Henry's Tavern

Henry's TavernHenry's Tavern
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4.03/5
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
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
76
pDev:
11.91%
 
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Photo of mwar
2.66/5  rDev -34%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 2.75

Unimpressed. Sat at the bar with and service was slow. Nothing original here. Had a chain feel to it. With all the options in Portland, time is better spent elsewhere.

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Photo of ccrida
2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
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 mashmstr2
2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
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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2.84/5  rDev -29.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Dcbelkot
3.14/5  rDev -22.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3

Meat market, and people who want to be seen.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of MaximumYuks
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Photo of GJ40
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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 Fluffheady
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

I get it. There’s 100 taps. About 40% of them are crap, though. Food and overall prices are a bit high in comparison to the rest of the city. Henry Weinhard’s is an institution. Unfortunately, it’s not even brewed Portland anymore. It’s brewed in Texas. And Henry’s beer sucks anyways.

If you avoid the Henry’s beer you’ll be ok. They have a lot of unique and cool offerings. They had a Boneyard on draft, for example.

Spend your time and liver capacity at other places when visiting Portland.

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Photo of AJNIDEK
3.64/5  rDev -9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

All the talk on Portland had my expectations high and they were not met here. Okay tap list. Pre-fabricated vibe. Service was great and the TV's were awesome. Won't go back.

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Photo of Epicfail97081
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
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 barleywinefiend
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

A: Blah. Walked in and went left to the bar, pulled up 2 seats, no one at the bar other than wifey and I. No service. It took a while. The girls seemed to be pretty chatty at other end of bar. We got out beer. This place is sordove darker and has a trendy vibe to it.

Q: The beer selections is well thought out. it can please anyone. No crap on tap but nothing rare either.

S: Slow, uninviting and just plain average at best for it to be so dead.

S: Very good. Lots of WA and OR beers and thats what I liked. Craft beer for everyone here.

F: No try.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.83/5  rDev -5%
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 sinistersteve
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

New beer bar/restaurant located on top of the old Henry Weinhard’s brewery in the heart of the high-rent district of downtown Portland.

First off, this place looks outstanding and high class inside. Some dress codes are required, but nothing more than probably to keep the vagrants out that reside in some of the creepy alleys in that area. Simple bar tables surround a central bar. They also have probably the largest TV screen known to mankind against one of the walls showing sports.

Atmosphere: Lively crowd during happy hour. I felt lucky to get a place to sit during this time. I’m curious to see what the place is like later in the evening or on a weekend.

Service: Our waitress was on us like white on rice when it came to refills or when a new guest arrived at out table. This alone is reason to give this place a visit. I certainly hope that this is the way all the staff waits tables and not that we just got lucky.

Selection: 100 or so beers on tap. However, not all are ‘quality’ beers and several can be found at most grocery stores. There are also some hard to find beer also. I suppose it is a decent selection for all tastes (or those who have yet to aquire one)..

Food: I ordered a simple appetizer at a happy hour price ($1.95) and was decent. The happy hour menu is quite extensive too. Other plates I saw brought to other tables looked good also. Not sure how much dinner would cost in the place, but if it is anything like the beer prices, be sure to bring plenty of money.

Speaking of money, I found that the beer prices seemed a bit high. Perhaps since you’re drinking in Portland’s Pearl District costs will be a bit higher in order to make sure the lease gets paid on time, but $4.50 for an American pint of beer seems a bit high when one is used to paying $3.95 or less for an Imperial pint. (which is why I scored quality as average)

One last thing one should mention about this is place is actually trying to get here. Street parking is also at a premium. Either find a way to take public transportation or pay up at a parking garage.

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Photo of benito
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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 kt620498
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 5

First impressions of this place defiantly come off as more corporate feeling, it is very far removed from the mom and pop shop vibe. We got there pretty early on in the day so it was pretty slow, and we only stayed for a pint. The draft list is the most lengthy I have ever seen, and it is almost intimidating. I felt like I just had to close my eyes and place my finger on the menu and go with whatever it landed on. That being said nothing really jumped off the page and said drink me, that might sound kind of snobbish; but with such and extensive list I would have expected bigger names in the IPA section of the menu. I imagine the list rotates often, so most likely I just got there on a not so amazing IPA selection, no worries, the IPA I had was still good. The best feature of the bar had to be the ice ring around the bar that acts as a coaster and also keeps your beer cold, very ingenious. If your in Portland check this place out!

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.5

Photo of Floydster
3.95/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

We went here right after Deschutes hoping to get some cheap happy hour food and we just did that, got some decent sushi and good orange chicken for three dollars each, quite the bargain, now onto the beer, this place looked like a Yard House back home with all of the taps, probably around one hundred different beers available, there was a bunch of local stuff available, although most of it was their normal offerings, not going to find any one-offs here and there is a small amount of seasonals even, beers were a bit expensive too around six dollars a pint, I had a Double Mountain Alpenbrew while here and it was pretty good, we were able to watch some of the hockey playoffs here which was nice, believe or not a lot of the beer spots in Portland do not have TVs, this place was more like a sports bar in that sense but still nice inside, not my first choice when revisiting the city but would not mind if I wound up back here for another whirl, not a bad place to go if you cannot go to each individual brewpub and want to try a wide variety of beers, can walk in and try something from Alameda, Amnesia, Laurelwood, Lompoc, and Deschutes, solid unplanned stop on a trip full of great beer and places

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