The Luck of the Irish is Upon Us at Mock Crest Tavern

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St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday and that means all of us at Mock Crest Tavern are getting ready to celebrate the Emerald Isle with Irish food, drinks and a great band, Under the Lake.

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Portland’s Under the Lake will set the party mood with their internationally recognized funk-jazz-soul music, with Nat Caranto on alto sax, John Moak on Trombone, guitarist Evan Mustard, bassist Kenny Franklin, Jeff Jones banging it out on drums and Jayson Tripp on keyboard.

Behind the bar we’ll be wearing green and serving up drinks and dishes with a nod to the Irish pub scene. Jameson ($6 per glass) and Redbreast ($8) Irish Whiskeys will be filling our glasses, as will Ireland’s iconic beer, Guinness at $4 a pint. Mix it up with a doubled-up shot of Guinness and Jameson ($9) or try a Car Bomb ($7), a half pint of Guinness, a half-ounce shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey and Baileys Irish Cream. Then it’s up to you to drop the shot glass into the beer and chug it down.

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For me, I’ll be ordering up my favorite; Irish Coffee for $7. It’s a drink that perfectly combines Portland’s coffee culture with the Emerald Isle’s beloved Jameson Irish Whiskey.

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Our kitchen crew will have corned beef, Ireland’s national dish, stewing all day and by the time you come in to party with Under the Lake the savory, rich smell of beef will fill our bar and tempt you into a plate of this scrumptious dish.

Get your green on and come on down to Mock Crest Tavern on Friday, March 17th to enjoy the music of Under the Lake and the best of Irish food and drinks you’ll find in North Portland.

 

Grab Your Beads—It’s Mardi Gras at Mock Crest Tavern!

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Joie de vivre, my friends, because it’s time to celebrate Mardi Gras at Mock Crest Tavern!

New Orleans, with its festive spirit, haunting lore and many interesting characters, has always been a hot bed for musicians to create new genres of music. In fact, the Crescent City is where one of the first truly authentic American musical genres—the blues—originated. Today, blues, jazz, zydeco and Cajun are musical fixtures in the city’s historic French Quarter and it’s a big feature of the celebrated Mardi Gras parade, but if you can’t get down South to be a part of the annual festival this year don’t you worry about it, because you’ll still be able to get your Carnivale fix right here in NoPo when Mock host our own Mardi Gras Mambos, with The New Iberians.

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Fat Tuesday may not land on a Friday this year, but that won’t keep the beads, beer, and the best of times from reigning at our Mardi Gras party. Our kitchen will be cooking your favorite Mock Crest Tavern food and out bartenders are ready to pour you the best beers, wines, cocktails and ciders you’ll find in Portland.

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Grab your beads and break out your purple, yellow, and green then join us on Friday, February 24th to celebrate New Orleans’s biggest nigh! The New Iberians will take the Mock Crest Tavern “Carpet Stage” at 9 p.m. to get the party started with the sounds of the French Quarter. All you need to bring is your festive spirit!

 

Date Night at Mock Crest Tavern for a Late Valentines Day!

Hey, music lovers, and lovers of all types! Come out to Mock Crest Tavern on Friday, February 17th for a late Valentines Day date with Portland’s Hops and Honey String Band.

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Hops and Honey play the Americana music that started it all; ragtime, old-time, and country blues from the 1920s and 1930s, bringing the classics to life with new and interesting twists. This five piece, authentic sounding band keeps it simple with guitarist Andrew Yeomans, vocalist and fiddler Anna Sandys, bass-man Ben Sandler and vocalist Tim Ennis on percussion.

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Travel with them back in musical time to a day when speakeasies were the center of social life. Hops and Honey play all hits from the favorite artists of the time—Bessie Smith, Sweet Emma Barret, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Frank Stokes, Rosa Henderson, and Mance Lipscomb. It was the pop music of their day, but their messages continue to ring true even a century later, with songs about unrequited love, money troubles, breaking the law and love of home and family.

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Mock Crest Tavern is the perfect place to listen to this throwback musical genre. For over sixty years, and counting, our tavern has played host to a myriad of bands of every sort, and garnered a reputation as North Portland’s best intimate, live music venue.

This year why not celebrate Valentines Day on Friday, February 17th, when Mock Crest Tavern hosts Hops and Honey, one of Portland’s most unique bands!

Soup and a Sandwich on a Cold Day

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This has been one of the coldest winters the Pacific Northwest has experienced since I moved here nearly twenty years ago. Freezing temperatures, snow and ice have kept me locked up inside and I’m tired of it. I want to be warm, inside and out. That’s why I braved the elements the other day to hit lunch hour at Mock Crest Tavern.

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Mock’s manager Sarah Grace greeted me with a warm smile when I walked in the door. This neighborhood bar treats everyone like part of the family.

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The menu is full of great choices, but for this gloomy day I chose the daily special—a combo plate of their famous Loaded Grilled Cheese and a cup of creamy tomato bisque soup, with a pickle and a pack of oyster crackers cozied up to them. It filled me up and took care of that bone-chilling cold that settled taken over my body since this morning.

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I met some friends there and they filled up on a burger and tots and a fish and chips platter.

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And, we all enjoyed a drink from the bar. Mock offers top shelf liquor, domestic, foreign and craft beers, wines and, my personal favorite; cider. Check out Mock’s online rotating taps leaderboard to find out what’s available right now.

When your looking to get out of the house during this everlasting deep freeze head over to Mock Crest Tavern for hot food, a drink to warm your insides, and the friendly faces that make Mock Crest Tavern North Portland’s favorite neighborhood bar!

Celebrate the “Worst Day of the Year” at Mock Crest Tavern

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With holiday memories fading and spring still months away, the third Monday after New Years is considered by most to be the worst day of the year. Mock Crest Tavern can help you make it much, much better, with a big dose of “good food, good music, and good times.”

 

 

I’ve already marked the day down on my calendar and now I’m actually looking forward to January 16th, because I know I’ll be able to spend it in at North Portland’s favorite neighborhood bar.

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I’ll be looking for Mock’s bright neon sign as I’m heading down Lombard Street—a warm beacon on what will surely be a dark and rainy day. I’ll take a seat by the window or at the long bar and order up a spiked coffee and some friendly conversation.

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The cook will whip up a hearty meal in their mini-kitchen. I can’t resist their juicy cheeseburgers with all the fixin’s, and a side of tater tots. Their whole menu is full of great tasting food and their daily specials will remind you of your mom’s home cooking, with selections like creamy Mac n Cheese or Irish stew.

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The best thing about spending my day at Mock is that I can skip out on work without falling behind. I’ll do that throughout the day and then put it away for the night so I can join in on a hand of Texas Hold ‘em, Mock’s weekly card game.

Well, that’s how I’m planning on spending the day, because how bad can a day really be when you spend at Mock Crest Tavern? Hell, I’m looking forward to it.

Ringing in the New Year at Mock Crest Tavern

Out with the old, in with the new! 2017 will be off to a rockin’ start on December 31st when Mock Crest Tavern plays host to Randy Morrison’s Party Bus on New Years Eve.

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All of us at Mock are getting our toasts ready for a night of celebration as we say good-bye to 2016 and hello to an exciting new year. Randy Morrison and his group will provide the musical backdrop to our party with their high-energy blues/R&B music.

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Randy, on guitar and vocals, has played in and fronted bands on stages across the nation. Backing him up are Laura Petch (bass and vocals) and Steve Anderson (guitar and vocals), both established Portland blues musicians, along with drummer Dusty Hill, an expert in rock, country, top 40 and jazz beats.

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Mock’s intimate venue is a perfect place for people who want to celebrate on the biggest party night of the year. Join us inside to enjoy this great group along with other fans, then outside cozy up to your special someone for a midnight kiss. Our bartenders will be serving champagne for your end-of-the-year toast and our kitchen will be whipping up some great food to help you make it all the way to midnight.

Happy New Year!

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Rock out with Randy Morrison’s Party Bus, while you ring in the New Year at North Portland’s favorite music venue, Mock Crest Tavern. We’ll be open all day and the band will light up Mock’s “Carpet Stage” from 9pm to close on New Years Eve.

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December is a Month for Live Music at Mock Crest Tavern

Baby, it’s cold outside, but the music is hot inside Mock Crest Tavern!

It’s the holiday season and we want to celebrate the whole month long we’ve featured our favorite local artists and great new bands that have come to us from all across the United States. It’s been a great way to count down to the end of the year, but don’t despair—the month isn’t over yet!

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Over the last few weeks the local groups you see regularly on our schedule have entertained us—Claes of the Blueprints & Friends, the Adequates, and Castletown, with Johnnie Ward making several appearances on Mock’s “Carpet Stage,” with friends from The Eagle Ridin’ Papas and Sharkskin Review, as well as his Open Mic and Jam series.

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New bands have also kept us rockin’ this month! Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness started off this musical month, with Pretty Drunk and Under the Lake keeping the place jumpin’ week after week. Come back tonight for Big Bossa Quartet, Sam Densmore on the 29th, the 30th for the Malachi Graham Band, and Randy Morrison’s Party Bus on New Years Eve!

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Check our calendar every month, then come back again and again for the fun times and great music that has made Mock Crest Tavern famous as North Portland’s Best Blues Bar for over sixty years!

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