Henry's Tavern

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Henry's TavernHenry's Tavern
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

64 Ratings
Ratings: 64
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: n/a
Taps: 100
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: 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:
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)

(Place added by: Thrasher)
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Photo of Umbra
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of nohead02
4.63/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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 !).

Photo of RedDiamond
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of loren01
4.06/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of joedon
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

Photo of Toddv29424
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I went to this bar in the early afternoon and there weren't many other people there, which was a perfect time to go. Right down the street from Powell's City of Books (which is amazing in itself), this bar provides a great place to relax. The bar had something I've never seen: a steel strip about 4 inches wide going around the inside lip of the bar that stays frozen and keeps your drink cold. Ingenius. They have a menu full of beer, many of which I've never seen (a lot of local stuff) but upon reading reviews on this sight they aren't that unique. Just a good place to grab a pint or take a date.

Photo of mashmstr2
2.8/5  rDev -31%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Are you a "POWER LUNCHER" or "TRENDY HIPSTER"? Then, THIS is your place!

Located inside the Old Henry Weinhard Brewery, the decor is granduous, modern and hip. Beautiful blend of old and new... That's about as good as it gets! Service is very good too!

Being that Henry Weinhard was an Oregon and Brewing pioneer and his legacy is immense; One would expect some kind of museum cornered off for the MAN or at least, some old brewing artifacts or plaque. Nope! Nothing! This place isn't about Henry Weinhard, Portland History or Brewing History, it's about one thing....MONEY! Your money!

The 100 beers on tap are everything you've already had and don't care to drink again! Run of the mill, local grocery store beers and micros. The Beer Menu was put together by someone who has NO concept of Beer Styles, it's rather comically organized....

The food run from standard pub grub to Chinese Food to Seafood specials... Moderately tasty, but notthing real exciting for the price. Price? $8-9 Burgers. $14 Chinese food. $20 seafood.

The atmosphere is rather aloof and stiff. Although, the servers were very nice and helpful.

It's a beautiful place, but not a quality or respectable beer snob venue.

Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland's beautiful Pearl district downtown. Visually the place is stunning. The ceilings are tall, with large two story + windows. The restaurant and bar both feature second floors. The woodwork is dark; the lights are dim; and the style of the artwork and general interior design is top rate. Henry's is a smoke free establishment too, which is always a treat for me.

The beer selection, with a supposed 100 beers on tap, is entirely of a selection of draught beer. The selections range from three Belgian or Belgian style ales to American Macros, various hard ciders, a huge selection of American IPAs. Besides the personal disapointment I felt at learning their final keg of Ruination had been tapped out earlier that day, the beer selection meant my expectations and really can provide a beer for both the Beer Advocate and the Bud lover - even if most BA's will never like that fact.

My girlfriend and I only enjoyed some onion rings, a Chimay, and a glass of wine, so we really couldn't speak for the quality of the food there with any sort of authority.

Our waittress was very helpful. She had a beer of the day selection she had chosen - it appears the wait staff is instructed to have a personal each day - and respectably offered Victory Hop Devil as her recommendation. She was helpful, attentative, the beer was served in the proper glassware, and the beer.

Overall, I left very impressed with Henry's on a whole. The selection, which is pretty enormous being that all beers are on tap, does have be sifted through to find the true quality items, but they could have 50 beers on tap, and if chosen correctly, would still warrant a high quality offering for any beer bar. The atmosphere and the area are very nice too.

Very impressed.

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

Found the place called Henry's Tavern after a BA barfly search. Hustled over to see the 100+ taps that I haven't seen since the likes of Nashville's Flying Saucer.

This place looks like a fortress from the inside out. Big menacing dark brick and interior of dark wood and leather. There are two stories. When ya walk in the front doors, swing left fo the beer, off to the left. Half of the taps are scrod lame-os but there ere some winners. Seasonals were: BSB Summer Honey, Deschuttes Cinder Cone Red, FullSail Hopocity (sold out but Full Sail SunSpot was in its place) New Belgium Loft, and Widnmer '05. This joint is huge to boot. The bar has a strip of perma frost to set your ber glass into if you pefer it extra cold for the likes of "fill in the blank" macro swill.

My barkeep was attentive but not obsequious. Just laid bak an chillin'. He was friendly with offering some unsollicited samples in little glasses. He also added that he has the staff try different beers.

Selection is worthy of mention even if half are Michelob, Bud and Heineken, but they are ALL on tap!!! That gets the goodness going.

If you like IPAs like me, they had Bridgeport, Caldera Dry Hop Orange, Fish Tale Organic, Full Sail, Indian Pelican, Terminal Gravity IPA and Mt. Hood Ice Age Axe.

Henry's has Salads, steaks, burgers, sushi, happy hour 4-6 with $2.50 appetizers. I had the BBQ Brewery burger with friggin' ham on the burger for $8.95. Drafts are $4.50. The free samples made it really worth it! I went on the night after the Fourth of July but I hear that the joint in packed all the time.

Finally, definitely a place that would pass the "Could you take Mom here test?" My Mom would like it if I bought her the Silver Oak Babernet Sauvignon fo $95 a bottle.

Last call: I'd reccomend it to any beer geek regardless of your preferences. This Idiot is glad that I was able to check this place out.

Photo of NVbeer
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was a final stop on Sunday night after the holiday ale fest. My wife and I went straight back to the bar area as we had already enjoyed dinner at Widmer.
The atmosphere was that of high-class, but tended to come of as pretensious, which isn't a bad thing if your into that, which I am not. The bar area was clean and well maintained.
The beer selection was impressive with a count of 101 taps that night. (They were sold out of Bud Light, which I find humerous). The beer was served well and the staff was friendly and somewhat knowledgable. I did find the chill rail along the bar interesting, but going against the idea of enjoying a beer while it warms up to get different flavors and tastes.
I would recommend stopping in for a pint or two if your in the area, but not a place to go out of your way for.

Photo of freed
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After having been turned away by a crowd last time, we were nearly turned away again for the same reason when the hostess informed us that a party our size had just cancelled and that we could be seated right away instead of waiting the 40 minutes they had predicted. Excellent.

Both the outside and the inside of the building are thoughtfully decorated, but one would expect that of a new place in the Pearl. Location is quite good, close proximity to some of Portland's other great landmarks. The inside is fairly dark, and seems somewhat trendy, but the open kitchen, army of chefs, wait persons, and throngs of guests liven the place. We were seated in a dark booth upstairs that really created a private atmosphere that was conducive to conversation. The bar was too full, which should be expected on a Friday evening.

The beer selection is marvelous, with nearly 100 beers on tap. I was able to try two beers I'd not seen on tap anywhere else (Delirium Tremens and Lagunitas XS) that were fantastic, but served a bit cold, especially the Delirium. However, every beer we ordered was served appropriately and the staff seemed to know the beers fairly well; something that is a rarity even in Portland.

Speaking of which, the staff was amazingly helpful and engaging once they saw that we were receptive to it. The seemed to adjust their involvement to the parties around us, and even snuck us some spare coasters.

We had dinner and the regular menu was as much of a challenge as the beer menu was when decision time came. There a pretty wide variety to choose from, and everyone in the party had something different and were very pleased with their selection.

If you can handle lively crowds, the bar is also a very social place. Being more of a dark corner type, I was happy with the booth, and happy with the place in general. Because of its location, there are plenty of activities in any direction, including books, live music, and other food or drink venues.

I was initially pessimistic given the somewhat trendy atmosphere, but they really have done a nice job so far. I look forward to returning on weeknight.

Addendum: I visited the main bar area recently and found it to be what I'd expect of a fancy east cost style sports-bar. I don't like sports bars. And I don't like chilled glasses nor the chill strip on the bar. This really could be a world class beer bar if they worked out some of these details.

Photo of sinistersteve
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

New beer bar/restaurant located on top of the old Henry Weinhard’s brewery in the heart of the high-rent district of downtown Portland.

First off, this place looks outstanding and high class inside. Some dress codes are required, but nothing more than probably to keep the vagrants out that reside in some of the creepy alleys in that area. Simple bar tables surround a central bar. They also have probably the largest TV screen known to mankind against one of the walls showing sports.

Atmosphere: Lively crowd during happy hour. I felt lucky to get a place to sit during this time. I’m curious to see what the place is like later in the evening or on a weekend.

Service: Our waitress was on us like white on rice when it came to refills or when a new guest arrived at out table. This alone is reason to give this place a visit. I certainly hope that this is the way all the staff waits tables and not that we just got lucky.

Selection: 100 or so beers on tap. However, not all are ‘quality’ beers and several can be found at most grocery stores. There are also some hard to find beer also. I suppose it is a decent selection for all tastes (or those who have yet to aquire one)..

Food: I ordered a simple appetizer at a happy hour price ($1.95) and was decent. The happy hour menu is quite extensive too. Other plates I saw brought to other tables looked good also. Not sure how much dinner would cost in the place, but if it is anything like the beer prices, be sure to bring plenty of money.

Speaking of money, I found that the beer prices seemed a bit high. Perhaps since you’re drinking in Portland’s Pearl District costs will be a bit higher in order to make sure the lease gets paid on time, but $4.50 for an American pint of beer seems a bit high when one is used to paying $3.95 or less for an Imperial pint. (which is why I scored quality as average)

One last thing one should mention about this is place is actually trying to get here. Street parking is also at a premium. Either find a way to take public transportation or pay up at a parking garage.

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Henry's Tavern in Portland, OR
91 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.