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).Read More