On Friday evening, we hosted a visitor to Portland and took them out. Initially we had planned on checking out the sunset from the Rose Gardens, but she had already seen that, so we had to think quickly. We were headed towards the Pearl, so decided to stop in at Henry’s for a drink.
Henry’s is the restaurant and bar located in the former Henry Weinhard’s brewery block on W. Burnside. It really is a nice place and I have only heard great things about it. We even had our holiday party there and it was a blast. The bar @ Henry’s has about 100 different beers on tap and this isn’t 20 flavors of Bud Light. They have brews from all the local microbreweries and some not from our hood like Victory and Dogfish Head. They also have a cooling strip. Yup, you know that frosted part of an old fridge? Well, they have that surrounding the bar for you to keep you beer or cocktail cool. What a great invention.
My only challenge with Henry’s is the crowd. On a Friday evening, it was full of the beautiful people – yet not necessarily the natural beauty. Lots of hair, makeup and some silicon. Granted, I was there with my beautiful wife and I’m no slouch, so I guess I’m being hypocritical :). Great for eye candy for boys and girls, but not my cup of tea. Too bad too as the beer selection is superb. I guess I’ll have to wait for the new Deschuttes to open.
Oh, and so you don’t think our visitor only saw Henry’s, we had a great dinner at Nostrana and then dessert at PIX. MMMM….Pizza followed by chocolate.

04 19 2008

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4 Comments so far

  1. pearlgirl on April 21st, 2008 @ 3:15 pm

    We’ve avoided Henry’s for the very same reason. I’m sure it’s great if you’re single. Maybe?

  2. chris on April 21st, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

    I agree db, the hypocritical snobbery continues. ;) I doubt the clientele will change from Henry’s to Deschutes, so you might as well not bother.

  3. dieselboi on April 21st, 2008 @ 8:22 pm

    I wouldn’t call it snobbery Chris. More an uncomfortable feeling that I’m not worthy.
    As for Deschutes, if Rogue is any indication, after a break-in period, I could see Deschutes being a beer joint, not a "Pearl" joint.

  4. derrickvee on April 24th, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

    its an interesting predicament, henry’s. i do love their beer selection, and it really is a well-done space (again, another place i never saw prior to the remodeling). i feel DB somewhat on the clientele, though. it’s not so much that the people are good-looking. to some degree, there is a hint of arrogance. that being said, i’ve never had an unpleasant altercation there, so perhaps it’s my own bias and preconceptions. but this feeling isn’t unique to the wealthy and (conventionally)attractive, i feel the same way in uber hipstery crowds, too.

    ultimately, there’s room for all kinds in this town and it makes for a more interesting, diverse set of experiences.

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