Portland >Bars & Clubs > Holman's Restaurant
15 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.522504 -122.637360
Neighborhoods: Buckman, Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program
You have to love Holman's for the unabashed dive that it is, and also for the Bloody Mary bar. Great proximity to the Laurelhurst Theater, strong drinks, daily happy hour (4-7pm) and a whiskey club ensure a steady stream of loyal patrons.
Holman's is a neighborhood dive with an exceptional whisky collection. Head here if you prefer your whisky smokey--with a lot of peat. Then return the next morning for their build-your-own Bloody Mary bar on Sunday.
Solid late night greasy diner.
Good late night eats and decent drinks.
next to Jake's maybe the worst place to eat or drink in town – Boy has this place gone downhill. Haven't been here for a few months but must admit after years of patronage I won't be going back. Saturday I took several ffiends in for a bite and some drinks. Food and service sucked---two loud mouthed drunks made it impossible to talk. Decided to go back for lunch today thnking this is after all my neighborhood naunt in the summer---within walking distance, been going there since '97. Big mistake---Just like Jakes, this once fine and fun watering hole is only a shadow of its former self and not worth the effort.
New Resting Spot for HAPPY HOUR! – Happy Hour is my favorite time of the day. I think I have found my new home. Full happy hour menu AND cheap drinks I think I'll stay for awhile.
Twice in One day... – Twice in one day...I suppose that deserves a review... We came in this morning for the bloody mary bar- I usually hang at this place at night- but had to check this thing out...two words LOVED IT....and now I'm sitting in their tropical paradise patio getting served by our favorite server Melissa...Let summer weekends never end.
Warning Drunk People and Too Local – Well I'm guessing from reading the reviews that the staff takes after their owner. Here is my experience. Along with all the other complaints which are true: Service is poor like being a snooty is a cool thing, Food subpar (I mean what do you expect at 2 in the morning, anything’s really good) but I did wait nearly an hour. BUT here is where it gets interesting. So after our food we started to eat and a group of four came in, one man being extremely large, probably 350 pounds. I didn't really notice his weight until he was half unclothed and prancing around the bar/grill sweating like a pig and lip syncing Bohemian Rhapsody! It was funny at first and no one seemed to mind not even our server, who obviously was friends with the bunch of locals. But after a spell of that and him engaging our table of 7 it was quite annoying to say the least. One of my friends addressed our server saying "Hey this is unsanitary, and rude, and even more ignorant of the staff not to do anything about it" he asked for a discount for the long wait and the ruckus of the fat man, she simple said no and went away. My friend came back to the table and was expressing his distant for the whole thing when the overweight Karaoke singer came up and confronted him with force and aggression. The server stepped in front and a screaming match ensued, along with his entourage waiting for a fight to break loose. The server slipped away to fetch a manager (if you can call him that) and the only thing he asked is if we had paid and if we had to get the F*&$ out. All this time my friend simply saying that the whole thing was unsanitary and inappropriate, we left got in our cars to 4 screaming locals telling us to go back to Arkansas! Moral of the story, Portland is weird but drunken locals are dangerous. I will be doing everything in my power to spread the word of the unsanitary and hostile environment with the lack of control that the staff and locals displayed! WILL NEVER RETURN AGAIN.
Many a Brilliant Idea Developed over Brunch – Holman's is a dive bar, all night diner with goofy drunken people, three in the morning when you can't see going home just yet, Sunday morning brunch with a good pal developing brilliant business ideas and subsequent meetings to close the deal, sort of place. The wait staff is vaguely friendly and decent, but they leave you alone to chat and are usually available when you need them. The food is diner mediocrity perfected. The wheel spinning is cute and kitchy, as is the decor, which only adds to its general good vibe. This is a great Portland place.
late night eats – I only go here if I'm hangin out in SE, and only after I've stopped at a few other bars. The food is kind of pricey, but it's large portions. The mac & cheese bites are pretty tasty. Also, the crowd is pretty funny, everyone's usually pretty buzzed so you might catch someone actin a fool, or a sweet fight. Last time I was there, there was a fight, or a prelude to a fight you might say. One guy says "back off, you're looking at me like you're on acid", and tempers flared. Hilarious!
Holiday Decor...Always me FAVORITE! – So I just have to tell everyone how much I love the holiday season at Holman's...Even their Halloween decorations are Vintage! Some say its too much! But I loooove it!..Then again I do just love Holman's! Always my favorite neighborhood spot!
Campaign to have Bloody Mary Bar Everyday! – Bloody Mary Bar is all they say & more! Had a great time on back patio & LOVED making my own Bloody Mary! Im just sitting at work wishing when I get off in an hour that they had it set up for Happy Hour!
Guess I will just have to wait til next sunday...
Great Patio! – As a professional landscaper, I find it hard to enjoy a scerene environment, let alone a outside patio that I can drink at with my friends at. The fireplace, waterfall, and the cool dead tree (where'd that come from anyways) makes Holman's the best patio I've seen!...Might even have to admit its better than my backyard! Truely the token treasure of the hood- even though I would like to keep it a secret, props, well deserved. The hot waitress brings replinishment before my Makers is empty and the sweet potatoe fries with a side of home made Roughford is bomb. Check out Holman's but stay inside the patios mine!
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