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Let it Pour

an unconventional drinking guide to the north and central oregon coast

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How can you experience the rich fabric of life in a locale without visiting the bars? The answer is, you can't.

Jim Harrison, The Violators

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about the site - Let it Pour originated in 1999 as a column in Hipfish, an alternative magazine based in Astoria.
agate beach
astoria - n Astoria recently, slammed by winds, drenched by a record rainfall, I found myself foundering on the streets with an hour to burn before an appointment. Acting on a tip, I sought shelter from the storm in
cannon beach
depoe bay
drinking holes - A complete listing of drinking hole reviews in alphabetical order.
drinking map - Click on the map or use the pop up menu to navigate to a particular town's review listing.
gleneden beach
grasping wastrels vs. beaches forever inc.
home - How can you experience the rich fabric of life in a locale without visiting the bars? The answer is, you can't.
lincoln city
szabo's - A bartender in Szabo's told me a story about two of his customers. It's a story that captures the very foamy essence of why this Agate Beach establishment deserves membership into the Let It Pour realm. I listened while pounding a Dead Guy Ale.
voodoo lounge - Let's get right to the point. The Voodoo Room in Astoria could be the best bar on the Oregon Coast. Other competitors stack up against it like Matchbox 20 versus the Beatles.
the labor temple - The Labor Temple Café and Bar in downtown Astoria on Duane Street could care less about TR’s report. It exists merely to be utterly Oregon cool without affectation, the exact way Bill Walton, Ken Kesey, Louise Bryant, Bud Clark, Hazel Hall, Steve Prefontaine, Samuel Boardman, and Tom McCall were in their respective heydays.
triangle - The Triangle Tavern exists on Highway 101 under the Megler Bridge, and its magic number is 34—opened in 1934 after sanity repealed Prohibition, and the beer always chilled to 34 degrees.
worker's - A perfect date exists in the Northern Hemisphere and it begins and ends in Worker's Tavern under the Megler Bridge in Astoria. It goes like this:
chart room - In Astoria recently, slammed by winds, drenched by a record rainfall, I found myself foundering on the streets with an hour to burn before an appointment. Acting on a tip, I sought shelter from the storm in the Chart Room, the annex lounge of the venerable (since 1916) Adam and Steve's Cafe located at 1196 Marine Drive.
des/annie's - It's a helluva' tavern, a gritty neighborhood tavern where the wool-clad regulars pound mostly Bud Light, but real beer flows too. Yes, an excellent tavern.
101 camp - After an intemperate Moses wandered nearly 40 years in the wilderness, subsisting on manna and water, beating down conspiracy and idolatry, God led him up a mountain to see The Promised Land.
clark's - It had been a glorious day so far. A magazine editor sent me a check to cover a bottle of George Dickel, Merle Haggard's favorite whiskey.
riverside - Just outside of town on Highway 101 stands a sign with a cow baring its ass that declares: Cloverdale, Oregon's Best Kept Secret. Living in Tillamook County and having frequent occasion to visit the place
tidepool - Call me Ishmael. Some weeks ago--never mind how long precisely--having little or no money in my purse, I received a call from the Captain, an acquaintance I kept at considerable length because of his volatility and often monomaniacal behavior.
spouting horn - Welcome to the spectacular and throwback Spouting Horn, my new favorite shelter in the Let it Pour Kingdom. I think even my sophisticated Portland date was impressed by the awesome retro feel this joint exudes without even trying.
the troller - There's nothing I enjoy more than hanging out in a North Oregon Coast drinking hole when "vacationers" from the Willamette Valley set up camp and try to break on through to the other side. Usually they get there--either on a weekend bender or afternoon binge.
sandtrap - In the Sandtrap Lounge at the Gearhart Golf Links. Looking out to the course, established in 1892, and watching the hooks and shanks, which are not observable symptoms of an oozing venereal disease. Drinking a good golf-type drink, gin and tonic, of course from the well.
salishak - Not far from the quaint Salishak Tavern in Gleneden Beach a great, great desecration commenced some 35 years ago. To view it, just take Highway 101 south of Lincoln City over the filled section of Siletz Bay. Look west out to a finger of sand called Salishan Spit. See the Victory Mansions and Gingerbread Cottages built on an armored dune. Let it Bleed. Then Let it Pour.
goble tavern - Oh, it's a scene man. The Goble Tavern in Goble, Oregon, 50 miles east of Astoria on the Columbia River Highway...built in 1928 when Goble served as a ferry crossing, teemed with 5000 people, including hookers, sharpers, woodsmen, fishermen, cops, sinners, saints.
buoy9 - Right after September 11, the Clatsop County Sheriff made a modest proposal: to thwart terrorism on the North Oregon Coast, local, armed, untrained, unemployed men should be marshaled into volunteer security patrols to protect vital installations or apprehend fiends.
the hebo - Thirty-five years or so ago, in the ecstatic peak of its fanatic Oregon Coast Highway straightening mission, the dictatorial State Highway Commission, (now ODOT) proposed to reroute 101 north of Beaver and send it plowing
pier 101 - A Deluxe Bar. No Sushi. No Yuppie Food.
kodiak - Once there existed a cursed restaurant/bar space in Lincoln City. Every venture died there, done in by the usual culprits that close such places on the Oregon Coast:
old oregon - The regulars call it the Old O and after spending time there over the years, I feel it's not too outrageous to suggest the nickname stands not for the Old Oregon Tavern in Lincoln City--which it does--but really, some of the patrons last, long ago orgasm. Maybe in the Johnson Administration.
the pines/snug harbor - In the southern-most section of Lincoln City, in what used to be an incorporated town called Taft, named long ago after the fattest president in American history, there are two bars across 101 from one another.
sand dune - Most drinking holes on the Oregon Coast are the tale of two seasons: in summer, full of tourists requesting wine from corked bottles or lemon wedges for wheat beers while discussing stock speculation; in winter, a few locals draining cans of cheap lagers while
bayway - t looks dilapidated, forlorn from the street and disheveled, almost abandoned from the inside. Tall cans of beer brands formerly brewed in the Pacific Northwest line the bar. Several elderly patrons seem welded to the video poker
hawk creek - The Hawk Creek Cafe in Neskowin in no shape or form can be called a drinking hole of the necessarily seedy kind. It primarily exists to serve good expensive food to the second homeowners in the area who run local business pretty much the same way Ted Knight ran Bushwood Country Club in Caddyshack
schooner - Either sitting, standing or leaning, from the bar at the Schooner Restaurant and Lounge in Netarts, a patron can stare out big windows, float over the only bay in Oregon that doesn't qualify under federal guidelines as "water quality impaired,"
michko's pub - What a tavern! Should it exist in Baghdad--outside the Green Zone--the problem of inculcating proper American values would disappear overnight.
mad dog - Just over four score years ago, the Drys and their severely parched souls punched American tavern life with a Prohibition right hook. It left a cultural black eye that remains to this day.
moby dick - Moby Dick. The great dark American novel. A great Led Zeppelin tune. A dependable lounge in Newport worth dropping in for a belt or bracer depending on your mood.
bayhaven - Along the western slopes of the Oregon Coastal Range...come look...
anchor - Recently, a friend put a challenge to me: can you get a decent glass of wine in an Oregon Coast drinking hole?
tidewater - Tables near the windows that look out to the Nestucca where I can check out the drift boats and incoming tides rushing up from Nestucca Bay
sportsman - When I drink in a bar or tavern I often play a parlor game where I imagine which dead alcoholic American writer would feel most comfortable there.
second chance - Customers can entertain themselves with darts, shuffleboard, televised sports, pool and a jukebox, but thankfully no video poker, the state-sponsored addictive enterprise whose unchecked expansion represents the complete failure of Oregon’s mainstream Christian churches to fight real moral and political decay.
sharky's - According to Intoxication: Life in Pursuit of Artificial Paradise, a book I read recently after rescuing it from a rank garage sale,
beach/tender - It was the beginning of Reagan's second term and the Strategic Defense Initiative, the Pentagon's wet dream missile defense system dubbed Star Wars, was conceived. Of course, hundreds of physicists said it would never work.
relief pitcher - The Relief Pitcher offers superb relief and temporizing, either at a table near the window, at the bar in the high-backed vinyl chairs straight from the set of Mannix or in what the tavern’s management bills as Seaside’s Best Beer Garden.
siletz roadhouse - The Siletz Roadhouse makes its own beer, damn excellent beer, but it doesn’t seem at all like a brewpub. What separates the joint from the baby nursery are the clouds of cigarette smoke, Def Leppard occasionally turned up loud, the pool table, the classic wood refrigerator, and the very working class clientele who drink too much Bud and Coors Light and should be draining the homemade product with abandon and pride.
time out - To my left at the long, lacquered, parquet bar of the Timeout Tavern on Highway 101 in downtown Tillamook lean three men.
dutch mill - In my experience, Tillamook's Dutch Mill, on 101 in the deteriorating heart of the city's downtown core, is the James Brown of North Oregon Coast bars--meaning the hardest drinking place in business.
the rendezvous - Perhaps the only place in the country where you can drink a double Maker’s Mark and look directly at a three-foot, costumed frog lawn ornament.
vapor room - He's quoted in the city's newspaper of record as saying, "It will be the hottest bar on the Oregon Coast."
flounder inn - The Flounder Inn opened in 1976. I doubt any of its decor has been changed since and that includes the groovy mural-wallpaper of a non-Pacific Northwest forest scene.
sipin' on - The Sipin’ On rates extremely high for the fact that after the keg blew during the fill-up of my pint of McTarnahan’s, a regular asked the bartender, 'You’re not going to throw that away are you?' referring to a glass of mostly foam. The bartender did not.
twin spruce - Guest Writer Meriwether Lewis' tale of Warrenton
sea shack - After a hard day's night waging war against developers, the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF), or North Coast political hacks, there is one place to lick the wounds of usual defeat or toast the rare victor
best place to drink - What is the best place to drink on the North Oregon Coast?
otter rock
pacific city
r.i.p. oregon taverns - What is especially sad is to have witnessed how video poker slowly transformed taverns from gritty bastions of independence into de facto tax collectors for the state and just another greedy special interest group that lobbies to keep its average $76,000 per year earned through its cut of the take.
rockaway beach
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