Horse Brass Pub

Horse Brass PubHorse Brass Pub
BA SCORE
4.32/5
144 Ratings
Horse Brass PubHorse Brass Pub
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(503) 232-2202 | map
horsebrass.com

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

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PLACE STATS
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
144
pDev:
10.65%
 
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Photo of antilogic
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

In town for an interview and came here based on Pacific NW forum recommendations. Beer selection was fantastic -- many beers on cask, list of current beers and what was soon to be tapped.

I grabbed a seat at the bar and the the staff gave me plenty of recommendations. Had a double mountain IPA and then they hooked me up with a taster of BA HUB beer and Elysian Pumpkin.

The food was good, but nothing too stand out (I had the turkey pot pie). The atmosphere was fun, but did have smokers (until Jan 1st, 2009). I would definitely return next time in Portland.

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Photo of sholland119
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

We visited this legendary Portland pub for Saturday lunch. We knew of its reputation as smoker-friendly and wanted to try to miss that. We succeeded as only Don, the owner, was smoking at the far end of the very large U-shaped bar.

The atmosphere is (what I imagine to be) of an authentic English pub, right down to the pleasant, if mildly OCD elderly English bartender. Dimly lit, dark wood all around, stools that were made for smaller people than my XL self. Lots of horse brass (brasses?) nailed to the walls along with tons of presumably authentic nicknacks.

The tap list was simply outstanding. Along with a bunch of traditional UK beers (Bass, Guinness, Boddingtons), there was a huge selection of Pac NW locals, along with Bear Republic (Crazy Ivan) and Russian River (Pliny the Elder) taps. Also my hometown Victory Hop Devil. About 7 or 8 of the taps were casks, the most I have ever seen in one location.

Food was very good. My turkey pot pie was delicious and I also tried my first scotch egg. Both were very well prepared.

We could have stayed all day but had other places to visit. Looking forward to next time.

HV

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.75/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Finally!
I've been to Portland so many times, but have never gotten a chance to stop at this most excellent pub. I think the difference this time is that the missus' is always with me and we always just end up going other places. She likes beer, but we often end up at brewpubs, just never here!

So alas. We're intown for a wedding and she's in the bridal party. I visited the Horse Brass twice in two days (to no surprise coinciding with the wedding rehersal and the pre-wedding setup, ha!). Oh glorius Horse Brass! Savior from many hours of horrible wedding boredom! I spend about 3 hours each day at the bar chatting it up, killing time, and savoring the brews.

And what a superb selection they have! My favorites of the trip were Dogzilla Black IPA and a DryHopped Red from Caldera. Simply phenomenal!

Food was great too. Wasn't starving, so i got a cheese plate and was greatly impressed. All three cheeses were delicious and in larger-than-i-expected portions.

The staff (a different bartended both days) was very knowledgable and offered samples freely.

Downsides: This is a smoking establishment. Now I don't smoke, save for a random cigar or joint, perhaps as often as once a year.
But this place is smokey by any standards, which actually takes away from enjoying and tasting a pint. So much for aroma...and taste for that matter :(

There was however a cool old guy at the end of the bar smoking a pipe, and i didnt mind it. If I could recommend any changes be made to this bar, I would suggest they ban cigarettes....but keep the pipes and cigars, it really adds a neat atmosphere and culture. The atmosphere is really pub-ish and laid back. A great time, save for the cigarette reak that overpowers my beer.

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Photo of DaveHS
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a staple of the Portland beer scene. A classic style English pub with a low key atmosphere and more beer on draught than you'll know what to do with. Lots of local stuff, English strong ales, and imperial pales/barleywines.
As impressive as the beer is, it is almost eclipsed by the food. Show up early on a weekday, and have their English breakfast, which you can purchase by the item.
The clientele are mostly weatherbeaten old hippies and English ex-pats who will join you in a drunken game of darts if you ask nicely.
The owner was friendly, and very willing to pour samples. I think I drank about two pints worth of samples, in fact.
It's a little bit out of the way, but worth the trip.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

The Horse Brass is a classic English style pub located in Southwest Portland and is a staple of the Portland beer scene. When you enter the pub you'll notice it is dark and smokey (at least for now). They have plenty of quality taps (many quality northwestern beers) and cask conditioned ales. I'm not a big fan of the English cuisine but i've enjoyed everything I've had here. If you're lucky Don Younger (the owner) will be sitting at the bar. He's quite the character. I visit this pub every time I return to Portland.

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Photo of AylwinForbes
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

The Horse Brass is a legend in the Portland scene. I can see why from the beer selection that highlights not only regional breweries but also international ones.

Maybe because of my English heritage, I don't quite get off on the faux English pub thing so much. It does conjour up the archetypal dark city pub thing, except most of them don't put up all those cliched pictures of English "culture," though I would gravitate towards the rural, brighter airy places myself.

Many have mentioned the smokiness, in these reviews as well as folks at the Belmont Station (that used to be right next door); and I have to say it is an issue: even on a quiet Sunday afternoon with very few there it was very evident; it was almost as if there was a smoke machine hidden somewhere (one hour later our clothes reeked). It's a problem because the smoke kills the aroma in the beer - if you care about capturing a subtle piney hop.

Go there for the beer and a game of darts for sure, but it couldn't become my local.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

A ten-minute bus ride (No. 15) brings you directly to the front of Portland's most famous and weel regarded beer bar, certainly one of my own faves - I never leave Beervana without stopping here. When you walk in you find an English country pub, heavy wooded beams, uneven wooden floors, wobbly yet sturdy tables amid several dark rambling rooms. Charles Dickens would feel at home here.

Any visit to the Horse Brass and something will surely turn up (to quote Mr. Micawber, who would also feel at home.)Every inch is covered with beer paraphanalia. The beer is selected with care and kept fresh, with rotating taps covering a myriad of styles and tastes. The menu features the traditional English breakfast and includes a very filling Bangers and Mash complete with requisite peas. And Scotch Eggs. Yumm.

Of course, cask-conditioned drafts are ready for tasting. (They offer about 40 taps total). So many beers and so little time; I had Hogs Back Stout on cask and Old Speckled Hen - another fave. This is one of the true beer meccas - and a must visit at least once. Be warned: smoking gets heavy at night.

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Photo of jdense
4.75/5  rDev +10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Stopped by 7/5/08 taking a break from Waterfront Blues Festival. Great greasy food (if you don't like deep frying I suggest the Chef's Salad), friendly and attentive service from world class barkeeps, full pours of Imperial Pints and Hair of the Dog Fred (!) on tap The smoky interior just lends to the overall ambience of the Rose City's most important beer bar. No tour of Portland bars is complete without a stop on Belmont. Parking can sometimes be a hassle, but hey, after two pints of Fred I shouldn't be driving anyway :) I cheer you Don Younger!

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We went into this place, as everyone on BA had mentioned great things about it. We were there for lunch and at $5 for maybe the best Fish & chips around was a hell of a deal (lunch pricing). The Reuben was also exceptional wife and I split the two meals). Had YSB cask and Homo Erectus both great beers. But the fun started right away when Dennis (the bartender) started pouring tasting samples for us since he knew we were from out of town and loved great beer (homebrewer also). We probably tried 10 other beers that afternoon and had a great time, loved this bar, the selection, the service and the food.

Smoke didn't bother me, and I didn't check the bathroom.

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Photo of blackkristos
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

When I first set foot in this bar, I fell in love. It is a very dark, wooded pub with lots of nice big tables or little nooks. Perfect for an afternoon pint with lunch or a full on drinkfest to try and empty a cask.

I moved to NE Salmon just so that I could be closer to this bar and give them my money. There was not a boring brew in the house and the selections of cask conditioned ales was always a treat. I love this bar and there is not a day that goes by that I do not wish I could have brought the Horse Brass back east with me.

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Photo of GJ40
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I stop in every time I visit Portland on business. I absolutely love this place. The atmosphere is outstanding. Having done many trips to England and visited as many pubs as possible, I find the Horse Brass very authentic and enjoyable. There's a lot of character to the place along with a few dart boards to fill in the time between beer and conversation.

They always have a great selection of beer. It includes both regular offerings and guest taps. I've discovered several favorites here including Walking Man's Homo Erectus Imperial IPA, Mt Hood Hogsback Stout and HUB IPA. I love the fact that they always have some casks on tap.

This is a great neighborhood pub. Nice work Mr Younger!

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Photo of benito
4.68/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Maybe my favorite beer bar ever.

A true-to-style, dark, grim English pub with lots of sitting space, a huge bar, and a ridiculous tap selection. The beers featured come from all over, though there seems to be an eye to beers from Oregon and NoCal. The menu also features a good, rotating variety of cask ales. I had two Walking Man beers--the Black Cherry Stout and Homo Erectus--both of which were excellent and properly served.

The service was prompt and very friendly (she was even happy to give us directions to other beer bars around Portland), the food was tasty and cheap (brie, roasted garlic, and baguette for under $4), and the ambience was made for drinking. The only downside is the smokiness, but by the time I left, my head was spinning from all the great things about Horse Brass, not the second-hand smoke.

A must visit beer bar for anyone anywhere in the US. Make the pilgrimage.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.86/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place is great for what it is- an old dark, dingy, dirty English Pub. It smells smoky in this place even when you can't see anyone smoking (it was Sunday morning I believe). If that sounds good to you, then this is your place. Selection probably is the best thing about Horse Brass- Great local and West Coast micro selections as well as quite a few Imports, including Belgians. The waitress was excited to help us almost as soon as we walked in. She did seem a little weeded with all the food orders (one waitress on, but at least 3 guys "working" the kitchen). Probably not the best time to come to this place (Sunday morn). Overall, its definitely one of the best selections of taps in Portland, even if its not my favorite.

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Photo of dnichols
4.13/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

After several visits to the pub I decided to complete a review.

On the positive side of the ledger:

1. The bar has atmosphere that is hard to beat. Old dark wood tables, huge wood beams and a long worn bar. It looks like it has been there forever. There are aged beer posters, mats and signs. There was a gruff bartender.

2. The bar has beer...great beer. My friend was most impressed when we were able to order several top flight Belgium's on tap (including St. Bernies and Val Du). There selection of Belgium's and English brews was outstanding.

3. The food was traditional pub food served promptly. I Had a turkey burger dripping with cheese sauce and complemented by a great tasting cold slaw.

4. The service was great...friendly...knowledgeable...

Less desirable aspects were:

1. Parking is rough. There are limited street slots and few in the rear of the bar. Searching for a parking spot is one of my pet peeves.

2. The bar still allows smoking and several patron were puffing away while I was trying to enjoy my lunch. I have little ground to stand on as a "reformed" 30 year smoker...but...now that I don't smoke it is nice having bars that are smoke free...this one was not.

3. The bathrooms were hidden down a dingy hallway and there were not well maintained.

Overall, the positives far outweigh the negatives.

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Photo of IceEyes
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

I've been visiting the Horse Brass for years and I keep coming back for the great beers and the beer culture. Most bars serve beer and in Portland that means they serve excellent craft beers from regional microbreweries. Even bars that aren't necessarily beer focussed are still sensible enough to serve great beers in this town.

So to be a notable, standout beer bar in a city that knows its beer is a real accomplishment and the Horse Brass has been leading the pack here for several decades. Not only does the Brass offer an outstanding selection of great beers, but their sensible enough to assure that most of their beers arrive from no further than the west coast. A tight distribution radius keeps them fresh, and that makes for a better drinking experience. Even so, you can still get beers from all over the world here though most of the imports are in bottles.

Food is good English style pub food like fish and chips or a Scottish egg. It's nothing fancy but it is actually real tasty. I've had very good service here over the years. It's pretty obvious to me that the staff knows what they sell and they care about their product. Yes, it's a bit smoky at times but it's not as awful as I've heard some others comment upon here. I wouldn't say I'm a regular here, but I'm working on it.

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Photo of udubdawg
4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Wish some of the reviewers who had negative experiences had been there when I was there - it was truly a treat.

1. Halibut makes the best fish and chips...and the malt vinegar is perfect with it. Delicious.

2. There were 5 beers on cask - Mirror Pond, Rogue YSB, Mount Hood Hogsback, and if I remember correctly two IPAs. I had or tried four of them and all were excellent.

3. I'd say at least 30 brews on tap, with some truly fine selections. I have NEVER had a better HOTD Blue Dot than I had that day (I understand it was a new batch just brought in the previous day). I wish I'd have had enough time/liver for a Rasputin too.

4. Service - I sat at the bar at lunchtime during the week and got superb service. Waitstaff hung out and talked with me about beer while they waited for their beverage orders to be filled, and the bartender couldn't have been better at recommending things and was quick to provide more samples "You've got to try this!" Very knowledgeable too.

I understand how it could get smoky some nights, but this was not at all a problem on this visit. I try to visit places like this during slow times to talk beer anyway.

I'll be back.

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Photo of Damian
3.88/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Located in a sleepy neighborhood in the far east end of Portland, the Horse Brass Pub has an inconspicuous exterior. Once you step inside however, you feel like you are instantly transported across the Atlantic to an authentic British pub. The interior is swathed in dark wood. Moderately spacious, the Horse Brass has ample seating both at tables and at the bar. Speaking of the tables, they are covered in carvings and graffiti and the walls are donned from floor to ceiling with British (and some Irish) breweriana. There are also two dart boards in the back section of the bar. As for beer, the Horse Brass has a terrific selection of English and English-style beers on tap, along with an array of other European and American craft beer selections as well. On the night I visited, they also had two beers on cask, one I which I sampled (Rogue's Younger's Special Bitter). It was "spot-on" and paired perfectly with my fish and chips. The bottle list was also lengthy. As for the service however, our waiter seemed rather unfriendly and appeared to be annoyed when I asked him questions about the tap list. He also made a mistake on my friend's order but was gracious enough not to charge him for it. The overall quality of the food was decent. I enjoyed my fish and chips but my friend complained about his popover (in the Horse Brass's defense, one must keep in mind that British pub fare is not highly regarded by most people). One final knock I have against this pub was the smoke. Even on a quiet Monday night, the bar was fairly smoky. With the new legislation taking effect soon, I apparently will not have to worry about this in the future.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Cool building. I now see why everyone said that Belmont lost something when it moved away from here. Anyways, to Horse Brass…After I walk through the door I’m greeted by an ornery old cuss of a limey and a cluster farfignugen of taps. There are taps behind the bar, above the bar, below the bar, around the bar…taps coming out of the walls, taps growing off of fungus growing on the carefully carved timbers…you get the point. There are a lot of taps, at least 50, and casks…they’ve got more then any bar I’ve been to in the states.

After staring at the taps, and drooling, and staring some more, and then getting verbally prodded by the limey, I order a Fred. Did I mention that they have loads of Hair of the Dog on tap? Oh yeah!

Selection otherwise includes a number of Oregon/Washington/Cali beers: Deschutes, Almeda, Laurelwood, Mt. Hood, Walking Man, Lagunitas, Rogue (including their own label), Anderson Valley, North Coast, etc… All the usual British imports are available: Boddingtons, Bass, etc…plus some less common brews like Young’s Chocolate Stout. A handful of great imports: Salvator, Dupont, and some less then great imports: Stella, Pilsner Urequel, etc…can be found as well. The casks are just as good and diverse: I had a Hogs Back on cask from Mt. Hood for my second brew. At least four other British/West Cost ales were available as well.

After ordering, my girlfriend and I set to playing darts on a couple of rather traditional British boards. That area of the bar reminded me a bit of the Albatross in Berkeley, since the Albatross is also a great British Pub style beer bar with authentic dart boards. I really got to enjoying the dimly lit but spacious, and utterly authentic atmosphere. Some witty banter with the barkeep about women, beer, and politics only added to my enjoyment.

The Horse Brass is an exceptional tavern. I was thrilled by the tap selection, got ripped on by an old British bloke (and proceeded to laugh my arse off about it), and greatly enjoyed the atmosphere. I couldn’t ask for anything more.

Note: Some reviewers complained about the smokiness of the place. It didn’t seem smoky at all to me, at least during the day. Then again, I think that whole discussion will soon be a wash as Portland or Oregon State (I’m not sure which) is soon to ban all public smoking.

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Photo of Flyer
3.3/5  rDev -23.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

The place potentially has a lot going for it, but it's lacking a certain something. Okay, we were there in late afternoon, and what it was lacking were customers. The physical atmosphere is classic, gnarly English pub, and the selection was pretty good overall. The bartender seemed like he might have been knowledgable, but he was more interested in talking about what was selling than what was good, and his service was indifferent at best. I probably owe this place another shot when there are people present, but it just didn't seem to have that inviting quality (which most great beer bars have even when they're empty). If you're in this neighborhood, visit Belmont Station first, then stop here only if you have extra time.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Horse Brass is one of my favorite places in Portland. It amazes me how it pulls off the English pub atmosphere in such a convincing, gaudy way without being pretentious. It draws one of the most diverse crowds of any bar I've seen...it's appeal is broad and is crowded on the weekends.

Before I go too far, check out the Belmont Station next door when you're in the area. It's one of Portland's best beer shops.

The beer selection is excellent. Lots of good NW beers on tap, they venture into the lesser-known breweries with lots of great surprises. Be sure to check the guest tap list. It's big, it changes all the time, but they usually have at least a couple worthy seasonals. On a personal taste note, they usually have at least a few Rogue brews on tap, a definite win in my book.

Oregon might be passing a smoking ban soon. I really hope it doesn't happen. The Horse Brass is one of the few places one can get good food and smoke a pipe or cigar. I'm not much of a smoker myself, but I don't mind it every once and a while. If you're allergic or can't stand smoke, the Brass might not be up your alley.

Speaking of food, it's good. I know, that sounds like a paradox, "good English food?" I've heard a few people say their fish and chips are the best in Portland. I like the strictly English fare, even if it doesn't have the gourmet food other trendy bars have. It fits with the place. Also, don't miss the Scotch Egg. If only once in your life, try it. A hard-boiled egg, wrapped in sausage, breaded then deep fried in all it's glory. You can feel your arteries clog as you eat it, but it's so good with the mustard sauce.

The service doesn't break any records, they don't like to split tabs, but every once and a while they're friendly. The bathrooms are dirty.

There are dartboards everywhere, as well as (mostly) English paraphernalia. Just pretend you didn't notice how the white fabric on the flags is now brown from all the smoke. Raise your glass to Winston Churchill, and read all the Guiness adverts.

I changed my mind. Even if you can't stand smoke, still come. You need to experience it if you're in Portland.

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Photo of isaac
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

mmm... fish and chips...

i tend to visit the 'brass about once a month as its a bit far away and i don't want to have to drive, but i've never felt that a trip wasn't worth it. great beer selection and rotating specials, both on tap and cask, and then, as you may guess, i love their fish and chips. very few things can compare to sitting down to a nice pint of bitter and digging into their *huge* portions of this standard british pub-fare. you have to be sure to set aside the rest of the night and next morning though, 'cause the grease and beer tend to make quite a little gurgle in the belly. the smoke doesn't bother me as much as it apparently does others, but then again, i'm prone to ordering big beers, those that can muscle their taste and smell even through the thickest of crowds. a highly recommended establishment, though it can get busy and the quickness of the staff suffers on those occasions.

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Photo of GreatNorthwest
3.93/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Ah, the Horse Brass, it is a legend, an institution and will pull your favorite "Irish" or "British" pub out by the collar and kick its rear.

I am not a smoker, so busy nights can get to be a bit too much, but OR is about to follow suit and institute a smoking ban. Though there are ventilation devices all over, I think that they are there for looks!

Either way, you must go. Tap selection is 9/10 great, that one time you might catch them in between kegs and orders. For whateevr reason their cask always tastes great. Cannot go wrong there.

The daily food is good, certainly not bad, but not mind-blowing. I recommend the Brie and Bread appetizer, yum! But, for me and my friends, the star attraction is the Sat and Sun Traditional English Breakfast. Wow, it is authentic, great price, HP sauce and all! Be sure to get there before noon to enjoy it.

It is also a great place to watch international soccer matches and throw darts.

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Photo of bannockburn
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I visited Portland in the late fall of this year (2006) on a business trip. One of the days ended up wrapping a little earlier than expected so three of us decided to find a pub. We'd spent plenty of time at McMennamins and the Nob Hill bar so we wanted something a little more unique. I recalled a conversation once held with a Portlander wherein she recommended very highly the Horse Brass Pub. The decision was made. We were a little underwhelmed by the exterior, but once inside we shifted gears and changed our minds. Very reminescent of some of my favourite pubs in England, it spoked to me on many levels. We, each of us, had four pints of different brews (that's twelve different beers); two of us had the Fish & Chips while the third had the Shepard's Pie; none of us were disappointed. Although the service lacked a little, and the fact that they allow cigar smoking was a bit offputting (very hard to enjoy your food with the taint of someone else's cigar in your face), the overall experience was well worth the drive. I can say unequivocally that when next I visit Portland, I shall return to the Horse Brass.

Cheers.

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Photo of phishgator
3.8/5  rDev -12%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I stopped in for the last few hours of my trip and before I was to catch my plane back to SWFL. I had been saving this spot for the last because I had heard it was legendary and unfortunately the hype didn't live up. The bar it set up well wtih lots of space to both sides and in the front area. The bar probably accommidates about 20 people and the rest of the areas can handle another 150 people or more. The offerings were a lot of locals and NW selections, which I find great, but very heavy on the IPAs. Not really compling because I love IPAs, but after that the selections seemed limited. I had a Hop Rod Rye that was really fresh and then ate some fish and chips. Food was so big I couldn't finish all of it. It was a Wednesday afternoon so it was slow, probably better on an evening.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
4.01/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was my last stop of a long day of testing, so I might go back and give it a full shot. When I do it will be in the afternoon so as to avoid the thick smoke, though it was only 8 pm. I know I'm often in the minority here with my beer drinking bretheren, but but I don't get the point of paying $5 a pint or $7 for a 10oz glass of great beer when I can't even smell it over the smoke. Decided not to rate either beer from the bar because I'm not sure what was there.

With that said, the selection is awesome, and pretty much everyone I asked along my week long trip said to hit the Horse Brass for the best beer. Between the guest beers, regs, and the rotating casks, it is beer heaven. What I drank, was well served and well cared for. Food looked good, even some vegetarian options which was unexpected from the look and attitude of the place.

HB web says they are a smoke friendly pub and that adults should have a choice, which a choice would be nice. I think it's a much more sensical choice if smoker's can choose to smoke outside so that the rest of us actually can actually choose to not drink or dine in smoke. But, with so many good bars in Portland, maybe nonsmokers and those allergic to it like myself shouldn't waste the time or money here.

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Horse Brass Pub in Portland, OR
Place rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 144 ratings
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