by Alan Kent - 0 Reviews - 7 List
Let's face it: Portland isn't about hipsters writing in little notebooks and sipping lattes, our town is about SPORTS. Because we spend half the year inside avoiding the rain, we've gotta watch the game--and we're gonna drink while we do it. Check out our list of Portland spots bars to find your favorite new spot, and avoid awkward team rivalries while you're at it. (Photo: Foosball Men by Flickr user Nicola)
Updated: October 25, 2011
For Ducks fans, there is no other choice. On Deck boasts a great deck (hence the name) that's best during summer, but often enclosed with an overflow tent during the winter. Catch the Ducks, Timbers and Blazers on their 68-inch plasma, or more games on the 25 other TVs. The themed burgers (named after your favorite local teams) are terrific, and there's a veggie plate on the Happy Hour menu for Ducks fans who can't stomach the Beaver Nation burger.
Timbers fans, line up--Mac's is the official Portland Timbers Pub (though it also features football and baseball, if you must know). This southwest sports bar boasts killer burgers (try the enormous Dagwood Burger if you dare!), comfy couches, and 26 TVs. It's also endorsed by a long list of college alumni groups including, ahem, both the U of O and OSU--the Civil War game at Mac's is epic.
Catch NFL games at the Jolly Roger, then stumble out to the food carts at Cartopia, just a block away. The JR is nominally pirate-themed, and features live music (mostly reggae) on weekend nights. The biggest draw is the free Jello shots when the Blazers top 100 points--and even if you don't hit that jackpot, the other menu items are reasonably-priced ($3.50 for the "Crow's Nest": two eggs, hash browns, and toast--can't beat that!).
Skybox is small, but it manages to pack 20 beer taps, 18 TVs, great food, and an unbeatable reputation for friendly service into the space. Beyond the typical football and baseball offerings, Skybox follows the PGA and NASCAR--and it takes requests, in case you're into some game that's not normally on the bar's schedule. Try the (weekend-only, starting at 9am) breakfast for a treat when you catch an East Coast game.
Looking to catch the next Blazers game? Dribble your way to Claudia's for great pizza and burgers, cheap beer, and a down-home atmosphere that's been brewing since 1958. Claudia's recently upgraded its TV lineup to include more HDTV satellite receivers; now the pub is offering overage of every NFL game and the MLB playoffs. The captain's chairs at the bar are fun especially for first-timers, though you'll have to wait to get your chance at 'em.
Portland's premiere gay sports bar, JOQ's is an intimate setting with killer cheese sticks and an epic Taco Tuesday (two for $2.50). JOQ's is all about atmosphere, with a neighborhood vibe--if you're looking for some sports action at a gay bar, this is the joint to try.
Boasting 28 50-inch TVs, Blitz Ladd is guaranteed to be showing whatever game you're looking for--it's a surprisingly big space. The bar has 26 taps (local and craft beers) and offers take-home growlers. Grab some nachos or the spinach dip and try your hand at free ping-pong, shuffleboard, and darts (plus free pool on Sundays).