Last Sunday may have been extremely disappointing for fans of high-budget fantasy television, but it was in no means a letdown for followers of local sports: The Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Denver Nuggets 100 to 96, sending the hometown team to the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2000.
While the TV nerds are lamenting, sports nerds are celebrating with game day specials at bars and restaurants across the city. Here are nine places offering game time happy hours and other specials to celebrate the team’s victories and maybe assuage the eventual disappointment with discounted beers and whiskey. The first game starts at 6 p.m., Tuesday May 14, and the complete game schedule can be found here.
Teote House Café and Teote Mezcalerìa
The colorful South American restaurant and agave bar, as well as its darker, mezcal-focused cocktail bar offshoot, are both showing the games and have happy hour pricing throughout. This means $1 off cocktails, arepas, and draught beers.
Details: 1615 SE 12th Avenue and 2700 NE Alberta Street
Red Star Tavern
The elegant dining room at the Hotel Monaco, Red Star Tavern will be turning up the sound on its TVs for games, and will be extending its happy hour into all game times. Sports fans (or just those looking to take advantage of the deal) will find $5 house wines, $6 and $7 cocktail specials, and $2 off all draft beer, along with $4 to $10 food specials including burgers, wings, fries, salads, and chicharrones.
Details: 503 SW Alder Street
The Loyal Legion
The sprawling, wood and leather-filled tap house and whiskey bar offers specials during all Blazers games, and the Western Conference is no different. It’s pretty simple — $4 Loyal Lagers and $3 shots of the day, and the TVs above the bar will be on full sound.
Details: 710 SE 6th Avenue
The warm, art-filled Japanese restaurant Yakuza is offering a special Blazers Burger for the games with smoked cheddar, spicy ketchup, Beecher’s sauce, and grilled onions. The regular Yakuza burger is also available at happy hour prices, putting them both at $10, while the Yakuza Lager, brewed by Double Mountain, is $5 during games.
Details: 5411 NE 30th Avenue Suite 100
Paddy’s Bar & Grill
One of the city’s most prominent Irish bars, the vintage-style Paddy’s Bar & Grill, with its towering, beautiful back bar, will show games on a drop-down screen, and is offering $1 off all draught beers during game time for those dressed in Blazers gear.
Details: 65 SW Yamhill Street
The spacious, hardwood-filled Southern restaurant and bar, Patton Maryland is offering $1 off all draught beers during games, and will be showing them on three large screens.
Details: 5101 N Interstate Avenue
The industrial brewery and taproom with a wide front patio is getting into the game day spirit by offering happy hour during games for anyone dressed in Blazers gear. The happy hour menu sees $1 off pints and house wines, as well as food specials from $4 to $9, including fries, wings, mac and cheese, vegetable plates, and rice and bean bowls.
Details: 2828 NE Glisan Street
The casual neighborhood restaurant, pub, and venue Eastburn will be showing games upstairs at full volume, and then downstairs on three screens with volume on depending on the evening. Tuesdays, for instance, are trivia nights so the volume will be off. At both spots, guests can find $2 tall boys in a variety of styles, plus half-off bowls of trinity fries — fries, sweet potato fries, and crispy fried leeks served with roasted tomato aioli. If or when the Blazers score 100 or above, all pints are half off.
Details: 1800 E Burnside Street
The sprawling restaurant and hotel gin-bar Jackrabbit will serve its happy hour menu during games starting Thursday, May 16. $5 negronis, $7 cocktails, $5 house wines and draught pours and $2 pilsners make up the drink menu, while the food menu offers a range of snacks and dishes from $2 to $18, including pork cracklings, grilled cheese, oysters, salads, and ham-topped dirty fries.
Details: 830 SW 6th Avenue
Mi Mero Mole
The charming, lowbrow taco shop and margarita bar will be offering its happy hour pricing on beers and its excellent margaritas while showing the games — Just $2.75 on draught beers and $4 margaritas, including classic, habanero, tamarind, and hibiscus. If/when the Blazers win, everyone in the house gets a free taco.