Horse Brass Pub

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95
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105 Reviews
Horse Brass PubHorse Brass Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

4534 SE Belmont St
Portland, Oregon, 97215-1636
United States

(503) 232-2202 | map
www.horsebrass.com

Notes:
Weekdays: 11:00am -2:30am
Weekends: 9:00am - 2:30am

Added by sinistersteve

PLACE STATS
Score:
95
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
142
Avg:
4.3
pDev:
8.37%
 
 
Taps:
74
Bottles/Cans:
26
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
N
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 142
Reviews by portlandjeff:
Photo of portlandjeff
4.3/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I really like the horse brass these days. My first visit was before the smoking ban, and while I enjoyed it then, there were too many other good options in town that were smoke free, so I didn't return until later. Now it's a regular stop for me.

I love the atmosphere here. It's a dark, cozy, unpretentious, english style pub. While this bar is fairly large, it's usually relatively full, with both customers and cheer. Most of the decor is vintage UK breweriana, with some older oregon brewery stuff for good measure.

The quality for both food and drink is very good. While there are a pretty extensive number of taps, you'll only find craft micro's and imports on the list. The halibut fish and chips is my favorite in town (sorry hawthorne fish house!), and the daily specials never disappoint. On numerous visits, I couldn't help buy feel like I was eating a good hearty home cooked meal.

The service here is generally pretty good, but when it's busy, it can get a little slow. Any time I've had a question about a beer, the bartenders and servers have been knowledgeable about the products their serving.

The selection here is constantly changing, but is generally pretty great. My only pliny the younger was from the brass. They are the only place in town that got russian river publication. Their deschutesapalooza event had more vintage deschutes beers than deschutes has ever had on tap in their own pub.

I already mentioned the food, but I'll go one step further. If I'm on the east side, and want good beer AND food, this is usually my pick. I think the food is always solid, and you can't beat the prices on it either - leaves more for beer!

That brings me to value. I think the beers are always priced right, and the food prices are even better. Combined with the atmosphere, quality, and service, I'm never unhappy when I get my tab.

If I had to complain about the horse brass, there are a couple of things I could see improved.

While they get some great beers in, and I've never come in without seeing something that I really wanted to try, it seems like the overall quality of the tap list has slipped a little bit. All good stuff, but not always all GREAT stuff. This could just be due to my tastes in beer, and how far I've come in my beer journey though. What I mean is that maybe it's as good as it ever was, but I'm just harder to impress these days. Also, when it comes to the selection; it often seems like the taplist is lacking a little balance. Lately, if you're a hophead, there are tons of great IPA's to choose from, but if you're into other styles, you'll have far fewer to choose from.

Still, complaints aside, I like the horsebrass, and visit it as often or more so than the other beer bars in town.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of devilmakesthree
5/5  rDev +16.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

A member of what I like to call the "Holy Trinity" of Portland beer stops, along with Bailey's and the Beer Mongers. Service is great, the tap list is comprehensive, and the vibe is wonderful. I've never been to England, but if their pubs are half this good it must be a wonderful country. The food is definitely English pub grub. I recommend the fish and chips (Portland's best) or the Bridie. Oh, and there's darts. Gotta get down on some darts.

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Photo of AdamSkylar
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Old-school "must see" English-style pub. Dark and a bit dirty with tons of great offerings and nice cask selections. A Portland classic and an early pioneer/purveyor of craft beer.

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Photo of WoostaBia
4/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Enjoyed Blind Pig IPA, food quality was wanting, for british pub their bangers and Mash needs an overhaul. sausage too salty. Great drinking location.

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Photo of didgeboy
3.69/5  rDev -14.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I had read about this place for a long time and had the opportunity to try it last fall (2014). Good selection of craft beers both known and unknown (to me). Food was good, not the best I have ever had but certainly not bad at all. Staff was friendly. During our visit it was a rainy Saturday and there were few people in for lunch. Beer list was good, but I was hoping for more variety. Definitely worth checking out and sampling the food and beers.

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Photo of South2NW
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Barnoloid
4.63/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

This is a top notch English style pub in Portland. Fine selection of local OR, US and foreign offerings in a welcoming environment. Attentive service with solid pub food offered.

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Photo of aobrehm
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Photo of Sixpoint
4.95/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

"if it were any more authentic, you would need a passport"

Nuff said. This place is legendary, but for good reason. Its dark, its real, its authentic. But the taps are clean, and the service is friendly, and most important, they are all about THE BEER.

love it

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Photo of Jaykres
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Real great pub to hang in. One of my favorites in PDX. Always makes me feel at home when I visit.

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4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

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4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

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4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev 0%

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Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR
95 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.
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