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Active Beers: 10
Beer Ratings: 57
Beer Avg: 3.72
Taps: 10 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
915 SE Hawthorne Blvd
phone: (503) 236-3555
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 37 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $
Walked in for a lunch with our Portland hosts, and my first thought was "Oktoberfest". It has this high-ceilinged, wood-decor beer-hall feel, which makes you feel comfortable, welcomed and relaxed right away. Ordered up some sandwiches, and mine was damn good. Even the bread was quality. The beers were great, I tasted some others, and had a full pint of their alt, which was on nitro. Didn't review it, but I'd give the appearance a 5 and and the flavor a 4.5. Great stuff.
I was drawn to the many bulletin boards hanging around the place, all packed with nothing but pictures of various types of labs. Even cooler was their information board for the local human society. These people have their hearts in the right place, and their beer is killer too. Go!
10-03-2007 23:00:24 |
More by Metalmonk
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
It's a tough call to make, but this is probably my favorite brewpub in Portland. The pub has a very comfortable, informal vibe to it, with rickety chairs and tables in a large spacious hall. The beers here at the Lucky Lab are uniformly excellent and solid, with my favorite the ultra hoppy "Got hops?" Superdog is also pretty good, as is pretty much everything else. Pints are fairly inexpensive to begin with, but if you drop by on Monday's (miser Monday's) I believe the price drops by a dollar off the price of a pint. The food here is nothing fancy, but the salads, soups and sandwiches are all solid and reasonably priced. Service is fine for what it is. You order your food (and beer) at the bar, they give you a number and a waitress brings by your food soon after.
The brewpub has a nice spacious outside beer garden in the back near the parking lot, which allows the pub to accommodate customers who have brought along "mans best friend" for an outing. There is water available for the bowser, and in theory I think this a very nice idea. However, there are frequently quite a few dogs outside, and altercations among canine companions are not infrequent (mostly just consisting of loud barking, but also an occasional fight). Consequently, no matter how nice the weather, I generally stay inside with my beer.
This is a very nice brewpub with very good beer. Highly recommended.
09-18-2007 17:16:21 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
I was walking around this town, wondering if it could any more white, middle class, and suburban, when I came across this place. Nice open spacious barn/ garage feel - lots of wood, and cement floor. Many tables and benches - like how I would imagine a rural Czech beer hall in West Virginia. Very nice staff, good to great beer - they serve little serving for 1.25 when I was there, which enabled me to try it all. Almost. The sandwiches are good too. I really felt relaxed and enjoyed myself. I was there in the early afternoon on a monday, so the crowd scene was nil - just me and a couple others
07-18-2007 04:06:17 |
More by dedrinker
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Visited on "Miser Monday," and found the place bustling for a pub on Monday, but not overcrowded. I like that they serve their beer in 20oz imperial pints. I tried their Blue Dog Pale for $2.95, a buck off regular prices.
As with the Public House, this place has a very open seating area, well described earlier as a "beer hall." I like the unpretentious atmosphere. It seems like it is a common gathering spot for large groups. Long tables end-to-end make seating these groups easy. However, not much of a romantic date spot, if that's what you're looking for.
Lucky Lab is definitely going for a rustic feel, but some of it came off as dilapidated. Maybe "well loved" is a better description.
No wait staff here. You need to get in line and order your beer and food. The staff seem friendly, but I was disappointed by the pour I got on my beer, as well as most others I saw. Almost zero head.
They have about ten beers on tap, one guest, and one cask and one nitro tap.. I haven't minded all of the beers I've tried, but none of them have stood out as exceptional, either. The general pattern tends toward malty in my experience.
Haven't tried their food, so won't comment.
Overall, a wholesome, fun place to kick back with some buddies. Beer is good enough, plus you feel good about supporting a local establishment. You can even bring your dog if you want to.
07-10-2007 09:39:40 |
More by josiahschlender
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
This is really a great place to ber a great brew and hang with your dog. When they opened, (way back when), they were one of the first small brewpubs that I have been to. I have to say that the Lucky Lab helped me to see the "beer" light.
This is one of Portland's great brew pubs. I have enjoyed going the Lucky Lab on Hawthorn Blvd. For many years. I have since moved to Pendleton out in the Eastern Oregon desert. I hope to go back again.
The Lucky Lab is a really fun place with some GREAT beers. If you get the chance be sure to stop in and "Pick up some beer, maybe a couple as long as your there." Bring a couple of growlers.
03-31-2007 03:45:36 |
More by TiMX
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $
We visited here on a rainy Monday night. Not a very big crowd; maybe 20% of the seats were taken.
Atomosphere is "different". Located in an old industrial building with really ancient wood floors and ceilings. The bar looks to have been salvaged somewhere and re-installed. Small outdoor picnic table set up where you are welcome to bring your dog and drink beer. I actually enjoyed the ambience. Laid back crowd, no smoke, no yuppies; just beer drinkers.
We got our own beer direct from the bar. I don't believe any waitrons were serving beer, just food. The service was friendly but not particularly efficient.
Good selection of house made beers and the price was crazy. $7.50 for a pitcher of Super-Dog IPA that served about 5 pints. "Miser Monday" is your day to visit for cheap beer. I counted about 10 beers on the chalkboard but we only stayed for the IPA.
Worth a try especially if you want something different. Blue-collar atmosphere, no glass and chrome, no yuppies.
11-08-2006 13:33:24 |
More by joedon
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
The girls did their own thing this afternoon while we hoofed it up the Columbia for beer. Back in Portland again, we'll all meet up at some brewpub or other. Jon's got a list of places he's wanted to go these last 4 days, it was just a matter of threading them together in one-two's and one-two-three's. Time's growing short and we've only got a few hours before we have to hit the airport so I hope he's planning our drinking time wisely...
Lucky Lab is located on a row somewhat stripmallish, in an old converted factory. Mostly a big open room with brick red walls, painted beaten up floorboards, and an arched wood rafter ceiling with a half dozen skylight panels. Something old and rickety used to be here. There's a large stained glass window to the rear of the room that looks out on a small strip of outside area housing absolutely nothing as far as I can tell. What I mean is, it looks into, well, first I thought it was like a dog run but it's really not; it's an inaccessible alleyway between here and the building next door. There's nothing going on in there except a painted mural. You're looking out the window at a wall. Bizarro. At the front of the room, there's a large wood bar running a good length of the room; angled, with a sort of "L" at the end, a copper rail, and no seating whatsoever. You order ale here and food there. A large red wall barback with a 4' X 8' blackboard on the left listing the food menu (veggie side, meaty side & salad, soup, munchies), shirts and hats displayed in the middle, and a large 2 piece cow mural on the right with windows below looking in on the brewing equipment in the next room.
Amongst the other pieces throughout the room are the Miser Monday & wine boards, dog drawings and a good bunch of large boards done up with collages; tons of pictures of Labradors, people wearing their Lucky Lab gear out and about, newspaper ads featuring the brewery, and some of 'dis, some of 'dat. Upwards of 3 dozen 2 & 4 seat tables out in the big room, 10 small tables in a rear darts area, a dozen tables in a side banquet room with shared benches on both walls and a small bar, and nearly another 3 dozen picnic tables in an outdoor cinderblock seating area, dog friendly here.
Taps are listed on a slat board behind the bar. 2 towers of 4 on the counter, a tower of 8 and a handpump on the bar back; all with wrought iron twisted tap handles. 10 house taps (Hawthorne's Best Bitter, Super Dog Double IPA, Dog Day IPA, Peregrine Pils, Wild Ben's Impy Commons, Crazy Ludwig's Alt, Organic Golden Ale, Organic Crystal Weizen, Stumptown Porter, Black Lab Stout), plus a cider, a guest tap (Mt Hood Ice Axe IPA), a nitro (Hawthorne's Best Bitter), and a cask (Dog Day IPA). Had me a sampler of I don't know how many but I got to choose them. The Hawthorne's Best Bitter was clean, with a nice malt character; Crazy Ludwig's Alt was a super hoppy Alt, floral and strange (Phil says that the Germans can use more hops); the Big Dog IPA was pleasant but less hoppy than the Alt; the Organic Crystal Weizen was filtered, slightly banana; the Black Lab Stout sweetish (lactose?), silky, oatmeal; the Stumptown Porter was nicely chocolatey and roasty. They also make a rootbeer (damn good) and a ginger ale. Beers were solid, my favorites being the Alt, Bitter and Porter. Drafts available in ½ pints, pints and pitchers.
Service? Well, there really isn't service here. You order beers at the counter, get them and then go away and sit down. Rita claims "They took forever to serve me", and they were a little annoyed with our sample making this Sunday afternoon, but nothing crazy. Good beers, dog!
10-25-2006 04:49:55 |
More by slander
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
The "original" Lucky Lab, housed in an aged wood-framed warehouse in inner-SE Portland, is a comfortable favorite in the local brewpub scene. There's a small entrance on SE Hawthorne or a larger one on the northside facing SE Madison (with covered seating and parking adjacent). Inside is a very casual array of tables and chairs spread across a time-tested wood and concrete floor; along the rear wall are bench seats and outside are many picnic tables beneath the awning of the old loading dock. There's a long wooden bar covering the entire west wall, but it is walk-up service only - no seating. There are brass footrails and I did actually see a guy standing while reading his paper, enjoying his beer and lunch. Most everyone elses just uses the bar for placing orders or being served. Check out the cool forged-iron tap handles.
There is no table service, simply order and be served at the bar. If food takes a while they will give you a number and deliver to the table. Generally, the servers are friendly and can carry a conversation.
I counted 10 Lucky Lab beers on-tap, plus one guest. Quality of LL beers is generally good and they are brewed in-house in the brewery room adjacent to the bar, which can be seen through wide windows to the right of the bar. Prices are $3.50 for house pints, $3.75 for anything cask, nitro or organic. On "Miser Mondays", they knock $1 off the price all day.
Food is sandwiches, salads, soups, and bento. I've had several soups and, most recently a peanut curry bento. All were pretty good and filling enough. Nothing outstanding...
The decor of the place focuses on the dogs it's named for: Labradors. Many paintings, photos, etc. Also there are some bulletin boards covered with travel photos of patrons around the world wearing their Lucky Lab gear. Shirts, hats, stickers, etc. are for sale.
Of course, a final draw to this laid-back place is that dogs are welcome (and encouraged). During busy times, especially in the summer, there are always quite a few dogs enjoying the picnic bench area seating along with their owners.
PS: I have to agree with RedDiamond's assessment of the men's room. For god's sake, I've been in toilets at rest areas and public parks that were WAY cleaner smelling. Use a mop or at least buy some air fresheners!
08-25-2006 22:49:52 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4
Hit the lab on a Saturday night. Not many people there (perhaps that Mothers Day was the next day may have had something to do with it).
I found some little oddities with this place, such as having a very long bar without any seating for it.
Plenty of room indoors and a patio outside to enjoy a tasty brew on a warm evening.
One of the few smoke-free bars that I know of; which is a good thing.
Decent variety of their own brews along with a small handful of microbrew guest taps that can easily be found at any grocery store.
Dont remember seeing a server inside, so one had to go up and get their order at the bar.
Decent place probably will make an effort to show up again some day.
05-09-2004 15:46:28 |
More by sinistersteve
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5
A ubuqitous front door on Hawthorne which if you are not looking for you will likely walk right by. You walk in and go through a hallway with a private room to the right. The hallway opens into a very open beer hall. More of an indoor beer garden. There's a porch out back where you're welcome to bring your dog. That sold it for me. I sat out there drinking beer and playing with folks' dogs. The beer selection included about a half dozen of their own brews and a guest selection or two. The food is mostly sandwiches, with some veggie alternatives. There is not table service except that they bring food to your table. Also, the beer was pretty cheap.
03-12-2004 19:28:37 |
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