From classic neighborhood sports bars to cutting-edge cocktail lounges for the culturally adventurous, Oregon bars offer sweet spots for all tastes and preferences. Here are the 10 best bars to have a drink with some friends in Oregon!
Situated in the heart of Florence’s historic Old Town, the Beachcomber Pub is considered a haven for locals during this seaside community’s busy tourist season. You’ll find friendly service, nine big-screen TVs, bartenders who are skilled in the art of making a mean cocktail, and the kind of food that’s kept both locals and visitors coming back for more than 80 years.
With over 120 years of good service and good libations under its belt, the Geiser Grand Hotel’s 1889 café and bar is the center of Baker City’s Gold Rush era historic district. Featuring stained glass, lots of mahogany, crystal lighting fixtures, stunning view of surrounding mountains, and a resident ghost, 1889 is chock full of history and mystery.
Locals love this Springfield sports bar for it family atmosphere, scratch cooking, and community-oriented proprietors and staff. The Prime Time features more than 30 beers on tap and 36 big screen TVs—so you won’t miss your favorite beer or your favorite team. High-quality pub food includes full breakfasts, full dinners, sliders, baskets and burgers, sandwiches, soups, salads, and a variety of appetizer items. Mixed drinks are made with freshly squeezed juice, and the bar staff concocts its own special sweet-and-sour mix. The authentic neighborhood ambiance has ensured a loyal local crowd of regular patrons for over 20 years—and you know what they say, follow the locals to find the best places.
Inspired by Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Oberon’s Tavern is an ideal combination of renaissance culture and modern art. Oberon’s features old English classics such as sparkling mead not often found in American bars. Oberon’s also features live music almost every night. Attention to detail and décor make Oberon’s indoor environment one of the most visually stunning in the state.
Cutting edge cocktail enthusiasts can’t miss a trip to the Teardrop. A heavy player in the urban cocktail renaissance since 2007, Teardrop Lounge offers expertly crafted classic cocktails that’ll make you think you slipped back to a 1950s nightclub where the cocktail was king—but it doesn’t stop there. Some libations date back as much as two centuries. It’s not all classics, though— inspired in-house mixmasters concoct original creations, and the drink menu includes liquid works of art crafted by some of the country’s most talented behind-the-bar magicians.
Rustic elegance is on the menu at Bend’s Dogwood Cocktail Cabin. You’ll find live music every first Thursday night of the month and most of the time on weekends, and if you’re lucky enough to be a local, you’ll be treated to 25 percent off everything in the house on monthly Sunday nights along with bingo fund raisers that benefit local charities.
You’ll find live music, a serious collection of infused vodkas, and art on the walls at Velvet Lounge. Unlike many Oregon bars, this one doesn’t double as a family friendly restaurant. You can get food here all right—try the Eggo waffle sandwich with whiskey-maple butter, Oaxaca cheese, a baked egg, and bacon—but minors aren’t allowed here during any time, making it the perfect venue when you just need your environment to be child-free.
Portland rain and mist keeps everything lush and green year-round, but that doesn’t mean that Pacific Northwest residents don’t sometimes pine for sunny beaches. When the urge for paradise strikes, they head to the Rum Club, an island-inspired cocktail bar specializing in rum-centric libations and pub grub with a tropical twist. If rum isn’t your poison, just name your pleasure and they’ll make their specialty cocktails with the liquor of your choice. Classic cocktails as well as craft beer and wine are also available.
Located in Salem’s historic Reed Opera House building, Brown’s Towne Lounge serves up well-crafted cocktails, food, beer, and with the kind of old-fashioned hospitality that’ll have you feeling like a regular in no time. A Salem staple since 2008, Brown Towne’s is an ideal after work spot for meeting friends as well as a great weekend date night destination.
No list of Oregon bars is complete without a mention of the Portland icon, Laurelthirst Public House. As Portland’s oldest independent music venue, Laurelthirst has been serving music with its libations since 1988. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, the food and spirits are reasonably priced, and Portland memorabilia lines the walls.