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Active Beers: 9
Beer Ratings: 56
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
phone: (503) 236-3555
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
The indoor space has a cool, converted industrial feel with high ceilings, brick, exposed utilities. They have an impresive selection of beers, including nitro and cask options (and hard cider). I was with a group who passed their selections around to taste and they were all high quality beers. Go out through the back doors to a large covered patio area where dogs are welcome to sit beside the tables with their owners. Outside seating (and inside I think) is mostly at picnic tables.
The food service is order at the bar - they give you a number and bring it out when ready. The food was good but not exciting.
10-14-2009 20:01:36 |
More by JimmyK77
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Lucky Lab has that great warehouse feel. Its not fancy, hell its not even close. But the Lab does have a great Portland vibe. Big open ceiling, minimal decorations, long bar (but not stools) and brewery in the back. Outside seating is nice, especially if you like dogs. Their beers range from ok to damn good (as with most brewpubs IMO). The Super Dog is fantastic, amazing hops, juicy mouth feel...The Super Pup on the other hand is ok. They serve great sandwiches vegetarian items and snacks. Perfect for soaking up a few pints of brew. Worth a trip at least once a month, if not more.
04-06-2009 18:09:14 |
More by Sharpie30
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
If you love dogs and beer go here. The combination of dog stuff everywhere with the big open feel of this place is pretty cool. There was an event of some sort going outside in the back where you are allowed to have dogs so there were a ton of dogs barking away and playing while people drank beer. It was quite a site.
I liked this place more for what it is than for the beer. The beer was decent but nothing spectacular, that is totally based on having been to a bunch of other Portland breweries in a matter of days.
I liked the pics of dogs everywhere and the board where you can look at dogs that are up for adoption, that was quite cool for them to put up.
This place is worth checking out if you find yourself in the area. Also Roots is not more than 4 blocks away as well.
02-22-2009 19:13:53 |
More by indiapaleale
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Up front: I do not like Lucky Lab, and sometimes I get irritated when others don't dislike it as much as I do. The first time I went there I wanted to like it, but nothing about the place really satisfied me. Worse, certain things really annoyed me, like some of the servers who are obnoxiously hipster-ish. But what really turned me off was the beers (at least those that I tried), which were underwhelming at best. If the beer isn't good, then the rest doesn't really matter as far as I'm concerned. They DO make decent pizza. Hurray, big f***ing deal; lots of places make decent pizza. Nothing to write home about.
I never choose to go to the Lucky Lab. Rather, I end up there sometimes when visiting with my fiancee's friends. To be fair, I recommend you try Lucky Lab at some point if you're new to Portland: some people like the place alot - especially, it seems, those with young children. But I do not recommend you go there if you're looking for some of the best beer in town, 'cause it ain't at the Lucky Lab.
02-11-2009 05:42:54 |
More by dfitch81
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
This one of my favorite spots in town. Whenever I have company and want to take them to a very "Portland" kind of place, the Lab is definitely on the agenda.
The interior has a cozier exterior than what you might expect from an old sheetmetal warehouse. Very open and airy, but exposed wood beams and well-worn wood flooring keep things warm and inviting. Big chalkboards have the food and tap menu, which usually a guest tap or 2, a nitro tap, a cask selection and a bunch of house ales. The variety of house ales will typically include stouts, pale ales, IPAs, alts and others, including the delicious Super Dog IPA. Overall, they have a really nice beer selection. An open window in a corner gives you a peek at the small brewing operation. There are a few corkboards where people tack up photos of themselves from around the globe sporting Lucky Lab tees (including a couple from yours truly).
The exterior seating area is the old loading dock, and is the place to hang if you're a dog owner or lover. It's covered and 1/2 is heated with overhead heaters, so any time of year is a good time to take your pooch for a beer. The well-behaved pups run around leash-free, and it's a very social atmosphere for man and canine out there. Homegrown hops on growing on trellises outside are a nice touch. There's a small parking lot out back, and free street parking all around.
If hanging with the pups isn't your thing, head back inside where the extracurricular activities include darts, board games, and a piano I've seen played a few times.
The food menu is mostly cold sandwiches, with a couple of reliably tasty soups and a curry chicken skewer bowl. The sandwiches are pretty pedestrian, but not bad at all. For the most part, the food is decent, but nothing to get excited about. Not a big deal to me, though, as I come for a couple of cold ones, hang out with the dog and my wife or friends.
Service at the bar is quick and friendly. If you order food, you'll be given a little stand with a number and someone will bring your food to you when it's ready.
Prices are more than reasonable by my standards: 4 bucks and change for an imperial pint of great local ale and 7-8 bucks for a sandwich and chips.
If you're in the area, I'd definitely recommend checking this place out.
12-31-2008 21:17:00 |
More by PDXHops
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I'd say that I've been to over 50 brewpubs in over 25 states and this Lucky Lab ranks as one of my favorites. There's just something about it.
Beer: Plum great beer. Nothing wildly creative or mind-blowing, but entirely solid selection that runs the gamut from dark and malty to bright and hoppy. And a cask! I've only been a few times on my rare trips to P-town, but it's become a must and I've never had a bad pint.
Food: Above par pub grub. Solid burgers and they even offer relatively lighter fare like rice bowls (don't know why they call 'em "bento" when it's not.) And way fair prices.
Atmosphere: Here's where they rack up the most pints. Spacious and relaxed inside with room for small and large groups, and always a great vibe outside where dogs are allowed to run free to play, sniff, drink from bowls. If you're a dog lover , this is THE place to go. They also have lots of games to play from Battleship to Scrabble, so it's easy to kill several hours here with a bite and some pints. And the clientele are friendly as hell.
Final: On my way out last time, I asked about to-go sales. I was pleased to discover that they'll fill a 22-oz bottle of anything on tap (except the organic ales and the cask conditioned), for just a quarter more than the price of a pint!
Great beer. Good food. Great dogs. Great staff. Great vibe. Wish this was my local brewpub.
08-27-2008 21:46:50 |
More by byaeger
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
If you don't own a dog you may feel out of place. Dogs rule here. The owners have invested maybe $5 on renovation of what was once some industrial place. The outdoor seating, which is vast, appears to be in the remains of some kind of loading dock which has a lovely view over a carpark. The walls are ghastly dirty concrete blocks and the roof is all old wood beams. You could say it has atmosphere. The location is in the more down-at-heel SE Portland on Hawthorne, which means you can park right outside for free.
Beer selection is quite wide and you get to choose among cask, regular tap and nitro. We tried an IPA a mild (I think), which were okay if not outstanding.
08-12-2008 04:28:09 |
More by AylwinForbes
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
This place is fantastic. It's a nice, wide open space with a large counter/bar for serving. I never had to wait for a beer, even when it was busy. The tables are spread out well on the inside and the huge picnic tables on the patio are great for when you bring your co-workers around for happy hour pints.
The food is made fresh in the back and while sometimes it takes a little long to get fed (once they informed me that they had run out of their peanut curry and had to make a new batch!) the food was always worth the wait.
The beer at Lucky Labrador is always good and they rotate the flavors often enough to keep you coming back. The weekday specials are really very nice as well. The Luck Labrador is a great place to hang and drink some nice brews.
05-09-2008 18:44:45 |
More by blackkristos
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
This place is damn near perfect. Granted, they have more space than most, but they use it well- large open inside seating area with a huge windowed wall where you can observe the goings-on in the dog-run. Beer selection and quality is great- who needs guest taps when the house beer is so good and offers so many choices?? Most of the Lucky Lab beers I sampled were well above average; some of the best in Portland I could find. Standouts were the Pavlovs Imperial Stout, SuperDog IPA and a cask stout that was really nice. The food here was decent brewpub fare and priced reasonably, no complaints. Service was fast (both food and bar) and bartenders seemed knowledgeable of the products and only slightly apathetic. Would highly recommend+Great value!
03-25-2008 01:54:56 |
More by BeerZack
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Cool atmosphere at the Lucky Lab. I hadn't been there in 7 years. It is still the same. I like the large beer hall feel to it. The quality of the beer was solid. I tried four different beers while I was there and they were definitely ones to write home about. Didn't have any issues with the service and they were friendly. They had a great selection of beers as well as food choices even all I had was the peanuts which is always a nice addition to any establishment. Prices seemed to be in line with other joints I have visited. I would definitely recommend this one to anyone visiting Portland.
10-21-2007 04:22:30 |
More by cswhitehorse
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