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12 Must-Visit McMenamins Pubs and Restaurants, Mapped

A guide to the local chain’s best locations in Portland

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The McMenamin brothers, Mike and Brian, have been saving historic buildings in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest since 1987, rightly earning an enduring place in the hearts of Oregonians. The best part? They retain the historic architecture of the venues for the most part, while adding a thoroughly eclectic decor, with funky murals and sculptures. The result: spaces converted into neighborhood restaurants, bars, breweries, distilleries, music venues, movie theaters, hotels, and many other rare and beautiful things.

To help you navigate the McUniverse, here are a dozen of McMenamins’ most standout locations in Greater Portland, from the Kennedy School, a former elementary school turned adult playground, to the White Eagle Saloon & Hotel, where you can experience Old Portland’s salty side.

McMenamins is famous for opening the first brewpub in Oregon since Prohibition, and here’s one lesser-known historical detail: The McMenamins founded Produce Row Cafe in Southeast all the way back in 1974 (it’s since been sold to new owners).

(The points on this map guide are not ranked; they are organized geographically).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. McMenamins St. Johns Theater & Pub

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8203 N Ivanhoe St
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 283-8520
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Did you know this dome-shaped building is one of the last remaining structures from the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905? Barged down the Willamette River to its current location, the former exhibit hall is now one of McMenamins’ most quirky theater pubs.

2. McMenamins Kennedy School

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5736 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 249-3983
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If you’ve ever fantasied about sipping cocktails in detention, this transformed elementary school provides just that. The sprawling venue has three restaurants, two bars, a second-run movie theater, live music events, a soaking pool, and guest rooms. Don’t miss the Boiler Room Bar for some elaborate metal artworks.

3. McMenamins Chapel Pub

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430 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 286-0372
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Before it was a go-to spot for the North Piedmont neighborhood, the Chapel Pub was a mortuary lauded as one of Portland’s finest architectural specimens in the early 1930s. Look for the mahogany-wood, tugboat-shaped bar, the intricate ironwork, and central chandelier — all fashioned by master craftsmen.

4. McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

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4045 NW Cornelius Pass Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97124
(503) 640-6174
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This former 6-acre farmstead is home to one of McMenamins’ two distilleries, with a century-old, 160-gallon copper Alambic Charentais potstill. Imbrie Hall offers the usual roundup of McMenamins dishes, or you can drop by the Little White Shed bar for a dram of Billy Whiskey or a double-distilled grape brandy.

5. McMenamins White Eagle Saloon & Hotel

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836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 282-6810
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Built in 1905 as a watering hole for Polish immigrants, the White Eagle is one of the last echoes of Old Portland’s working class history, as well as its rock ‘n roll counterculture of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Look for the original oak back-bar, ceramic-tiled floors, and the corner stage where rock and blues legends have performed for decades. The spot also comes with some pretty great ghost stories.

6. McMenamins Edgefield

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2126 SW Halsey St
Troutdale, OR 97060
(503) 669-8610
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Originally the county poor farm, this 74-acre property is located at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, with 10 restaurants and bars, extensive murals and artwork, a movie theater, a distillery, a winery, a brewery, the popular Summer Concerts on the Lawn series, and an on-site glass-blower. Black Rabbit Restaurant is where you’ll find some of McMenamins’ more innovative dishes, like slow-cooked wild boar or seared tuna with nori risotto cake.

7. McMenamins Rams Head

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2282 NW Hoyt St
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 221-0098
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With its red brick facade and coffered ceilings, the Rams Head is arguably McMenamins’ most elegant space, originally part of the circa 1920 Campbell Hotel, which was known for its refinement and personal service as well as a dining room that doubled as one of Portland’s biggest speakeasies during Prohibition. Where better to choose from an extensive list of spirits and cocktails?

8. McMenamins Mission Theater

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1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 223-4527
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Portland’s original cheap theater, the 150-year-old Mission is still one of the best — and most affordable — places in town to grab dinner and drinks while watching a second-run movie on the big screen.

9. McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

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1332 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 225-0047
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Once the jewel in dance hall king Montrose Ringler’s crown, the Crystal is now a multi-block complex on West Burnside Street that includes Ringlers Pub, Crystal Brewery, the Crystal Hotel, Zeus Cafe, and the subterranean bar, Ringlers Annex. Look for house cocktails, seasonal beer specials, and lots of live performances.

10. McMenamins Barley Mill Pub

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1629 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 231-1492
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The font from which the McMenamins empire sprung, the Barley Mill is like a 1980s Portland time capsule: charmingly eclectic, a little weird, and obsessed with the Grateful Dead. The menu includes sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Be sure to check out its namesake mill and all the original murals painted by Norm Forsberg and Joe Cotter.

11. McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub

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3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 236-9234
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With its rounded doorways and faux Arabian Nights decor, this circa 1927 theater harkens to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Expect pizza, popcorn, beer, cider, and cocktails. Then plunk down to enjoy a first-run movie on the big screen. McMenamins operates two adjacent spaces, too, including the cigar-bar Greater Trumps, which opens up on the sidewalk in warm weather, and the ornate Backstage Bar, with mile-high ceilings, pool, and, now, a 130-year-old bar top with one hell of a story.

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12. McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House

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1505 SW Sunset Blvd
Portland, OR 97239
(503) 246-3938
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Of the 25 breweries McMenamins operates, this is the one to visit, because it’s often brewing experimental batches and other small-production runs. And when you’re tucked into a cozy wooden booth at this unassuming pub, don’t forget that you’re inside a slice of Oregon beer history: In 1985, Hillsdale became the first brewpub operating in the state since Prohibition. It’s also the birthplace of the signature Hammerhead, Ruby, and Terminator beers.

1. McMenamins St. Johns Theater & Pub

8203 N Ivanhoe St, Portland, OR 97203

Did you know this dome-shaped building is one of the last remaining structures from the Lewis and Clark Exposition in 1905? Barged down the Willamette River to its current location, the former exhibit hall is now one of McMenamins’ most quirky theater pubs.

8203 N Ivanhoe St
Portland, OR 97203

2. McMenamins Kennedy School

5736 NE 33rd Ave, Portland, OR 97211

If you’ve ever fantasied about sipping cocktails in detention, this transformed elementary school provides just that. The sprawling venue has three restaurants, two bars, a second-run movie theater, live music events, a soaking pool, and guest rooms. Don’t miss the Boiler Room Bar for some elaborate metal artworks.

5736 NE 33rd Ave
Portland, OR 97211

3. McMenamins Chapel Pub

430 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

Before it was a go-to spot for the North Piedmont neighborhood, the Chapel Pub was a mortuary lauded as one of Portland’s finest architectural specimens in the early 1930s. Look for the mahogany-wood, tugboat-shaped bar, the intricate ironwork, and central chandelier — all fashioned by master craftsmen.

430 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217

4. McMenamins Cornelius Pass Roadhouse

4045 NW Cornelius Pass Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124

This former 6-acre farmstead is home to one of McMenamins’ two distilleries, with a century-old, 160-gallon copper Alambic Charentais potstill. Imbrie Hall offers the usual roundup of McMenamins dishes, or you can drop by the Little White Shed bar for a dram of Billy Whiskey or a double-distilled grape brandy.

4045 NW Cornelius Pass Rd
Hillsboro, OR 97124

5. McMenamins White Eagle Saloon & Hotel

836 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227

Built in 1905 as a watering hole for Polish immigrants, the White Eagle is one of the last echoes of Old Portland’s working class history, as well as its rock ‘n roll counterculture of the ‘70s and ‘80s. Look for the original oak back-bar, ceramic-tiled floors, and the corner stage where rock and blues legends have performed for decades. The spot also comes with some pretty great ghost stories.

836 N Russell St
Portland, OR 97227

6. McMenamins Edgefield

2126 SW Halsey St, Troutdale, OR 97060

Originally the county poor farm, this 74-acre property is located at the mouth of the Columbia River Gorge, with 10 restaurants and bars, extensive murals and artwork, a movie theater, a distillery, a winery, a brewery, the popular Summer Concerts on the Lawn series, and an on-site glass-blower. Black Rabbit Restaurant is where you’ll find some of McMenamins’ more innovative dishes, like slow-cooked wild boar or seared tuna with nori risotto cake.

2126 SW Halsey St
Troutdale, OR 97060

7. McMenamins Rams Head

2282 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR 97210

With its red brick facade and coffered ceilings, the Rams Head is arguably McMenamins’ most elegant space, originally part of the circa 1920 Campbell Hotel, which was known for its refinement and personal service as well as a dining room that doubled as one of Portland’s biggest speakeasies during Prohibition. Where better to choose from an extensive list of spirits and cocktails?

2282 NW Hoyt St
Portland, OR 97210

8. McMenamins Mission Theater

1624 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

Portland’s original cheap theater, the 150-year-old Mission is still one of the best — and most affordable — places in town to grab dinner and drinks while watching a second-run movie on the big screen.

1624 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209

9. McMenamins Crystal Ballroom

1332 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209

Once the jewel in dance hall king Montrose Ringler’s crown, the Crystal is now a multi-block complex on West Burnside Street that includes Ringlers Pub, Crystal Brewery, the Crystal Hotel, Zeus Cafe, and the subterranean bar, Ringlers Annex. Look for house cocktails, seasonal beer specials, and lots of live performances.

1332 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209

10. McMenamins Barley Mill Pub

1629 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

The font from which the McMenamins empire sprung, the Barley Mill is like a 1980s Portland time capsule: charmingly eclectic, a little weird, and obsessed with the Grateful Dead. The menu includes sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Be sure to check out its namesake mill and all the original murals painted by Norm Forsberg and Joe Cotter.

1629 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

11. McMenamins Bagdad Theater & Pub

3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Backstage Bar
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With its rounded doorways and faux Arabian Nights decor, this circa 1927 theater harkens to the Golden Age of Hollywood. Expect pizza, popcorn, beer, cider, and cocktails. Then plunk down to enjoy a first-run movie on the big screen. McMenamins operates two adjacent spaces, too, including the cigar-bar Greater Trumps, which opens up on the sidewalk in warm weather, and the ornate Backstage Bar, with mile-high ceilings, pool, and, now, a 130-year-old bar top with one hell of a story.

3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

12. McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House

1505 SW Sunset Blvd, Portland, OR 97239

Of the 25 breweries McMenamins operates, this is the one to visit, because it’s often brewing experimental batches and other small-production runs. And when you’re tucked into a cozy wooden booth at this unassuming pub, don’t forget that you’re inside a slice of Oregon beer history: In 1985, Hillsdale became the first brewpub operating in the state since Prohibition. It’s also the birthplace of the signature Hammerhead, Ruby, and Terminator beers.

1505 SW Sunset Blvd
Portland, OR 97239

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