Friday, September 5, 2014

Oregon, Part 5, Goose Hollow Inn / グースホローイン

I met Y at Zwickelmania in February this year. He’s been living in Portland for around ten years, doing postdoctoral research in a sub-field of biology that I understand about as much as an amoeba understands Herman Melville.

Anyway, he mentioned that his favorite beer spot is fairly close to downtown, and when I was in Portland last month we got together there for an evening. 

Goose Hollow Inn is a great little place, an old house that’s been converted into a bar/restaurant.  The neighborhood seems strangely peaceful, even though it’s located just off a busy street. It’s right across the street from the MAX Blue Line, Goose Hollow/Jefferson stop.

It has an outdoor covered patio area that is best during warm months. It feels like sitting on a deck in a friend’s backyard. The crowd is decidedly not ... as ... young as at many Portland places; most people seemed middle-aged or older. Some were reading books or newspapers and others chatting quietly with friends.

There are 14 taps, most of them Oregon beers and none of them really out of the ordinary but all good Northwest brews. They also serve sake and cider.

A limited, but good, variety of sandwiches, pizzas, soups, and salads are on offer. The Reuben sandwich is their specialty (they claim that it’s the "Best Reuben on the Planet").  

Goose Hollow Inn is exceptionally comfortable and pleasant. Go there for the atmosphere rather than for the beer.

Goose Hollow Inn
1927 SW Jefferson St.
Portland, Oregon United States 97201
(503) 228-7010
Mon-Thu: 11am-midnight
Fri: 11am-1am
Sat: 11am-midnight
Sun: closed


  1. This is a good report of my 2nd house! I like your explanation about goose hollow inn.

  2. Yoshi,
    Thanks for inviting me to your "house." It's a great place, and I was glad that I could see you and Masa there.