Gabe keeps the good times flowing at Mock Crest Tavern

If you’re a Mock Crest regular you have no doubt seen the friendly guy behind the bar sporting a red beard and a ready smile. He’s Gabe Welch, manager of the establishment and a six year veteran of the Mock Crest tap handles. You see, Gabe once worked at Mock Crest about ten years ago before checking out things in Atlanta, Georgia. “It’s been a great place to come home to,” says Gabe.

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Gabe Welch, professional mixologist and pudding shot artist.

According to Gabe, Mock Crest is one of the last of the really good dive bars. “The outside says ‘dive bar’,” says Gabe, “but once you step inside, you see it’s really a cool place to hang.”

As Gabe explains it, Mock Crest is also one of the friendliest drinking holes in town. “In this Digital Age, you go into most bars and most the customers are face down, lost in their Smart phones. But at Mock, even a stranger can walk in and strike up a conversation with the first person they see at the counter. It’s just a great place to meet new friends.”

Gabe’s favorite night of the work week is Tuesday night. That’s when he gets to trade in his bar apron for a microphone and host the weekly Service Industry Karaoke Party. “I love interacting with the customers,” says Gabe. “Even those who can’t carry a tune.”

The next time you’re in, be sure to ask Gabe for one of his signature pudding shots. He’s known for piling the whipped creme precariously high. “Haven’t lost one yet,” he insists. But there’s always a first time.

SIN takes center stage every Tuesday nite at Mock Crest Tavern

The last time I looked, there were some 80 National Days on the Calendar –not counting National Mew Year Day for Cats, which has yet to be recognized by Presidential Proclamation. With everything from White Cane Sugar Day to National Tartan Day (I am not making these up), it seems only fitting there should be at least one day out of the year to recognize the hard-working men and women of Portland’s Service Industry. Or, more specifically, Bartenders, Waiters, Waitresses, and Bar Backs. (Sorry McDonald’s Drive-thru worker, you’re not on the list.) 

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Service Industry Night brings out NoPo’s finest. Or so we are told.

So Mock Crest Tavern has done just that and then some, with their very own Service Industry Night (SIN).

The fun starts at 9 PM, when Mock Crest breaks out the karaoke machine. Then, everyone, regardless of their profession, vocation or lack of talent, is invited to grab the mic and belt out their favorite song. 

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Revelers enjoying Mock’s famous pudding shots.

Lack the nerve to sing in front of strangers? No worries: Mock Crest has plenty of liquid courage on tap, including a rotating selection of no fewer than 8 craft beers. And you don’t want to pass on the Mock’s famous pudding shots.

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Release your inner Justin Timberlake.

Along with the karaoke, you can also partake of a number of food and drink specials. Just show your OLCC card to claim your discount.

Oh – I almost forgot – Happy Leif Erickson Day!

Getting Cozy in Mock Crest Tavern’s New Booth

Date night just got better at Mock Crest Tavern, with the recent installation of our new long booth at the back of the bar.

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The booth stretches along one wall and accommodates two tables and eight seats. With a covered long bench on one side and chairs on the other, it’s perfect for private couples to enjoy an intimate conversation or a group of friends to share a few beers and a little conversation out of the way of the traffic flow to the back patio.

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Mock’s previously empty eastern wall caught the attention of owners Jon and Rainer a few weeks ago when they were thinking about their next project to make the tavern an even better bar for its North Portland neighbors. Now it’s the perfect place to sit down to one of Mock’s breakfasts, a cocktail with co-workers after work, or to listen to one of the great bands that play on the Mock Crest Tavern “carpet stage” throughout the week.

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Stop in today and slide into Mock Crest Tavern’s latest addition—our new corner booth! It’s a great place to share a drink and have some conversation in a private corner of your favorite North Portland neighborhood bar.

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.

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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More to Love at Mock Crest Tavern

It’s a well-known fact that Mock Crest Tavern is a North Portland haven for music lovers, but did you know it’s a place for sports lovers, too?

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We’ve got the best cable sports packages playing the best in games from the moment we open at 9am until closing at 2:30pm. And, with several televisions placed in strategic spots around our bar you can watch your favorite teams hour after hour.

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The 2016 Olympics are about to begin in Rio and our TVs will be running all the best American competition as they go for the gold. Follow your favorites all the way to the podiums while you sit comfortably at our long bar with a beer in hand.

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On the heels of the Olympics we get to watch the highlight of summer sports; the World Series. It’s still to be decided who will be facing off on the diamond, but there’s no question that the best way to enjoy the games is with friends and an ice cold beer.

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Our rotating taps feature great foreign, domestic, and local craft beers that are ready to be a part of your celebration at the end of the game.

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And, our menu is filled with all the great food you’d want at a tailgate party.

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When you’re in the mood for a game join us at Mock Crest Tavern to watch them on our six TVs, then stick around for the music that makes our bar the best place in North Portland to celebrate the gold!