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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

Harvey Brindell and the Tablerockers Bring the Blues to Mock Crest Tavern

Playing the blues isn’t just about hittin’ every note perfectly. The blues is a different kind of music—one that requires both your skill and your soul. Harvey Brindell and the Tablerockers can claim both when they pick up their instruments and take the stage at Mock Crest Tavern.

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Harvey Brindell tells stories from his own life and others when he picks up his guitar. Sometimes they are rollickin’ fun and sometimes they pack an emotional punch, but they always come straight from his soul. With a career spanning over thirty years and stretching across the Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, and now the Pacific Northwest, Brindell can pick and choose the regional sound he wants to accompany his storytelling to bring even more authenticity to his music.

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Brindell’s bandmates, the Tablerockers, add their own stylized storytelling skills to the music. With Ray Beltran on harmonica and vocals, Richard Wilkins on bass and vocals, and Jon Barber on drums, they have taken their place in Portland’s live music scene. In recent years they have received awards from the Cascade Blues Association and have backedblues legends across the United States.

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With his signature Chicago “bluesman” style—a fedora and sharp suit—Harvey Brindell not only performs the blues, he lives the blues. Because of this, Brindell’s shows offer an authenticity that is impossible to duplicate.

Join your friends at Mock Crest Tavern on Saturday, April 13th at 9pm to experience true Chicago blues with Harvey Brindell and the Tablerockers.

The Larks Land with a Song at Mock Crest Tavern

Our skies are blue and the birds are singing—Spring is back!.

They bring with them infusion jazz, pop, and blues classics that will usher in the new season with a sweet spirited Latin vibe.

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A Style All Their Own
Singer Robin Ady’s voice is a smooth, warm upfront instrument that can take you on a wild musical ride as easily as it rolls smoothly along with softer melodies. Ady’s husband, Bryon Ady, provides the soulful keyboard accompaniment as he improvises based on influences from jazz greats George Gershwin to Thelonious Monk. Johny Powell brings the sparkle to their sound with his horn and, altogether, the musical soul of this trio sings loud and true.

The Lark’s blend of musical influences stretch across several genres to create a moving, fun songbook. They’ll start off their set at Mock with a rollicking, hot upbeat song to get us into the right party mood, then slow it down for to relax the crowd as we sit back and settle in for a great show.

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What Fans are Saying

The Larks’ musical philosophy follows what “Mr. Guitar” Chet Atkins once said,  “Hot can be cool and cool can be hot and each can be both. But hot or cool man, Jazz is Jazz.” Because of this, The Larks have racked up a nest full of fans across Portland who describe their music as “lifting,” “soothing,” and “mellow,” making them the perfect band to welcome in the most beautiful season of the year.

Make a plan to join The Larks at Mock Crest Tavern on Saturday, March 30that 9pm. They’ll be entertaining our North Portland crowd with the warmth of smooth jazz and a song that comes straight from the heart.

Join Us at Mock Crest Tavern on St. Patrick’s Day to Celebrate and Test Your Bar Trivia Knowledge

It’s St. Patrick’s Day! You know you can count on Mock Crest Tavern to take you on a liquid trip to the Emerald Isle, with eight beers featured on our rotating taps and a lucky night of fun with Roy Smallwood and his Quizzys Bar Trivia.

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A Holiday for Beer Lovers

St. Patrick’s Day is an international holiday celebrating people’s love of beer. We want you to celebrate with us on that momentous day! Come into Mock Crest Tavern for a cool pint of your favorite beer (whether or not you choose a Irish brew). Our rotating taps feature eight of the best beers sold in North Portland, (check out our automatically updated leader board here), including a delicious selection of local craft beers.

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For those who want to indulge in an authentic Irish beer, we’ve got Guinness Stout waiting for you! This is the most popular beer to be found in Ireland and a favorite of Mock’s owners, Jon and Rainer.

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The Irish Spirit Lives Inside a Bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey

For those who enjoy a great tasting Irish whiskey we’ve got Jameson brand Irish whiskey ready to warm your soul. It’s smooth taste carries with it the warmth you’d expect from a carefully crafted spirit.

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Trivia Buffs May Find Good Luck at Mock Crest Tavern

The luck of the Irish might be on your side when Roy Smallwood brings his traveling quiz show to Mock Crest Tavern on Sunday, March 17th. Every Sunday Roy takes to the mic to ask the tough, and ridiculous, questions you’d expect in a bar. Come out and test your random knowledge quotient with his irreverent style of play. Winners receive gift certificates to use at Mock Crest Tavern, or any of our family of bars—Greeley Avenue Bar and Grill and the Yukon Tavern in SE Portland—and bragging rights for the night.

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Follow the rainbow to Mock Crest Tavern on St. Patrick’s Day, where the Irish spirit is represented in great beer and whisky, and lucky Quizzys trivia!

Mock Crest Tavern Deemed a “A North Portland Classic” by Portland’s Beerchaser

Beer aficionados from The Beerchaser blog recently featured Mock Crest Tavern in its yearly round-up, recognizing our bar as one of Portland’s most authentic “dive” bars!

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In his blog post “The Beerchasers’ Best Portland Dive Bars,” blogger Don Williams names Mock Crest Tavern as one of the best places to have a beer in Portland. Stating that our bar “is definitely a classic and borders on being a neighborhood establishment rather than classified as a dive” due to our long history in North Portland’s Mock Crest neighborhood. He also credits our our rotating drafts and three nights a week live music schedule as significant features that make us more than a typical dive bar.

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We couldn’t agree more with Williams (of course!). Our bar has all the features of a classic dive bar, yet goes beyond what you would expect. Our bar is stocked with Portland’s most popular beers, from standard domestic brews, to the Portland craft beers that captures the greatness of the Pacific Northwest in a bottle. (Want to see what’s being poured right now? Check out our online leader board to see what drafts are currently being featured on our rotating taps.)

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But it’s not just the great beer that William sites in his post. He also gives us props for our delicious menu! His favorite is an appetizer—the fried pickles—but he also comments about the breakfast plates. Our chefs are magicians in the mini kitchen they oversee and many of our regulars come in for the breakfast menu and come back for lunch and dinner, too!

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Of course, Williams didn’t overlook our long history of hosting the best live blues musicians playing in small bars. Our stage comes to life every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with acts from across the globe and regularly feature local blues favorites that come to us through the Cascadia Blues Association. (Check out our calendar to see who’s playing this weekend!)

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If you are looking for an upscale, yet classic dive bar experience come out to Mock Crest Tavern. Experts like Don Williams of The Beerchaser agree, we’re one of the classics that “has a huge personality.”

 

Looking for Love at Mock Crest Tavern

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Mock Crest Tavernwith live music, great food and drinks, and a toast to your special someone!

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Claes Almroth Trio Serenades the Crowd

This year, Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday, the first day of our weekly three day weekends. The Claes Almroth Triowill be taking the stage that night to give us a memorable evening of great live music. If you love the blues,  you’ll love this band. And, if you aren’t a fan of Valentine’s Day, the blues, with its soulful styling, is the perfect musical genre for you! Claes is a regular at Mock Crest Tavern and often brings his friends along to join him in providing the musical backdrop to our weekends.

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The Best Drinks to Toast Your Love

No Valentine’s Day would be complete without a fine glass of wine to toast your love. Our bar carries the best wines, including favorite award-winning vintages from our very own, beloved Willamette Valley.

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If you’re favorite drink happens to be beer you’re sure to fall in love with our selection of foreign, domestic and craft brews. Check out our seasonal selections for a special treat and try out a new flavor of your favorite brand.

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Put a sophisticated spin on your evening with a expertly crafted cocktail made by Mock’s imaginative bartenders. We’ve got a full bar with top shelf liquor that can add a special punch to your favorite drinks. Try out our specials and get experimental with the new concoctions we’ve designed for the month.

Spend Valentine’s Day with your special someone at Mock Crest Tavern. We’ll give you the love you’re looking for with great live music and a special toast that shows we know just how special you a