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Moon and Sixpence

Not Rated.
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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(Place added by: bridgeporter)
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Photo of squaremile
3.79/5  rDev -11.4%

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
Photo of bridgeporter
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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 09, 2003
Photo of MightyCow9
4.01/5  rDev -6.3%

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.


MightyCow9, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of unklesyd
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%

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 GJ40
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%

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
Photo of freed
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%

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 John_M
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%

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 dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

dmorgan310, May 13, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

SickBrew, Jun 17, 2014
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
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