Fox and Hounds217 NW 2nd Ave Portland, OR 97209
Phone: (503) 243.5530
Located in: Northwest Portland & near Downtown Portland
BarFly's Review of Fox and Hounds
Cheery, kicked-back pub draws a convivial, mostly mature crowd to its somewhat countrified environs. Regularly hosts various charity events, and the first Sunday of each month is a fun-filled bingo fundraiser. Sheltered sidewalk seating fits a handful of tables, and affords some good people watching.
Full menu served till 8:30pm Sun-Th, till 10pm F/Sat, with bar menu served till close thereafter.
|Fox and Hounds's Happy Hours|
|Monday||$1.75 PBR and Miller, $1.75 well, $2 select beers, $4 micros, 4-8pm|
|Tuesday||$1.75 PBR and Miller, $1.75 well, $2 select beers, $4 micros, 4-8pm|
|Wednesday||$1.75 PBR and Miller, $1.75 well, $2 select beers, $4 micros, 4-8pm|
|Thursday||$1.75 PBR and Miller, $1.75 well, $2 select beers, $4 micros, 4-8pm|
|Friday||$1.75 PBR and Miller, $1.75 well, $2 select beers, $4 micros, 4-8pm|
|Saturday||$2 well, $2 select beers 4-8pm|
|Sunday||$2 well, $2 select beers 4-8pm|
I went last night and had Cape Cods thinking they were $2 each. Nope, $3.25 is the happy hour price and I was a little upset with Barflymag but I know I should have confirmed with the bar first.
Tip : Always ask bartender and never assume what you read on web is accurate.
*Nothing against Barflymag, I am sure its not an easy task updating all these booze holes.
I love this place and even though I'm on the opposite side of the continent at the moment I find myself talking about Fox & Hounds in Portland!
Service can be iffy, and happy hour prices are $3 well, $1 off domestics and$ 1 off appetizers from 4-8p weekdays/2-5 weekends... not what's listed.
Be careful of the bartenders charging full price during Happy Hour
The Fox and Hounds is OPEN FOR BUSINESS and undergoing some wonderful cosmetic renovations - not only to the outside of the building but inside as well.
The bar is entirely new and an overall new look is in progress - the place looks great!
People are friendly, food is GREAT and inexpensive and you're sure to get what you pay for here - and meet the kind of people you want to!
Some of the great things on the menu include a Fettucini Alfredo that rates five stars and burgers that are prepared to order EXACTLY as you've ordered them.
Supervised by a real Swiss chef, the kitchen has undergone some great changes and you'll taste for yourself when you get down to Old Chinatown (across from Downtown Freddy Browns) and around the corner from Darcelles and Old Town Pizza.
Great hours, nice bar staff and good coffee - and stiff drinks.
What more could you ask for? Give em a try!
Saturday and Sunday are great for breakfast and the Sunday Brunch is spectacular!
The Fox was bought several months back and has been undergoing some surface cleaning. They actually shampooed the 14 years worth of dirt out of the carpet, and painted the walls.
The 'old crowd' who liked to spend every day there hasn't been around since well drink prices went to $4, but those silly drunks won't be missed. Prices are hovering near Hobo's, around the corner, but it's still overall a dump. It's a nice dump, though.
Food has improved, even though I hate the main cook, but I will say he can make a mean breakfast. Sunday brunch from 9-2, dinner daily starts between 5:30-6. Food is usually good, but as they're working out the new-ish menu it can be hit or miss.
It will be undergoing construction to reface the building (thanks, City that Works, btw) so they're losing their patio in June. No more curbside drinking, I guess, and mocking the homeless.
Damn, yet another example of how Portland's queer bar scene sucks ass. Awful setting, drinks, service, music and vibe...seriously, bar @ Red Robin is more inviting and better staffed. How the fuck does this shithole stay open? Oh, if you are into it, you can fuck in the bathrooms...apparently it's ok to do that here as the few times I have been here there is a lot of suckin and fuckin in the mens room. TACKY! But, hey, if that's your thing, then have at it...
While I can NOT say why Joe had the TV so Loud (in your opinion) but I can tell you that he is very friendly and if you would have asked or mention it to him, I'm sure he would have told you why, or prehaps, as he was moving around behind the bar, getting drinks, etc. he simply had tuned out the sound of the background noise, which most likely included both the TV and the Music. I happen to be Joe's ex (and still very good friend) and can tell you without doubt, that Joe would be more than happy to turn down the TV or the music to suit the people sitting/drinking/dinning or ?? at the time...
Remember, when in doubt, simply ask... it's really that easy, and rarely will people be offended or "put off" so remember if you want to know, ASK.
I guess n2older must be confused. How it can be a "NON Smoking area" and be "pretty smoker friendly" at the same time? Two reviews I've read (from other websites) say the place is very smoky.
I think this bars is amazing. (and I've been to many) At first you may not be sure you are in a bar, especially a gay bar, because it has more of a Restaraunt/ Euro Pub feel. It can serve some amazing meals. There are daily specials as well as a few off the menu specials pretty regularly.
As if the food/menu were not enough, I think they serve some of the stiffist cocktails in PDX. and reasonably priced even for call liquors, and reasonable assortment of beers on tap and bottled.
The place is a bit misleading in size. It is Huge! But most people don't seem to notice that there are 2 other rooms. one where the games, pool tables and poker are, the other is the NON-SMOKING area of the bar.
It has a bit more of a restaurant feel will all the tables. There is a stage too for the entertainment and events like bingo .
Did I mention it's a NON Smoking area. You don't have that choice at many other places.
Granted it is pretty smoker friendly.
It is one of the friendliest bars, and indeed they Host a variety of events and welcome anyone into it's doors. gays in all varieties,colors shapes and sizes. as well as an ocassional cross dresser or five.(including Stellar Portland Celeb and neighboring bar owner Darcelle. ) as well as straights.
while I'd hate to compare it to TV bar CHEERS, I feel I must... it has all the elements and "the Fox" as most refer to it, is a lot more entertaining.
As you can guess from reading the comments above, the place is very smoky. If you have a problem with it as I do, this is not a place to go to.
The Fox & Hounds is a great place to begin your evening of gay adventure. There are basically two crowds, the after workers and the pre-all nighters. The first are regulars who have probably etched their names on the bottom of bar stools - you always know where they sit. The later are the fresh, sometimes handsome group getting their 'warm up' for a night of adventure. Overall, it's a great place to park for a while; dark, cozy, and friendly. You won't be a stranger for long. I love the brunch on Sat & Sun. There's always a chef special that taste damm good.
One of the few bars in Portland that's not only cigar/pipe friendly, it has sidewalk seating *out of the rain*. Near historic Oregon Leather Co., and gay, masculine, and friendly to all.
Yes, Fox & Hounds is a gay bar. "Countrified" is a description this site used for it but the interior is actually in the style of the classic English pub, very cozy. I wish there were more bars like this in Oregon. I smoked my pipe (tobacco, you dork) in there and no one said a thing so I am guessing they don't care. Beer selection is pretty decent.
WHY WERE THEY PLAYING THE TV'S (THEY HAVE CLOSED CAPTIONING!) AGAINST THE MUSIC LAST SATURDAY NIGHT? COULD IT BE, JOE THE (NEW) BARTENDER DOESN'T LIKE MUSIC, AND WAS TRYING TO DROWN IT OUT WITH THE TV? READERS WANT TO KNOW....WHAT HAPPENED TO JOHN THE BARTENDER? HERE TODAY....GONE TOMORROW. HE WAS A GREAT TENDER, BUT HE WAS BEGINNING TO GET TOO CHATTY WITH THE CUSTOMERS, AND MAKING PEOPLE WAIT TOO LONG FOR SERVICE! WE WANT DRINK NOT CHIT CHAT!