Pubs in Southeast
Offshoot tied-house pub of Tualitin's Ancestry Brewing, with full range of Ancestry beers on tap, and pub food (burgers, sandwiches, salads, onion rings) from the kitchen.
One-room hole in the wall neighborhood pub with good taplist and very good food. Popular regulars' hangout. Big rollup door opens to the sidewalk tables in good-weather days.
Cash-only bar with generous beer patio. Like San Francisco's Toronado, this is something of a love-it-or-hate-it place, but the beer selection is usually first-rate. No kitchen, but take-out from neighboring Gordito's or occasional food trucks parked in front is always acceptable. Just don't climb over the fence!
Roomy, rambling taproom features full range of Baerlic Brewing's beers. No kitchen, but food ordered from nearby eateries or brought from home is accepted.
Roomy taproom in Portland's burgeoning Buckman district pours a full range of Base Camp beers. Food carts outside for nourishment, and outdoor seating in good weather - or covered and heated when the weather is less than good.
It should be axiomatic that a sandwich shop named Meat Cheese Bread would have an affiliated bar named Beer. Originally, this was a smallish two-room pub with bar in front and quiet back room, old-school breweriana everywhere, and well chosen selection of craft taps and bottles. More recently, a 2018 expansion saw a near-doubling in the venue's size, opening up a second room in the space right next door. Order food from next door and they'll deliver, too.
Living proof that a really good local pub doesn't need large numbers of beer on tap to be a good, popular place. The ten taps are usually well-chosen, and there are plenty of bottles and cans in the coolers to augment the choice, as the Beer Mongers also serves as an excellent bottle shop.
Originally a small beer specialty shop located on SE Belmont St very near the Horse Brass, Belmont Station moved and expanded to the current SE Stark location several years ago, increasing the selection and adding a beer café. Widely considered to be one of the best of its kind in Portland.
The pub that brought Portland's emergence in the sour-beer world into sharp focus. Fans of sour beer - particularly beers inspired by Belgium's Flanders reds and browns - should consider this a must-visit.
Portland outpost of Hood River's Double Mountain brewery and pub, known for its wide range of beers and good pizza.
Rambling multi-roomed pub-restaurant attracts the hipster-ish crowd with very good pub food, beer, and booze. There's a basement bar if it gets crowded at the main-floor bar.
Not so gigantic, but popular, and there's a patio out front on finer days. Clever beers, more clever artwork on the labels, and a fun place to hang out for beers brewed on-premises.
Straightforward taproom, a few tables and a bar, brewery in back. Interesting range of beers. Note: entrance is actually just north of SE Division on SE 10th Avenue.
Simple, modern one-room pub with plenty of taps, and just about everything is available to go in growlers or crowlers.
Simple, modern one-room pub with plenty of taps, and just about everything is available to go in growlers or crowlers.
More than two decades in, Hair of the Dog's beers have gained recognition far beyond Portland, but production remains deliberately small-scale, and the brewery's own tasting room is the best place to find and enjoy the exceptional range of house beers on offer. Food is good, too.
Big, rambling, popular pizza pub with wide range of house beers, on busy SE Powell (US Highway 26) in SE Portland. Popular with families in the general seating section, a little quieter in the bar. B-Corp status, sustainable brewing practices. A Portland fixture.
This is the OG pub of the Portland beer scene, a British-style pub that transcends mere imitation with a wider selection on tap than you'll find in any pub in the UK, and a huge proportion of what's on tap is Oregon brewed. The Horse Brass is an institution, and a mandatory stop on any Portland beer itinerary.
Simple one-room boozer with good range on tap and even more bottles. Beers can be consumed on-premises or bought to take away, including growler fills from the taps. No kitchen, but there's really good takeout nearby, including the excellent Bollywood Kitchen.
Nifty small one-room pub at the ground level of an apartment building. How nice to have a good little neighborhood local so close to home... if you live here. Worth a visit for friendly service and a good tap list.
Yes, it's a sandwich joint. Just look at the beer selection on the board and the beer garden. It's a beer bar too, and a very good one. Regular tap takeovers happen here and the sandwiches are some of the best in town, and go really well with beer.
Former location of Lompoc Brewing's Hedge House, now pouring some of the region's best farmhouse-style and mixed-fermentation beers. Do not miss this one.
Portland's idea of a beer hall is huge, and so is the selection. 99 taps pour a primarily Oregon-focused selection, plus occasional out-of-state "guests." In a state with more than 220 breweries, that almost makes sense. Food is simple, with sausages from Olympia Provisions on a pretzel bun, and a few other beer-friendly items. Most unusual is the bar's cash-only, no-tipping policy (ATMs on-premises).
More than twenty years in, the Lucky Lab is durably popular for pints of English-style ales and inexpensive food. It's grown into a chainlet, with three other locations around the city.
The Commons Brewery is gone (but not forgotten), and in its wake, San Diego's Modern Times has opened its own brewery and taproom in the same tall-ceilinged space. It looks and feels different, there are a lot of beers on tap, there's a retail shop, and there's vegan food. It's also immensely popular.
Friendly neighborhood brewery taproom in the western edge of the Montavilla business district, with recent addition of Threshold Brewing and Blending, plus nearby Roscoe's and Beer Bunker, very pub-crawlable too. Beer garden in good weather.
Mt Hood Brewing opened its first-ever Portland pub in 2018, and it's rather unlike any other in town. Yes, there's a taproom with a bar and tables, but there are also two refurbished train cars with additional seating. Plenty of house beers on tap, plus pizza. Not a bad combo at all.
Smallish functional taproom serves a range of quality house brews. Mt Tabor originally started in Portland, relocated across the Columbia to Vancouver, and is now back in Portland and one of the latest in the Buckman Brewery District.
One-room simple, friendly boozer with strong focus on American IPAs from the Pacific Northwest and nearby. Four IPAs, one non-IPA, and one cider. Minimalism at its best.
One of a national chain of pizza & beer places, typically in suburban locations. Plenty of craft beer taps include local brewers, and the pizza-centered menu is budget-friendly. It may not be the same as the warm and cozy corner local in an urban neighborhood, but the beer selection is good.
Although it's not obvious after the extensive (and, some would opine, insensitive) 2008 remodel, the Row has decades of history behind it. This was an original Portland good beer bar, from back in the 1970s when it was owned by the brothers McMenamin to the present day, after three more changes of ownership. Beer selection is good, there's plenty of pub food, and there's plenty of space in the big patio out back. The Produce Row ain't what it once was, but it's still a worthwhile beer venue, and has good proximity to a couple of other beers spots too.
New (July 2017) straightforward beer bar at SE 52nd and Woodstock, where the neighborhood needed a good beer bar like this, with an old-school beer listing touch (no LED screens). Nice outdoor seating area with firepit too.
Big rambling pub and beer garden a short walk from the Commons and Cascade Barrel House. Formerly the Green Dragon, major remodeling and rebranding has done away with the old and in with the Rogue, heavy on house beers plus 19 guest taps.
You don't normally get dives with a beer selection like this, which is all the reason needed to drop in to Roscoe's and choose from the excellent range on tap. Good pub eats, sushi from next door, outdoor seating in good weather, popular locals' bar. What's not to like?
Newly opened in July 2018 after incubating at Culmination Brewing, Ruse specializes in farmhouse styles, big stouts, and others as the brewers see fit. The beers have been well-received, for all the right reasons.
New brewpub in near SE Portland's brewery-dense Buckman district. Simple functional taproom with picnic tables and benches, and a smallish and somewhat cramped bar. Not a bad little neighborhood place, and close to several other options for good beer as well.
Neighborhood corner bar with a policy of keeping majority (not all) of taps stocked with "session-strength" beers.
Imagine a hybrid of a dive-ish bar like Roscoe's with a German corner Kneipe and you'll have some idea of what to encounter here. Beers are a mix of German imports and locally brewed German-influenced styles.
Gastropub in Mt Tabor neighborhood, lunch and dinner served daily, with good beer and cocktails to accompany.
Belgian-style caf�-bistro, formerly helmed by hard-working owner Hilda Stevens (who has since sold the pub and moved on), serving Belgian-inspired beer and food seven days a week. Located just off SE 32nd Ave and Hawthorne. Update: Bazi has completed the transformation into the Portland branch of North Carolina's Thirsty Monk brewery and pub.
As of January 2019, Portland's newest brewery and taproom for at least a few weeks. Just a few years ago, there were no breweries in this part of Portland; now there are two, with Montavilla Brewing just around the corner. Threshold features a roomy, open taproom space, including seats at the bar. Early days have seen three beers on tap: a grisette, a hazy IPA, and a hazy double IPA. Bring your own food. This part of Montavilla now has four decent beer venues, making for a good pub crawl.
English-inspired football pub, which means footie on the telly, English breakfasts at weekends, and English-inspired beers on tap, and who doesn't like a pint of Fullers ESB? Note early opening hours for full English breakfast at weekends.
Locals' dive bar with tavern food, 38 taps, and beer garden out back. Nothing fancy, but there's plenty of craft beer among those 38 taps.
Good-sized new taproom in modern industrial space in inner southeast Portland. All house beers on tap, and good kitchen menu as well. Look out for the wingless Cessna mounted up in the mezzanine, where there's more seating if the main floor gets full. Freshly opened in February 2019, initially with beers trucked up from Salem-based parent brewery.
Cozy corner bar, modeled on a vaguely European (leaning Belgian) corner pub-bistro, good beers and pub food.
The buzz building up in anticipation of Wayfinder's opening built up to a roar in Portland, right up to its opening day on October 1, 2016. The buzz hasn't subsided. The brewery is focused on lagers, with equipment available to do decoction mashing. The menu is all about good pub food. The expansive outdoor deck is a must on a fine day. Put this one on your short list of must-visit Portland brewpubs. 2017 Update: in June 2017, Wayfinder's house brewed beers made their debut. Brewer Kevin Davey is turning out the kinds of beers that will quickly develop an avid following.
Brand new Portland brewpub as of July 24th, 2018. Seating on two levels, bar upstairs, pub food, and everything is so new and shiny. It will get a lived-in look in due time. Very modern, good use of a re-purposed building.
Roomy pub with a mix of German food and American pub eats; house-brewed American craft and German-inspired beers on tap. Family friendly and huge, with room for as many as 200 guests.