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Lucky Labrador Beer Hall
Active Beers: 2
Beer Ratings: 5
Beer Avg: 3.87
Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$ - inexpensive
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1945 NW Quimby St
phone: (503) 517-4352
Hours: Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tuesday - Saturday, 11 a.m. to Midnight
Sunday, Noon to 10 p.m.
Minors: Allowed until 9 p.m.
(Place added by: krberg on 03-24-2006)
Ratings & Reviews
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| Reviews: 20
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3 | $$
While my first visit to this Lucky Lab location was during the Barleywine and Big Beer Fest, I got a pretty good grasp of the place to give an informed opinion.
Following the pattern of other Lucky Labs, you end up drinking at communal picnic tables, and I was fortunate to sit my a good bloke who gave me the skinny on the Earth Day sale at HOTD, which was certainly worth the visit in itself.
The service at the 'main' counter was akin to the Bataan death march, as one poor young lady had to take food orders, pull beers, plate up appetizers, and sell script for the fest. Sadly, she was absolutely overwhelmed, as the line typically was 15-20 people long in the middle of the afternoon. Definitely a staffing issue.
On the issue of food, while I had the good sense to save my appetite for dinner at Higgins, I saw restaurant supply chips and salsa and reheated pizza, besides some decent looking sandwiches. The pizzas at $18-20 dollars, are extremely overpriced-this ain't Apizza Scholls.
The beer list was pretty extensive with some guest taps and good happy hour beer prices, though I have never been impressed with LL's everyday brews. However some of the one-offs they had on tap for the fest were quite tasty.
All in all, I've never been impressed with the Lucky Lab chain, though I have had a number of very pleasant conversations with shared table mates. and the Munich style beer hall atmosphere is pretty unique for Portland. Intimate it ain't, but if you are looking for a good social time, you might want to give this out of the way pub a chance.
03-09-2009 04:12:04 |
More by jdense
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
The first nice sunny day in Portland in a long time, so the wife and I took the baby and dog on a walk to the Lucky Lab Beer Hall.
We grab a seat outside and hooked the dog's leash to the table hook. I went inside to place an order.
There were about a half dozen people waiting in line, and what appeared only 1 woman taking orders. Someone else was cooking in back. We ordered a ceaser salad, which was simple, but good. I also tried to order a medium pizza, but was informed they only make 1 size. We should have ordered slices instead of a full pizza. We ended up with the greek pizza, but the two of us could only eat half. Again it was good, but nothing specials. I drank the Super Duper Dog, and the wife had the Organic Pale Ale. Both were good, but a bit disappointed with both.
The service inside was not friendly at all. When I asked for a box for remaining half of pizza, I was given something that could hold maybe 2 slices. When I asked if they had anything bigger, a full sized pizza box was tossed at me without a word spoken.
The price was right, but we are in no rush to head back. There are too many awesome places for us to visit in Portland.
04-24-2011 13:20:37 |
More by HuskyinPDX
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | $
Day 1 & Stop 4 of the Portland Pub Crawl. When you approach this place, you'd think that you are entering an old garage. Well, you are. Inside, it's just a bunch of very long table and seat, with community style seating. Lots of old metal machine parts hang from the ceiling. Not extremely comfortable, but it's uniqueness sticks in my mind. Grabbed some beers from the bar way in the back. No table service, you gotta go get your own. There were roughly 8-10 beers on tap. I went with something that sounded different: a chardonnay Belgian ale served in a stubby wine glass. Of all the beers that I drank in Portland, this one seemed the most unique. My wife went with the porter. The prices were overall very reasonable. The people next to us brought in a cake for a birthday party. They have a food menu, though the look of the kitchen made me think twice. This place seemed like the kind of place you just go to have a few beers and chill. We both thought it was pretty cool.
07-17-2009 22:59:25 |
More by morebeergood
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
On the "other" side of the river in Portland, but it's pretty close to downtown. This place is pretty great if you have a dog, because they have an outdoor, somewhat heated, seating area that you can be at with your dog. The inside is mainly like a German beer hall - lots of long wooden tables with seats. You order up at the front, and the service is very minimal (they bring you your food). However, they have a great amount of beers on tap, so there's a great selection. I think our sampler had 12 beers - 3 of which were different IPAs. The menu was pretty limited to soups and sandwiches. We went mid-afternoon and were able to socialize with some other dog owners, but I suspect that when the place gets hopping, it could be a loud and fun time with a large group of people.
02-08-2008 21:42:19 |
More by kdoc8
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $
I was a bit surprised by the design of Lucky Labs northwest expansion. It does say Beer Hall on the sign hanging above Quimby Street. But I was somehow expecting something as different from the Hawthorne Street brewpub as their Multnomah Village Public House. Instead, the NW beerhall is remarkably similar to their original pub. Its housed in the same spacious warehouse environment furnished with long wooden tables and mismatched chairs. Both brewpubs have counter service only and an auxiliary banquet room. Even the dual dartboards and magazine racks look similar. Theyve obviously stuck with a working formula.
I counted 20 beers on the beer board, all with displayed ABV and a quick description. This expanded beer menu reflects both Beer Hall ales and the roster from Hawthorne St. One tap is nitro, one cask-conditioned, and two or three are guest taps (from Klamath Basin no less). The food menu looked identical to Hawthornes, which doesnt bode well as the sandwiches there are no prize. However, the corn chowder I had was very tasty and I dont think you can go wrong if you stick to a simple soup and salad.
Like all things Portland, the Beer Hall is very casual, though I might prefer it if they ditched that Blondie disc. The indoors bike rack is both very cool and highly utilized. The $3.50 imperial pints are a bargain, and the smoke free environment is appreciated. Most people welcome a window into the brew house at a brewpub and Im a little disappointed that Lucky Lab neglected to build that into the design. Brewery apparatus are only visible from the covered parking area that shares space with several picnic benches.
The bottom line is beer, of course, and the Lab has that covered nicely. I also liked that crazy five-ton winch hanging from the ceiling. Just the thing for picking up . well, whoever you like to pick up in bars.
11-17-2006 04:57:03 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
NW needs more quality beer spots and I was so happy when I found out the Lucky Lab opened a brewpub 4 blocks or so from my apartment.
The atmosphere is sort of weird. It is some sort of old industrial building with two garage doors in the front, concrete floors and lots of tables. Very few decorations, no jukebox, no seats at the bar, and thankfully no TVs or smoke. There are a slew of picnic tables outside. It is very spartan, but on a warm, sunny afternoon it is a great place to grab a bitter and read the paper.
I have had great "here sample this, this, this and this" service and "I can't believe I just had to clear my throat to get somebody's attention" service. That equals average.
The beers are plentiful and tasty. Currently they are have a great Irish stout and a fantastic old ale amongst other offerings including Bear Republic's Red Rocket as a guest tap.
I had a sandwich and it was good. My girlfriend had a sandwich and it was good. Pretty average.
$3.50 imperials. The food is decently priced. They have tightwad Tuesdays which I think means $1 off house pints.
Open Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. to midnight, Sundays noon - 10:00 p.m.
Overall, great, inexpensive beer, decent food in a non-smoking environment. Plus your dog can go too (outside only). A great addition to the neighborhood. The only real cons are the lack of cask ales and its location in condo hell.
UPDATE: The NW Lab now has a beer engine!!!
They have also installed 2 bristle boards and the service has improved considerably. Now all I need are beer dork, dart playing friends in NW.
05-01-2006 07:36:05 |
More by krberg
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5 | $$
My second trip to the still fairly new Quimby Beer Hall. Found along a still somewhat industrial street, though recently opened condos and the new Dove Lewis Animal Hospital are signs that this are is only going to improve.
The Hall itself is a warehouse space - high wood ceilings, heavy beams, concrete walls, ample natural light (high windows, but no street views unless good weather allows the garage doors to be opened). A little more sterile feel than the original pub on Hawthorne. Bare concrete floors, a couple dartboards, and a very long self-serve bar with open kitchen beyond.
Selection of beers is excellent with more taps (at least 20) than the Hawthorne location. A handy chalkboard lists all the brews offered, their ABV and whether they're "IN" or "OUT". On this day, most were in, including a couple guest taps and one cider. $3.50 imperial pints are a bargain with even cheaper deals available on Mondays & Tuesdays. Tried the Wheat Stout & Super Dog; both were good and fresh, though served maybe colder than I'd like.
Service is decent enough, friendly and informative. On a slow day, they'll bring food to your table but when busy you get a number and grab it yourself when called. Food was pretty average -sandwiches, soups and salads - but reasonably priced.
Definitely worth checking out. Good beer, casual environment, dog-friendly (of course - though a sign posted on the door clearly states 'dogs not allowed inside').
02-03-2007 01:21:32 |
More by msubulldog25
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
After swinging around the corner from NOL to the Green Room, a spot I heard about on Beer Mapping, and then heading through some old industrial yards and new condo developments, my partner in crime and I stumble into this wonderful Lucky Lab location.
After getting over the immensity of the beer garden and hall the first thing I notice is the chalk board. There are these great drawings of Alex from Clockwork and Crazy Ludwig but despite their flare I settle on a Pavlovs Dog RIS, which just so happens to clock in at 9.4% and only costs me two fifty. This place is a steal.
The bartenders are wearing Grateful Dead attire and laughing like Beavis when we walk outside passed the brewerys red and grey striped F-250 pickup that reminds me of the one my dad had when I was a kid. We settle at picnic table near a drunk family and entertain ourselves by watching their prized young boxer harass an old and warn out mastiff. The thing about this place being really dog friendly seems to be true. Some attractive young Latin couples are sipping ales with their dogs at another table but otherwise we have this huge beer garden, really just a parking lot for an old factory, to our selves.
The sun is setting and I cant imagine a better beer in a more peaceful urban location. I will later admire the artwork placed hap-hazard around the place along with curious graffiti scattered hear and there. Slogans like, I aint gonna paint no mo and John should date Sarah H will greet me creating questions about those who were here before I. For now, however, I am content to sip on my stout and contemplate which of the 20 brews on tap I will try next. Im thinking about the ESB. What a great place this is. Id go back in a heart beat.
06-05-2007 02:59:34 |
More by DaPeculierDane
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
I would describe this place as a neighborhood beer hall. It's basically a giant garage with tables arranged in long rows creating a real beer hall look and feel. On nice days, they open the garage doors to let in the sun and fresh air. They also have tables outside. With residential areas close by, it has a real family friendly feel.
They had a nice selection of self brewed beer (10+) including my favorite, the Super Dog IPA. I've also had the Black IPA which was very nice.
I didn't eat there on this visit but I have before. I had the Gobler Sandwich and it was only average. The pizzas looked good though so I wouldn't rule out trying the food again.
This is a very unique place. I really enjoyed it and look forward to another visit.
07-27-2008 16:14:30 |
More by GJ40
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $
If you can navigate the grid, you can do pretty well here. A block this way, 2 blocks that way, up 3 more blocks, wait, large industry barrier a few blocks wide, we'll have to circle around, keep riding the fence, now cut down, should we turn yet you think, no, up another block, I think we've overshot it, turn down, now come back some, see, we did overshoot it, there, there you go...
A big open industrial space here, with a concrete floor, large wood pillars, giant cross beams above, high, high, high wood plank ceilings, and the walls some wide wood plank and the others painted burgundy and yellow with a Warholesque Labrador collage. Sizable open panel windows on the side wall, shirts & hats displayed on the opposite wall, and darts on the front wall next to the roll down door. Drop lamps and keg lighting mounted to the pillars and walls. We noticed the No barking" sign and adhered best we could. A pair of long beer hall tables seating 20 each and a bunch of shortys pushed together to create the same effect in between, and 7 small tables on the walls, mismatched chairs throughout, and a side room behind an inner roll down door holds another 20 seat table and more than a dozen small tables. A small bar holds the inside corner and the room is decorated with artwork of photos of dogs touched up. In the far back corner, a long bar with no seating holding 3 towers separated across the bar and a handpump. Crazily colored chalk boards contain all that you need to know. On the 40" x 60" board; tap selections, ABV's and a big "X" in the "in" and "out" boxes letting you know what's currently on tap, and then food selections on a larger and smaller board, the kitchen being located behind the bar. An outside area off the parking lot holds about a dozen and a half tables for decent weather days.
12 house beers (Crazy Ludwig's Alt, Stumptown Porter, Wheat Stout, Bike Route Rye, 5 Ton Strong Ale, Triple Threat IPA, Nitro Triple Threat IPA, Organic Golden Ale, Organic No Pity Pale Ale, Helle Saures Rex, Superdog Double Hop IPA, Crystal Weizen) & a cask (Triple Threat IPA), plus 3 guest taps, one of which was a cider (New Old Lompoc Red, Pyramid Snow Cap, Fish Spire Mountain Pear Cider). We played the "make your own sampler" game. The Crazy Ludwig's Alt was 6.3%, all malty goodness and alcohol; the Stumptown Porter had some good chocolate flavors; the Wheat Stout was creamy & dry; the Bike Route Rye was blah; the 5 Ton Strong Ale was solid though; the Helles Saures Rex was a real nice Helles, and of the 3 versions of the Triple Threat IPA, I think the nitro was the best of the lot. I thought the Alt, Porter, Strong Ale and Helles were all very good. Drafts are available in ¼ pint samplers for $1.25, ½ pints for $2.50, pints of $3.50, and pitchers for $11.00, which is just a steal.
Very comfortable, good vibe, good beers, good tunes, time well spent here.
09-29-2007 16:56:59 |
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