Oregon’s bar scene is truly legendary. From popular roadside dives to chic cocktail lounges, our state is overflowing with amazing bars. Here are some of the most historic, iconic watering holes in the Beaver State. See which ones you’ve visited:
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1. Helvetia Tavern (Hillsboro)
For more than 30 years, Helvetia Tavern (and their giant, delicious burgers) have been attracting people from all over the state. This long-lived roadhouse features a 1950 Brunswick pool table and a collection of baseball caps, some of which are signed by pro-athletes.
10275 NW Helvetia Rd., Hillsboro, OR 97124
2. Blue Ox Bar (Government Camp)
Located inside the enchanting Timberline Lodge, Blue Ox Bar is a cozy little watering hole overflowing with history. It wasn't until after the lodge was nearly finished that architects realized they had forgotten to include a bar area. A wood storage area was converted into a bar last minute. Eclectic glass mosaic murals illustrating Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe, decorate the walls.
27500 W Leg Rd., Timberline Lodge, OR 97028
3. The Rainbow Cafe (Pendleton)
Tucked away in the charming town of Pendleton, The Rainbow Cafe is an old-school cowboy diner and bar with tons of character. Drinks are poured nice and strong, and the bar area is always bustling with regulars.
209 S Main St., Pendleton, OR 97801
4. Huber's (Portland)
Founded in 1879, Huber's is Portland's oldest bar and restaurant. Order their famous Spanish Coffee, which is prepared table-side with fire-filled theatrics.
411 SW 3rd Ave., Portland, OR 97204
5. McMenamins Old St. Francis School (Bend)
This pub, brewery, bakery, movie theater, and hotel began in the 1930s as a Catholic schoolhouse. It features a number of quirky bars (all of which are worth a visit), and even one hidden bar.
700 NW Bond St., Bend, OR 97701
6. Pelican Brewing Company
Pelican Brewing is one of the best places to enjoy brews with a view in the Beaver State. You'll find plenty of their classic, award-winning beers along with a rotation of seasonal brews on the menu.
33180 Cape Kiwanda Dr., Pacific City, OR 97135
7. Omar's (Ashland)
Established in 1946, Omar's is an old-fashioned steakhouse and bar with a friendly atmosphere. As the oldest drinking establishment in Ashland, this institution is always worth a visit.
1380 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland, OR 97520
8. Pat's Corner (Forest Grove)
Located inside McMenamins Grand Lodge, this unique bar serves up handcrafted ales, wines, spirits and delicious pub fare. The vaulted ceiling is filled with Mike and Brian McMenamin's vintage album cover collection.
3505 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove, OR 97116
9. Dan & Louis Oyster Bar (Portland)
A true Portland gem, the Oyster Bar has been owned and managed by the Wachsmuth family for over a century now. They still serve some of the freshest seafood in town, and you'll find a great selection of drinks in their nautical-themed bar.
208 SW Ankeny St., Portland, OR 97204
10. Highland Stillhouse (Oregon City)
Known as Oregon's premiere whiskey pub, the Highland Stillhouse is an authentic Scottish bar with over 700 varieties of Scotch. The owners have been visiting Scotland for the past 20 years, and the bar is decorated with personal mementos from their travels. The covered deck is a great place to kick back and take in views of the Willamette River while enjoying a pint or two.
201 S 2nd St, Oregon City, OR 97045
11. San Dune Pub (Manzanita)
This rustic spot might not look like much from the outside, but it's one of the most legendary hangouts on the Oregon Coast. Their stone fireplace is the perfect place to warm up after a chilly day on the beach.
127 Laneda Ave, Manzanita, OR 97130
12. Izakaya Meiji Company (Eugene)
Voted the best cocktail bar in Eugene, this neighborhood tavern is known for their Japanese small plates, incredible craft cocktails, and extensive sake selection. Don't miss their late night "Ramen Shop" menu, which runs from 11:00 p.m. to close.
345 Van Buren St., Eugene, OR 97402
13. Departure (Portland)
Located on the 15th floor of The Nines hotel, this chic rooftop bar features breathtaking views of downtown Portland and beyond. Whether you're enjoying one of their creative cocktails or digging into a delicious meal, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience in this sky-high lounge.
525 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97204
We know we missed some of your favorites, so let us know your thoughts in the comments below. What else would you add to this list?