Sunday, February 19, 2012

Brown baggin' it at Brix Tavern

This weekend was my third visit to Brix Tavern in Portland's Pearl District and yes, I do recommend it! It is a great spot for happy hour and perfect for a casual date.  The atmosphere is fun and upbeat, with live music. It is usually a one man show, but sometimes small bands play too. There are dart boards, a pool table and a foosball table in the back half of the restaurant There are a few televisions, but nothing obnoxious and it is not the focal point of the restaurant.

brown bag brew
One thing that makes this spot unique is their bartender's brown bag beer choice. You can order a beer for three bucks and the bartender will bring over a beer in a brown bag and surprise, you get what you get! It is a pretty fun conversation piece at the table. The guys love it. 

Their dinner menu is extensive with a lot of selections. So far, I have played it safe with the margarita pizza and cheeseburger from the happy hour menu, but there are several other tasty selections. Next time, I will go for the Brix Chips or the Caramelized Butternut Squash & Pancetta pizza. Take a look at their menu online to find your favorite.

But, I need to be upfront and tell you the REAL reason I love Brix Taverm. Take a look at the menu and the house cocktails and you will find one ingredient I am very partial to. If you have read any of my previous posts, you will know right away that it is sweet basil. The lemon basil martini is made to perfection and I can't wait to eat my way through the rest of the basil-inspired menu.

Brix Tavern
1338 NW Hoyt Street
Portland, Oregon

open seven days a week


  1. ! dude! what a great idea! I'll definitely have to visit this place come June!

  2. I love Brix Tavern. Three of us went there during happy hour and shared the Brix Chips, Pork Sliders, and Smoked Cheddar Fries with Bacon. We each enjoyed drinks off of the happy hour menu. I had the lemon basil martini, hubby had the whiskey ginger, and our friend ordered the huckleberry gimlet. For dessert we shared the pumpkin bread pudding. I'm not sure how we managed to share it equally because it was to die for.