The Oregon Public House

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The Oregon Public HouseThe Oregon Public House

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

700 NE Dekum St
Portland, Oregon, 97211-3628
United States

(503) 828-0884 | map

Sunday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:30am - 12:00am

Added by msubulldog25 on 05-17-2013

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Ratings: 11 |  Reviews: 4
Reviews by DrMindbender:
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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of MadeInOregon
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of jeff1973
3.75/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of anteater
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Photo of fitius5150
3.76/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5

Cool place on the inside. I dig the unfinished log shelves and the bar itself, which is beautiful. A portion of each sale goes to a liberal charity. Food was average, service probably a little below average. Beer selection had 12 very good selections on tap. I had Loo wit Flat Track Blonde from Vancouver, WA.

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Photo of jcsakany
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of botanu
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Much has been made of this non-profit neighborhood pub in both local and national media; it's a very cool concept to have "giving" in mind with every pint purchased (you're asked to choose from among 8 local charities when placing an order, benefiting everything from children to animals to education to trees). BA magazine has touted it at least twice, including the most recent issue.

My wife and I have visited several times since the May 2013 opening (it's just a mile or so from home), most recently yesterday (New Years Eve) late afternoon. The pub consists of one half of the ground floor of a two-storied building at the heart of the Woodlawn neighborhood, a block from Breakside Brewery. The front of the interior has plenty of windows and sturdy tables for groups of 4 or more; tall-backed booths line one wall and a lengthy wooden bar fronts exposed brick on the opposite one. Towards the rear is a play area for children and a spacious section with several couches and a flat screen (tuned to the Blazers - OKC game on this evening). There are also several roomy picnic tables for times when the weather is a more pleasant. Vibe is warm, friendly - finishes include many historic touches, wooden trim and vintage light fixtures and bulbs.

The process is simple: order food & beer at the counter, pick your charity, grab a seat, food arrives (always friendly, though occasionally imprecise - like the funny time when my cheeseburger arrived fully-dressed, but sans meat!), bus your glasses and dishes when finished. Most of the staff are volunteers, as I understand it, so as to keep costs lower (they do keep any tips), which has allowed charitable donations to exceed $15,000 in only 7 months.

Beers are a nice mix of local and regional taps, around 20 in all and rotating frequently. Yesterday our chosen pints were Georgetown (WA) Porter and Lagunitas (CA) Sumpin Sumpin Wheat but Oregon/local things abound. Choices also include a cider or two (Portland fave Reverend Nat's is always in the mix) and a gluten-free bottle or two (again, local - Harvester 22s). Several wines, too. Pints are "proper", prices a reasonable $4-5.50 usually with a couple stronger/smaller/rarer pours a bit higher (a barrel aged stout from Natian or a Duchesse de Bourgogne, for example).

Food is quite good, tasty sandwiches and soups, with several Happy Hour specials (daily 2-6pm!). A "must have" for us every visit are the sweet potato tots with spicy banana ketchup, but the pretzels and fondue were very good too. Reasonable prices.

Not the type of beer list to make the geekiest swoon, but a solid mix of styles - add that to warm "neighborhood" atmosphere, friendly service and good food and you've got a winning formula for a pub we'll keep returning to for years.

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Photo of pudgym29
3.86/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

I was sprung onto here by somebody else's review {I think.}. I'm being magnanimous because here was referred to me by Celebrator .com/ The bar has a non-profit status. This beers here are close (_pretty close_) to the wholesale price. Tom D. can be off; but he nailed this one. Drink here. 3=D)

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Photo of Fomebeesch
4.86/5  rDev +16.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is incredible. Great beer, great food, amazing atmosphere, and any money made off my purchase goes to the charity of my choice. What the???

You have 3 menus to choose from: Eat. Drink. Give. You choose what you want to eat, what you want to drink, and where you want your profits to go to from a list of charities. Perfect.

Amazing tap list. These guys seem to really know great beer. Awesome food selection with really great prices. Can't wait to go back.

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The Oregon Public House in Portland, OR
Brewery rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 4 ratings