SW Sports Bars and the NFL: Which team's fans watch where
Tina Tiedemann at the Bullseye Pub near Portland Community College's Sylvania
campus is not the bandwagon type. She's been a Cleveland Browns fan all her life. But the Bullseye is "technically" a San Francisco 49ers bar. When told that the Old Barn on Barbur Boulevard is a Cleveland Browns bar, she admitted she might have to check out the competition.
Such is life on the Southwest Portland bar scene as another NFL campaign commences: You can watch any game being played but it's better to watch it with people wearing the same insignias and colors.
This is a guide to that scene when it comes to which team's supporters drink where and why. Every bar listed offers the NFL Sunday Ticket, which makes every game being played available on television.
Surprisingly few establishments consider themselves Seahawk bars but owners explained that most Seahawk fans tend to watch the games at home because they're always on television.
4835 S.W. Pomona St. Despite the address, the Bullseye is located on Southwest Capitol Highway just south of the skate park and public library. Tiedemann, the manager, says interest in the NFL suffered a bit last year — she's not entirely sure why — but that it feels more like old times this year. With 10 screens and NFL Ticket, the Bullseye will open at 9 a.m. every Sunday. Tiedemannn says "technically" hers is a 49er fan hang-out, which means that if there's ever a question about which game is played at volume, it will be the Niners. She's not sure which beer she'll offer at a special price because her distributor hasn't told her yet which is the "official" NFL beer. 503-477-7194.
CIDER MILL RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE
6712 S.W. Capitol Highway. This neighborhood institution is located at Hoot Owl Corner, where Capitol Highway veers towards Multnomah Village. The Cider Mill is joined at the hip with Fryer Tuck's Chicken. Both will be opening at 8 a.m. on game days. There are 13 television screens, the NFL Sunday Ticket package, plenty of table seating and a spacious outside deck. Fans of the New Orleans Saints gather at Cider Mill — owner Toby Harris is a big Saints fan — as well as fans of the Raiders, Broncos, Steelers and Patriots. Mercedes the manager — she prefers not to give her full name — says game days have become so busy they'll probably schedule an additional server this season. Special NFL Sunday cocktail: Bloody Mary. 503-246-7266.
5134 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, located just east of Southwest Shattuck Road. Opens at 8 a.m. on Sunday during the NFL season. Features 17 screens and the NFL Sunday Ticket. They serve breakfast all day. No particular team's fans gather here but the owner is a Patriots fan. 503-244-3291.
7380 S.W. Garden Home Road. San Francisco Forty Niner fans should feel right at home here across the street from Lamb's Thriftway. Owner Matt Gardner grew up in Portland but lived in the Bay Area long enough to join the 49er Faithful, a few of whom gather at his place hoping for better times for the fabled franchise. Bronco and Seahawk fans also can be found at the Dugout. There are 14 screens and NFL Sunday Ticket. For a sports bar, the menu is almost exotic, featuring a jalapeno cheese stuffed pretzel, among other items. 503-206-538.
JIMMYS BAR AND GRILL
3017 SW Multnomah Boulevard - The late Jimmy Prenty, a proud son of the Bronx, did his best to turn his namesake sports bar into a west coast home for New York Jets fans. He passed away unexpectedly last Christmas Eve and that aspiration died with him. Manager Scott Daggett says Jimmy's, on Multnomah Boulevard at Southwest 30th, is a bar for fans of any NFL team. "If it's a Raiders bar and I don't like the Raiders, why would I go there?" he asks. All games are accessible through NFL ticket and can be seen on one of fourteen screens. The 200 inch main screen that dominates the south wall is usually where you'll find the Seahawks game. Two new 75-inch televisions have been installed on a mezzanine level for a less-crowded viewing experience. Daggett says they should have a new dog-friendly deck on Multnomah Boulevard open in time for the NFL season. The Bloody Marys are house made and there's a special breakfast menu. Jimmys opens at 9:30a.m. on game days. 503-293-2100
9656 S.W. Barbur Blvd., located right next door to Barbur Transit Center and under new management. This will be the first NFL campaign for owner Pat Murphy, who took over last December. He says he's expecting a contingent of Cleveland Browns fans to support that franchise, which seems revitalized after years of frustration. He's also hoping to be recognized by the University of Oregon Athletic Department as an "official" Ducks viewing location. With 20 screens, the Old Barn wins bragging rights for the most screens in Southwest Portland. Breakfast specials for $6.50, Coors and Bud light beer for $3.25 and $3 pints of Pabst Blue Ribbon are featured on Sundays during the NFL season. 503-245-7981.
OLD MARKET PUB AND BREWERY
6959 SW Multnomah Boulevard. Right where Garden Home Boulevard and Multnomah Boulevard come together is where you'll find what is arguably the largest sports bar in Southwest Portland. As anyone who has driven past the Old Market knows from the signage outside, the NFL Ticket is featured on ten screens. Manager Casey Russell says Seahawks fans outnumber other team's fans with Bronco and Patriot fans a close second and third. Game day drink feature is a $3 Bloody Mary. 503-244-2337
THE SHIP TAVERN
7827 S.W. 35th Ave. If John's Marketplace on Multnomah Boulevard had a back door, The Ship would be it. In fact, it may once have been part of John's Market. There's no question which NFL team's supporters board The Ship on Sundays: the Chicago Bears or Duh Bearz, if you will. Owner Steve Bolstad bought more than a bar when he took over The Ship; Bears and Cubs fans came with the deal. Ten screens and NFL Ticket means it's not exclusively a Bears bar, but this establishment, the oldest still operating in Multnomah Village, definitely has a Chi-town vibe. Bolstad likes the Bears but really likes "whoever beats New England." Selected beer will be on special. Open at 10 a.m. game days. 503-244-7345.
45TH ST. PUB AND GRILL
4511 SW 45th – Polly Merwin is getting ready for her first NFL season as bar manager at 45th St. and looking forward to welcoming the dozen or so Green Bay Packer fans who will find their way to her place on game days. The owner supports the Dallas Cowboys, but the fan's hearts are in Wisconsin. 45th St. will be offering hot dogs cooked in beer for $1.50 and hamburgers with tots or fires for $5. Beer-wise, she figures Fort George Vortex will be her best seller. 503-247-7061.
You can also view NFL and college football games at: GARDEN HOME GROWLERS - 7410 SW Oleson Rd. (Inside Thriftway). THE LODGE AT CASCADE BREWING - 7424 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway (formerly The Raccoon Lodge - same owners.) CACTUS JACK'S - 4342 SW Beaverton Hillsdale Highway.
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