Portland >Lodging > Morrison Hotel
719 SE Morrison, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.517350 -122.658058
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Buckman
Yummy mac-n-cheese. A great selection of beers to choose from. Pinball, pool and sports. A comfortable and laid back place to hang out.
Down and dirty rocker dive bar. Food isn't bad. do talk to the bartender. You'll feel cool, promise. Bad for kids and uncool moms.
Yay for the rest of us.
What makes SE Portland great – The Morrison Hotel takes it's name from the Doors album - and that it's on Morrison street.
The atmosphere is great, exactly what one desires from a SE Portland bar; it's casual and stylish, has a great Jukebox and the bar staff are second to none.
The Beer selection is wide, and well chosen, I challenge any afficionado of hops and barley to find a beer they do not love. Owner Chris Joseph, who was a founder of the PDX beer festival, has a passion for beer and this eminates through the selection on offer here.
Which brings me to the food. As owner of the Blue Monk, Joseph has already established a reputation for quality and excellence in his menu, and Chef Ryan Gengler (formerly of the Monk) has brought the same high level of passion, creativity, and an astute understanding of what makes food great, to the Morrison Hotel. A good balance of bar snacks and more substantial dinner choices, the highlight of the menu must surely be the Turkish Pizza, for me it was packed full of well blended flavours, and near impossible to put down.
I have always been a fan of SE Portland bars, it's true, however the Morrison excels; if you live east of the river and west of the mountains, you simply HAVE to make this your local.
red sox games at 5pm? huh? – why would a west coast bar which claims to be a red sox bar (whose games start at 7 pm eastern) leave its doors locked until 5 pm pacific? that, my friends, is three whole innings! yes it does have a big screen, but you have to crane your neck to see it and you've already missed 1/3 of the game. i'll go somewhere else for baseball. not to mention, by opening at 5, you've already missed a portion of the after work crowd ~ some folks get out as early as 3:30.
as for the beer, its a pretty good selection, but it really bothers me that there are only four taps. that's a lot of empty bottles ~ pretty wasteful. i would suggest that the most popular or big name beers like leffe and hoegaarden etc. be put on tap.
other than that i have to say the service was pretty friendly and the tables outside are a nice place to sit and drink good beer. the traffic noise is surprisingly minimal.
I will totally look into putting a 20k walk in cooler and glycol system so we can offer more tap beers! In the meantime I'll continue to offer over 120 beers and will keep recycling the empties...that's ok right?
Chris "Red Sox Fanatic" Joseph
Best Bar Food I have Found – I used to think the Blue Monk had the best bar food in Portland, until I discovered this place. The menu is really simple and not complicated but the food is simply incredible. Last night I had garlic prawns and a 3 bowl combo, and almost fell off my chair. I would expect that type of food from a gourmet restaurant in the NW , but here in the SE, it is simply not heard of. The three bowl is a daily special of what ever the chef thinks is fresh and worthy of going inside. What impressed me most was how authentic the food is. Great beers and a really nice flat screen tv for sports. Check this place out because if will not remain hidden for long.
great food, great service, and nice place to watch the sox. – A great beer collection, tasty food, love the lamb served, and the bartender Mollie is outstanding. Good to see Ryan back too! Chris you rock!!! and GO SOX.
Best Fuzzy Navels ever! – This place makes the best fuzzy navel this side of Sweet Home!! I'm not sure if it's the fresh squeezed orange juice from a can or the high end peach schnapps they use but my oh my!! Also a great selection of seasonal pies and cakes. I recommend the rhubarb mango! Go Yankees!
My new favorite place to watch Red Sox games - plus they have DogFish Head Brew! – I wasn't sure what I was going to think about this place when I had heard about it. I was pleasantly surprised when I walked in and found out they have the MLB package. I sat down at the bar with several other Red Sox fans who had discovered Morrison Hotel as a place to watch before me. I sat where I could see the game on the flat screen t.v. above the beer cooler. I looked in the beer cooler and lo and behold they have my favorite beer by DogFish Head! Finding this beer in town is not easy. So, as you can imagine the Red Sox and good beer kept me pleased. However, the Sox lost, bummer. Anyway, I've been back several times to watch games. I've found the food to be rather delicious, as well. They have a sausage sandwich with fries in it...very tasty. Looking forward to my next outing for a game!
Editorial Review – Not actually a hotel, this dark hangout is a restaurant/bar boasting an impressive selection of beer and a Mediterranean menu.
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