A Welcome to University of Portland Students from North Portland’s Premier Music Venue—Mock Crest Tavern

School books, schedules, mid-terms and finals—school is back in session at the University of Portland! Mock Crest Tavern would like to welcome the new and returning students (21+) who will soon be calling North Portland their home.

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School can get stressful and there are always times that call for a little respite away from the books. You can find that time out at Mock Crest Tavern. Our history as North Portland’s favorite neighborhood music venue stretches back over 70 years, with good food, good drinks, and great live music throughout the week.

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Our calendar is jam packed with live music throughout the week, with regulars and special guests from across the world taking Mock’s “Carpet Stage.” Portland blues masters from the Cascade Blues Associationmake our bar their home with monthly performances and bands, both national and international, often show up to entertain the crowd.

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Other events fill our calendarwith fun activities that continually bring in our friends from across Portland. Every week we host Quizzy Trivia and MAD Poker’s Texas Hold ‘em games, and on Tuesday you can show off your own musical talents during our weekly karaoke nights.


Our menuincludes delicious breakfast plates, burgers, sandwiches, and daily specials, and a full bar with Willamette Valley wines, top-shelf liquor, local craft and foreign and domestic beers, and the newest drink to hit the Portland bar scene; hard ciders. Check our online leader boardto find out what’s on tap today!

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Our cozy bar on Lombard Street is the perfect place for you to call home this semester. Join us throughout the week to relax, study, commiserate with friends, and blow off steam. We’ve got free WiFi and friendly service to help you make your time at the University of Portland memorable. Check out our Facebookand Twitterpages for updates on what’s going on today at Mock Crest Tavern!

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Introducing Mock’s “Stormy Daniels!”

There’s a storm a’brewin’ at Mock Crest Tavernand it’s threatening to be one we’ll remember for a long, long time.

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We’re paying homage to one of the biggest news events of the year with a cocktail that perfectly captures the delicate threat of the, now world-famous, Stormy Daniels. Our bartenders have gotten this pretty, little drink’s perfect measurements of Jack Daniels, sour mix, pineapple juice, Grand Gala and orange bitters. Kind of makes you want to strip down to your undies and party, doesn’t it?

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There’s a lot of new drinks ready to try right now and our bartenders have come up with some great names for these fun cocktails. There are summer themed drinks like Infinite Summer, Grapefruit Lemonade Crush, and Summer Breeze. For you aggressive drinkers we recommend Margarita Punch-You in the Face, Ice Pick, Suffering Bastard, or Aw For Fux Sake. Squeeze Box, Afternoon Delight and Raspberry Beret pick up on our music venue’s vibe, while the Sun’s Out-Fuck Trump is perfect for those that are sick and tired of crazy, non-stop news coming out of the White House over the last year and a half.

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Come into Mock Crest Tavern on these too hot days to see what our bartenders’ have come up with for their latest drink creations. They always make the most out of their seasonal drinks by playing on the themes of the day, the seasons, current events, or the inspirations from the happenings in our bar.

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The next time you’re craving a creative cocktailorder one up at North Portland’s favorite bar—Mock Crest Tavern!

Great Local Bands are Regulars at Mock Crest Tavern

The nighttime is the right time for great live music, and at Mock Crest Tavern you’ll find a month full of bands that are eager to entertain you with their unique styles and genres that span every musical taste.

Check out a few of the regular performers that have Mock Crest Tavern their “home” stage.

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Castletown blends American and Celtic tunes for a fiery set that’ll have you singing along with them long after the night is over. Band members Katie Jane Lubiens on violins, guitarist Robert Richter, and Benji Hespen on drums combine each musician’s unique background into blues, jazz, rock ‘n roll, and even classical, creating fun music that livens up the joint and spills out into Lombard Street.

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The Adequates

The Adequates, a band formed out of a twenty year relationship between longtime friends Don Henson, on drums and keyboard, and John Stapleton, lead singer and guitarist. After loosing touch for a decade, they teamed back up and added in a few new friends to reinvent the original Adequates’ sound of mash-up music from the 50’s to the present. Mike Cheddar, a staple of Don’s other band Sneakin’ Out, joins in on bass and Dean Peters plays everything from tambourine to the mouth harp, in between his turn at vocals.

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Claes of the Blueprints & Friends

Come into Mock for blues, R&B, and rock ‘n roll when Claes of the Blueprints and Friends play on our “carpet stage.” Band leader Claes Almorth on blues harp and keyboards is backed up by lead guitarist Steve Dion, Emmalee Almroth on alto sax and percussion, Tina Purdy on rhythm guitar, drummer Chris Bond and Emery Wilson on bass. Their raucous style of music is the backdrop to a great night out at Mock.


Big Bossa Quartet

This Portland, Oregon based quartet puts their own Louisiana flavor on Blues, Jazz, and Bossa Nova by adding in the unique sound of a vibraphone. Big Bossa Quartet is made up of Evan Shlaes on the vibraphone, Clark Salisbury on guitar, Dave Captien on bass and Fred Ingram on drums. They recreate familiar hits, like “Easy Rider” and their unique take make even the musical fresh and new fir their audiences.

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Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue

Johnnie Ward’s Sharkskin Revue play a smoking hot combination of blues, swing and jazz, featuring Portland blues legend Lauren Sheehan. Their performances always provide Mock with a raucous backdrop for a great evening out at your favorite North Portland bar.

Check our calendar for Johnnie Ward’s “Open Mic Night,” when he invites more of his friends to join him on our “carpet stage.”


Alexa Wiley and the Wilderness

Portland native Alexa Wiley expresses her love for her home state with a collection of uniquely meaningful lyrics and expressive melodies. Backing her up is Americana-rock band The Wilderness, with guitarist Bret Malmquist, Sean Oldham on drums, bassist Dale Turnbull, and Steve Dearborn, who is described as musical savant on their website. Together they create music that reminds us just how lucky we are to live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Not only do we host these great bands every month, we also play host to bands from across the United States and around the world. Check the Mock Crest Tavern for the latest updates on bands performing throughout the month!