Our Favorite Pearl District Bars for Watching Sports
It’s never too soon to start thinking about where to watch the Super Bowl, or any other big game for that matter. The Pearl District has plenty of venues outfitted with crystal-clear HDTV s that air every imaginable athletic contest, from Trail Blazers, Beavers, and Ducks games to professional golf, tennis, and auto racing. Here are four convivial bars where you can follow the action all season long. —Andrew Collins
On nice days at On Deck (910 NW 14th Ave, 503-227-7020), the most sports-focused of the neighborhood’s hangouts, you can watch games on several big screens on the expansive roof deck. But there’s also a bright, airy indoor space with a long bar, and plenty more screens for viewing.
THE PERFECT MATCH On Deck’s Famous Nachos, with chorizo or pulled pork, and a Casey’s Perfect Margarita during the Super Bowl, which takes place this year on February 1.
Handsome Brix Tavern (1338 NW Hoyt St, 503-943-5995) is a great choice if you’re out with a friend less interested in the game—you can keep up with the action on one of the large TV s in the bar, and your friend can focus on the fine menu of creatively prepared American comfort fare.
THE PERFECT MATCH The rotisserie prime rib sandwich with melted swiss cheese (in honor of defending champ and Swiss national Stan Wawrinka) and a glass of 2up Aussie Shiraz, while watching Australian Open tennis in late January.
In the striking old powerhouse of the iconic 19th-century Blitz-Weinhard Brewery building, Henry’s Tavern (10 NW 12th Ave, 503-227-5320, featured above) carries more than 100 beers on tap. You can enjoy great views of televised sports action from both the ground-level bar (pictured at the top of the article) and the upper-level balcony loft.
THE PERFECT MATCH Zenner’s Oregon-crafted bratwurst with green tomato–pepper relish on a Portland French Bakery bun and a pint of Eugene-brewed Oakshire Brewing Espresso Stout, while watching any U of O Ducks game.
The Fields Bar & Grill (1139 NW 11th Ave, 503-841-6601) occupies a sleek contemporary space opposite Tanner Springs Park. The best seats in the house for game viewing are at the bar itself, which is lined with plasma HDTV monitors airing a mix of matchups.
THE PERFECT MATCH Hawaiian-style roasted kalua pig and a View From Above Skyy Pineapple cocktail during the PGA ’s prestigious Hyundai Tournament of Champions in early January at Maui’s Kapalua Resort.