Saturday, July 29, 2006
Weekend Watering Hole: Henry's 12th Street Tavern, Portland, Oregon
As a regular weekend feature, Lyke2Drink will visit some of the world's great watering holes.
This week's stop is located in a disused Henry Weinhard's Brewery in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon.
Henry’s 12th Street Tavern
10 NW 12th Avenue
Portland beer drinkers tend to be a little jaded because they are surrounded by a nearly endless supplyy of great craft beer, but my hat is off to the people running Henry's 12th Street Tavern. This place has a well constructed beer list with 100 draughts ranging from easy to find domestics and imports to some hard to locate great microbrews. The wine list is not huge, but it is heavily fortified with some pretty good selections from Oregon, Washington and California. The food is an upscale mix of Northwest and Pacific Rim specialties.
If you are from east of the Rocky Mountains and making a quick visit to Portland, this is a great place where you can sample a range of drinks and food. It'll make you feel like you covered more ground than you actually did on your trip.
The exposed brick, large bar in the middle of one of the main floor rooms and subdued lighting sets a warm, friendly mood. The staff is fairly knowledgeable about the various beers and wines, helping first times separate the better selections. One of my favorite things about this bar is that the metal bar top has a frozen rail down the middle where you can set your drink to keep it cold.