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Moon and Sixpence

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Moon and SixpenceMoon and Sixpence

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 5.37%
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 +12.1%

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%

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 +5.1%

johnny5martini, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of halvbeerson
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

halvbeerson, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of mashmstr2
4.45/5  rDev +4%

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 +1.9%

W34PON, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Matthew
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%

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 +1.2%

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 +0.5%

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
Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

dmorgan310, May 13, 2014
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