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Henry's Tavern

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Henry's TavernHenry's Tavern
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

61 Ratings
Ratings: 61
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.52%
Taps: 100
Bottles: 0
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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5/5  rDev +22.5%

johnny5martini, Jun 17, 2014
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

robbysantamaria, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of beerenjoyer1
4.78/5  rDev +17.2%

Visited in Feb 2012. The staff were very helpful in selecting from the huge selection of taps based upon the styles that I liked and the tasters were unending until I found a choice brew which did not take long. The service was very good. The food was very good. The atmosphere was perfect for a restaurant/bar. One thing that was nice is that the bar had an eating area but there was a seperate table/booth area in case one did not want to sit in the bar area, of course I preferrred the bar area. There is a ice line built into the bar so you can keep your cold, nice touch! I will be back during my next visit to Portland, OR.

beerenjoyer1, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Offa
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

This is a great place to go for a wide range of different beers and food in downtown Portland. Although not a brewpub, it carries a large and highly varied selection of beers from Pabst, Henry Weinhard's, and the like to unusual and high-quality top-notch craft beers from far away.

The atmosphere is excellent, being a real and very nice restaurant inside rather than pub- or bar- or brewpub-like, which can be a nice change when still seeking out beer. The menu is extensive and highly varied and in our experience the food is excellent. It can be loud, but although packed when we were there it was still more pleasant and less jarring than the Rogue pub in the Pearl, even though Rogue was less busy.

Quality of beers is also really good, with a lot of excellent craft beers from Oregon, Washington and California, along with some from other states. It also has a large number of European beers and not just the basics like Newcastle (although it has those, too), and has Young's Double Chocolate Stout on tap plus some good German beers.

Beer selection is huge, highly varied, and outstanding. It has something for everyone and in various price ranges, macro US lagers, Euro-lagers, good quality European classics, great craft beers of all styles, and all beers are listed by the style.

Service is very friendly and attentive and very efficient, even though when we were there it was packed.

Offa, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of squaremile
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%

I rarely go in here despite the 100 taps, the atmosphere is just not my thing. This is definitely more of a swanky place attached to an expensive restaurant that just happens to have 100 taps. They pretty much always have a solid number of quality beers on tap, but I wonder a bit how long they might sit around since the crowd is usually not the beer geek folks, so who else is going to walk in there and get Pliny the Elder (which last time I heard was always on tap, is that true?). The most notable thing about the place for me is that they have BY FAR the most attractive wait staff I have seen in Portland. I mean ridiculously attractive women. Cool spot for a post dinner date drink. I'm basically giving this an insane high overall rating but it is far from my fav place in town.

squaremile, May 18, 2010
Photo of nohead02
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%

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.

nohead02, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of ndekke39
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

ndekke39, Nov 13, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +9.6%

This lively bar has several sections, as well as a variety of places to sit - at a bar, in a booth, at a table. They have an astonishing selection of beers from the Pacific Northwest, so if ever you are in Portland, this place should be on your To Do list. Waitstaff are helpful and well-trained, and will gladly assist in picking out some brews. I did not notice any macrobrewed swill, and I sure saw a lot of beers I wanted to try! Food is very tasty and not too spendy. There are plenty of TVs, but when I was there the sound was not on.

Cyberkedi, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of sideshowrob
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Spending some time in Portland. Needed to try some of bars. Henrys is an interesting place - perhaps a bit upscale for the Market, but it's roomy, clean well staffed and clearly a quality joint.

I had several local IPAs that I'd never even heard of - none of em really were the big hop-monsters I was hoping to find. Good, but a bit mild. I realise the selection rotates, and big IPAs are popular, so I just got an unlucky draw. The overall tap list was impressive, heavy with local breweries, but both coasts, the Midwest and Co were represented.

The food was stunning. I tried a pear-walnut salad and a Thai curry prawn dish. Both were on the HH menu, and were well-prepared and fabulous.

Beer prices seemed about a buck higher than most other places I've been to here. I'm used to NYC/DC pint prices ($7-9) so their $6-7 range was a nice reprieve for me personally.

Definitely my favourite Portland spot, so far...

sideshowrob, Aug 24, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

indiapaleale, Feb 22, 2009
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4.45/5  rDev +9.1%

Henry's is an absolute must visit in Portland. A fantastic tap list and a great building to hang out in for awhile. The atmosphere is definitely on the darker side, lots of black and dark brown, sometimes it feels a little too dark, but they have everything you need for a good night. 100 taps, huge flatscreens, an upstairs bar with pool tables and an adjacent restaurant if you want things a little quieter. The quality has to be ranked as great, 100 taps and listing some of the best brews in the northweston a regular basis. They could be better by offering some old world brews and some more east coast fare as well. The staff is very knowledgeable but can be slow at times as this place is usually pretty packed. The selection again is pretty exceptional and the food is good, upscale pub fare, and it is good but I wouldn't say its great. The prices are what you'd expect from the area. Definitely a cool spot to chill and watch a game or grab a few pints and relax with some friends.

RedBrewer83, Jan 11, 2010
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

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!

joedon, Feb 16, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

edmundfitzoil, Oct 15, 2005
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4.4/5  rDev +7.8%

Things to like about the atmosphere: a great bar with frozen area for your drinks (very cool), high bar tables in the bar, full size pool tables upstairs and a nice color palette to sooth the mood.

The tap list has some great consistent beers on tap (Pliny the Elder, for one) and the seasonals/rotating taps are generally of very high quality. A great place to drink beer.

The only negative thing I can say about the place is that it gets packed. Definitely not a bad thing for business, though. Get here early or go on a weekday, and expect crowds. It's a popular place.

djbreezy, Feb 19, 2010
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

John_M, Mar 02, 2008
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4.38/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

freed, Jun 13, 2004
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

Hands down the best tap selection in Portland. Better than Horse Brass. Better than APEX. They score some pretty amazing beer, and a great selection of rare beer as well. They are very Northwest centric with some other states popping on the list, but overwhelmingly west coast.

My beef is with the super frat-tastic crowd (mostly Thursday through Saturday nights). There is a younger crowd, all dressed up for a night of clubbing, getting loud, girls with far too much cheap perfume... I ONLY sit at the bar in at a side table next to the bar as to better avoid the "My new haircut" guy. Add to that a terrible and loud music selection and you have the recipe for a headache. It makes it a bit tough to really sit down and enjoy the beer. On the up side, most of the time during the day or on off nights (during college season) the bar is a lot tamer.

Like Bridgeport brewing, the place seems sterile. They took an historic building and put in all the super modern fixtures. Not my cup of tea.

But you really can't ignore 100 taps of amazing beer (well 97 taps since budweiser, bud light, and miller lite are three). It's worth checking out on an off night unless you don't mind the boisterous frat boy crowd on weekends.

cbarrett4, Aug 29, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

nomomentwasted, Jul 11, 2009
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4.3/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

shertz, May 23, 2009
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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

josiahschlender, May 22, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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....

mtullius, Jun 12, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Another stop on my great PDX beer tour. We went to this place after not wanting to wait at the Deschutes Pub and I am glad we stopped here. This is a large space located in the Pearl District and is housed in the old Henry Weinhard's factory. The decor reminds me of a Houston's restaurant and doesn't scream beer bar. The space can hold a lot of people. We sat in the main dining room downstairs. The bar is in a seperate are downstairs. They also have an upstairs area with pooltables.

Henry's advertises they have 100 beers and the beer list is astonishing. They have beers from OR brewers like Oakshire, HUB, Ninkasi, Oakshire, Laurelwood, Fanno Creek, SOB, 10 Barrel, and countless others. They also carry RR PTE, FW Union Jack, Avery, Alaskan, and some Euros. Most beers are served in pint glasses, although my buddy's PTE was in a small snifter. I had the HUB IPA and Laurelwood Hop monkey; the HUB was better.

The food covers the globe and can please almost anyone There are burgers, salads, seafood, pasta, grilled meats, Asian items, and pizza. 3 people in our group went with burgers and everyone enjoyed them. The Maytag Bleu Cheese Peppercorn Bacon Burger looked awesome. I had the Kung Pao chicken and enjoyed it, although I did find it a bit salty.

The service was good. Our waitress has some knowledge about beers and did bring us a few samples. Food and drinks were brought quickly.

The prices were not outrageous. Most of the food we ordered ran around $12 per person. They did not list how much each beer was so I have no idea how that broke down.

This is a great place to grab some food and beer. I have a feeling a pint may cost a little more here, but it is convenient to have access to so many breweries in one place.

mjl21, Oct 21, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Oct 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Nate_M, Jul 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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Henry's Tavern in Portland, OR
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