Moon and Sixpence


13 Reviews
Moon and SixpenceMoon and Sixpence

Type: Bar, Eatery

2014 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97213-1305
United States

(503) 288-7802 | map

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4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This place is somewhat difficult to spot on a dark rainy night, but the weather made it seem a bit more authentic. The dark, misty facade changes little once you enter. The dark, smokey interior is very authentic, though the deeply stained wood isn't as well worn (yet). Plenty of mixed seating around, and hopefully you get one of the chairs instead of a pew.

The walls are adorned with classic guinness zoo ads, soccer paraphernalia, and other miscellaneous decor. Darts, books and other games offer visitors some activities while they're enjoying their beer.

While I was there, a local neighborhood bluegrass/jazz ensemble was jamming. It added a nice feel, and didn't limit conversation.

The beer selection was pretty good, but I don't really get the whole pub/bottled beer thing. The draught selection was good, and the cask ale was served at the perfect temp, and was great. Also worth noting, single malt prices were very good.

The food was a decent recreation of traditional pub fare. The fish & chips were excellent, and the other pastry dishes were great.

Our first visit was a bit short, so we're planning on another go.

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Photo of weefisheads
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The name just screams English bar, and the moment you enter the front doors you're almost transported "across the pond" in a wave a British nostalgia. From the obligatory dartboard area to the Bangers and Mash on the menu, it's about as authentic England as you can get in Portland without going to...well...The Horse Brass.

However, in addition to a very impressive list of beers from the UK, this place also has a tremendous selection of other beers. Two pages of Belgian yummies, for examples, including Chimays, Rochforts, and a rather pricey Westvleteren. And so as to not forget some beers closer to home, there is also a nice selection of draught beers as well. On my visit I just happened to be lucky enough to have a Deshutes Brewery selection called Twilight I've never had before, but only after my first chance at a Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale.

Foodwise The Moon and Sixpence is quite authentic as well. Though Enlish cuisine doesn't quite conjure up imagines of gormet food, the food I had was hands down better than some of the other English pubs I've come across, and I thoroughly enjoyed the selections I made from the appetizer menu.

Despite being a tad on the smokey side (but at the same time adding to it's English feel...), The Moon and Sixpence is definatly a place worth a visit.

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4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This place has become one of my favorite hangouts in Portland for many reasons. Great beer selection: Marston's Pedigree, Fullers ESB, among the English beers on tap. They usually have 8-10 of the best N.W and west coast micro's on tap and just about everytime I drop in something new and unusual appears on the beer menu. Two hand pumps at all times for cask ales and a very nice selection of bottled beers from around the world leaning towards Belgium and Germany round out the menu.

I've yet to have a skunky beer served to me here and we've had lots of chances for that. The service is generally good but inevitably slows when the place gets packed on Friday night. Smoking is allowed but it's not too bad unless you sit at the bar. Nice little beer garden in the back where the non-smokers can escape in nice weather.

Food is typical but quite authentic English pub grub that is better than average. The atmosphere is what makes the place. If you've been to the U.K. and sampled pub life firsthand you'd know what I mean. This is the ex-pat gathering place in Portland. Sit at the bar and you'll be drawn in to the crack. Sit at a table or booth and you'll have a good time as well. Try it and I think you'll find this place entertaining.

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Moon and Sixpence in Portland, OR
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