SIN takes center stage every Tuesday nite at Mock Crest Tavern

The last time I looked, there were some 80 National Days on the Calendar –not counting National Mew Year Day for Cats, which has yet to be recognized by Presidential Proclamation. With everything from White Cane Sugar Day to National Tartan Day (I am not making these up), it seems only fitting there should be at least one day out of the year to recognize the hard-working men and women of Portland’s Service Industry. Or, more specifically, Bartenders, Waiters, Waitresses, and Bar Backs. (Sorry McDonald’s Drive-thru worker, you’re not on the list.) 


Service Industry Night brings out NoPo’s finest. Or so we are told.

So Mock Crest Tavern has done just that and then some, with their very own Service Industry Night (SIN).

The fun starts at 9 PM, when Mock Crest breaks out the karaoke machine. Then, everyone, regardless of their profession, vocation or lack of talent, is invited to grab the mic and belt out their favorite song. 


Revelers enjoying Mock’s famous pudding shots.

Lack the nerve to sing in front of strangers? No worries: Mock Crest has plenty of liquid courage on tap, including a rotating selection of no fewer than 8 craft beers. And you don’t want to pass on the Mock’s famous pudding shots.


Release your inner Justin Timberlake.

Along with the karaoke, you can also partake of a number of food and drink specials. Just show your OLCC card to claim your discount.

Oh – I almost forgot – Happy Leif Erickson Day!


Last Call Trivia is just the answer to a boring Sunday night

It’s another Sunday night in NoPo and you’re asking yourself, what is there to do? Well, if you’re up for exercising the mainframe between your two ears, head over to Mock Crest Tavern for Last Call Trivia.

                              Sunday nights just got a whole lot smarter.

Every Sunday night at 7 PM, teams from the four corners of the Portland area gather to compete in a two-hour contest that combines brains, strategy and beer. Mostly beer.

                Another packed house for Last Call Trivia at Mock Crest Tavern.

Teams of up to 8 members are allowed to compete, and the format is simple: 6 rounds of three questions each, across a wide range of subjects ranging from astronomy, geography and religion, to politics, religion, pop culture and more. With each question, teams can wager how many points they want to risk on their answer. Sound strategy can mean the difference between staying in the running or moving ahead of the pack. Each round also ends with a bonus question worth another point. Last but not least, every Last Call Trivia night features a round with a particular theme. Guess the theme correctly and– bingo – another bonus point!

       Last Call Trivia brings out NoPo’s best and brightest. And prettiest, too.
                         Quizmaster Bill keeps the contest light and lively.
            Please give generously to his Hair Restoration Fund, won’t you?

Having a rough go of things? Don’t despair – the Mock Crest crew is at the ready to provide all the liquid lubrication your brain needs to make it though the night. Be sure to check out the great bar food, too. The kitchen may be small, but the gals can cook up some of the best damn eats in NoPo.

At the end of the night, Quizmaster Bill will award the top two teams bar script good for their next visit to Mock Crest, or either of its sister pubs: Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill or Yukon Tavern. Weeklong bragging rights are just icing on the cake!

   Well, well, it must be true: even a blind pig finds a truffle every now and then.

The first thing you should order this weekend is a wake-up call.

If you are one of those people who like sleeping in late on the weekends, then you obviously have never heard of the Mock Crest Weekend Breakfast Specials. They are definitely worth getting out of bed for – no matter how hard you celebrated the night before.

Weekend Breakfast Specials draw a hungry crowd first thing in the morning.

The Weekend Breakfast specials are lovingly prepared each Saturday & Sunday morning by Denise Morris. Denise has cracked a few eggs in her day – she has been cooking at Mock Crest for the past 11 years. During that time, her specials have become the talk of NoPo – and beyond. 

Chef Denise is an avid Mariners fan and has been known to wear her heart on her sleeve.
Or, in some cases, her back.

During her time in the kitchen, Denise has created some 50+ breakfast items. Some of her classics include Huevos Rancheros; some 6 different varieties of Eggs Benedict; Chicken Fried Steak; and Red, White & Blue French Toast. And if her Biscuits & Gravy have not yet been declared a National Treasure, they soon will be.

The line forms early at Mock Crest every Saturday & Sunday. “Sometimes, there are 5-6 guests lined up at the door waiting for me when I open,” says Denise. “Most of them have become familiar faces.” 

Says Denise, “The thing I love most about cooking is seeing a diner’s eyes light up as I present their plate. Then, on their way out as they tell you, “best meal ever,” well, that’s just icing on the cake.”

Apparently, there is just no accounting for good taste.

You can follow Denise’s Weekend Breakfast Specials on her Facebook page. Many of them can be found on the new Hall of Flame page of the Mock Crest website.

So set your alarm early this weekend and join Denise for breakfast between 9 AM and 2 PM. Your tummy will thank you for it.

Missing Mock Crest Tavern

The time has come to bid a fond farewell to one of my favorite North Portland taverns where I go to relax and enjoy an evening out with friends. I’m moving to a new city now and packing up my suitcase of memories that I’ve made at Mock Crest Tavern.

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The Best in Live Music in Portland

I’ve spent many nights at Mock, listening to some of the best live music you’ll find in Portland. I’ve gotten to know a few of the band members and witness their passion for music. Every time I go out to Mock to hear a band I know I’m in for a memorable night.

Delicious Food and Drink

Mock’s pint-sized kitchen is legendary for turning out delicious food. Their daily specials surprise and delight and their weekend breakfasts go far beyond what you’d expect of a small neighborhood tavern.

Likewise, their drink selection is above par. Inventive, delicious, and timely; their drinks are made to satisfy by Mock’s expert bartenders who are devoted to their art.

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The Atmosphere

Mock Crest Tavern is just the kind of place I look for when I want to relax after a day at work. It’s a quiet little bar with a laid-back atmosphere when I get there at five and, when the band kicks up at nine, I’m ready for a joyful night of great blues, rock, and Americana music.


I may have to say good-bye to Mock Crest Tavern, but my memories will keep me smiling. Don’t miss out on your chance to make those same kinds of memories every week at Mock Crest Tavern.

What to Do When You Don’t Want the Holiday to End

Our last three-day weekend for the next four months is over but, if you’re like me, you’d like it to stretch out another three days. There’s an easy remedy for that problem—come out to Mock Crest Tavern this weekend for three more days of good music, good food, and good times!


A “No Maintenance” Yard Just for You!

Make Mock’s back patio your summer hangout. Our grassy seating area is perfect for that backyard feel—and, you aren’t responsible for its upkeep. If it gets cold or rainy you won’t have to run inside because our patio has a covered area with heat lamps to keep you warm.

Fire Up the Grill!

Summer is the season for juicy burgers and frosty glasses of beer. We know you have your favorite combinations already in mind and at Mock our chefs and bartenders can pair up the meal you love most. Our selection of ten different burgers—beef, chicken, and fish—taste even better with a brew poured from our rotating taps, our top shelf liquors, or our large selection of wines and ciders.

The Sounds of Summer

Three nights a week Mock is home to some of the best live music you’ll find in Portland. We schedule our bands every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 9pm. Tonight we’re featuring blues legend Norman Sylvester & Friends and tomorrow the Tracey Fordice Band will be on “stage.”

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Join us this weekend at Mock Crest Tavern to continue the party you started last weekend! All summer long we can be your go-to place for backyard gatherings and great live music.



Toast Your Mom on Mother’s Day at Mock Crest Tavern

Cards and flowers are nice, but you know your mom really wants time spent with her kids on Mother’s Day. With that in mind, we would like to invite you and your mom to Mock Crest Tavern!

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For the Late-Night Mom

We’ve got you covered whether your mom is a morning person or a night owl. Bring her in on Saturday night to enjoy one the best blues bands you’ll hear in Portland. The Tracey Fordice Band is a Mock regular and they will be playing on May 11th, the day before Mother’s Day, from 9pm to close. It’s the perfect way to welcome in Mother’s Day by toasting your mom.

Quizzes with Roy Smallwood

Give your mom a reason to tell you “I told you so!” Bring her to Mock at 7pm on Mother’s Day when we’ll be hosting Roy Smallwood and his Quizzys bar trivia game. He keeps the games lively with his sarcastic wit, and your mom will have ample chance to show off her superior mind with his wide array of questions.

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For the Bright and Early Mom

Mock Crest Tavern is famous for its high-end breakfast menu, served in our casual dining setting. Our regular menu is full of great choices, like the Spinach Mushroom Swiss Scramble for $12, and Mock’s team of chefs always create extra special meals for our weekend specials, like the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict for $13.

Bars near University of Portland 

Let Mock Crest Tavern Pamper Your Mom on Mother’s Day

Taking your mom out to Mock Crest Tavern on Mother’s Day will give her the day she deserves. Good food, good music, and good times are awaiting that special lady on her most special day of the year!

Good Food + Good Music = Good Times at Mock Crest Tavern

Add it up—when you want to kick back, relax, and enjoy a night out what you go searching for is good food, good music and good people to share them with. You’ll find the answer to that equation right here at Mock Crest Tavern, North Portland’s best blues venue.

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It doesn’t take a genius to figure out why Mock Crest Tavern is the best place to gather with friends on these beautiful spring days. From juicy burgers and tasty drinks, to the great bands and fun staff; Mock has everything you’ll need to have a memorable night out in Portland.


Now that our patio is open for the summer, you get extra bonus points for choosing an intimate backyard setting for your evening entertainment. It’s got the same feel as your own backyard, with a grassy lawn floor and the warming comfort of heat lamps to keep you toasty when the sun goes down.

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And, of course, nothing is better at a backyard party than a fresh burger and a cool alcoholic drink. We’ve got seven burgers and sliders that you can custom order just the way you like them. We’ve also got a full bar with top shelf liquor, a large selection of wines, and eight beers on tap (and more beer and ciders in bottles and cans) to go along with your meal.

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Do the math—Mock Crest Tavern scores high marks in all the important subjects: good food, good music, and good times. Come out to Mock tonight for an evening that’s one for the books!