Henry's Tavern

BA SCORE
90
outstanding

76 Ratings
Henry's TavernHenry's Tavern
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

10 NW 12th Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97209-4102
United States

(503) 227-5320 | map
henrystavern.com

Notes:
Hours:
Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 12:00am

Happy Hour:
Daily: 3:00pm - 6:00pm
Monday - Wednesday: 9:00pm - Close
Thursday - Saturday: 10:30pm - Close
Sunday: All day
(No Happy Hour on 1st Thursdays of the month)

Added by Thrasher

PLACE STATS
Score:
90
Ratings:
76
Reviews:
54
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
8.89%
 
 
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Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

While on my weekend in Portland my girlfriend's roommate said that dinner at Henry's was an absolute must do. We headed out about eight thirty on a Sunday night.

A: It was hard to get a feel for the place as it was ridiculously dark. Each table had what seemed like a spot light on it and it was hard to get a feel for exactly what was going on in the place. Where we were seated was out of the way, and nice and quiet though.

Q: The overall quality of the place is nice though, this isn't just a slouch quality downtown tavern. This is a nice place to go eat and have a few pints.

S: Our server really didn't know much about beer, which was frustrating. Reading right of the menu I ordered a beer, and she said she had never heard of it, I never had either, (it was a speckled hen nitro pale), and thought she was making a joke, but no, she honestly was unaware of that beer on the menu and actually came back and asked again about what I wanted to drink. Other than that she was very capable.

S: The selection is great, I mean 100 beers on tap is really amazing. A wide variety of stuff too, and a lot of local beers from Oregon which was nice. One thing that did disappoint me was the lack of lagersl, I mean BMC are great for the masses, but maybe try and get a little variety in there. Generally speaking though. A fine selection.

F: The food was pretty fair. A good solid menu with a lot of items to choose from. And reasonably priced. My burger was a little overdone for my taste but still flavorful and it mated well with the 60 Minute IPA I had. My girlfriend had no complaints with her food either. And the lettuce wraps for an apetizer were delicious as well.

V: Overall it was a little expensive for my taste when the ticket came, around 60 bucks for dinner, apetizer, and two pints. But at 6 bucks a pint for the imports and microbrews I was glad I didn't sample any of the starred items for rare and hard to find beers. Just a little too expensive for my taste. If in Portland again I don't think I'd go back.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This is a big place that looks like it cost a mint to renovate. The feel is really more restaurant than tavern but rest assured there is beer and lots of it. The menu has two pages of draft beer (approx 100 taps) divided into styles. Lots of hard to find local micros like Double Mountain or Walking Man. Some beers from other areas as well. The service was very good with the server into the beers being served. Food was very good with great thin crust pizzas being had by myself. This is a great place to go for a nice dinner knowing that the beer selection will knock your socks off. The prices seemed reasonable for the level of service and ambiance.

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Photo of benito
3.93/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Henry's is in the middle of downtown Portland; my friends and I had already visited Horse Brass and Concordia when we decided to look for Henry's. It was dumb luck that we managed to find it.

So, this "tavern" has one tremendous thing going for it and one major drawback. The draught beer selection is amazing. Truly, mind-bogglingly ridiculous. They have over 100 taps, the vast vast majority of which are dedicated to top-notch craftbrews from the Northwest and NoCal. I had a Willamette Espresso Stout and a Stone RIS when I visited, and I could have kept drinking from that list for several weeks without stopping or getting bored.

The drawback: this is a yuppie's bar. A nice restaurant with excellent food (that can be had on the cheap during their PM happy hour), this draws the power crowd from Portland. It's like having a great beer bar in a five-star, two-hundred-dollars-a-plate steakhouse, so it gets crowded quick with a crowd atypical for a beer bar. In some ways, this makes Henry's that much more of an adventure--who doesn't like people-watching after all? But, it's also about as far from community and pub ambience as you get. If you love craft beer and this type of scene, welcome to hog heaven.

As for me I'll go to Henry's, enjoy the beer, love the options. enjoy the food, and forgive the atmosphere.

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Photo of GJ40
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This is not my typical pub. It's a bit pretentious and focuses on too much more than the beer.

The decor is pretty impressive. They have brick walls throughout and a marble bar. It's got quiet, romantic atmosphere with lots of ambiance. The second floor in particular is very private and cozy. I'd recommend this place for a night out with the wife or girlfriend. Whether or not the night went as planned, you could at least say you tried and count on some good beer.

The beer list is pretty impressive. They have quite a selection on tap with a nice mix of Europeans and locals. But there are too many other distractions. It's tough to focus on the beer.

I found the guys behind the bar helpful but there was a lot more conversation between themselves than with the customers.

So for a date, this is the place. But in search of the best beer experience, maybe not.

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Photo of John_M
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

When I lived here in Portland, I sort of disdained visiting Henry's. Yes, they had an impressive list, but it was largely peppered with all the usual suspects. I went there today, hoping they might still have some Abyss on tap (both the on-line menu and the restaurant menu had it listed). Not surprisingly, it had long since kicked (they were out of at least 10 different beers), and my initial reaction was one of irritation.... but then I relaxed and enjoyed what was available.

The atmosphere is not this place's best attribute IMO. It's comfortable enough, but I know from past experience that there is a very yuppy-ish vibe most days around 4 or 5 pm. Still, today it was fine, and it was extra nice not being so crowded.

As noted above, the place has a large selection, most of which wouldn't interest anyone outside of the occasional pilgrim from Kansas. However, they now have a special/reserve selection, as well as an RIS and Imperial IPA section. So I ended up getting a glass of the tricerahops and HUB IPA. Both were great, with the HUB (much to my shock) upstaging the tricerahops (a huge favorite of mine). The service was pretty good, and my particular server (can't rememeber his name) was amazingly well informed. I had forgotten how typical it is to find this level of beer knowledge from the "staff" in Portland. (I'm sitting here now in this dive sports bar in Portland - Claudia's - and even the wait staff, two young women, are knowledgably discussing the latest beers brought in on tap, and what they liked the best). Anyways, suffice it to say that much to my surprise, I had a good time at Henry's today, despite the fact they were out of the Abyss. What can I say? This truly is a solid place, and yes, I'll be back again.

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Photo of ndekke39
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

A friend of mine used to work at Henry's, and he had been wanting to take us there for some time. So we got a little bit of the inside scoop during our visit. We went on a busy Friday night but managed to get seated pretty quickly. The restaurant is big, with lots of seating all around the bar, plus tables upstairs and downstairs. The decor is simple and cozy - Henry's is in another one of those historic buildings that have been renovated into awesome things in downtown Portland. Dim lighting, busy servers going back and forth, the kitchen clattering with excitement. I loved it.

The service was great. Our server knew the food and beer selection quite well. He made some good recommendations. Everything came out quickly, despite how busy they were.

The beer selection is excellent. Henry's is known for having 100 beer taps. It's quite a sight to see them lining the bar. The menu breaks things down nicely, so you're not left wondering for too long. Good selection of West Coast beers like Stone, Hair of the Dog, New Belgium, Deschutes, Bear Republic, Rogue, etc., plus old standards like Guiness, Chimay, Youngs, and Spaten. Plus a lot things I had never heard of - always like that.

Food was amazing. We split the tower of onion rings for the table. The rings were hot and tasty - not greasy. And the batter incorporates some sort of cheese, so it's extra tasty. For dinner I tried the Flatiron Steak, which landed in the top five steaks I've ever had. Perfectly cooked, nice and juicy.

Overall, we had a great experience. Everything was excellent about Henry's, and I would gladly return there again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

this was my first stop running around portland, just before hitting powel books for some reading material

I enjoyed a 4 cheese and ham sandwich which was pretty straight as i was not trying to spoil my dinner and had a Ninkasi Total Domination IPA and a Mt Hood Hogsback Oatmeal Stout

atmosphere: i walked in through the front door which is basically into a restaurant...dark interior but i definitely got the restaurant vibe. if you turn left when walking in you will go down a few stairs to a pretty large bar area. it's nothing really special as far as atmosphere goes, especially for portland i would think

quality: both beers i had were quite good - beers are organized by style and special release with a major emphasis (if not exclusive emphasis) on craft beer

service: first bartender didnt really know his beer that well, the 2nd one was kind of a biotch. nothing special here

selection: the selection was definitely overwhelming for a midwesterner. we dont really have this sort of tap selection in madison which is much more focused on low-key all-local taps. The first 2 beers i ordered from the beer list were not available (alaskan smoked porter and terminal gravity ipa). There was a lot of stuff i would have loved to consume, most of which was pretty exclusive to the northwest. I tried to avoid breweries like rogue, hair of the dog, stone and other breweries i was already pretty familiar with. I'm not really sure how many taps there were but there seemed to be a lot, upwards of the 80-100 range.

food: sandwich was good, delivered in style by some overly fancy kitchen person which was ironic given i order the most juvenile item on the menu. it was good though

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Photo of mtullius
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

My first stop (as it was close to my hotel) on my own personal P-town Beer Tour. And a good stop it was. Close to 100 taps, predominantly Oregon micros, with some Pacific Northwest micros thrown in for good measure.

My only main complaint was the bizarre fact that they served the beer in chilled pint glasses. For a bar with such an amazing selection of fine beer, you'd think they would know better. Eventually, I asked the bartender if I could have a non-chilled glass, and he happily obliged me, but should one really have to ask? Maybe they could save the chilled glasses for the crap beers they serve (Bud, Bud Light, Bass, etc.), and keep the regular ones for the good stuff.

Speaking of good stuff, did I mention there's a lot of it here? I sat at the bar, which has an odd ring of snow along its edge (as other reviewers have mentioned). Good enough bar service, and the bartenders seemed knowledgeable enough, too. For example, my tender was able to tell me all about the Widmer's Brewmasters' Selection W '07 beer...

The food was quite good, and a heckuva value if you're there at happy hour-- most of the "posh barfood" appetizers were in the 1.95-3.95 range. Nice.

I could spend my whole week in Portland here and I'd probably not get to try all the beers that are new to me. That's quite an endorsement. Definitely a good stop for anyone on a Portland Beer Tour....

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It seems like the sun has only been up for an hour or two when I stumble across Henry’s but alas it is open and so in I go ready for whatever beers await me – or rather, I thought I was ready, until I saw the beer list!

I’ve been to these 60 tap, 80 tap, 100 tap places before and am usually not terribly impressed. Jack’s Cannery in San Francisco comes to mind as a pinnacle of what can go wrong when a bar tries to live off the hype of 80 plus taps. Sure 80 taps sounds sexy but when 8 are American Macros, 4 light beers, 15 European Pale Lagers, 5 Pilseners, and the rest an assortment of Ambers and Reds, there really isn’t all that much to be excited about.

Henry’s is different. The tap selection is diverse and impressive, the lines clean, and the beers served at a relatively appropriate temperature. There are IPAs galore, double IPAs even, and APAs, Stouts, Porters, and Belgians. Of course there are a few tap handles of Bud but they are the exception at Henry’s, not the norm. The menu is also laid out well, organizing beers by style and offering a brief description of each.

I settle on a Dick’s Danger, their special beer of the week or whatever, and it’s only alright so I quickly move on to a Blue Dot from Hair of the Dog, which pleases me mightily.

About this time my belly starts to rumble so I order a club sandwich. It’s one of the best I’ve had in ages. The bread is fresh, thinly sliced and toasted sour dough. The avocado is plentiful and perfectly ripened, and the bacon, oh the bacon is crispy like I like it and very peppery. I find it to be the perfect compliment to a fine beer and a pleasant patio.

That’s right, Henry’s has a patio. It’s a multileveled, spaced out old industrial courtyard that would have, at one time, been a loading dock area. The old smokestack is still standing as is a beautiful façade that protects the courtyard from any street noise or other nuisances. I can easily imagine spending long evenings out here hammering through the lengthy beer list.

The interior of the bar was less impressive. It’s clean and well put together, dark enough I suppose, but it really gave me the feeling that 21 year old yuppie chicks were staring at me thinking to them selves, he’s not good enough to be here. I imagine at a busier hour that this place would be loaded with yuppie guys and blondes charging the mix drink du jour or an Amstel Light on daddy’s credit card. It probably wouldn’t be the place for me.

Service was average and prices were acceptable. Good location right next to Whole Foods and Powel Books.

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I find Henry's a bit of a contradiction. Every time I've been there, I feel a little out of place. Glitzy, yuppie, and hipster are descriptors for many people there. Guys trying too hard to attract the girls that are trying too hard to be noticed. A lot of them drinking the few poor beers out of the ridiculously long beer menu. Not necessarily the appreciative crowd I was expecting.

Aesthetically, the place is appealing. It's smack dab downtown, two stories of an old brick building that has been updated with a classy, dark, modern style. The projection TV was novel for a bit, but I'm not a fan of TVs in bars in general.

For me, it's the selection of beer and happy hour food that keeps bringing me back. The beer list of about 100 on tap is extensive and wide-ranging. I've always been able to find something new or interesting to drink, from quality NW micros to a few hard to find European beers on tap. Sure, you can find everything they have in a bottle somewhere else, but sometimes it's great to have it on tap, right? Hoegaarden, Walking Man, Bridgeport, Rogue, Deschutes...you'll leave wondering what you'll try next time.

The regular menu is well varied and high quality that is priced accordingly high. However, their happy hour food (early and late on the weekdays, very late on weekends, no drink discounts) is only $2-5! Try the gorgonzola fries, they are excellent.

Don't expect much beer knowledge from the wait staff. But I haven't had any complaints so far, they've been prompt and friendly.

Henry's is no secret. Expect waits on the weekend evenings to get in. All those people must have heard too. It's a must-try here in Portland.

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Photo of oggg
4.13/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

5-11-07

This was my second trip to Oregon and this time I didn't try to pack in 2-3 brewpubs per day. Much better. Anyways, I came here on someone else's corporate open bar tab, so there's my bias.

This place is a large two story restaurant with a large bar and patio in the back. Decor is dark lighting with dark wood. The deepest part of the bar has poor lighting, while the part near the back entrance gets a lot of outside light, and this is where we sat. The crowd seemed to have some romantic couples, some older moneyed fuddy duddies, and a few real random slobs. There are a few TVs and one projection TV. Our group was the loudest in the place, so it's kinda hard to judge the normal atmosphere of the place, but I'd come back.

The beer selection and quality was actually surprisingly good. I expected a Yardhouse clone, with 80 macro beers and a weak selection of craft brews, but there was a lot of stuff I wanted to try. Especially on someone else's tab! They had lots of beers in many styles (need more porters): Victory Prima Pils, Stone Arrogant Bastard, Laurelwood Treehugger Porter, Rogue, Deschutes, Lagunitas, and many more. I had the Mount Hood Ice Axe IPA and enjoyed that first. Then I had the Amnesia Desolation IPA -- at first I thought they had some nasty problem with their keglines because the brew came out turbid! Then I figured it was supposed to be unfiltered (though even my homebrew comes out clearer than that!) and I looked it up on BA to be sure. The Desolation was tasty if a bit sweet. It came at a lower carbonation which really made the flavors stand out -- now I am wondering if they did that on purpose or was that a flaw in serving?

The servers are mostly young and pretty and vapid. Ours was probably the best of the best in this respect, but she was good natured (with a fat tip coming her way) and did a good job of getting the beers right and getting them to the right person. It would be best if you knew your beer before coming in, because I don't see them being much help. Maybe as a sign of what it would be if I came back, our interaction at the front desk of the hostess was not exactly welcoming. We asked where the corporate meeting was being held, and since no one had actually made a reservation, she had no one down in the book, and she gave us a load of sass for our trouble.

We ordered off the pub menu and the food looked pretty mediocre. Not exactly stunning. I enjoyed the spinach and artichoke dip, but I'd avoid the orange chicken and tuna stack.

Prices? I didn't see any prices except for the scotch that we ended up moving on to... Actually, I'm starting to remember that during happy hour, the pub food is friggin cheap -- $1.95 for 6pc california roll, lots of things for $2, $4, $6.

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Photo of ccrida
2.8/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Henry's is in a large red brick warehouse in the trendy Pearl district, in what used to be Henry Weinhard's brewery. Inside the large space is a chic loft feel with dim lights and a fairly pretentious night club vibe, booths and stool tables, a large projection screen high on the wall, and balcony style 2nd floor that overlooks the bar below . The bar is decent sized and theres a fair amount of seating, plus a 1/2 that has a really upscale billiards room, with it's own mini bar, lounge area and TVs. It is kind of place I imagine a lot of people go for the atmosphere, and are willing to pay a premium to do so. I am not one of those people, but the 100 draft beer list made it somewhat worthwhile. I cannot speak for the bartenders knowledge or service, but in the booths upstairs, it was bad. Our server was an snooty air-head who made a point of acting annoyed at the idea of having to do her job...picture a gum smacking cheerleader from an 80s teen movie...I did not ask her about any beers, but she pretended to love all the ones I tried (I say pretended, because they were disparate styles and not all good). Which was par for the course for the overpriced hipster bars this reminded me of... Anyways, the beer list was pretty impressive, very NW ale heavy, but when in Rome...their other attraction is that for happy hour, instead of discounting the $5+ pints, they offer cheap, pseudo-gourmet bar food. It was OK, although I'd probably prefer cheaper beer. We had the bbq chicken pizza (7/10), seafood cakes (5/10), california roll (8/10) and gorgonzola fries (9/10). Worth checking out, but not a place I'll become a regular at.

Update: I've been back quite a few times over the last few years. Grabbing a seat at the bar is better, as the bartender's are knowledgeable on beer and pretty personable when it's not a total zoo (which is rare). I don't mind paying a premium for their great selection of mostly fresh beers and getting tasty cheap happy hr. food, and there's usually lots of good looking people (for portland) providing eye candy. I'd give it B+, great beer selection and good food, the atmosphere is love or hate depending on what you're looking for. I also like the upstairs billards room, great speak easy men's club feel, but the beer selection generally sucks compared to downstairs, but they usually have at least one 'geeky' craft out of the 3-5 draughts.

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Photo of Umbra
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Since we were in town sans vehicle, this turned out to be the best option in getting a wide variety of NW brews w/o having to wander too far. Located in the trendier end of town, theoretically within stumbling distance of at least Rogue and a bunch o' places for the ladies to go shopping.

Popular place, with a load of folks getting early afternoon drinks. Help was friendly and fast at the bar end of things. Didn't try the food, but the apps looked appealing.

Gigantic selection of 100+ beers, broken down appropriately on the menu. Didn't have any issues with tasty ones being incorrectly listed. Varied well from the mundane to the interesting. Overall it was well worth the trip, and you could take free transportation to within a block of so of the place.

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Photo of nohead02
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

mashmstr2, you've got to lighten up a bit (I hope this isn't considered chastising a fellow reviewer -- a violation of the rules. this is how I talk to my fiends). Yes, this place is large, busy, and obviously brings in a ton of money each night. But the people aren't there because of some kind of lemming effect (vis a vis Gordon Biersch). Hey, I grew up in the 60s and I've been on the anticorporate kick myself. But hell, I really enjoyed my visit there. This is a tastefully decorated place. They serve a hundred beers of many different styles. You mean to tell me you couldn't find something you wanted to drink? The food menue is varied and we were impressed by the quality of the food. The service was efficient and friendly and our server obviously cares about beer.

This was one of my favorite stops on my recent Oregon trip. If you want to be a curmudgeon and cite this place as an example of the evils of big business, good for you. If you want to enjoy a good meal with a wide variety of beer in an attractive venue, give it a shot.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have visited Henry's on several occasions for Happy Hour, for lunch or for playing pool in the upstairs billiards room. Most recent visit on Aug 4th, 2006.

The "tavern"/restaurant is housed in the old Henry Weinhard's Brewery, a massive late 19th c. red brick edifice at W. Burnside/12th in Downtown Portland. A remodeling job several years ago completely transformed the interior into an upscale restaurant and bar. Lots of exposed brick, warm dark woods and moody lighting give the place a chic feel.

I've only eaten in the restaurant on two occasions (lunch) and was pleased with the food and service. More frequently, the bar and patio has been the reason to be at Henry's. Daily Happy Hour from 3-6pm (and late night, times vary by date) keeps the place busy, as does the cool vibe and great Pearl District location - a perfect hip hangout for after work or later. Also, lots of TV's - always on ESPN; Henry's can be a big sports-watching spot, especially during football season when the Ducks, Beavers, Huskies, etc. are on.

The bar has a great draft list, over 100 taps. The list is broken into categories, from lagers, pilsners & blondes to reds, browns, IPA's, porters & stouts. There are typically a handful of seasonals, strong ales, and (the newest category) Belgian specialties. I've been very pleased with the mix of styles and with the breweries represented (several of the small Portland-area ones make it on the list). There's a definite "Northwest" focus but usually there are some good imports and the occasional choice from a top-notch midwest/east coast brewery (Victory and Dogfish Head are 2 that come to mind).

Several have mentioned the frosty rail at the bar for keeping drinks cold; I believe this is called the "Arctic Express"(?). Bartender immediately set my pint on the rail; I, in turn, immediately removed it and set it on a cloth napkin and wrapped my hands around it to get the beer warming up. If I order an Imperial IPA, I want to smell those hops! I noticed there are no coasters being used so I guess that, besides keeping drinks cold and looking 'cool', it may reduce the clutter? Whatever, it's an interesting novelty - worth grabbing a barstool for, I suppose. I did notice I got much better & quicker service sitting at the bar than at a table during HH. There's also some shaded outdoor seating in a courtyard adjacent to the bar.

On the topic of Happy Hour, food is the only thing discounted, not beers, unfortunately. Prices are very good ($2-4 range) on the food and it's some of the best quality around. A nice variety: from pizzas, salads, burgers and (awesome) gorgonzola-covered fries to egg rolls, satay & sushi. Pints are generally $4-5, though maybe a little more for some seasonals (I think I paid $6 for a Storm King last winter).

One last thing: check out the framed art on the walls. Cool collages made from bottlecaps, bottle labels and decades-old advertising from the former Henry Weinhard's Brewery.

A good place to check out - recommended for a visit when in Portland, especially when in Downtown.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Several people we talked to in town all pointed to this place if you enjoy good beers. When I read the reviews of some of the locals before my trip out here, I was expecting a small selection of stuff "I couldn't get in a grocery store". Well for an east coast guy, this is a great place to have pints of many breweries products I couldn't get to on my trip, even if they are considered mundane and easy to get by Portland residents.

The building is old on the outside, and modern and hip on the inside. There are several different sections in the place, but we opted for the bar area. The place was packed even with the large bar area. We grabbed a hightop and a waitress promptly arrived asking for drink orders. Huge TVs adorn the walls. The place was also quite loud with boisterous conversation.

There are about 100 beers on tap which covered many styles. Yes they had a bunch of macros, but in comparing it to a local many-tap Fox & Hound we have in NJ where most taps are macros, this place had a large percentage of micros. The beers we had were fresh and clearly not sitting around for long which is a plus with a place with so many taps.

Waitress first brought me a stout when I ordered an IPA, so she clearly wasn't paying attention while grabbing beers. But after that service improved.

The dungoness crab and calamari appetizers were both very good even though they wer a bit expensive.

This is a must stop for anyone visiting Portland who can't get to visit places like Walking Man, Laurelwood, or Amnesia (and I tried to get to Laurelwood but it was closed on July 4 !).

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The irony of Henry’s is that this chic downtown restaurant and ever-so-trendy bar has been reborn on the site of Portland’s historic Henry Weinhard’s brewery. The same building that brewed over a million barrels of working class lager for the masses now houses an upscale eating establishment serving the upwardly mobile. The good news is that the beer list is quite exceptional. It’s not that they have more than 100 beers. It’s that they have more than 100 beers on draught. My experience at this bar is not extensive, but all the beers I’ve been served here have been reasonably fresh. And the bartenders know them by name. And while the list is global in scope, you’ll also find beers by the likes of Mt. Hood Brewing, Roots, Laurelwood, and Amnesia, in addition to Northwest standards by Deschutes, Bridgeport, Full Sail, etc. Someone was very thoughtful about putting together the beer list. There is something here for everyone.

There’s also an extensive wine list with a strong emphasis on the American west coast. If you sit at the bar, you can place your drink in a chilled inside perimeter. It's like a four-inch wide exposed refrigerated surface. And while this gimmick is of no value to beer or wine drinkers, it is at least a momentarily entertaining novelty.

Henry’s is huge – cavernous. I still sense there are whole areas I’ve never even seen. And yet it took 20 minutes to get a table on a Friday night – the place was packed. Surely people aren’t showing up for the food, which is decent but not exceptional. Service is sincere, confident, and abundant. When I asked where the men’s room was, I got an escort to the door.

I like Henry’s. I like the old red brick of it. But I’m never at home in a place like this. I much prefer places more accommodating to heathen riffraff like myself.

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Photo of loren01
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Went on a Monday night, must be a pretty popular hangout because it was packed. Atmosphere was ok, it was very loud, cant imagine what it would be on a busy Friday or Saturday. Beer selection was excellent, must have been over 100 taps to choose from. Beer prices were a little more than the usual, cost $4.50 for a pint. Guess you have to pay for the fancy cologne and perfumes in the restrooms somehow. A little too trendy for me I think. Not a bad place but when in Portland I'd rather hang out at one of the many brewpubs around town, better atmosphere and prices, the main attraction here is the number of beers I guess.

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Photo of joedon
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Visited for the happy hour and was not disappointed. Good happy-hour menu with cheap prices: $2.95 pizza/$2.95 cheeseburger etc. The beer remains the same price whether it's HH or not. About $4.50 for a craft pint.

Lots of beer on tap (one hundred listed on the beer list) but no bottles. No barley wines either. I was searching for Old Knucklehead and it was not available.

I had the Arrogant Bastard and Tannen Bomb; both outstanding.

Very neat bar: mostly granite but with a 4 inch wide track of ice to rest your beer glass on.

Largely a beer-geek and 20 something crowd although the couple next to me ordered whiskey and 7up and bud-lite. Mercifully, the bartender talked the guy into trying an amber ale which he was very pleased with.

It always stuns me that patrons will come into what is obviously a beer geek's heaven and then order the worst of all possible choices from the beer list!

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I went to this bar in the early afternoon and there weren't many other people there, which was a perfect time to go. Right down the street from Powell's City of Books (which is amazing in itself), this bar provides a great place to relax. The bar had something I've never seen: a steel strip about 4 inches wide going around the inside lip of the bar that stays frozen and keeps your drink cold. Ingenius. They have a menu full of beer, many of which I've never seen (a lot of local stuff) but upon reading reviews on this sight they aren't that unique. Just a good place to grab a pint or take a date.

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Photo of mashmstr2
2.8/5  rDev -30.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 2 | food: 3

Are you a "POWER LUNCHER" or "TRENDY HIPSTER"? Then, THIS is your place!

Located inside the Old Henry Weinhard Brewery, the decor is granduous, modern and hip. Beautiful blend of old and new... That's about as good as it gets! Service is very good too!

Being that Henry Weinhard was an Oregon and Brewing pioneer and his legacy is immense; One would expect some kind of museum cornered off for the MAN or at least, some old brewing artifacts or plaque. Nope! Nothing! This place isn't about Henry Weinhard, Portland History or Brewing History, it's about one thing....MONEY! Your money!

The 100 beers on tap are everything you've already had and don't care to drink again! Run of the mill, local grocery store beers and micros. The Beer Menu was put together by someone who has NO concept of Beer Styles, it's rather comically organized....

The food run from standard pub grub to Chinese Food to Seafood specials... Moderately tasty, but notthing real exciting for the price. Price? $8-9 Burgers. $14 Chinese food. $20 seafood.

The atmosphere is rather aloof and stiff. Although, the servers were very nice and helpful.

It's a beautiful place, but not a quality or respectable beer snob venue.

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Henry's 12th Street Tavern in Portland's beautiful Pearl district downtown. Visually the place is stunning. The ceilings are tall, with large two story + windows. The restaurant and bar both feature second floors. The woodwork is dark; the lights are dim; and the style of the artwork and general interior design is top rate. Henry's is a smoke free establishment too, which is always a treat for me.

The beer selection, with a supposed 100 beers on tap, is entirely of a selection of draught beer. The selections range from three Belgian or Belgian style ales to American Macros, various hard ciders, a huge selection of American IPAs. Besides the personal disapointment I felt at learning their final keg of Ruination had been tapped out earlier that day, the beer selection meant my expectations and really can provide a beer for both the Beer Advocate and the Bud lover - even if most BA's will never like that fact.

My girlfriend and I only enjoyed some onion rings, a Chimay, and a glass of wine, so we really couldn't speak for the quality of the food there with any sort of authority.

Our waittress was very helpful. She had a beer of the day selection she had chosen - it appears the wait staff is instructed to have a personal each day - and respectably offered Victory Hop Devil as her recommendation. She was helpful, attentative, the beer was served in the proper glassware, and the beer.

Overall, I left very impressed with Henry's on a whole. The selection, which is pretty enormous being that all beers are on tap, does have be sifted through to find the true quality items, but they could have 50 beers on tap, and if chosen correctly, would still warrant a high quality offering for any beer bar. The atmosphere and the area are very nice too.

Very impressed.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Found the place called Henry's Tavern after a BA barfly search. Hustled over to see the 100+ taps that I haven't seen since the likes of Nashville's Flying Saucer.

This place looks like a fortress from the inside out. Big menacing dark brick and interior of dark wood and leather. There are two stories. When ya walk in the front doors, swing left fo the beer, off to the left. Half of the taps are scrod lame-os but there ere some winners. Seasonals were: BSB Summer Honey, Deschuttes Cinder Cone Red, FullSail Hopocity (sold out but Full Sail SunSpot was in its place) New Belgium Loft, and Widnmer '05. This joint is huge to boot. The bar has a strip of perma frost to set your ber glass into if you pefer it extra cold for the likes of "fill in the blank" macro swill.

My barkeep was attentive but not obsequious. Just laid bak an chillin'. He was friendly with offering some unsollicited samples in little glasses. He also added that he has the staff try different beers.

Selection is worthy of mention even if half are Michelob, Bud and Heineken, but they are ALL on tap!!! That gets the goodness going.

If you like IPAs like me, they had Bridgeport, Caldera Dry Hop Orange, Fish Tale Organic, Full Sail, Indian Pelican, Terminal Gravity IPA and Mt. Hood Ice Age Axe.

Henry's has Salads, steaks, burgers, sushi, happy hour 4-6 with $2.50 appetizers. I had the BBQ Brewery burger with friggin' ham on the burger for $8.95. Drafts are $4.50. The free samples made it really worth it! I went on the night after the Fourth of July but I hear that the joint in packed all the time.

Finally, definitely a place that would pass the "Could you take Mom here test?" My Mom would like it if I bought her the Silver Oak Babernet Sauvignon fo $95 a bottle.

Last call: I'd reccomend it to any beer geek regardless of your preferences. This Idiot is glad that I was able to check this place out.

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Photo of NVbeer
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

This was a final stop on Sunday night after the holiday ale fest. My wife and I went straight back to the bar area as we had already enjoyed dinner at Widmer.
The atmosphere was that of high-class, but tended to come of as pretensious, which isn't a bad thing if your into that, which I am not. The bar area was clean and well maintained.
The beer selection was impressive with a count of 101 taps that night. (They were sold out of Bud Light, which I find humerous). The beer was served well and the staff was friendly and somewhat knowledgable. I did find the chill rail along the bar interesting, but going against the idea of enjoying a beer while it warms up to get different flavors and tastes.
I would recommend stopping in for a pint or two if your in the area, but not a place to go out of your way for.

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Photo of freed
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

After having been turned away by a crowd last time, we were nearly turned away again for the same reason when the hostess informed us that a party our size had just cancelled and that we could be seated right away instead of waiting the 40 minutes they had predicted. Excellent.

Both the outside and the inside of the building are thoughtfully decorated, but one would expect that of a new place in the Pearl. Location is quite good, close proximity to some of Portland's other great landmarks. The inside is fairly dark, and seems somewhat trendy, but the open kitchen, army of chefs, wait persons, and throngs of guests liven the place. We were seated in a dark booth upstairs that really created a private atmosphere that was conducive to conversation. The bar was too full, which should be expected on a Friday evening.

The beer selection is marvelous, with nearly 100 beers on tap. I was able to try two beers I'd not seen on tap anywhere else (Delirium Tremens and Lagunitas XS) that were fantastic, but served a bit cold, especially the Delirium. However, every beer we ordered was served appropriately and the staff seemed to know the beers fairly well; something that is a rarity even in Portland.

Speaking of which, the staff was amazingly helpful and engaging once they saw that we were receptive to it. The seemed to adjust their involvement to the parties around us, and even snuck us some spare coasters.

We had dinner and the regular menu was as much of a challenge as the beer menu was when decision time came. There a pretty wide variety to choose from, and everyone in the party had something different and were very pleased with their selection.

If you can handle lively crowds, the bar is also a very social place. Being more of a dark corner type, I was happy with the booth, and happy with the place in general. Because of its location, there are plenty of activities in any direction, including books, live music, and other food or drink venues.

I was initially pessimistic given the somewhat trendy atmosphere, but they really have done a nice job so far. I look forward to returning on weeknight.

Addendum: I visited the main bar area recently and found it to be what I'd expect of a fancy east cost style sports-bar. I don't like sports bars. And I don't like chilled glasses nor the chill strip on the bar. This really could be a world class beer bar if they worked out some of these details.

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Henry's Tavern in Portland, OR
4.05 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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