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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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!
The time has come to bid a fond farewell to one of my favorite North Portland taverns where I go to relax and enjoy an evening out with friends. I’m moving to a new city now and packing up my suitcase of memories that I’ve made at Mock Crest Tavern.
The Best in Live Music in Portland
I’ve spent many nights at Mock, listening to some of the best live music you’ll find in Portland. I’ve gotten to know a few of the band members and witness their passion for music. Every time I go out to Mock to hear a band I know I’m in for a memorable night.
Delicious Food and Drink
Mock’s pint-sized kitchen is legendary for turning out delicious food. Their daily specials surprise and delight and their weekend breakfasts go far beyond what you’d expect of a small neighborhood tavern.
Likewise, their drink selection is above par. Inventive, delicious, and timely; their drinks are made to satisfy by Mock’s expert bartenders who are devoted to their art.
Mock Crest Tavern is just the kind of place I look for when I want to relax after a day at work. It’s a quiet little bar with a laid-back atmosphere when I get there at five and, when the band kicks up at nine, I’m ready for a joyful night of great blues, rock, and Americana music.
I may have to say good-bye to Mock Crest Tavern, but my memories will keep me smiling. Don’t miss out on your chance to make those same kinds of memories every week 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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Mock Crest Tavernwith live music, great food and drinks, and a toast to your special someone!
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.
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.
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.
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