Castletown Stirs Up the Fun at Mock Crest Tavern

You can always count on a fun night when one of Mock Crest Tavern’s regular bands are warming up for their turn on our “Carpet Stage.” I joined the crowd recently for another round of Castletownand found myself smack dab inside North Portland’s best party.

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With Robert Richter on guitar, Katie Lubiens on fiddle and both contributing vocally, their music combines the lively spirit of the Irish fiddle and traditional American music based in the blues, jazz, rock, and classical. You mix it all together and you get rollicking AmeriCeltic tunes that is perfect for a night spent with friends. As PortlandNotes has said, they are a band “so unique – they’re in a genre all their own!”

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This fun duo is a much-loved Pacific Northwest band, performing an average of 120 shows up and down the West Coast, as well as on local television. They have also released several albums and you can get a preview what you’ll hear at our bar by visiting their website.

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Castletown is just one of the many great band that have become favorites of the Mock Crest Tavern crowd. They play monthly on our “Carpet Stage” and you can join us this month on Thursday, August 16that 9pm for Robert Richter and Katie Lubiens’s performance as the Castletown Duo. We’ve got the Guinness and Jameson Irish Whiskey ready to fortify this Irish themed night.

For more information on this band and others, check out Mock Crest Tavern’s “Band” page, then hop over to our event calendarto see when your favorites will be playing.

 

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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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Mock Crest Tavern and the Cascade Blues Association

For nearly seventy years Mock Crest Tavern’s reputation as one of the Rose City’s best intimate music venues has drawn great acts from around world, but it’s our relationship with the musicians of the Cascade Blues Association (CBA) that has helped us earn the reputation as Portland’s best bar to listen to the blues.

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The CBA is a local non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of blues and roots music in the Pacific Northwest. Its members are recognized around the world as top musicians and often perform alongside other acclaimed acts at music concerts and festivals that draw thousands of fans.

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I love my nights out at Mock listening to bands like Suburban Slim and Tracey Fordice and the 8 Balls, both winners of the association’s Muddy Award for their great performances. They play regularly at the bar and never disappoint with covers of their take on the classics mixed with their own tunes. And, each time they play you’ll find a bar full of their fans singing the blues right along with them.

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If you want to hear great live music in North Portland just to head on down Lombard Street and look for the Mock Crest Tavern’s “Portland Bluesman” mural on the east side of our building. The joint will be rockin’ and you can bet you’ll soon be happily singing the blues with these great bands. Check our schedule to see who’s playing this week.

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Burgers and Boat Drinks at Mock Crest Tavern

Summer is here with a vengeance and my thoughts are drifting to cool island breezes, white sand beaches, and the sweet, sweet taste of a Pineapple Teriyaki Hawaiian Burger at Mock Crest Tavern.

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When the temperature rises and I’m craving a great burger Mock Crest’s Hawaiian Teriyaki Burger always hits the spot. It’s a juicy patty, brushed with teriyaki sauce and layered with lettuce, tomato, onion, a creamy slice Swiss cheese and a slice of pineapple, all held together inside a crispy grilled bun. Mmm…so good! The burger comes nestled in a basket of home-cut fries, and I chose to dip those into Mock’s creamy ranch dressing.

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Of course, I paired my burger in paradise with a boat drink! A Mai-Thai the bartender fancied up with a skewer of orange slice and black cherry.

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The Hawaiian Burger is not on the regular menu, but is regularly featured as their “Special of the Day.” It’s just one example of the regular menu’s great special editions that Mock’s kitchen staff whips up every day at Mock Crest Tavern. Throughout the year you can expect specials that compliment their seasonal beers, celebrate the holidays, or are just damn good meals to eat. The specials board always carries an appetizer, entrée, and beer and drink specials so they’ve got the meal covered from soup to nuts.

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Come in and try one of Mock Crest Tavern’s scrumptious daily specials! Then, take it out to the back patio and enjoy our Pacific Northwest’s cool summer evenings with a cocktail, beer, cider, or a glass of wine. It’s a great way to spend summer in Portland!

The Adequates Bring Down the House at Mock Crest Tavern

Last weekend was the first time I was able to make it out to hear The Adequates at Mock Crest Tavern, and they were more than just adequate. They were a dynamic, raucous music-making machine!

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Made up of longtime friends Don Henson, on drums and keyboard, and John Stapleton, lead singer and guitar, this band stems from a relationship first formed over twenty years ago. After losing touch for a decade, they teamed back up and added in a few new friends to reinvent the original Adequates sound. Mike Cheddar, from 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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When you come out to Mock to hear The Adequates jam expect to hear Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, the Clash, and Led Zeppelin. Anything goes with this band. The night I was there they paid special tribute to Stapleton’s father with “The Weight” by the Band. One of the few times this energetic group slowed the set down.

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Long standing relationships brought this band back together after twenty years and it’s that deep-rooted bond, plus a love for great music, that keeps the music machine powering down the road. And its their relationship with the Mock Crest Tavern crowd that brings the energy.

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Join us when The Adequates rock the house! You’ll want to check our calendar because they take to the Mock Crest Tavern “Carpet” stage at least a once a month, and always at 9pm.

Sneakin’ Out Brings Out the Crowds at Mock Crest Tavern

The word is out! But don’t worry—when you sneak out to Mock Crest Tavern to hear local band, Sneakin’ Out,  you won’t have to hide it. In fact, tell everyone you know because you’re about to see one of Portland’s most notably unique bands.

With a collection of wildly, unlikely instruments, this four man group brings new life to the great music you’ve been listening to for decades, with tongue-in-cheek mash-ups of your favorite 70s, 80s, 90s and modern songs. “We play everything from Gershwin to the GoGos,” explains bassist Mike Cheddar, with a sly smile before adding, “with a heavy influence of the Beatles.”

DSC02824It’s certainly a tall order for any band, but Sneakin’ Out deftly handles the challenge with David Gerow on electric mandolin, a wailin’ accordion wrestled into submission by Todd Bayles, the afore mentioned bassist, Mike Cheddar, and Don Henson on a drum kit that includes a typewriter (yep, he found one somewhere), a bent pie plate, and many other surprising additions. Sneakin’ Out’s unusual sound translates into great covers that cross the lines of nearly every musical genre from bluegrass to pop rock. Tonight’s most memorable acrobatic act; Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” leading into 50s girl group the Chordettes’s “Mr. Sandman.”

Mock Crest Tavern is a regular hang out for Sneakin’ Out, with monthly shows that pack the house every time. “The Mock brings people out who expect good food, good service, and good music,” says Cheddar. “and we’ve gotten many new fans from Mock’s customers who bring their friends out to hear us.”

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Join us every month when Sneakin’ Out makes an appearance on the Mock Crest Tavern’s carpeted stage for a night you’ll want to tell everyone about! You’ll know the music and you’ll love the new sound. You can check our event calendar for future dates.

Our Mock Crest Tavern Family is Growing!

Mock Crest Tavern has a new sister tavern to welcome to the family! Located in Southeast Portland, the Yukon Tavern has been a part of the Moreland neighborhood for decades, and everything good about this bar is just going to get better under the management of co-owners Rainer Wieland and Jon Batcheller.     Yukon Tavern1

 

Ever since the Yukon Tavern’s doors opened in 1937 it’s been known for its friendly waitstaff, great burgers, and the best drinks you’ll find on the East side. Our bar features 19 different beers on tap with all your favorites represented in a regular rotation that changes with each new keg. We’ve got the pool table, lotto and keno games, and, of course, the Yukon’s legendary shuffleboard table, known as one of Portland’s longest. It’s the perfect length to consume an entire beer in the time it takes a puck to travel from end-to-end. And don’t forget to check out our full breakfast menu featuring the off-beat combinations our city is famous for.


“The Yukon Tavern has been a part of the Southeast community for a long time and we’re going to keep its look authentic while offering the best food and service in Portland,”
—Rainer Wieland, co-owner


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Showcasing Portland’s historic wild side will continue to play a big part in the decor of the Yukon Tavern, with a nod to the Victorian bawdy houses that populated the area during the city’s earliest days. Behind the bar hangs the patron saint of the Yukon, a painting of one of the beautiful ladies of the night from long ago, and velvet wallpaper and brass lamp chandeliers complete the look. “The Yukon Tavern has been a part of the Southeast community for a long time and we’re going to keep its look authentic while offering the best food and service in Portland,” says co-owner, Rainer Wieland.

This weekend take a trip to Portland’s wild side by visiting the latest edition to our family of taverns. You’ll find the same fun atmosphere, delicious new food and drinks and always a great time at the new Yukon Tavern!Yukon Tavern3