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Henry's Tavern

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Henry's TavernHenry's Tavern
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

52 Reviews
Reviews: 52
Visits: 71
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: 100
Bottles: --
Cask: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

10 NW 12th Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97209-4102
United States
phone: (503) 227-5320

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @henrystavern

Notes:
Place added by: Thrasher

Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am

Happy Hour:
Daily: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Monday - Wednesday: 9:00pm - Close
Thursday - Saturday: 10:30pm - Close
Sunday: All day
(No Happy Hour on 1st Thursdays of the month)
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Photo of nomomentwasted
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I used to love coming here for the food before I was 21. Now I love going there for the food and the beer.

I'm back in Portland for the first time in 7 months and went back tonight and had a hell of a time picking something off their huge number of taps. Seriously, well over 60 taps including some Russian River, most of the Ninkasi, and quite a bit of Deschutes as well. Had seasonals, imperials, and specials that were interesting and varied, and I could've been in there all night.

Atmosphere is good, nothing amazing, but it's definitely more of a restaurant than bar in for the most part. There is a bar area, but the restaurant is where it's at. The waitresses and waiters seemed to be impressed with my selections, meaning they had to have known something about beer as I'm sure there aren't many 21 year olds who drink Pliny there. Who knows, maybe I'm wrong.

It is a little expensive, my girlfriend and I with 3 drinks between us, food and an appetizer were over 60 bucks with tip, so it's far from bar food and far from a bar cost for it. Overall, great food, great beer, just a bit spendy, but really worth checking out for good beer. (1,149 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We went here right after Deschutes hoping to get some cheap happy hour food and we just did that, got some decent sushi and good orange chicken for three dollars each, quite the bargain, now onto the beer, this place looked like a Yard House back home with all of the taps, probably around one hundred different beers available, there was a bunch of local stuff available, although most of it was their normal offerings, not going to find any one-offs here and there is a small amount of seasonals even, beers were a bit expensive too around six dollars a pint, I had a Double Mountain Alpenbrew while here and it was pretty good, we were able to watch some of the hockey playoffs here which was nice, believe or not a lot of the beer spots in Portland do not have TVs, this place was more like a sports bar in that sense but still nice inside, not my first choice when revisiting the city but would not mind if I wound up back here for another whirl, not a bad place to go if you cannot go to each individual brewpub and want to try a wide variety of beers, can walk in and try something from Alameda, Amnesia, Laurelwood, Lompoc, and Deschutes, solid unplanned stop on a trip full of great beer and places (1,207 characters)

Photo of shertz
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Stopped here twice during a work visit in May. Just had a bowl of Cheese Soup and the BBQ Sliders which were both very good. They say they make their own BBQ chips but they really were kind of soggy. But the real reason I came was the beer. Had Pliny, Blue Dot, Blind Pig, and some locals. The place is really huge inside and very dark. Service was great, always asking what I needed and apologized for not having the Firestone Walker beer I wanted. The bar has a cool(litterally) frozen patch on the bar to keep your beer cold. I used it, but don't know if it helped at all, I think it was just for drawing pictures in it. Overall, a great place and hope to make it back. (672 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

This place is a must if you're in Portland for two reasons:

1)Its located inside the old Henry Weinhard's brewery so its a pretty historic place when it comes to beer history in the city.

2)The beer selection is incredible.

Huge place, lots of seating and a pretty trendy leaning towards upscale clientele. This is the opposite of a dive bar.

Beer selection is awesome. I had a glass of Pliny the Elder on tap...FINALLY. The beer menus is pages long and sure to keep any beer nerd occupied and ignoring anyone they go here with.

Food is very good here as well and well worth a visit for dinner. (599 characters)

Photo of wingedeel
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Another really nice place done in by beer prices that are just too high. Henry's reminds me a lot of The Tap House in Seattle. Decent food, nice selection of beer, nice ambiance, steep prices.

As far as the beer selection, it is very good. 100 taps I would guess. Lots of NW micros, some Belgians served in proper glassware, and a few oddities. Beers were all fresh, pours were good, service was friendly.

The food was above average for a beer bar. Once again, a little pricey, but everything we ate was of above average quality.

All in all, a worthwhile stop if you happen to be nearby, or if you are looking for food of a somewhat higher quality than typical bar food.. Lots of other better choices all and all in Portland for beer however. Keep an eye on that bar tab !! (777 characters)

Photo of jdense
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This upscale Pearl District beer bar features 100 beers on tap, including a number of NW regional brews. Unfortunately, a recent price increase on beer to $5.50 a pint for common pours leaves this as less than a great value. That's certainly a bit offset by the quality happy hour menu available in the bar (except on first Thursday of the month)

The barstaff is quite friendly and knowledgeable, (especially Gwen, my favorite PDX bartender), though all the waiters and waitresses have a perpetually unhappy look on their face. There is a bit too much cocktail drinking to qualify this as one of the city's best beer bars-especially when Deschutes or Rogue Portland outposts are only a few blocks away. And this is no place to carry on a conversation in the midst of the after work crowd, certainly one of the loudest bars in town, which should be expected for the trendy Pearl District.

Worth a stop if you are looking for something exotic (Dogfish Head 90, Russian River Pliny the Elder) on tap though be leery it will be served in a smaller glass as it is "rare or hard to find" (if you don't know where Belmont Station is). There are no prices on the beer menu, so be ready for a surprise if you order something exotic. The absence of some of PDX more funky breweries (Clinton Street, Alameda, f.e.) is a bit perplexing, but offset by regular offerings from Hair of the Dog and Laurelwood. In the end a very good selection of beers.This used to be my primary beer stop in Portland, but, heh, after you've been to the Horse Brass.... (1,538 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

While on my weekend in Portland my girlfriend's roommate said that dinner at Henry's was an absolute must do. We headed out about eight thirty on a Sunday night.

A: It was hard to get a feel for the place as it was ridiculously dark. Each table had what seemed like a spot light on it and it was hard to get a feel for exactly what was going on in the place. Where we were seated was out of the way, and nice and quiet though.

Q: The overall quality of the place is nice though, this isn't just a slouch quality downtown tavern. This is a nice place to go eat and have a few pints.

S: Our server really didn't know much about beer, which was frustrating. Reading right of the menu I ordered a beer, and she said she had never heard of it, I never had either, (it was a speckled hen nitro pale), and thought she was making a joke, but no, she honestly was unaware of that beer on the menu and actually came back and asked again about what I wanted to drink. Other than that she was very capable.

S: The selection is great, I mean 100 beers on tap is really amazing. A wide variety of stuff too, and a lot of local beers from Oregon which was nice. One thing that did disappoint me was the lack of lagersl, I mean BMC are great for the masses, but maybe try and get a little variety in there. Generally speaking though. A fine selection.

F: The food was pretty fair. A good solid menu with a lot of items to choose from. And reasonably priced. My burger was a little overdone for my taste but still flavorful and it mated well with the 60 Minute IPA I had. My girlfriend had no complaints with her food either. And the lettuce wraps for an apetizer were delicious as well.

V: Overall it was a little expensive for my taste when the ticket came, around 60 bucks for dinner, apetizer, and two pints. But at 6 bucks a pint for the imports and microbrews I was glad I didn't sample any of the starred items for rare and hard to find beers. Just a little too expensive for my taste. If in Portland again I don't think I'd go back. (2,030 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a big place that looks like it cost a mint to renovate. The feel is really more restaurant than tavern but rest assured there is beer and lots of it. The menu has two pages of draft beer (approx 100 taps) divided into styles. Lots of hard to find local micros like Double Mountain or Walking Man. Some beers from other areas as well. The service was very good with the server into the beers being served. Food was very good with great thin crust pizzas being had by myself. This is a great place to go for a nice dinner knowing that the beer selection will knock your socks off. The prices seemed reasonable for the level of service and ambiance. (654 characters)

Photo of benito
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Henry's is in the middle of downtown Portland; my friends and I had already visited Horse Brass and Concordia when we decided to look for Henry's. It was dumb luck that we managed to find it.

So, this "tavern" has one tremendous thing going for it and one major drawback. The draught beer selection is amazing. Truly, mind-bogglingly ridiculous. They have over 100 taps, the vast vast majority of which are dedicated to top-notch craftbrews from the Northwest and NoCal. I had a Willamette Espresso Stout and a Stone RIS when I visited, and I could have kept drinking from that list for several weeks without stopping or getting bored.

The drawback: this is a yuppie's bar. A nice restaurant with excellent food (that can be had on the cheap during their PM happy hour), this draws the power crowd from Portland. It's like having a great beer bar in a five-star, two-hundred-dollars-a-plate steakhouse, so it gets crowded quick with a crowd atypical for a beer bar. In some ways, this makes Henry's that much more of an adventure--who doesn't like people-watching after all? But, it's also about as far from community and pub ambience as you get. If you love craft beer and this type of scene, welcome to hog heaven.

As for me I'll go to Henry's, enjoy the beer, love the options. enjoy the food, and forgive the atmosphere. (1,327 characters)

Photo of GJ40
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is not my typical pub. It's a bit pretentious and focuses on too much more than the beer.

The decor is pretty impressive. They have brick walls throughout and a marble bar. It's got quiet, romantic atmosphere with lots of ambiance. The second floor in particular is very private and cozy. I'd recommend this place for a night out with the wife or girlfriend. Whether or not the night went as planned, you could at least say you tried and count on some good beer.

The beer list is pretty impressive. They have quite a selection on tap with a nice mix of Europeans and locals. But there are too many other distractions. It's tough to focus on the beer.

I found the guys behind the bar helpful but there was a lot more conversation between themselves than with the customers.

So for a date, this is the place. But in search of the best beer experience, maybe not. (869 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

When I lived here in Portland, I sort of disdained visiting Henry's. Yes, they had an impressive list, but it was largely peppered with all the usual suspects. I went there today, hoping they might still have some Abyss on tap (both the on-line menu and the restaurant menu had it listed). Not surprisingly, it had long since kicked (they were out of at least 10 different beers), and my initial reaction was one of irritation.... but then I relaxed and enjoyed what was available.

The atmosphere is not this place's best attribute IMO. It's comfortable enough, but I know from past experience that there is a very yuppy-ish vibe most days around 4 or 5 pm. Still, today it was fine, and it was extra nice not being so crowded.

As noted above, the place has a large selection, most of which wouldn't interest anyone outside of the occasional pilgrim from Kansas. However, they now have a special/reserve selection, as well as an RIS and Imperial IPA section. So I ended up getting a glass of the tricerahops and HUB IPA. Both were great, with the HUB (much to my shock) upstaging the tricerahops (a huge favorite of mine). The service was pretty good, and my particular server (can't rememeber his name) was amazingly well informed. I had forgotten how typical it is to find this level of beer knowledge from the "staff" in Portland. (I'm sitting here now in this dive sports bar in Portland - Claudia's - and even the wait staff, two young women, are knowledgably discussing the latest beers brought in on tap, and what they liked the best). Anyways, suffice it to say that much to my surprise, I had a good time at Henry's today, despite the fact they were out of the Abyss. What can I say? This truly is a solid place, and yes, I'll be back again. (1,753 characters)

Photo of ndekke39
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

A friend of mine used to work at Henry's, and he had been wanting to take us there for some time. So we got a little bit of the inside scoop during our visit. We went on a busy Friday night but managed to get seated pretty quickly. The restaurant is big, with lots of seating all around the bar, plus tables upstairs and downstairs. The decor is simple and cozy - Henry's is in another one of those historic buildings that have been renovated into awesome things in downtown Portland. Dim lighting, busy servers going back and forth, the kitchen clattering with excitement. I loved it.

The service was great. Our server knew the food and beer selection quite well. He made some good recommendations. Everything came out quickly, despite how busy they were.

The beer selection is excellent. Henry's is known for having 100 beer taps. It's quite a sight to see them lining the bar. The menu breaks things down nicely, so you're not left wondering for too long. Good selection of West Coast beers like Stone, Hair of the Dog, New Belgium, Deschutes, Bear Republic, Rogue, etc., plus old standards like Guiness, Chimay, Youngs, and Spaten. Plus a lot things I had never heard of - always like that.

Food was amazing. We split the tower of onion rings for the table. The rings were hot and tasty - not greasy. And the batter incorporates some sort of cheese, so it's extra tasty. For dinner I tried the Flatiron Steak, which landed in the top five steaks I've ever had. Perfectly cooked, nice and juicy.

Overall, we had a great experience. Everything was excellent about Henry's, and I would gladly return there again. Highly recommended. (1,637 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

this was my first stop running around portland, just before hitting powel books for some reading material

I enjoyed a 4 cheese and ham sandwich which was pretty straight as i was not trying to spoil my dinner and had a Ninkasi Total Domination IPA and a Mt Hood Hogsback Oatmeal Stout

atmosphere: i walked in through the front door which is basically into a restaurant...dark interior but i definitely got the restaurant vibe. if you turn left when walking in you will go down a few stairs to a pretty large bar area. it's nothing really special as far as atmosphere goes, especially for portland i would think

quality: both beers i had were quite good - beers are organized by style and special release with a major emphasis (if not exclusive emphasis) on craft beer

service: first bartender didnt really know his beer that well, the 2nd one was kind of a biotch. nothing special here

selection: the selection was definitely overwhelming for a midwesterner. we dont really have this sort of tap selection in madison which is much more focused on low-key all-local taps. The first 2 beers i ordered from the beer list were not available (alaskan smoked porter and terminal gravity ipa). There was a lot of stuff i would have loved to consume, most of which was pretty exclusive to the northwest. I tried to avoid breweries like rogue, hair of the dog, stone and other breweries i was already pretty familiar with. I'm not really sure how many taps there were but there seemed to be a lot, upwards of the 80-100 range.

food: sandwich was good, delivered in style by some overly fancy kitchen person which was ironic given i order the most juvenile item on the menu. it was good though (1,689 characters)

Photo of mtullius
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My first stop (as it was close to my hotel) on my own personal P-town Beer Tour. And a good stop it was. Close to 100 taps, predominantly Oregon micros, with some Pacific Northwest micros thrown in for good measure.

My only main complaint was the bizarre fact that they served the beer in chilled pint glasses. For a bar with such an amazing selection of fine beer, you'd think they would know better. Eventually, I asked the bartender if I could have a non-chilled glass, and he happily obliged me, but should one really have to ask? Maybe they could save the chilled glasses for the crap beers they serve (Bud, Bud Light, Bass, etc.), and keep the regular ones for the good stuff.

Speaking of good stuff, did I mention there's a lot of it here? I sat at the bar, which has an odd ring of snow along its edge (as other reviewers have mentioned). Good enough bar service, and the bartenders seemed knowledgeable enough, too. For example, my tender was able to tell me all about the Widmer's Brewmasters' Selection W '07 beer...

The food was quite good, and a heckuva value if you're there at happy hour-- most of the "posh barfood" appetizers were in the 1.95-3.95 range. Nice.

I could spend my whole week in Portland here and I'd probably not get to try all the beers that are new to me. That's quite an endorsement. Definitely a good stop for anyone on a Portland Beer Tour.... (1,392 characters)

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It seems like the sun has only been up for an hour or two when I stumble across Henry’s but alas it is open and so in I go ready for whatever beers await me – or rather, I thought I was ready, until I saw the beer list!

I’ve been to these 60 tap, 80 tap, 100 tap places before and am usually not terribly impressed. Jack’s Cannery in San Francisco comes to mind as a pinnacle of what can go wrong when a bar tries to live off the hype of 80 plus taps. Sure 80 taps sounds sexy but when 8 are American Macros, 4 light beers, 15 European Pale Lagers, 5 Pilseners, and the rest an assortment of Ambers and Reds, there really isn’t all that much to be excited about.

Henry’s is different. The tap selection is diverse and impressive, the lines clean, and the beers served at a relatively appropriate temperature. There are IPAs galore, double IPAs even, and APAs, Stouts, Porters, and Belgians. Of course there are a few tap handles of Bud but they are the exception at Henry’s, not the norm. The menu is also laid out well, organizing beers by style and offering a brief description of each.

I settle on a Dick’s Danger, their special beer of the week or whatever, and it’s only alright so I quickly move on to a Blue Dot from Hair of the Dog, which pleases me mightily.

About this time my belly starts to rumble so I order a club sandwich. It’s one of the best I’ve had in ages. The bread is fresh, thinly sliced and toasted sour dough. The avocado is plentiful and perfectly ripened, and the bacon, oh the bacon is crispy like I like it and very peppery. I find it to be the perfect compliment to a fine beer and a pleasant patio.

That’s right, Henry’s has a patio. It’s a multileveled, spaced out old industrial courtyard that would have, at one time, been a loading dock area. The old smokestack is still standing as is a beautiful façade that protects the courtyard from any street noise or other nuisances. I can easily imagine spending long evenings out here hammering through the lengthy beer list.

The interior of the bar was less impressive. It’s clean and well put together, dark enough I suppose, but it really gave me the feeling that 21 year old yuppie chicks were staring at me thinking to them selves, he’s not good enough to be here. I imagine at a busier hour that this place would be loaded with yuppie guys and blondes charging the mix drink du jour or an Amstel Light on daddy’s credit card. It probably wouldn’t be the place for me.

Service was average and prices were acceptable. Good location right next to Whole Foods and Powel Books. (2,600 characters)

Photo of josiahschlender
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I find Henry's a bit of a contradiction. Every time I've been there, I feel a little out of place. Glitzy, yuppie, and hipster are descriptors for many people there. Guys trying too hard to attract the girls that are trying too hard to be noticed. A lot of them drinking the few poor beers out of the ridiculously long beer menu. Not necessarily the appreciative crowd I was expecting.

Aesthetically, the place is appealing. It's smack dab downtown, two stories of an old brick building that has been updated with a classy, dark, modern style. The projection TV was novel for a bit, but I'm not a fan of TVs in bars in general.

For me, it's the selection of beer and happy hour food that keeps bringing me back. The beer list of about 100 on tap is extensive and wide-ranging. I've always been able to find something new or interesting to drink, from quality NW micros to a few hard to find European beers on tap. Sure, you can find everything they have in a bottle somewhere else, but sometimes it's great to have it on tap, right? Hoegaarden, Walking Man, Bridgeport, Rogue, Deschutes...you'll leave wondering what you'll try next time.

The regular menu is well varied and high quality that is priced accordingly high. However, their happy hour food (early and late on the weekdays, very late on weekends, no drink discounts) is only $2-5! Try the gorgonzola fries, they are excellent.

Don't expect much beer knowledge from the wait staff. But I haven't had any complaints so far, they've been prompt and friendly.

Henry's is no secret. Expect waits on the weekend evenings to get in. All those people must have heard too. It's a must-try here in Portland. (1,673 characters)

Photo of oggg
4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

5-11-07

This was my second trip to Oregon and this time I didn't try to pack in 2-3 brewpubs per day. Much better. Anyways, I came here on someone else's corporate open bar tab, so there's my bias.

This place is a large two story restaurant with a large bar and patio in the back. Decor is dark lighting with dark wood. The deepest part of the bar has poor lighting, while the part near the back entrance gets a lot of outside light, and this is where we sat. The crowd seemed to have some romantic couples, some older moneyed fuddy duddies, and a few real random slobs. There are a few TVs and one projection TV. Our group was the loudest in the place, so it's kinda hard to judge the normal atmosphere of the place, but I'd come back.

The beer selection and quality was actually surprisingly good. I expected a Yardhouse clone, with 80 macro beers and a weak selection of craft brews, but there was a lot of stuff I wanted to try. Especially on someone else's tab! They had lots of beers in many styles (need more porters): Victory Prima Pils, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Laurelwood Treehugger Porter, Rogue, Deschutes, Lagunitas, and many more. I had the Mount Hood Ice Axe IPA and enjoyed that first. Then I had the Amnesia Desolation IPA -- at first I thought they had some nasty problem with their keglines because the brew came out turbid! Then I figured it was supposed to be unfiltered (though even my homebrew comes out clearer than that!) and I looked it up on BA to be sure. The Desolation was tasty if a bit sweet. It came at a lower carbonation which really made the flavors stand out -- now I am wondering if they did that on purpose or was that a flaw in serving?

The servers are mostly young and pretty and vapid. Ours was probably the best of the best in this respect, but she was good natured (with a fat tip coming her way) and did a good job of getting the beers right and getting them to the right person. It would be best if you knew your beer before coming in, because I don't see them being much help. Maybe as a sign of what it would be if I came back, our interaction at the front desk of the hostess was not exactly welcoming. We asked where the corporate meeting was being held, and since no one had actually made a reservation, she had no one down in the book, and she gave us a load of sass for our trouble.

We ordered off the pub menu and the food looked pretty mediocre. Not exactly stunning. I enjoyed the spinach and artichoke dip, but I'd avoid the orange chicken and tuna stack.

Prices? I didn't see any prices except for the scotch that we ended up moving on to... Actually, I'm starting to remember that during happy hour, the pub food is friggin cheap -- $1.95 for 6pc california roll, lots of things for $2, $4, $6. (2,772 characters)

Photo of ccrida
2.8/5  rDev -32.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Henry's is in a large red brick warehouse in the trendy Pearl district, in what used to be Henry Weinhard's brewery. Inside the large space is a chic loft feel with dim lights and a fairly pretentious night club vibe, booths and stool tables, a large projection screen high on the wall, and balcony style 2nd floor that overlooks the bar below . The bar is decent sized and theres a fair amount of seating, plus a 1/2 that has a really upscale billiards room, with it's own mini bar, lounge area and TVs. It is kind of place I imagine a lot of people go for the atmosphere, and are willing to pay a premium to do so. I am not one of those people, but the 100 draft beer list made it somewhat worthwhile. I cannot speak for the bartenders knowledge or service, but in the booths upstairs, it was bad. Our server was an snooty air-head who made a point of acting annoyed at the idea of having to do her job...picture a gum smacking cheerleader from an 80s teen movie...I did not ask her about any beers, but she pretended to love all the ones I tried (I say pretended, because they were disparate styles and not all good). Which was par for the course for the overpriced hipster bars this reminded me of... Anyways, the beer list was pretty impressive, very NW ale heavy, but when in Rome...their other attraction is that for happy hour, instead of discounting the $5+ pints, they offer cheap, pseudo-gourmet bar food. It was OK, although I'd probably prefer cheaper beer. We had the bbq chicken pizza (7/10), seafood cakes (5/10), california roll (8/10) and gorgonzola fries (9/10). Worth checking out, but not a place I'll become a regular at.

Update: I've been back quite a few times over the last few years. Grabbing a seat at the bar is better, as the bartender's are knowledgeable on beer and pretty personable when it's not a total zoo (which is rare). I don't mind paying a premium for their great selection of mostly fresh beers and getting tasty cheap happy hr. food, and there's usually lots of good looking people (for portland) providing eye candy. I'd give it B+, great beer selection and good food, the atmosphere is love or hate depending on what you're looking for. I also like the upstairs billards room, great speak easy men's club feel, but the beer selection generally sucks compared to downstairs, but they usually have at least one 'geeky' craft out of the 3-5 draughts. (2,392 characters)

Photo of Umbra
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Since we were in town sans vehicle, this turned out to be the best option in getting a wide variety of NW brews w/o having to wander too far. Located in the trendier end of town, theoretically within stumbling distance of at least Rogue and a bunch o' places for the ladies to go shopping.

Popular place, with a load of folks getting early afternoon drinks. Help was friendly and fast at the bar end of things. Didn't try the food, but the apps looked appealing.

Gigantic selection of 100+ beers, broken down appropriately on the menu. Didn't have any issues with tasty ones being incorrectly listed. Varied well from the mundane to the interesting. Overall it was well worth the trip, and you could take free transportation to within a block of so of the place. (770 characters)

Photo of nohead02
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

mashmstr2, you've got to lighten up a bit (I hope this isn't considered chastising a fellow reviewer -- a violation of the rules. this is how I talk to my fiends). Yes, this place is large, busy, and obviously brings in a ton of money each night. But the people aren't there because of some kind of lemming effect (vis a vis Gordon Biersch). Hey, I grew up in the 60s and I've been on the anticorporate kick myself. But hell, I really enjoyed my visit there. This is a tastefully decorated place. They serve a hundred beers of many different styles. You mean to tell me you couldn't find something you wanted to drink? The food menue is varied and we were impressed by the quality of the food. The service was efficient and friendly and our server obviously cares about beer.

This was one of my favorite stops on my recent Oregon trip. If you want to be a curmudgeon and cite this place as an example of the evils of big business, good for you. If you want to enjoy a good meal with a wide variety of beer in an attractive venue, give it a shot. (1,049 characters)

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4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have visited Henry's on several occasions for Happy Hour, for lunch or for playing pool in the upstairs billiards room. Most recent visit on Aug 4th, 2006.

The "tavern"/restaurant is housed in the old Henry Weinhard's Brewery, a massive late 19th c. red brick edifice at W. Burnside/12th in Downtown Portland. A remodeling job several years ago completely transformed the interior into an upscale restaurant and bar. Lots of exposed brick, warm dark woods and moody lighting give the place a chic feel.

I've only eaten in the restaurant on two occasions (lunch) and was pleased with the food and service. More frequently, the bar and patio has been the reason to be at Henry's. Daily Happy Hour from 3-6pm (and late night, times vary by date) keeps the place busy, as does the cool vibe and great Pearl District location - a perfect hip hangout for after work or later. Also, lots of TV's - always on ESPN; Henry's can be a big sports-watching spot, especially during football season when the Ducks, Beavers, Huskies, etc. are on.

The bar has a great draft list, over 100 taps. The list is broken into categories, from lagers, pilsners & blondes to reds, browns, IPA's, porters & stouts. There are typically a handful of seasonals, strong ales, and (the newest category) Belgian specialties. I've been very pleased with the mix of styles and with the breweries represented (several of the small Portland-area ones make it on the list). There's a definite "Northwest" focus but usually there are some good imports and the occasional choice from a top-notch midwest/east coast brewery (Victory and Dogfish Head are 2 that come to mind).

Several have mentioned the frosty rail at the bar for keeping drinks cold; I believe this is called the "Arctic Express"(?). Bartender immediately set my pint on the rail; I, in turn, immediately removed it and set it on a cloth napkin and wrapped my hands around it to get the beer warming up. If I order an Imperial IPA, I want to smell those hops! I noticed there are no coasters being used so I guess that, besides keeping drinks cold and looking 'cool', it may reduce the clutter? Whatever, it's an interesting novelty - worth grabbing a barstool for, I suppose. I did notice I got much better & quicker service sitting at the bar than at a table during HH. There's also some shaded outdoor seating in a courtyard adjacent to the bar.

On the topic of Happy Hour, food is the only thing discounted, not beers, unfortunately. Prices are very good ($2-4 range) on the food and it's some of the best quality around. A nice variety: from pizzas, salads, burgers and (awesome) gorgonzola-covered fries to egg rolls, satay & sushi. Pints are generally $4-5, though maybe a little more for some seasonals (I think I paid $6 for a Storm King last winter).

One last thing: check out the framed art on the walls. Cool collages made from bottlecaps, bottle labels and decades-old advertising from the former Henry Weinhard's Brewery.

A good place to check out - recommended for a visit when in Portland, especially when in Downtown. (3,071 characters)

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4.13/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Several people we talked to in town all pointed to this place if you enjoy good beers. When I read the reviews of some of the locals before my trip out here, I was expecting a small selection of stuff "I couldn't get in a grocery store". Well for an east coast guy, this is a great place to have pints of many breweries products I couldn't get to on my trip, even if they are considered mundane and easy to get by Portland residents.

The building is old on the outside, and modern and hip on the inside. There are several different sections in the place, but we opted for the bar area. The place was packed even with the large bar area. We grabbed a hightop and a waitress promptly arrived asking for drink orders. Huge TVs adorn the walls. The place was also quite loud with boisterous conversation.

There are about 100 beers on tap which covered many styles. Yes they had a bunch of macros, but in comparing it to a local many-tap Fox & Hound we have in NJ where most taps are macros, this place had a large percentage of micros. The beers we had were fresh and clearly not sitting around for long which is a plus with a place with so many taps.

Waitress first brought me a stout when I ordered an IPA, so she clearly wasn't paying attention while grabbing beers. But after that service improved.

The dungoness crab and calamari appetizers were both very good even though they wer a bit expensive.

This is a must stop for anyone visiting Portland who can't get to visit places like Walking Man, Laurelwood, or Amnesia (and I tried to get to Laurelwood but it was closed on July 4 !). (1,604 characters)

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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The irony of Henry’s is that this chic downtown restaurant and ever-so-trendy bar has been reborn on the site of Portland’s historic Henry Weinhard’s brewery. The same building that brewed over a million barrels of working class lager for the masses now houses an upscale eating establishment serving the upwardly mobile. The good news is that the beer list is quite exceptional. It’s not that they have more than 100 beers. It’s that they have more than 100 beers on draught. My experience at this bar is not extensive, but all the beers I’ve been served here have been reasonably fresh. And the bartenders know them by name. And while the list is global in scope, you’ll also find beers by the likes of Mt. Hood Brewing, Roots, Laurelwood, and Amnesia, in addition to Northwest standards by Deschutes, Bridgeport, Full Sail, etc. Someone was very thoughtful about putting together the beer list. There is something here for everyone.

There’s also an extensive wine list with a strong emphasis on the American west coast. If you sit at the bar, you can place your drink in a chilled inside perimeter. It's like a four-inch wide exposed refrigerated surface. And while this gimmick is of no value to beer or wine drinkers, it is at least a momentarily entertaining novelty.

Henry’s is huge – cavernous. I still sense there are whole areas I’ve never even seen. And yet it took 20 minutes to get a table on a Friday night – the place was packed. Surely people aren’t showing up for the food, which is decent but not exceptional. Service is sincere, confident, and abundant. When I asked where the men’s room was, I got an escort to the door.

I like Henry’s. I like the old red brick of it. But I’m never at home in a place like this. I much prefer places more accommodating to heathen riffraff like myself. (1,832 characters)

Photo of loren01
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went on a Monday night, must be a pretty popular hangout because it was packed. Atmosphere was ok, it was very loud, cant imagine what it would be on a busy Friday or Saturday. Beer selection was excellent, must have been over 100 taps to choose from. Beer prices were a little more than the usual, cost $4.50 for a pint. Guess you have to pay for the fancy cologne and perfumes in the restrooms somehow. A little too trendy for me I think. Not a bad place but when in Portland I'd rather hang out at one of the many brewpubs around town, better atmosphere and prices, the main attraction here is the number of beers I guess. (625 characters)

Photo of joedon
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Visited for the happy hour and was not disappointed. Good happy-hour menu with cheap prices: $2.95 pizza/$2.95 cheeseburger etc. The beer remains the same price whether it's HH or not. About $4.50 for a craft pint.

Lots of beer on tap (one hundred listed on the beer list) but no bottles. No barley wines either. I was searching for Old Knucklehead and it was not available.

I had the Arrogant Bastard and Tannen Bomb; both outstanding.

Very neat bar: mostly granite but with a 4 inch wide track of ice to rest your beer glass on.

Largely a beer-geek and 20 something crowd although the couple next to me ordered whiskey and 7up and bud-lite. Mercifully, the bartender talked the guy into trying an amber ale which he was very pleased with.

It always stuns me that patrons will come into what is obviously a beer geek's heaven and then order the worst of all possible choices from the beer list! (911 characters)

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Henry's Tavern in Portland, OR
92 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.