In a National Drink Beer Day survey the largest majority of respondents (36%) claimed that beer is their favorite beverage when meeting friends at a bar. Which may explain the new additions to Lake Oswego’s beer joints since my roundup last year.
To help you celebrate this year’s holiday on Saturday, September 28, I’ve updated my recommendations.
Roots Public House. This pub lets you drink something good while doing something good. All profits support local charities promoting education, literacy, the arts and fighting hunger. It’s a family-friendly operation located inside Palisades Market and offering something for everyone on tap. At press time there were 14 beers, 1 hard seltzer, 2 ciders, 2 wines, 3 kombuchas, 1 root beer and a Nitro coffee on its way. Open 2:30 p.m. daily. 1377 McVey Avenue, 503.957.2701.
Duke’s Public House. This casual sports bar is designed to give everyone in the family a place to hang out. Consider these offerings: bar games like corn hole and Jenga, seven flat screen TVs, heated covered outdoor patio with fire pit, 15 taps with locally crafted beer as well as specialty cocktails and Pacific Northwest wine. Bar food runs the gamut from rib eye philly cheese steak to barley salad with smoked corn, apple, carrot, raisins, scallions and honey lime dressing. Call for hours. 506 A Avenue, 503.387.5771.
FlyBoy Taproom. Enjoy your beer here or take it to go. FlyBoy fills growlers and also sells kegs. If you want to stick around, hope you’re good at decision-making. They have a rotating selection of craft beer (including a few of FlyBoy’s own) and hard ciders on tap as well as a couple kombuchas and wine. Pub snacks are offered as well as an oven where you can bake the pizza you buy next door at Papa Murphy’s. Outside food is welcome so don’t stop there—bring your own if you make a killer guac! Happy Hours are 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. Hours: Monday11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 15630 Boones Ferry Road, Suite 1A, 503.908.1281.
Hop N Cork. This neighborhood spot on Lower Boones Ferry just celebrated its four year anniversary. Since opening they’ve added patio seating and added a menu that includes appetizers, soups and salads, sandwiches and some fork and knife offerings. Beer is the star here with 42 rotating taps along with ciders, wines, and a non-alcoholic draft root beer, in addition to a selection of bottled beer and wine. They like to think that “Every hour is happy hour at Hop N Cork” so stop by during regular operating hours: Monday-Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 17450 Lower Boones Ferry Road, 503.305.5903.
Stickmen Brewing Company. If you want your beer with a view, this is your place with outdoor seating on the deck overlooking Lakewood Bay (weather permitting). The 21 Stickmen craft beers on tap are grouped into different categories: Year-round (including the Buona Mattina-Coffee Porter made with cold pressed Illy® coffee), Seasonal, Occasional, and Experimental such as the The Bee’s Knees, a Pilsner malt with fresh Hallertauer hops from Goschie farms and Oregon wild blackberry honey.
You’ll also find beer, wine, and a full bar as well as a full menu ranging from small and big plates to brunch offerings on weekends. Happy Hours are 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays with beer, wine, and liquor discounts. Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. 40 N. State Street, 503.344.4449.
Uptown Market. Whether you’re a beer aficionado or casual drinker, you’ll find something to suit your preferred flavor profile. Of their 30 taps, six usually feature Uptown Brewing creations with the rest dedicated to craft beer, ciders, kombucha and root beer. Discover something you really like, they’ll fill a growler for you. Throughout the week there’s a lot going on to give you an excuse to stop by from Corkage Free Tuesdays and Wednesday Ladies Night offering women $1 off pints and glasses of wine all day long to Thursday night tastings from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. with guest brewers sampling three to four of their drafts. Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 3970 Mercantile Drive, 503.479.8536.
JJ’s Pub. Neighborhood sports bar that features Bellagio’s Pizza as well as a rotating choice of eight craft beers and Coors Light on tap as well as one cider. One recent Yelp reviewer said, “The pizza is awesome and the beer is cold,”—what more can you ask for? Hours: 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight or earlier if things are slow. 1399 McVey Avenue, 971.204.7999. https://www.facebook.com/LakeOswegoJJsPub/
Gemini Bar and Grill. This place is an icon in Lake Oswego where many a returning college student who has finally reached legal age has reunited with friends on a Thanksgiving weekend. But you’ll find entertainment here any day of the week from Texas Holdem Poker every Sunday and Tuesday and Trivia Thursdays as well as live music on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. You’ll find drink specials every day of the week including Happy Hour from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and all-day Wednesday. Hours: Sunday through Thursday from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight. 465 N. State Street, 503.636.9445.
Firehouse Pub. Just around the corner on A avenue you’ll find a classic pub that has celebrated Bloody Mary Saturday and National Whiskey Sour Day so chances are you’ll find something special brewing on National Beer Drinking Day. They feature ten beers on tap and have daily specials including Bud Light Saturday and Coors Light Sundays. Five tv’s make sure you don’t miss a thing while enjoying yourself. Happy Hour from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. everyday. Hours 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. 23 A Avenue, 503.697.3903.
Dullahan Irish Restaurant and Pub. If you like your beer with a side of entertainment, check out Dullahan’s music calendar that includes Open Mic Wednesday nights and Irish jam on Thursdays. You’ll find Irish beers included in their taps as well as domestic and imports which rotate monthly. True to their namesake, their menu features traditional Irish dishes like Corned Beef and Cabbage and Bangers and Mash as well as usual pub fare like burgers and appetizers. Other specials include “Wine About Monday” offering half off all wine bottles and Happy Hour food and drink discounts from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Hours: Opens 11:00 a.m. seven days a week. 352 B Avenue, 503.305.8087.
Westlake Public House. Here’s another neighborhood spot making it easy for Westlake residents to stroll down and meet their neighbors for a beer. Food choices include a Beer Swiss Cheese fondue with pretzels as well as their signature Reuben sandwich and miso brined jumbo chicken wings. Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Wednesday-Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m. to. 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Happy Hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. to closing as well as all day Sunday. 14559 Westlake Drive, 971.708.6164.
I’d be more than happy to buy you a beer while we discuss your plans to move to, around or out of Lake Oswego. I’ve been a Realtor in Lake Oswego for over 30 years and would love to put my experience to work for you. Give me a call at 503.939.9801 and/or check out my website.