for a non-smoker like myself to enjoy it.

John_M, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of freed
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%

This place is somewhat difficult to spot on a dark rainy night, but the weather made it seem a bit more authentic. The dark, misty facade changes little once you enter. The dark, smokey interior is very authentic, though the deeply stained wood isn't as well worn (yet). Plenty of mixed seating around, and hopefully you get one of the chairs instead of a pew.

The walls are adorned with classic guinness zoo ads, soccer paraphernalia, and other miscellaneous decor. Darts, books and other games offer visitors some activities while they're enjoying their beer.

While I was there, a local neighborhood bluegrass/jazz ensemble was jamming. It added a nice feel, and didn't limit conversation.

The beer selection was pretty good, but I don't really get the whole pub/bottled beer thing. The draught selection was good, and the cask ale was served at the perfect temp, and was great. Also worth noting, single malt prices were very good.

The food was a decent recreation of traditional pub fare. The fish & chips were excellent, and the other pastry dishes were great.

Our first visit was a bit short, so we're planning on another go.

freed, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of GJ40
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%

I stopped in on a business trip to Portland. Very nice atmosphere. When you step in, it's like stepping into England (well, an English pub anyway). It's well worn but that isn't a detraction. The decor is very authentic with a comfortable bar, darts, and simple wooden tables, benches and booths.

They have a great selection of local beers on tap (including a few on cask) as well as many British and Belgian bottles. I had a cask conditioned Ninkasi Tricerihops DIPA. It was very good.

The only negative for me was the smoke. I know it's a pub but as a non-smoker, it was a bit overwhelming.

I look forward to another visit. This is a great place to have a beer, relax and let the day disappear.

GJ40, Apr 10, 2008
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4.08/5  rDev -4.4%

botanu, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of unklesyd
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%

Found out about the MAS when I started playing darts and found out that they had boards.
Being used to hanging out at the Horse Brass, the Moon and Sixpence was a little different. A nice example of an English pub without being flashnasty, but in a different way than the HB. It is a smaller place, more intimate, but also more light coming in through the windows, even on a rainy day. Evoked in me the image of a rural pub along the countryside that I would like to visit.
On another trip, I had the pleasure of hearing an (impromtu) Irish folk quartet playing in the corner. Fantastic!
The selection, while not extensive, was solid and each beer sampled was of fine quality. The servers were quite attentive as well.
This is a great establishment that I would like to frequent more as opportunity arises.

unklesyd, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of MightyCow9
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%

I just wrote a nice review and it was erased because beeradvocate wanted me to login after the review and the entire form was gone when I did that. It was not my first review of the night either, total bummer. Sorry for the terse secondary response. But I do not feel like doing that again right now. I will write this again another time. But a nice bar, so I felt the need to rate this before I forgot.

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MightyCow9, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of bridgeporter
4/5  rDev -6.3%

This place has become one of my favorite hangouts in Portland for many reasons. Great beer selection: Marston's Pedigree, Fullers ESB, among the English beers on tap. They usually have 8-10 of the best N.W and west coast micro's on tap and just about everytime I drop in something new and unusual appears on the beer menu. Two hand pumps at all times for cask ales and a very nice selection of bottled beers from around the world leaning towards Belgium and Germany round out the menu.

I've yet to have a skunky beer served to me here and we've had lots of chances for that. The service is generally good but inevitably slows when the place gets packed on Friday night. Smoking is allowed but it's not too bad unless you sit at the bar. Nice little beer garden in the back where the non-smokers can escape in nice weather.

Food is typical but quite authentic English pub grub that is better than average. The atmosphere is what makes the place. If you've been to the U.K. and sampled pub life firsthand you'd know what I mean. This is the ex-pat gathering place in Portland. Sit at the bar and you'll be drawn in to the crack. Sit at a table or booth and you'll have a good time as well. Try it and I think you'll find this place entertaining.

bridgeporter, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of squaremile
3.79/5  rDev -11.2%

What this place loses in vibe from the outside is made up within. Cozy little pub that is a tad hard to find but maybe that is what keeps it a bit of a secret. They have a handful of nice craft taps and I wen up there to get a Black Butte XXI. They have a few dart boards, very nice servers, and a cool menu. It's a nice little spot for a post date drink where you can actually hear the person with you talking. If I lived closer I would definitely be a regular up there, and I wish there were more places like this in Portland. Understated is good.

squaremile, Jun 01, 2010
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94 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.