A Love Triangle for Valentines at Mock Crest Tavern

Love stories abound at Mock Crest Tavern!

Valentines Day is the perfect excuse for a special night out with the object of your affections, so Mock Crest Tavern has three days of great live bands and a menu full of delicious food and drink in North Portland.

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Castletown on Thursday, February 15

Start off the weekend with the swinging, soulful music of Castletown. Their musical passions emerge in intensely energetic arrangements that feature Katie Jane on the Irish fiddle. Original songs written by both Katie Jane and Robert Richter are enriched with the additional talents of Drew Anymouse on drums and percussion.


Castletown travels all over for concerts up and down the West Coast and we’re very lucky to have them as a Mock regular every third Thursday of the month.


The savory taste of a Mock Blues Burger and a basket of tots provide a savory experience to go along with the unique musical backdrop of the night’s performance.


Add a shot of Jameson Irish Whiskey and order up a cocktail for the night’s refreshment to toast your sweetie.


Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness on Friday, February 16

Portland native Alexa Wiley expresses her love for her home state with a classic Americana songboook. Along with The Wilderness, Alexa performs every other month at Mock, and their music is the perfect sound for our all American menu.

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Order up a classic Bacon Cheeseburger and shoestring fries to go along with Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness’s red, white and blue music. It’s the unofficial taste of our great nation!


Of course, a meal like that deserves a pull from our rotating taps. We always feature a great mix of foreign and domestic brews, craft beer and ciders for you to try.

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Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue on Saturday, February 17

Spice up Saturday night with a performance of Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue! Featuring Portland blues legend Lauren Sheehan, Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue plays a smoking hot combination of blues, swing and jazz, and is the perfect band to set the tone for an exciting romance.

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Sophisticated music requires a sophisticated meal, including a shared appetizer. Maybe a  Hummus Plate with your beloved.

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And, don’t forget to toast the night with a glass of Willamette Valley wine. We’ve got a great selection of wines from around the globe and, as the doctors always say, they are good for your heart, too!

Come to Mock Crest Tavern with your favorite music lover to celebrate Valentines Day and have a night to remember (a day, or two, or three days late)!


How to Pour (and drink) A Guinness the Irish Way

Again and again, Portland finds itself at the top of every list as the best city for beer drinkers anywhere in the world. We know beer because we love beer. But do we know the proper way to drink beer?

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On Jon and Rainer’s pub-crawl through Ireland last year, they were schooled on the proper way to pour and drink a Guinness and now they want to share their education with Portland’s beer aficionados. Because, as one Irish bartender told them, “Great bartenders know how to craft a perfect pint.”

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Here are the finer points of pouring the perfect pint of Guinness:

The “Two Step Pour”

  • Use a Guinness drinking glass, with the Guinness logo.
  • Grip Guinness glass with fingers placed vertically along the side with your forefinger on the harp.
  • Tilt the glass 45 degrees under the tap letting the beer pour onto the harp.
  • Pull the tap handle all the way down, pouring onto the harp .
  • When the beer level reaches bottom of the harp, SLOWLY rotate the glass upright and “STOP at the top” of the harp.
  • Set on bar for viewing and wait 2 minutes, or when the liquid part of the drink reaches the bottom of the harp and the foam is settled on the top.
  • Finish filling the glass with the glass held straight down under the tap.
  • Pour to the very top to create a head that is 3mm above glass and 18mm below to create “provide of the rim,” or the beautiful presentation of a traditional pint of Guinness.

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The “One Step Pour” for Guinness in the can.

  • Place the can on a level surface.
  • Open the can and allow it to sit for five to ten seconds.
  • Tilt the glass 45 degrees, and pour onto the harp.
  • When the level reaches the bottom of the harp, level the glass vertically and finish the pour to create the famous Guinness head.

Note: Don’t be surprised when you pop open a can of Guinness and hear a rattling sound inside. All Guinness cans come with a patented “widget” ball. It’s a little plastic ball that provides movement inside the can to create the optimal head on their thick and creamy stout. Those Guinness brewers think of everything!

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First beer in Dublin at the Hairy Lemon, Rainer Wieland.

And most importantly: How to Drink a Guinness, according to the Guinness master brewer.

Guinness drinkers stand proud! You’ve earned your space at the bar.

  • Elbow up to a horizontal position
  • Eyes to the horizon.
  • Tilt the glass head and enjoy the flavor of the beer. The head should be same size from the first sip to the last.

If you want to practice your skills at drinking Guinness the traditional way visit us at the Mock Crest Tavern in North Portland, where our bartenders will be happy to pour you a pint of Ireland’s favorite brew!


Got Spring Fever? Get Vaccinated with a “Shot of the Day” at Mock Crest Tavern

This beautiful weather is making us all sick with Spring Fever! Don’t worry, though, because Mock Crest Tavern has the perfect prescription for all your ills—and, no needles required—it’s Mock’s “Shot of the Day!”

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Sunday – Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Don’t forget your “start of the week” vaccination! Buffalo Trace Whiskey combines vanilla, mint and molasses to help guard against the Sunday night blues. This deep amber whiskey has a pleasantly sweet taste with notes of brown sugar and spice that finish with the flavors of oak, toffee, dark fruit and anise. 2016-05-015.jpg

Monday – Jameson Irish Whiskey

It’s Monday, so this might be the most important shot of the week. Cruise into the workweek with Jameson’s perfect balance of nuts, spice and vanilla. This whiskey is exceptionally smooth, with hints of sweet sherry and a light floral fragrance that ends with a hint of spicy pepper and mellow wood flavor.


Tuesday – Makers Mark Kentucky

With smooth and subtle caramel, vanilla and fruity essences, and the aroma of oak, caramel, vanilla and wheat it’s a great incentive to get your work done early so you can reward yourself with this great drink. Maker’s Mark is a favorite among whiskey drinkers and we’re sure you’ll like it, too.


Wednesday – Hornitos Tequila

Ah, tequila! The smooth taste of Hornitos tequila is a perfect escape on “hump day.” Made from 100% blue agave and a hint of citrus, its floral, fruity and herbal taste is warmed with medium body and a short, smooth and dry finish.

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Thursday – Pendleton Canadian Whiskey

You’re beginning to see light at the end of a long week and you might want to celebrate with a shot of whiskey that comes right out of the waters flowing down our own Mt. Hood. Pendleton® Whisky is an oak barrel-aged whisky that uses glacier-fed spring water from Hood River Distillers. Distilled in Canada using the finest ingredients, it presents an uncommonly smooth taste and rich, complex flavor.


Friday – Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey

It’s time to get the party started! Cinnamon may greet your nose when you open the bottle but that sweet firebrand quickly turns into liquid hellfire as it passes over the lips and down the throat. Take a shot of this to get your blood pumping for the weekend!

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Saturday – Old Overholt Straight Rye Whiskey

Old Overholt has been in production since 1810 and is said to be America’s oldest continually maintained brand of whiskey. It’s a rye whiskey, aged for three years and bottled at 80 proof (40% alcohol by volume). This warm and spicy concoction is a great whiskey to help you relax on your day off.

Come into Mock Crest Tavern any day of the week and enjoy one of our “Shots of the Day!”


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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!

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!


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!


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…


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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