Portland >Lodging > McMenamins Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.564484 -122.630286
Mon. - Sun. 24 Hours
Neighborhoods: Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, Concordia
Wipe away even the most traumatic of dyslexia- and ADHD-riddled childhoods and make new memories of school at McMenamins Kennedy School. Drink beer in detention, have a passionate night in one of the classrooms, and goof off in the auditorium with a cheap movie.
The movie theater is a fantastic find. Couches fill the theater and hits fill the screen for $3! The soft pretzels, pizza and hot dogs rule as the best movie munches! Beer, wine, juice & soft quench your thirst. Great in theater service. Check schedules for mommy & me matinees and scheduling.
This historic property is no ordinary institution of learning—the former classrooms have comfy queen beds and private bathrooms as well as chalkboards, the auditorium is a second run movie theater, and the detention room is strictly for drinking beer and smoking cigars.
The joy of a burger, a fireplace and a quiet comfortable place to sip brown whiskey. It's not cutting edge and it doesn't need to be. Kennedy School is clubby yet accessible, one of the bigger and more impressive McMenamins reclamation projects. Need someplace to take your parents while they visit. Food, movie, wandering around indoors, this is the place.
One of the more impressive of the McMenamins spots, it's worth the visit just to explore and experience the courtyard in the summertime. The food, as always, is a disappointment.
have been here several times, and never had a bad experience. McMenamin's food isn't horrible, but it's not a 5 start restaurant either-nor does it pretend to be. They have good bar food, and a fun atmosphere. My husband and I have been here on a chill date night many times and have experienced both the theater and outdoor seating. It's a fun, relaxing, economical date option.
The food/service does suck, but I love this place anyways – Believe what you hear about their mediocre food and not so great service....it's generally true.
This place, however, still has my heart. I love the idea of taking an old school and making it a hot spot again. It's a beautiful space and a great place to see a cheap movie with your kids or hang out with some friends (either at one of the bars, enjoying the courtyard seating at the restaurant, or by the fire out front when the weather is decent) have some good beer and chill.
Bad 'Ole McMenamins – My date wanted to come here because she had never been. I was hesitant because I know how they are here and their food is usually horrible, but she wanted to go and I wanted my date to have fun. It started off as typical McMenamins fashion, rude servers or hosts and bar tenders and a creepy somewhat dirty establishment. The employees always have an attitude before one word is even spoken. It doesn't matter which city you visit, with McMenamins it is always the same.
I put in my name in with the host to get a table at their restaurant, Courtyard. He told me 30-45 min. just to get seated and the restaurant was only maybe half full. There were empty tables and no one else in line. Did they have a server on break or what? Geez! So he gave me the pager and I said OK we'll be waiting at the bar. We were sitting there for at least 45 min. and another couple that came in way after us (I know this because they came in the bar looking for a seat and they weren't waiting at the front when I put my name in).
What happens next is why I hate McMenamins and will never go back to this place. The host walks up to the bar tender and starts talking to him maybe 10 feet from us and at the same time the couple who came in after us is getting seated in the booth we should have gotten. Now I was pissed. I held up the pager toward the host and said we are still here. He said oh I guess it didn't go off, we are having trouble with a couple of the pagers what number is it? I wanted to say are you kidding me was it too far to walk to the bar and get us in person?! Jackass! So now we get seated in a huge booth (that by the way was vacant when we got there 45+ mins. before). Now we have to sit so far across the huge booth that we can't even talk to each other. The food was surprisingly decent, it's usually very bland or greasy.
I've heard from people who have worked for the McMenamin brothers that they work you to the bone with minimum pay. I did tip the waitress 20% because she actually did a great job, but for the business establishments and most employees they get a D- on customer service and overall experience.
Great Decor Nice beer – Good place to take out of town visitors to.
Go back to school, but this time enjoy it. – This old school has been converted into a McMenamin's Hotel where you can go and drink all you want and then stay the night at the hotel keeping you from having to drive under the influence. While this is always a good idea this is much more exciting than your normal hotel and bar. This place has both a movie theater and a hot pool on site, as well as rooms with chalkboards you can spend hours decorating. There is also a restaurant and multiple bars with exciting names like detention and the boiler room. Best of all McMenamin's has great food and beer. I personally enjoy the Ruby Red. There are multiple McMenamin's locations and I hope to check out more of them in the future. Best of all its completely a reasonable price and many packages even come with food and beer.
Unique! Good! Fun! – We were visiting from California and heard about McMenamins. We passed by this one so we dropped in for a light dinner. Great place! Old school turned restaurant/pub/theater/gathering place. We settled into an old classroom turned bar. I had a good raspberry beer and we ordered several appetizers which were all very tasty. I was surprised how good the food was, better than your typical pub food! Fun to explore the hallways, the art on the walls and the different areas of the school-turned-restaurant/brewery.
Unique place – I am so glad they rescued this history! We come for movies, food, and beer but did originally stay the night here. The rooms are the old classrooms lined in chalkboards and our stay was very fun.
Same good food, same good vibe, one unique location – If you know McMenamins, then you don't need to read about their menu, though there are some nice additions to it here. What I love is the unique atmosphere. The downstairs boiler room pub is just too cool. Once again they did a great job of converting a very mundane part of an old building into a special room The main floor courtyard is wonderful on any evening it isn't raining. Worth a trip.
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