Taps: 100 / Bottles:
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 56 | Reviews: 49 | Display Reviews Only:
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
Several people we talked to in town all pointed to this place if you enjoy good beers. When I read the reviews of some of the locals before my trip out here, I was expecting a small selection of stuff "I couldn't get in a grocery store". Well for an east coast guy, this is a great place to have pints of many breweries products I couldn't get to on my trip, even if they are considered mundane and easy to get by Portland residents.
The building is old on the outside, and modern and hip on the inside. There are several different sections in the place, but we opted for the bar area. The place was packed even with the large bar area. We grabbed a hightop and a waitress promptly arrived asking for drink orders. Huge TVs adorn the walls. The place was also quite loud with boisterous conversation.
There are about 100 beers on tap which covered many styles. Yes they had a bunch of macros, but in comparing it to a local many-tap Fox & Hound we have in NJ where most taps are macros, this place had a large percentage of micros. The beers we had were fresh and clearly not sitting around for long which is a plus with a place with so many taps.
Waitress first brought me a stout when I ordered an IPA, so she clearly wasn't paying attention while grabbing beers. But after that service improved.
The dungoness crab and calamari appetizers were both very good even though they wer a bit expensive.
This is a must stop for anyone visiting Portland who can't get to visit places like Walking Man, Laurelwood, or Amnesia (and I tried to get to Laurelwood but it was closed on July 4 !).
07-14-2006 18:02:09 | More by Gavage
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
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.
03-02-2008 00:17:13 | More by John_M
4.08/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Day 2 & Stop 4 of the Portland Pub Crawl. When I first walked in, I was a bit turned off by the look of this place. Kinda looked like a Pappa Razzi or an Average Joe's restaurant. But, there was a hopping bar at the back, and outdoor seating kind of in an alley, where we parked for dinner. Service took a while, but it was packed so we let that slide. The beer menu was huge! Not just filled with a load of macros either. It was eye opening to see so many West Coast breweries on one menu. Over a hundred, easy. I got the Russian River Damnation in a snifter and my wife had the Walking Man Black Cherry Stout. Both were terrific. We each got a pizza, thin crust and very tasty. Just enough for one hungry guy, and a bit too much for a woman. Even if you are not hungry, don't let the commercial look of this place scare you away from stopping here to sample from their amazing selection of beers.
07-17-2009 23:55:58 | More by morebeergood
3.74/5 rDev -9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | $$
A: Blah. Walked in and went left to the bar, pulled up 2 seats, no one at the bar other than wifey and I. No service. It took a while. The girls seemed to be pretty chatty at other end of bar. We got out beer. This place is sordove darker and has a trendy vibe to it.
Q: The beer selections is well thought out. it can please anyone. No crap on tap but nothing rare either.
S: Slow, uninviting and just plain average at best for it to be so dead.
S: Very good. Lots of WA and OR beers and thats what I liked. Craft beer for everyone here.
F: No try.
05-17-2011 00:04:08 | More by barleywinefiend
3.6/5 rDev -12.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | $$
This is not my typical pub. It's a bit pretentious and focuses on too much more than the beer.
The decor is pretty impressive. They have brick walls throughout and a marble bar. It's got quiet, romantic atmosphere with lots of ambiance. The second floor in particular is very private and cozy. I'd recommend this place for a night out with the wife or girlfriend. Whether or not the night went as planned, you could at least say you tried and count on some good beer.
The beer list is pretty impressive. They have quite a selection on tap with a nice mix of Europeans and locals. But there are too many other distractions. It's tough to focus on the beer.
I found the guys behind the bar helpful but there was a lot more conversation between themselves than with the customers.
So for a date, this is the place. But in search of the best beer experience, maybe not.
04-13-2008 01:17:44 | More by GJ40
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
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
09-19-2007 03:18:34 | More by dirtylou
3.7/5 rDev -10%
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 Henrys 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!
Ive been to these 60 tap, 80 tap, 100 tap places before and am usually not terribly impressed. Jacks 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 isnt all that much to be excited about.
Henrys 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 Henrys, 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 Dicks Danger, their special beer of the week or whatever, and its 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. Its one of the best Ive 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.
Thats right, Henrys has a patio. Its 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. Its 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, hes 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 daddys credit card. It probably wouldnt be the place for me.
Service was average and prices were acceptable. Good location right next to Whole Foods and Powel Books.
05-31-2007 15:30:48 | More by DaPeculierDane
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
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
06-09-2009 03:16:43 | More by Floydster
4/5 rDev -2.7%
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.
08-08-2006 19:56:15 | More by msubulldog25
3.95/5 rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Henry's seemed to have a yuppie/trendy feel to it which I normally dislike. But for F's sake, it was a chance to get away from many of the hipsters and/or people who intentionally dress as though they are homeless. Once inside this place I knew that nobody would be asking me for $1 towards their stay at some hostel or vegan lunch.
Decent happy hour prices and options were available here, and the draft list was similar to what you can find at a Yardhouse or Saucer. Good broad range of beer choices were available. Normal pricing for both food and drinks seemed a bit high though.
Servers seemed to know much less about beer than most places in Portland that I visited.
08-09-2010 02:27:26 | More by yemenmocha
Henry's Tavern in Portland, OR
92 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.