Portland >Bars & Clubs > Moon & Sixpence British Pub
2014 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721345.537346 -122.619789
Neighborhoods: Central northeast Neighbors Incorporated, Hollywood
In my early 20s, I spent a year living and tending bar in Edinburgh, Scotland. And while confusing Scottish culture with English culture is a good way to get your teeth knocked out by a Scot, I still find myself wandering over to the Moon & Sixpence when I miss the idea of people forming a queue to buy rounds for their mates.
Best pub in Portland – I love this place and frequent it...often. I believe this is the only pub in Portland with Strongbow cider on tap and it's wonderful stuff, just watch yourself if you are not used to it. The drink list is impressive. The food is great too, the soups are hot and hearty (the beef borscht was really good yesterday afternoon) and soak up the alcohol. They serve the soup with local bread and it's really good. The service is always prompt and friendly. It's just like the pubs in the U.K. If you can't handle cigarette smoke and live pub musicians playing, then sit outside or don't come, but for goodness sake do not complain. Nearly every place in Portland is smoke free, so go somewhere else and shut up about the smoke.
the smoke... dear lord, the SMOKE!! – this is by far my favorite pub in PDX and i'm a regular... however, the smoke is starting to keep me away. i can't handle it anymore. my lungs are blackening just from the many hours spent at the Moon. i swear, it is absolutely hands-down THE smokiest pub in PDX. even the patio is smokey, believe it or not?! though they do have a nice patio. the only time it's palatable is when the place has JUST opened and they leave the doors open and you sit right by the door and catch some of the breeze. the funny thing about PDX is, the few british pubs here all offer about one or two types of cider. i was in san diego last week and EVERY bar we went to (many) all had a bunch of ciders to pick from. so much for an authentic "british" pub. oh well, the food is killer and the music is great and the people that work there are super nice!
Good beer, ok food and all the smoke you can eat. – I really, really want to like this place. If would be a great local pub if they would not allow smoking. The food is ok and the beer selection is good but might as well be served with a side of cigarette butts if you're eating inside. Outside is the only option in the warm months to escape the smoke. Thought that Portland was supposed to be progressive but appears cancer by second hand smoke is still ok.
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Great food, outstanding beer selection, decent service- what more could you ask for? – I live a block away from the Moon, so naturally I'm a little biased- but I highly recommend it. They have every beer you could think of, and the food is excellent and not too pricey. The service is always friendly and decent, even on busy nights, and it's not uncommon for them to have some interesting musicians in there, namely, Trashcan Joe. You can't go wrong with the turkey sandwich (with a killer cranberry sauce), the shepherd's pie, or the curry fries.
I felt I belonged – It was the first time I was trying Guiness from the tap, and every has told me that's the only way to drink it, but I have to accept it; I don't like guinness. Luckily they had plenty of other good beers to drink, fun music, and darts. Table service was slow, but by waiting at the crowded bar it was easy to snag drinks. Yes, it was a bit smokey, but as a smoker I didn't mind. A group of people were danceing around near the Celtic band. Over all a great experiance, but I didn't try any of the food. Oh well, next time.
Smoker's Paradise – Perhaps I am not qualified to have an opinion, as I spent no more than ten minutes in the Moon and Sixpence on recent trip to Portland. I went there to hear the Foghorn String Band. The whole place is full of cigarette smoke. I did find a much nicer non-smoking place: The Alberta Street Pub.
Laid-back conversation pub offers a diverse selection of brews and whiskeys. – In Short
Enthusiastic and boisterous conversations about politics and sports are common at this pub, which features wood booths, chairs and a bar. Sip from the enormous selection of eclectic and authentic draft and bottled import beers from Britain, Belgium, Germany and the Czech Republic, like Chimay, Skullsplitter and Spaten, as well as local microbrews and domestics. Scotches and whiskeys are also available. Fill up on curried chips and bangers and mash.
perfect – If you're looking for an authentic pub this is the place to go. Awesome food and great selection of drinks on tap. Favorite pub in town.
It was a good start... – When first the Moon and Sixpence opened, we were delighted to find a new option in the pitifully sparse Hollywood district dining scene.
Much to our dismay, the food went downhill when they allowed smoking throughout the pub. Guess you dont need to worry about flavor when your patrons use tobacco..
We have not been back.
Best Fries (uh, chips) in Portland! – The chips are out of this world. Beer selection is fabulous. Great music (always get a taste of The Clash!), and friendly servers. I haven't been overly impressed with the other food on the menu (I can live on the chips alone), however with the deterioration of the Horse Brass fare, it is becoming increasingly appealing. The pasty is definitely worth a try.
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