Getting to Know Mock Crest Tavern

At Mock Crest Tavern we are known for serving “NoPo’s best blues, burgers, and brews.” We’ve been a landmark in the community for over 70 years and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. It’s “where friends meet and great memories are always on tap! “

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The Building

Our unique cigar-shaped building on Lombard Street has been through several transformations through the decades. Initially a home to a meat market, it still sports the stone and glass front from its original design but today it glows under our easily recognized neon sign every night.

Inside, you will still find the tell-tale signs of the pharmacy that once inhabited the building. The long bar with stools should tip you off to its sugary past as a soda fountain. But, as time marched on so did the purpose our Mock Crest building.

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Our First Mural

Our building has always celebrated its relationships with our North Portland neighbors, and we’ve shown our love for boldly on the side of our building with murals that reflect all the wonderful things we enjoy in our part of the city. The first mural featured a rose bouquet, St. John’s Bridge, wine, baseball, and, of course, music!

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Round Two

Our next mural zeroed in on Mock’s special place in the community as a place to find great live music. It’s painted in a modern, minimalist style that features the St. John’s Bridge and our own version of the “Portland Bluesman.” It announced to all who passed by that we are a haven of good music and exciting nights spent with friends.

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The Latest Version

Today, you’ll find our most recent mural, which pays homage to our patrons, on the east side of our building. Created just last summer, this version is a snapshot of our bar scene and the people that bring it to life (as represented in animal characters as well as people). Painted by local artist and avid bar patron Edmond Booth, it combines the spirit of our tavern with a nod to the events of a big year in music and popular culture.

Cruise up Lombard Street the next time you are in North Portland and stop by a neighborhood mainstay, Mock Crest Tavern!

 

 

 

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A Cherry Bomb Has Landed on Mock Crest Tavern

Knob Creek Bourbon and Portland’s Bitter Housewife Bitters Company have come together to produce a Knob Creek Cherry Bitters. Mock Crest Tavern has added this delicious bourbon to our large collection of top-shelf liquor to usher in the upcoming Pacific Northwest cherry season!

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Manhattan

I stopped in after work recently for a Manhattan using Knob Creek Bourbon, sweet vermouth, Knob Creek Cherry Bitters, and a cherry dunked inside the glass for garnish. It was a strong drink that was perfect for the five o’clock cocktail hour.

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Old Fashion

Mock also uses this fruit-flavored liquor for other drinks. You can enjoy the taste of Knob Creek Bourbon and Knob Creek Cherry Bitters mixed with sugar to make an Old Fashion. It’s a standard among bourbon lovers and with the cherry you’ve got a new twist on a tried and true drink.

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Kentucky Mule

Add beer to the mix and you’ll have a delicious Kentucky Mule. Our bartenders start with Knob Creek Bourbon and Knob Creek Cherry Bitters, then with a touch of ginger beer, and a garnished of lime all served up in a frosty mug. Delicious!

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Whiskey Sour

One of my favorite drinks has just gotten even more dear to my heart. Mock’s Whiskey Sour with Knob Creek Bourbon, sour mix, Knob Creek Cherry Bitters with a cherry garnish is a sweet treat in a glass.

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Bringing the great taste of expertly crafted bourbon and cherry bitters together gives the Mock Crest Tavern bartenders the best ingredients for a great drink. Stop by our North Portland bar this evening for a cherry-inspired cocktail with Knob Creek Bourbon and The Bitter Housewife’s Cherry Bitters!

Our Favorite Time of Year Has Arrived at Mock Crest Tavern

Spring has begun to shine on Mock Crest Tavern’sback patio and we’ve got a cool, refreshing beer waiting for you!

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We’re having a beautiful spring in North Portland so we’ve opened our back patio and we’re letting the sun shine in on all the good times we have at our neighborhood bar. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the sights, sounds, and scents of both the great outdoors and all the things we love most about Mock.

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Our wait staff has added the additional tables found on our patio to their watch and can bring out piping hot food straight from Mock’s mini kitchen and frothy beers and cocktails right to your table. Join us for breakfast and enjoy one of our many morning plates while the air is still fresh from last night.

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There are plenty of great places to gather in this natural setting. It’s a casual atmosphere that will remind you of all those times you’ve enjoyed an impromptu beer under a warm sun with friends. Consider a cold beer in a bottle or a can to really dust off those memories. Mock has a large selection of domestics and foreign beers and ciders, including Budweiser, Guinness, and Black Butte.

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Plan an evening hanging out on Mock Crest Tavern’s back porch, “where friends meet” and memories are made every spring under the beautiful North Portland sky!

 

Sing It Out Loud at Mock Crest Tavern’s Karaoke Nights!

Admit it—we’ve all dreamt of picking up a microphone and belting out a song along with the talent we see regularly on the Mock Crest Tavern “Carpet Stage.” We long to stand up in front of the crowd and tell the stories of our lives with the musical skill, vocal talent and heartfelt passion you feel inside you when you listen to the music.

Well, you’re in luck, because every Tuesday night we offer our stage to all music lovers for Mock Crest Tavern’sKaraoke!

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Bring your friends, otherwise known as your “back-up singers,” and join us for a night of fun singing your favorite rock, country, blues and pop tunes. It’s a laid-back way to share your musical talent over a few drinks with your neighborhood friends. Just like with our regular bands, there is never a cover charge and no judging to inhibit you from enjoying singing along with everyone, or taking the spotlight for yourself.

Our bar is a small, cigar-shaped North Portland tavern where even those who are intimidated by the thought of being in the spotlight have no reason to feel like they are under the microscope. Our bar is all about having “good drinks, good music and good times!”

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Plan a night out this Tuesday, or any Tuesday of the month, for Mock Crest Tavern’s Karaoke night. It begins at 9pm just like our hosted live bands and our bartenders can make your favorite drink to help limber up your voice.

A Thank You to Service Industry Workers from Mock Crest Tavern

Mock Crest Tavern is famous for the amazing menu that comes from our pint-sized kitchen. Every day our chefs create delicious meals from a space that is smaller than many people’s closets. It’s no small feat for the Mock Crest team, and we know how hard the service industry can be, so we’ve designated every Tuesday night’s Happy Hour menu to those much-overlooked members of the service industry.

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All members of the Portland area service industry have a standing invitation every Tuesday night to enjoy our discounted Happy Hour menu from 6pm to close. Bring in your Food Handler’s card your your Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) service permit and you’ll get treated to great service from people who understand the many aspects of your complicated, fast-paced, and often very stressful job.

Release the tensions of your week during a night dedicated to you. Meet up with past co-workers to share war stories over appetizers or entrees, like Mock’s Blues Burger, or an exclusive drink special for Service Industry Nights, six bottles of Miller High Life for only $10. We want to show you the appreciation and respect you show your customers all through the week!

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Great service comes from the heart of the person serving. At Mock, North Portland’s favorite blues venue, we like to show our appreciation towards everyone who works hard to serve the public. Stop by Mock Crest Tavern every Tuesday night from 6pm to close to let us show you how much we appreciate all the bartenders, bar backs, wait staff and industry professionals whose dedicated service to Portland’s restaurant scene has taken this city to the top culinary “best” lists all around the world.

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Mock Crest Tavern Welcomes Blues Great Norman Sylvester

The blues came home to Mock Crest Tavern recently when legendary local musician Norman Sylvester stopped by to entertain us with a night of the best live blues in North Portland!

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Oregon Music Hall of Fame inductee Norman Sylvester is known throughout the Pacific Northwest for his long history of paying tribute to the many great musicians that traveled across the country to perform on the Chitlin’ Circuit. Today, along with his renditions of classic blues tunes, this bluesman has his own set list to entertain our crowd at Mock.

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Norman was backed up by Rob Shoemaker on bass, Frankie “The Funk Master” Redding on keyboards and Paul “The Groove Machine” Shoemaker on drums, and they got our crowd on their feet and dancing to their broad range of blues and dance floor music.

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Norman “The Boogie Cat” Sylvester was born in Bonita, Louisiana in 1945 and his music continues to be inspired by his Southern Baptist roots and the Gospel Quartet his father, Mack Sylvester, toured with over the decades. The family settled in the Pacific Northwest when Norman was twelve and today he is a member of the Cascade Blues Association. An organization with members that regularly play on Mock’s “Carpet Stage.” Over the years, Norman, along with his band, has gained a stellar reputation nation-wide and has shared the stage with blues greats like BB King, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Otis Clay and Peter Frampton, to name just a few.

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Mock Crest Tavern is honored to have Norman Sylvester and so many other great artists share their musical passion and talent with us. Check our calendar to find out who will be performing here next and join us for the best blues you’ll find in Portland!

 

Three Day Weekends at Mock Crest Tavern

We love a long weekend at Mock Crest Tavern, and because of this fact we regularly schedule three straight nights of the best live music for our North Portland friends. This is just one weekend’s sampling of the great music you can enjoy at Mock Crest Tavern.

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Electric Brit

I started this weekend early, stopping in to hear the latest addition to the schedule, The Electric Brit. As the name implies, Steve “Griff” Griffiths is an Englishman who loves classic rock and has a long and impressive history in the music business as a sound engineer and sound crew for such bands as ELO, Blue Oyster Cult, the Scorpions and KISS. He has collected a wide array of skills and, even though he takes the stage solo, he is hear playing all the instruments on his recorded tracks that back up his live guitar riffs and time at the keyboard. Check him out at Electric Brit.

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Big Bossa Quartet

Mock mainstay Big Bossa Quartet brings a mystical quality to our bar every fourth Friday of the month. Evan Shlaes leads the band with his vocals and on the vibraphone. Clark Salisbury backs him up on guitar, Dave Captien on bass and Fred Ingram on drums. They take the familiar hits, mix them up with a modern sound and fill our bar with classics, like “Easy Rider, along with Latin, blues, jazz, and pop standards in the classic cocktail lounge style that defined the social life of the 1950s and 60s.

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Big Yellow Taxi

Big Yellow Taxi members, Ken Brewer, Margot Kelly and Steve Kelly have been a part of the Portland music scene for years, playing funky acoustical Americana in several local bands, including Return Flight, Deep Blue, Soul Revue and the Eric Larsen Band, among others. Now performing acoustic sets of all genres, they provide an intimate musical experience that is perfect for Mock’s cozy venue. They take the stage every month at Mock and I’m already planning on coming back around for a second ride in their Big Yellow Taxi.

When your craving a three-day weekend make plans to come out to Mock Crest Tavern for three straight nights of great music. Check out our calendar to find out who’s playing this weekend.

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