Mock Crest Tavern’s Hot Menu for a Cold Day

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Baby it’s cold outside—but it’s warm on our Mock Crest Tavern menu! When the temperatures drop and the rain starts to fall the griddle in our kitchen is fired up with the best spicy burgers and tater tots in North Portland.

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Shake off the rain with a Jalapeno Swiss Burger. The spicy jalapenos will be chasing the tangy taste of that Swiss cheese all around that ½ pound patty. With lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and our Mock Crest Tavern house-made sauce, this burger will be warming your insides in no time.

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If you want to take it up a notch try our Habanero Bacon Blue Burger. This hot-to-trot peppery sandwich will take away your breath away with just the right combination of savory blue cheese, smoky bacon and the heat of a habanero pepper. You can pair it with chips, fries, tots, or, for only $2 more, you can add a soup or salad.

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When the spice builds on your tongue and your brow starts to sweat, wash that tasty meal down with one of our great domestic, foreign, regional and craft beers from our rotating drafts. We’ve also got great ciders, the latest Portland craze, and top shelf liquor and a variety of wines that will take the meal to another level.

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When the skies grow darker and the rain starts to fall come to Mock Crest Tavern in NoPo for a spicy treat that will warm you from the inside out. Our lunch menu runs all day, with two Happy Hour everyday from 3-6 and 11-close.

The Ambiance of Big Bossa Quartet at Mock Crest Tavern

Music sets the mood wherever its heard and when Big Bossa Quartet plays the laid back sound of Latin, blues, jazz, and pop the mood at Mock Crest Tavern is of the classic cocktail lounge that defined the social life of the 1950s and 60s.

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Big Bossa Quartet, made up of Evan Shlaes on the vibraphone, Clark Salisbury on guitar, Dave Captien on bass and Fred Ingram on drums mix the old hits with new versions of familiar modern day hits, like “Easy Rider” like you’ve never heard them before.

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Bandleader Shlaes has been part of the music scene since his teenage years in Chicago coffeehouses and bars. In the 1970s he came out to the West Coast and found a home in Portland. “We love playing at Mock Crest Tavern. The people who come out to hear our music are right in the middle of it with us on the floor. It’s a great community to share our music with,” says Shlaes. “And I always look forward to a Mock Crest Blues Burger,” he adds with a wink.


“We love playing at Mock Crest Tavern. The people who come out to hear our music are right in the middle of it with us on the floor. It’s a great community to share our music with, and I always look forward to a Mock Crest Blues Burger.” 

– Evan Shales


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I dropped in at Mock Crest Tavern last month to hear Big Bossa Quartet and found that the music was perfect for an evening out on the town. It’s the type of sound that calls for a sophisticated drink from the bar and a Mai Tai was my choice for the evening.

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Come out to Mock Crest Tavern every fourth Friday of the month to hear the sweet sounds of a classic lounge band, Big Bossa Quartet and try the band’s favorite Mock Crest Blues Burger—no tux required.

Our Promise to You: Live Music, No Cover Charge

At Mock Crest Tavern we’ve taken a stand and we mean what we say—no cover charge ever!

Sometimes you just have to put your foot down and declare your party loyalty and we’ve done that consistently for six decades with our commitment to hosting live music that rocks the house without a cover every month of the year.

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Even before Jon and Rainer bought Mock it had the reputation as a place for music lovers to gather to hear their favorite local bands jam and let their energy become part of the show inside the intimate venue. Because of this policy the people of North Portland have been able to see groups of every genre playing live during the 1950s rock-a-billy craze, 60’s folk music, classic rock of the ‘70s and ‘80s and the musicians that have kept those songs alive through the ‘90s and into this new millennium.

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Our tradition of never charging a cover will endure for decades to come because we love good music as much as our Mock Crest friends do. Good music, good friends, and good times is the right of every Mock Crest guest and we’re going to make sure everyone who comes here gets the great experience we’re famous for.

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We’re hearing a lot of promises and policy talk right now, and most of it is too good to be true, so it’s nice to know you can always count on one thing—when you come out to listen to great live music at Mock Crest Tavern you’ll never be asked to pay a cover charge—ever!

The Birth of a Bar

Turning yesterday’s neighborhood tavern into North Portland’s premier music venue takes a lot of elbow grease. Leaving the hi-tech world to chase the dream of owning a bar takes that, plus a mountain of dedication and good partners, too.

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This is the story of how Jon Batcheller and Rainer Wieland escaped a corporation’s gilded cage to become the stewards of the historic bar, Mock Crest Tavern.

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Not surprisingly, it started over a couple of beers on a lunch break from their software engineering jobs. The two had worked together at a few different companies and had built a strong working relationship and a friendship outside of work, so they already knew they would work well as business partners, too.

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It was Jon who first posed the idea of reinventing a struggling neighborhood bar into the laid back type of drinking establishment they both love. But what bar—and where–they wondered. It was a question that followed Jon as he explored Portland looking for that diamond in the rough, and a month later he invited Rainer to meet him at a little cigar shaped bar on Lombard Street called Mock Crest Tavern.

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The unique look and its decades-long history as a music venue put Mock at the top of their list to be the first of their bars. There was a lot of work to do. Only two taps of five worked, the previous owner lost his lottery machine license (something that took them eight months to get back), and there was a lot of remodeling to be done, but they did it!

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Sixty years on (eight under Jon and Rainer’s management), Mock Crest Tavern is going strong! They have a great wait staff, an upgraded menu, and all the top shelf drinks, wines, and beers that had gone MIA under the previous owner, plus many more favorites. There’s a lot of work that goes into a bar but, with their analytical minds and natural attention to detail, Jon and Rainer have turned this broken down bar into a place where people feel comfortable, can listen to great music several times a week, and enjoy the best pub grub and drinks you’ll find in the Pacific Northwest.

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Jon and Rainer have since added two more bars to their business. NoPo’s best sports bar, Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill, and the Southeast’s historic Yukon Tavern and they love seeing them grow and develop under their vision.

Stop on by any of Jon and Rainer’s bars and see all the changes they’ve made in their quest to create the best “dive” bars in Portland. And, don’t forget to say hello to Jon and Rainer, the architects of the reinvented Mock Crest Tavern!

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A Morning Spent at Mock Crest Tavern

Sometimes, when I find myself in a rut, the best thing to do is to get out of my normal life and find a place where I can relax. Fortunately, with the invention of free WiFi, I’ve found the perfect solution—breakfast at Mock Crest Tavern!

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I had just such a morning today so I drove over to North Portland’s favorite neighborhood bar to check out their specials and relax with a Bloody Mary. It’s the very best work-life combination I can think of!

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Manager Sarah Grace is working this morning, managing the job of cooking, bartending, checking in a supply delivery, and training a new employee all at the same time. She juggled this with the ease of a seasoned pro while filling all the customer’s requests and engaging them with the banter you’d expect from a friendly bartender.

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Mock’s co-owner, Jon Batcheller, was working today, too, fixing a troublesome door and checking in on the general running of the bar. He spared a few minutes to sit down with me while he enjoyed a breakfast of eggs and pancakes before heading out to a repair shop to find a missing part for the door. Always something to do at a busy bar like Mock…

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The patio outside was busy with a few guests who were enjoying the beautiful fall day. They were chowing down on eggs and toast, while I decided to go with their breakfast special of the day, a White Cheddar Mock Muffin. It’s an English muffin with sausage, egg, and white cheddar cheese and a side of country style potatoes. Yum, yum! I paired that with a spicy Bloody Mary and later a Madras. It was the perfect way to break out of my end-of-summer rut.

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Mock Crest Tavern’s Cocktails Are No Joke

Cocktails, Mocktails—When you order a cocktail at some bars you’re guaranteed a concoction with specific ingredients but not always in the amounts that’s going to make a great tasting drink. At NoPo’s Mock Crest Tavern customer expectations are always part of the recipe.

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View the beauty of a perfectly made Mai Tai. Its graduating shades of red, orange and yellow reminds you of a tropical sunset and promises another night to remember. I ordered this drink on a summer evening when I went to Mock to hear The Adequates play and it represented the first moment of relaxation after a busy day at work.

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My go-to drink at Mock is an Amaretto Sour. It’s an easy drink with amaretto liqueur, ice and a splash or two of sweet and sour mix. Sweet and smooth, I look forward to it before diving into Mock’s spicy Habanero Bacon Blue Burger.

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When I stop in at Mock for breakfast I can’t resist waking up with a spiked coffee. I’ve tried all versions—Irish, Mexican, and Spanish—and all provided the right mix of coffee to get me started and a bit of alcohol to start off the day just right.


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Next time you’re in the mood for a cocktail, and you want to be sure you’re getting what you’re paying for, head toward Mock Crest Tavern on Lombard Street in North Portland—you won’t leave disappointed after having one of these “Mocktails.”

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Welcome Back, University of Portland Students

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The 2016-2017 school year has arrived and Mock Crest Tavern wants to extend a warm welcome to the students of the University of Portland. Mock is many things to many people, so here’s a little background on North Portland’s favorite neighborhood bar.

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We’re a Music Venue

Mock has deep roots in Portland’s music scene. Throughout the month we showcase local, national and international acts on our “Mock Crest Carpet Stage.” We feature several acts throughout the week and there’s never a cover charge. Check out our calendar to see who’s playing tonight.

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We’ve Got Great Food

There’s nothing like a home cooked meal when you’re deep in the books. Don’t deprive yourself of that tasty treat; join us for one of our daily specials our cooks prepare in our cart-sized kitchen. Our regular menu features all the pub grub you love from soup to nuts, and don’t leave without trying one of our pudding shots for desert.

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We’ve Got Great Beer, too!

Of course, we’ve got all the great beer that gives our city the moniker; Beervana! Foreign, domestic, and local craft beers stand side-by-side with the latest craze, hard cider, in our rotating taps selection. Check out our leaderboard to see what’s being poured in real time. And, we serve great wines and top-shelf spirits, too!

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We’ve Got Game

Every Sunday Mock Crest Tavern welcomes Quizzy Trivia, a bar trivia game with off-the-wall host, Roy Smallwood. He comes armed with categories that we think we know well, and questions that will prove we don’t. But this team game is all for fun—and a few prizes.

If a game of cards is more your speed join us on Monday evenings for our weekly Texas Hold ‘em games. It’s the kind of game that’s been played in our bar ever since the doors opened, and the tradition continues with laid back games and plenty of beer.

We also have Keno and lotto games and four TVs to watch all your favorite sporting events.

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We’ve Got Free WiFi

Just what every modern student needs to get through a semester of college; free WiFi! At Mock Crest Tavern you’ll be able to work on your paper while you listen to live music and enjoy a tasty beer. Our bar is open from 9am-2:30pm every day, with a breakfast menu and plenty of friendly staff to keep you moving through those books.

Look for the Portland Bluesman when you’re heading west on Lombard Street, then come inside one of North Portland’s best neighborhood bars; Mock Crest Tavern!

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