The Bridgeport Brew Pub occupies an old brick warehouse on the corner of Marshall and 13th in the Pearl District. The area still has cobblestone pavements and railroad tracks, retaining the feel of a warehouse district. Inside, the pub is very spacious with several adjoining rooms and a long tap bar where the brew is served. It's particularly great for a large group: the main public room is particularly roomy with rathskeller-style, long wooden tables. And they accommodate children until 10 p.m.!
Food options are rather limited - sandwiches, pizza, soup and salad, finger food. This is a place to come for good brew and good company.
Kells incorporates several seating options. The main floor is split into two sides. The left side houses the restaurant and the right side the pub. There is additional space on the second floor for private parties and big gatherings and a cigar bar in the basement.
I love some dishes and find others 'okay'. I guess it all depends on the day, the mood and how hungry I am. For the most part Kells is wonderful. The atmosphere is great and if you are in Portland you should go there at least once.
My favorite time is during Happy Hour as you get to try some great menu items for $3.00 a plate. The serving size is perfect for us as we usually get two items and share 'family style'. We ALWAYS get the Jameson Whiskey Wings - they are fabulous and have a great Gorgonzola Cheese dipping sauce. Yummy! However they have changed them and the last two times we have gotten them - they were okay.
If you are wondering why there are folded dollars on the ceiling in the bar just hand your waitress a dollar bill and two quarters and they will show you what a little Irish Luck can do. The money is scraped off the ceiling about a week before St. Pattys and donated to the Providence Childrens Hospital.
As an FYI of great business – Kells matches the amount taken from the ceiling so for every $1.50 you donate, Kells also contributes. Now that’s great! I always place a dollar and two quarters on the edge of the table and ask the waiter/waitress "how's your luck tonight"?
Favorite Dish: I love going for 'Happy Hour' - Monday through Friday from 4pm to 7pm. Currently you can get any of the items below for $3.00 with the purchase of a $2.50 drink. The Jameson Wings were our favorite. Happy Hour is also available late Sunday night.
- Irish Chips: hand-cut potatoes deep fried and baked with cheese; topped with tomatoes, onions, black olives and sour cream $7.00
- Jameson Whiskey Wings: with Gorgonzola dipping sauce $7.50
Quesadilla - chef's daily selection $7.50
- Featured Sandwich: $7.00
- Traditional Caesar - $6.50
- Kells Burger with Fries: Tillamook cheese, onions, tomatoes and lettuce $6.50
- BLTC with Fries: bacon, lettuce, tomato and cheese $7.00
- Gorgonzola Spread: Baked gorgonzola with roasted onion served with fresh baked bread, crackers and fruit $8.00
- Oyster Shooters: Four fresh Pacific oysters served in shots with lemon and cocktail sauce $6.00
- Spicy Chicken Curry & Chips: Spicy red curry with sautéed chicken over crisp golden fries $7.50
The St. Johns Pub in the St. Johns neighborhood is operated by the Mcmenamins Group, which operates a number of pubs and bars in Portland. They take some interesting, historical property and make it place to go and enjoy an evening with friends. In this case the Pub was orginally contructed by the National Cash Register Company (NCR) back for the Worlds Fair in 1905. After the Fair, the building with its distinctive cuppola was moved by barge and then horse drawn to St. Johns were it served mostly as a religious facility.
Favorite Dish: Good solid pub grub.... my Canuck Salad was good, the beer tasty.
This is the local pub for Rogue brewing company. Rogue produces an uneven range of beers, some excellent, some not good, and a lot rather so-so. I personally find the main problem with their beers to be a lack of balance of the elements. However, overall they have a good reputation. They also make their own spirits - gin, rum, etc., which is a nice plus, at least potentially (see disucsison of service below)
The food here is good. It's pretty standard for brewpubs - burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, and the like, but good. The place itself inside is not all that comfortable, being an odd mixture of cramp yet not cozy, and if there is any moderately loud table, it becomes deafening and unpleasant. This is one major downside. Another downside is the service and the overall running of the place - it is abysmal. Our waitress was efficient but rude, unhelpful, and condescending. The beer list was utterly out of date and the waitress couldn't be bothered to tell me what they did or did not have and would only tell me if they were out of a beer when I ordered it. As for the spirits, the bartender was friendly enough but practically needed to grabbed before he actually paid attention to us even though there was only one other person at the other end of the bar. He also had no idea what to do with the previously mentioned spirits and no idea how to make cocktails. He couldn't even come up with any suggesstions or look to a cocktail book.
Favorite Dish: Pulled pork is good.
This is an attractive, good brewpub of the local McMenamin's chain. It is nice inside and out, with some outdoor seating under leafy trees and is in the nice Nob Hill area. Inside, it has attractive old-fashion pub decor and is pleasant, not loud or rowdy. McMenamin's beer is generally very good and they have a nice range. Veggie burgers and more are very good.
It's also a good place to take kids. Be mindful of local restrictions on minors after certain hours (something we discovered at a little inconvenience since we have kids), but this place is more family/kid-friendly than some other places in the area or other McMenamin's places.
This is a nice, excellent restaurant that has a huge, excellent selection of beers on tap, a huge variety including local and other micro/craft beers, imports of various types, and standard lagers like Pabst and Miller. It has a range of beers both easy to find and unusual to find. Although relatively ritzy, it is not too expensive and has a good children's menu, etc.
They have two restaurants and one brewery. They seem to have been missing on the food in my opionion at both places. The brewery used to just serve pizza but went upscale and lots it's vibe, atmostphere and pub appeal. We don't like it at all. The Bridgeport side kick on Hawthorne had alot more atmosphere and is pretty cool to hang out at. I just don't get the food there. They don't offer a normal pizza but have strange combinations to choose from that I find "strange". I just don't go there to eat, ever, either place. The IPA is word famous though and my husbands favorite beer in the hoppy department and possibly overall. That's why we go. The location on Hawthorne is great too, we like that area.
Mcmenamins has several must visit brewries. You can't come to the NW without visiting one of these for classic food and the freshest and widest selection of NW brews.
They also run a line of hotels that are worthy of consideration to stay at.
Favorite Dish: Golden Ale, Yeah!
The RockBottom Chain might be known to some ... I've been there for the first time and I enjoyed the beer and the food - real big portions, variety of dishes from Italian to tradional American
Favorite Dish: I loooooooooved the Chicken Wings - they tasted great !!!
The Hickory Burger is really tasteful too.
and the Beer is delicous too!
This is a great brewpub in the Pearl District, north of downtown. It has great beer, cask ales, great food, and great service. The place is also neat in old industrial buildings with outdoor seating on a covered former loading dock, plus a stylish interior that is comfortable.
A surprising find. Located next to the main train station. Very atmospheric and comfortable. You'll meet a mix of locals and tourists. I stopped-by for a beer. With its high-backed love-seat chairs it looked like you could even bring a Valentine's Day date there and they'd be happy!
Favorite Dish: Try the local draft beers.
This is a great restaraunt & bar located right on the river. You can reach it by land or pull up to the dock with your boat. Basically just burgers and such but its the ambience you come for. Although the food is pretty dang good too! You can always expect to have plenty of bread to throw out to the water fowl that come swimming up also. You can bring your dogs in also. A very relaxed partylike atmosphere. You can also sit right on the dock with your drinks if you wish (we do) but dont try to take them onto your boat.. They can lose thier license for that. :( This is just a fun place to hang out on a hot day.
Favorite Dish: I actually really like the french fries. They are perfect in every way. They have some real good drinks also. Try the Miami Vice. Happy hour is from 4 to 6 I believe. (you may want to check that)
The place has a warm and friendly atmosphere. The service was great and the food fantastic. Jake's is a Portland institution having been founded over 110 years ago. It is rated on Restaurant guides in the top 10 U.S. food spots.
Favorite Dish: I had the fresh wild King Salmon on a plank. It was very nicely prepared. For appetizer I had Jake's signature Crawfish. The menu says spicy but it should read seasoned. They were worth stopping in. If you haven't tried Crawfish (Crawdads or Crayfish depending what part of the country you live in) then by all means make Jakes bay seasoned crawfish your first. I think you'll be back for more.
Located in the old Henry Weinhards brewery we ended up eating here for New Years Eve '04 and had a great dinner. The restaurant is enormous, at 14,500 sq. ft. and is extremely comfortable, with a great staff. Their list of beers is incredible and don't miss out on the martini's.
Favorite Dish: They have an amazing selection of foods including basic burgers and sandwiches, pizza, pasta and thai/chinese dishes.
The 14,500 sq. foot restaurant boasts 100 beers and hard ciders on tap. Combining the nostalgia of rustic exposed brick walls and dramatic 24 foot ceilings with state-of-the-art features such as a built-in frozen drink rail to keep libations cold, and flat screen and plasma TVs visible throughout the bar, Henry‘s provides a "best of both worlds" atmosphere. Its extensive menu features dinner-house quality and presentation of Northwest and Pacific Rim cuisine, never to be confused with standard "pub grub" faire.
The exceptionally diverse menu features fresh seafood, USDA choice steaks, cutting edge pasta selections, and authentic Asian preparations. All dishes are made from scratch on the premises, including salads, sandwiches, and pizza, and are served at their peak of freshness.
Favorite Dish: I had the halibut with fresh asparagus and garlic mashed red potatoes.....to die for! The halibut was very fresh and everything was full of flavor.
Rollin had the flatiron steak....melt in your mouth good!
And the service is AWESOME!