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Review: The Toffee Club – English-style Pub & Soccer Bar

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The Toffee Club

The old windowless dive the Hawthorne Strip has transformed from a dark dingy strip club into a bright, airy, all-ages pub; obnoxious crusty old-timers have been replaced with obnoxious young soccer hooligans, and boob pasties are out in favor of Cornish pasties. For some reason it’s now called The Toffee Club, and there are no more strippers, but there is a cocktail called “Posh Spice.”

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All joking aside, The Toffee Club is a worthy new addition to Hawthorne Boulevard, the only street that takes professional soccer seriously with now this being the 3rd soccer bar in 20 blocks. Even if you don’t like soccer, though, hopefully you like good English-style pub grub and fine ales and lagers.

The Toffee Club is like the cleaner, newer, trendier offspring of a Horse Brass-like pub. For beer geeks it will never compete with Horse Brass’s 50+ taps of beer, and the former’s darkened, smoke-stained walls and smelly bathrooms just add to its charm. On the opposite end of that spectrum, the Toffee Club is a newly refurbished building with a small but well-chosen lineup of beer, wine, cocktails, and grub. Also, unlike places like the Brass, there are TVs that are primarily for soccer, and the bar plans to show most games and open early for important ones.

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The Toffee Club is not going to blow you away with its 8 beers on tap or the bottle selection, but it will almost certainly have some beers you will enjoy. On a recent visit Breakside IPA and Occidental Pilsner were on tap; those alone would satiate me for a day of drinking. But those were rounded out by Double Mountain’s Vaporizer IPA, Oakshire’s hoppier Amber Ale, Baerlic’s refreshing Cream Ale and, for some Euro flavor, Fuller’s London Pride, Guinness, and Stella. More English beers pop-up on the bottle list: Sam Smith’s Cider, Lager, Pale Ale, IPA, and Chocolate Stout; Old Speckled Hen and Newcastle Brown; and, for cheaper hipster offerings, Rainier and Tecate by the can, as well as less-than-common bottles of Portland’s Stung Mead.

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There is a pretty strong happy hour at the club that runs both 3-6pm and 10pm – close every day. Select pints are $4, cans of Tecate are $2.50, there is cheap food too like a minced beef Cornish Pasty for $5, and more food, beer, wine, and cocktails on the list, too. See the pic above.

If you’re a fan of classic English food but don’t know enough places where to get it, The Toffee Club might be your answer. While the menu at any given time of day is short and sweet, there are unique options for lunch, dinner, and happy hour and yes, a classic English Breakfast available starting at 9am on the weekends. Dig in with an early soccer game and a pint and “The Full English” Breakfast consisting of bacon, sausage, baked beans, eggs, tomatoes, mushrooms, and toast. Pasties are available for lunch or dinner with meat, veggie, and fish pie options.

The Toffee Club opens at 11:30am on weekdays and is open until midnight. On weekends they open at 9am and on Friday and Saturday they stay open until 2am.

1006 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

971-254

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

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