Bill's Tavern & Brewhouse

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Bill's Tavern & BrewhouseBill's Tavern & Brewhouse
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Bill's Tavern & BrewhouseBill's Tavern & Brewhouse

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

188 N Hemlock St
Cannon Beach, Oregon, 97110
United States

(503) 436-2202 | map

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1.84/5  rDev -49.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 1.75 | service: 2 | selection: 1.25 | food: 3

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

We've visited Cannon Beach fairly frequently over the years, but for all the times we've walked Hemlock, we'd yet to go inside Bill's. Last night we were in town for a concert down the street at the Coaster (Abby Washburn - awesome show!) and our hosts suggested we 'pre-funk' here; twist my arm!

We arrived a little before 6:00 to find an empty dining room to the left, but a bustling bar to the right - just one open booth. We snagged it and soon our friends joined us. I liked the space right away - lots of windows (you need 'em to combat the dreary coastal grayness), honeyed wood finishes everywhere, a lively but not raucous Happy Hour crowd of mostly locals. Service was prompt and friendly, thanks to; she knew the beers and suggested we buy pints (a paltry $3 at HH) instead of the slightly more expensive pitchers.

Having only tried the Bill's beers once or twice, I figured a taster was the way to go. With seven taps, priced at $0.75 each, the taster tray was just over $5, and the pours were 4-5 oz. Nothing too exciting but the pilsner, er... 'Bilsner', and the Duckdive Pale were my two favorites; the 2x4 Stout, the Billygoat Bock and the Rudy's Red were pretty good; the Asa's Blonde was a bit buttery and the Ragsdale Porter seemed grossly under-carbonated and oily. After the samples, I picked the Pilsner, while S got the 2x4 and J&H snapped up their Duckdives.

S asked the server for 'the best thing on the menu' and our server didn't hesitate to recommend the burgers and the fish & chips. My bacon/cheddar burger ($7.25) was sizable and really good, although the fries were ho-hum; S's fish & chips (halibut - $17 dinner or $13 alone) were nice and chunky, though maybe too expensive for what they were. I noticed that fact across the menu - burgers/wraps/sandwiches with reasonable prices, seafood dishes were notably pricier. Ah, the coastal vacation town!

All in all, a good experience and a place we'll return to... especially with our friends (who own a business in town and were on a first name basis with a number of people there). Live music (bluegrass) was picking up as we were leaving (a quartet of guys casually seated around a nearby table), but that's for another visit.

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Photo of squaremile
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Found this place driving into Cannon Beach and decided to give it a shot. Nice wooden atmosphere, bartender was generous with the pours. House beers are fine, nothing special, but drinkable. The real standout was the burger which was shockingly good for some reason. Maybe it was how hungry I was, but there was something very tasty there and worth getting again. They aren't gong to be blowing anyone away with special releases but everything was tight enough. I'd go back, its a decent place to visit while on the coast.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

After a morning trip to Cannon Beach, I walked up to Bill's just as the mist cleared and the sun came out.

There were very few people in the bar (a few on the porch), and the bartender was friendly, but a little too laid-back. He perked up later on though when I asked for suggestions on other bars to hit as I headed down the coast. (His suggestion for a stop in Garibaldi was a little off though - Keno, a pakc of smokes, and a can of Rainier just don't do it for me!).

It's a comfortable looking place with lots of wood, and a kind of a lodge feel. The mural in the bathroom was a little odd though, although in a way it fits in perfectly with the kind of hippie/surfer/relaxed undercurrent that they have going on. And I guess the glass tap handles and retro back bar kind of fit in with that. Interesting.

The beers were decent, and certainly on par with most brewpub beers, maybe even better... I thought the Evil Tiwn IPA was excellent.

For food I went with clam chowder, grilled oysters, and a grilled cheese sandwich. The chowder and oysters were great... the grilled cheese was grilled cheese, not much you can do with that.

As I stepped out the door the tourists were starting to make their way down the street, and I was glad I'd gotten there early. Overall, I had a pretty good time, and I'd certainly go back.

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Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

I only had time for a quick bite and one brew as my now fiancee and I were both exhausted after being up for almost twenty four hours. The IPA I had was very good while her hefeweizen tasted a bit thin. I got a very good feeling from this place. There was a television, but it wasn't turned on which I like. Everyone seemed friendly and I saw lots of smiles everywhere I looked. While the beer selection won't blow anyone away, the atmosphere makes this a place worth visiting. We both had sandwiches that were served with chips. Both were fine but not outstanding.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2.5 | food: 4

Although this place served as a fine spot for lunch in beautiful Cannon Beach, it wasn't the highlight of our admittedly has unfair competition considering the ocean, its gorgeous seastacks (including big daddy Haystack) and mindblowing views within Ecola state park's many cliffside trails.

We had 3 of their own brews: Bronze Ale, 2X4 Stout and Blackberry Beauty. B.B. was a wheat beer, and I tasted more peach and sour grapefruit than blackberry; the stout was just wrong and off; and the bronze ale...we're not even sure what that was supposed to be. Most of their non-house taps were unexciting: Stella Artois, Guinness, Bud. Glad I got a Fort George Vortex IPA to leave on a good note.

Food was good, if typical brewpub fare. I can make better hummus at home, but the beer-battered onions rings were totally on. Service was good, neither great or poor...and the atmosphere is quite nice, a comfortable, lodge-style place with interesting decorations/wall-hangings; an overall comfy vibe.

Spot-on average as brewpubs go; I'd like to see them work on their beers, as their ideas are good, but the execution seemed lacking.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

This is now one of my favorite places to stop for a meal and a pint on the beautiful Oregon coast. Mo's is the ubiquitous seafood restaurant at almost every whistle stop, but pass next time for the food and brews at Bill's.

I like the warmth of the wood furnishings and chalet-like feel, it is very inviting. You can see the brewing room upstairs through windows. I can't remember the volume of the music on my first visit, but it was louder than desirable on my most recent visit. I like alternative/nu-metal a fair amount myself, but not played loud at the dinner hour.

Service was of the guys was attentive and courteous, the other guy was bordering on sullen. They offered short descriptions of the beers, but didn't seem to have much beer knowledge.

I believe Bill's had about a half dozen of their own beers, plus a couple guest taps. Not overwhelming, but most seem like solid beers. This last time I really enjoyed the Duckdive Pale, but wasn't impressed with their 2x4 Stout.

Food has been very good, with large portions. Fish and Chips are solid, as is the chowder. Served really hot and fresh. Menu isn't huge, but I've come away satisfied. A quality place to warm up and refuel after playing on the coast for the day. Check out Ecola State Park if you're in the area.

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Photo of freed
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Finally got a chance to try out Bill's on our latest trip to the coast. The ambiance is warm and welcoming, owing to the rich fir on most surfaces inside. Wood compliments beer, though the downside can be that acoustics can suffer. There are two halves to the pub, a family/restaurant side and a bar side - each packed with people getting their chow and enjoying their night. The family side is comfortable, but the bar itself is quite attractive and seems a lovely place to spend a gray afternoon.

There were roughly 8 house beers on tap, a terrific house root beer, and a few domestic and import taps as well. The house beers varied in taste from not-quite to spot on. Most of what was on tap was light and fruity, and though the wheat was right on style-wise, none really hit the spot. The darker and stronger beers were more satisfying and were well done.

Food was good and priced well, especially for a resort town on the coast.

Service was ok - partly because there were several larger parties in at the same time. We did wait for some time to get the bill though, and check-ins were infrequent.

I look forward visiting again - especially in winter when the beers darken up a bit.

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Photo of beercollector
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Jack Harris the Brewer at Bill's loves to try new styles. Each year they clelbrate Stout Month in February. There are still kegs around of his Murky Pearl Oyster Stout. This is a rich creamy stout.

This February's beer list included these other Stout's: Space Sout from Laurelwood; Double Chocolate Stout; from Young Brewing; Dragonstooth Stout from Elysian; Snowplow Milk Stout, the Collaborator product from a homebrewer turned into a seasonal product by the Widmer Brothers; and Old Rasputin Russian Imperail Stout from North Coast.

The tasting menu was designed to teach beer tasting. The front side had numbered spaces for the six stouts and tasting notes. It included characteristics to note. The back side had the brew names so you could see what your blind tasting was.

Their food is average pub food. In the off season or on week days the service can be great, but many times the places is crowded by folks staying at the beach. If there is a line then I head to their other establsihment the Warren House Pub.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Bill’s is an older, quasi-historic tavern a few blocks from the ocean. There’s good beer and decent food here, but there is no actual Bill.

Walking through the front door you see a row of conditioning tanks behind glass doors. To your left is the family dining area, to your right, the bar. I never made it to the family room, but the bar is laid out with lots of wood, carved native masks, tall, angular windows, and a neglected television. The brewery sits upstairs over the conditioning room. It is visible through glass panels above the bar and makes for an intriguing architectural array.

Bill’s beers are inventive and well crafted though sometimes their nomenclature strays afield. They don’t claim to have an IPA for example. But their award-winning Duckdive Pale Ale is truthfully an IPA and their Bronze is a nut brown. The brewer is innovative, if not quirky, and takes great liberties with traditional styles. But these original twists have yielded successful results. My advice is to come with high expectations while never knowing quite what to expect. As the mythical Bill himself says, “If you’re in a hurry, you don’t belong here.”

There’s no booze at Bill’s and their beer lines and glasses are chilled. I could do without the chill but I really like the brew. Their seven house beers are listed on an elevated chalkboard in descending order of potency. Some are brewed with coffee beans, licorice root or spruce boughs, all with considerable artistry and skill. (A notable exception is their infamous Garden Elixir. Watching the facial expression of someone trying a sample is said to be enough to dissuade customers from ordering it.) They also have a homemade root beer called Sweet William.

You’ll like this place. Trust me. You’re allowed to smoke though hardly anyone does. A bumper sticker on the wall offers “No Crap On Tap” and a cheerful sign reads, “Don’t forget a 6-pack for mom.” There’s also a few outdoor tables on the front porch for starlight dining. And be sure to check out the hand-blown glass tap handles. Any brewpub that dares to offer no IPA and serve fries without a fork is truly radical and worth checking out.

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Bill's Tavern & Brewhouse in Cannon Beach, OR
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