Barley Mill Pub

★★★★☆
  • 1629 SE Hawthorne Blvd

    Portland, OR 97214

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  • 503-231-1492

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Sun 12pm-11:55pm, Mon-Thu 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-11:55pm

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The best thing this McMenamins has to offer is the fact that they just recently eliminated the after 10pm smoking. As for the rest... I went on a Sunday evening and when I opened the door the music was blaring so loud, I just turned around and walked out. Doesn't anybody get it that if you are a bar and you serve food that you might be with someone and want to talk to them? I don't really want to yell at my friend over really bad food. Barley Mill food is at best mediocre. Goopy burgers and crappy salads with really bad dressing. I honestly don't know what keeps people coming back. I've been told that the only thing that matters to them is the beer, most of which is really bad too. So what does this place have going for it? I honestly can't answer that question. It's not just the Barley Mill, it's all of the McMenamins. They all serve the same crappy food and the same crappy beer. The service is extremely unfriendly from a bunch of tattoo laden Euroboy types who have never heard of service with a smile. The McMenamins would do well to totally revamp the menu to make the food a reason to want to go. As it is, it's not. Take it up a notch or 2.

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★☆☆☆☆

The best thing this McMenamins has to offer is the fact that they just recently eliminated the after 10pm smoking. As for the rest... I went on a Sunday evening and when I opened the door the music was blaring so loud, I just turned around and walked out. Doesn't anybody get it that if you are a bar and you serve food that you might be with someone and want to talk to them? I don't really want to yell at my friend over really bad food. Barley Mill food is at best mediocre. Goopy burgers and crappy salads with really bad dressing. I honestly don't know what keeps people coming back. I've been told that the only thing that matters to them is the beer, most of which is really bad too. So what does this place have going for it? I honestly can't answer that question. It's not just the Barley Mill, it's all of the McMenamins. They all serve the same crappy food and the same crappy beer. The service is extremely unfriendly from a bunch of tattoo laden Euroboy types who have never heard of service with a smile. The McMenamins would do well to totally revamp the menu to make the food a reason to want to go. As it is, it's not. Take it up a notch or 2.

Pros: The Dead Motif

Cons: Food, Beer, Service

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McMenamins, Hawthorne location with streetside wooden picnic tables. Bugers and fries; nothing fancy. About 20 beers on tap, with specials featured on the beer board daily.

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★★★★☆

McMenamins, Hawthorne location with streetside wooden picnic tables. Bugers and fries; nothing fancy. About 20 beers on tap, with specials featured on the beer board daily.

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Summer is the best time to enjoy brews-and-grub at this lower Hawthorne McMenamins location, when you and a few friends can occupy one of several streetside wooden picnic tables. True to McMenamins form, the Barley Mill serves up greasy spoon delights alongside their microbrewed creations. Always ask for whatever's on 'nitro' that day, because it's bound to be the tastiest of the bunch. Oil-drenched fries are their specialty, and a plate of this greasy treat is great on its own or served with one of several signature burgers and sandwiches. Don't make the mistake of dipping the fries in simple ketchup--make sure to douse it first with tangy malt vinegar for some added kick. Grateful Dead memorabilia adorn almost every surface in the pub, which only adds to its relaxed ambience. Service can be spotty, much like the restrooms. This is not a 'date place' unless you consider the mezzanine seating romantic enough for some public displays of affection. As with anything beer related, pitcherfuls are the way to go, because buying by the pint can add up. Parking can be a bit of a pain, but not as nearly impossible up a little further on Hawthorne.

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★★★★☆

Summer is the best time to enjoy brews-and-grub at this lower Hawthorne McMenamins location, when you and a few friends can occupy one of several streetside wooden picnic tables. True to McMenamins form, the Barley Mill serves up greasy spoon delights alongside their microbrewed creations. Always ask for whatever's on 'nitro' that day, because it's bound to be the tastiest of the bunch. Oil-drenched fries are their specialty, and a plate of this greasy treat is great on its own or served with one of several signature burgers and sandwiches. Don't make the mistake of dipping the fries in simple ketchup--make sure to douse it first with tangy malt vinegar for some added kick. Grateful Dead memorabilia adorn almost every surface in the pub, which only adds to its relaxed ambience. Service can be spotty, much like the restrooms. This is not a 'date place' unless you consider the mezzanine seating romantic enough for some public displays of affection. As with anything beer related, pitcherfuls are the way to go, because buying by the pint can add up. Parking can be a bit of a pain, but not as nearly impossible up a little further on Hawthorne.

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Pretty nice once or twice but there's better McMenamin around town. I have had most of their beers and except for the seasonal (Ruby, which is a good seasonal) I really didn't like any of them. Service was not so hot either. Order the tots and avoid the petentially soggy fries.

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★★★★☆

Pretty nice once or twice but there's better McMenamin around town. I have had most of their beers and except for the seasonal (Ruby, which is a good seasonal) I really didn't like any of them. Service was not so hot either. Order the tots and avoid the petentially soggy fries.

Pros: The memorabilia is entertaining.

Cons: The beer and service is nothing special

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This is a great place to go if you feel slouchy and want to run around in your t-shirt and jeans. No-stress allowed! The old school Hawthorne environment is captured here.

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★★★★☆

This is a great place to go if you feel slouchy and want to run around in your t-shirt and jeans. No-stress allowed! The old school Hawthorne environment is captured here.

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....and tater tots. Does it get any better? Yes, it does. Add a ruby and some board games. Typical McMenamins fare, but the surroundings are fun. I see something different everytime I go. I'm still confused why it costs a dollar to "cajunize" the tater tots, though.

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★★★★★

....and tater tots. Does it get any better? Yes, it does. Add a ruby and some board games. Typical McMenamins fare, but the surroundings are fun. I see something different everytime I go. I'm still confused why it costs a dollar to "cajunize" the tater tots, though.

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Hawthorne Street at one point attracted the deadheads, and in their honor, The Barley Mill Pub was established. The Barley Mill Pub will make you feel as comfortable as you do in your favorite jeans and t-shirt. Plants and artwork adorn the entire room, and if you need some extra privacy or sunshine, head upstairs to their "loft". Jerry Garcia is obviously the main focus of the pub, so if you don't know who he was, you might feel out of place. What I love about this place is, you can relax, and still feel that your children are welcome. Color books, board games, and trivia cards are well stocked should you get bored. And the food is cheap and slightly greasy, but nothing a good Hammerhead brew wouldn't wash down.

PROS: Great for Saturday afternoon while strolling Hawthorne
CONS: Not for the uppity tight.

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★★★★★

Hawthorne Street at one point attracted the deadheads, and in their honor, The Barley Mill Pub was established. The Barley Mill Pub will make you feel as comfortable as you do in your favorite jeans and t-shirt. Plants and artwork adorn the entire room, and if you need some extra privacy or sunshine, head upstairs to their "loft". Jerry Garcia is obviously the main focus of the pub, so if you don't know who he was, you might feel out of place. What I love about this place is, you can relax, and still feel that your children are welcome. Color books, board games, and trivia cards are well stocked should you get bored. And the food is cheap and slightly greasy, but nothing a good Hammerhead brew wouldn't wash down.

PROS: Great for Saturday afternoon while strolling Hawthorne
CONS: Not for the uppity tight.

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No pun intended. Good spot if you live in the area, but no more special than any other Mc place in town. Pool tables, freindly locals and big tables for large groups. And, alas, the service is typical of McMenamins anywhere.

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★★★☆☆

No pun intended. Good spot if you live in the area, but no more special than any other Mc place in town. Pool tables, freindly locals and big tables for large groups. And, alas, the service is typical of McMenamins anywhere.

 

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