The Road to the Women’s Final Four starts at Greeley Avenue

Strength, power and toughness will take center stage March 5-8 during the Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament. Come to Greeley Avenue to cheer on your favorite women’s Pac-12 basketball team as they work their way toward the championship and solidify a spot in the National Tournament. Click here for a Tournament bracket.

Oregon is the two-time defending Pac-12 regular season champion and has dominated the league thus far. But UCLA and Stanford are just a single game behind in the standings, and come tourney time, anything can happen. 

The Lady Beavers of Oregon State University.
The Lady Beavs will need a good showing in the Pac-12 Tournament to make it to the Big Dance.

If you’ve been following the women’s basketball, you already know that Oregon boasts the best player in the country in elite point guard Sabrina Ionescu. Two of her teammates are also among the top five nationally, with junior forward Satou Sabally ranked No 4. and senior center Ruthy Hebard at No. 5. A few weeks ago, the Lady Ducks handed perennial powerhouse UConn their worst home loss ever, sending a powerful message to the rest of Women’s basketball. 

Sabrina Ionescu of the University of Oregon
Oregon point guard Sabrina Ionescu is the best college player in the country.

The Lady Beavs are a few games back in the standings and will need a good showing in the Tournament to secure a trip to the National Tournament.

Oregon Women's Basketball Coach Kelly Graves
Oregon Coach Kelly Graves hopes to take his team back to the Final Four.

But you don’t need to go the Las Vegas to catch all the action. Greeley Avenue will be hosting the Pac-12 Tournament all weekend long. With 12 wide screen tvs, there’s not a bad seat in the house. Plus, to heighten the excitement, all Duck and Beaver games will be shown on the Big Screen during the weekend.

So make Greeley Avenue home court for the Women’s Pac-12 Tournament. The Road to the Women’s Final Four begins here.

The perfect Super Bowl lineup

If you’re tired of hosting Super Bowl parties at your house, maybe a great neighborhood sports bar is what you’re looking for. And if whiskey and beer, burgers and wings are your idea of the perfect lineup, the Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill is your spot.

This year’s Super Bowl pits the Kansas City Chiefs
against the San Francisco 49ers.

While the 4th of July may lay claim to the title, no holiday is more American in all its beer soaked glory than Super Bowl Sunday.

And coming this Sunday, February 2nd, Greeley Avenue will be living up to that reputation with the best Super Bowl party in NoPo. This longtime Overlook hangout is screening the game on its massive Big Screen. You can also catch the action on any one of their additional 13 flatscreens throughout the bar. Long story short: there isn’t a bad seat in the house.

Expect plenty of Super Sunday specials
in addition to Greeley’s regular menu offering.

In addition to the usual menu of burgers, wings and other pub grub, you count on seeing a number of Super Sunday food and drink specials too, including some great Happy Hour specials long about Halftime. Whether your team wins or loses, Amber and her crew will be at the ready to ease your sorrow or help you celebrate the glory with your choice of 15 rotating draft selections. (Link to http://www.greeleyavenue.com/rotating-taps/)

If you want a place to sit for the game, you might want to you stop by around 1 PM before the bar begins to fill up. 

Not sure which team to root for?
Just wear red and you’re covered either way.

Expect Greeley Avenue to fill up by kick-off (3:30 PM) and to stay packed until the football field gets cleared. And heck, if the game is a blowout, Amber just might switch the game over to the Puppy Bowl. 

See you this weekend!

The home field advantage for Super Bowl fans

There’s nothing like enjoying the big game in the comfort of your favorite sports bar. And since you are reading the Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill blog, I will just assume that happens to be yours.

If you can’t read Latin, that’s Super Bowl 54.

For starters, with over a dozen widescreen monitors throughout the bar, there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Having your very own widescreen right in front of your table is almost like having a seat on the 50 yard line – without the $30 nachos. Were that not enough, Greeley Avenue is also home to the largest big screen in NoPo, which offers life-sized action of your favorite sports.

Expect an early crowd for Super Bowl Sunday, Feb 2nd.

Secondly, while you could enjoy the game at home, is there really anything better than being surrounded by other football fanatics, all cheering on their favorite team? Yeah, I didn’t think so. With all the excitement and cheering going on, you’ll think you’re in Hard Rock Stadium – minus Miami’s 90 degree heat, of course.  

Add to that Greeley’s unbeatable pub grub, and you’ll forget all about staying home to watch the game. Fan favorites include Greeley’s famous sriracha chicken nuggets, fried pickle chips, and one-of-a-kind buffalo cauliflower. (In case you are wondering, it actually tastes more like cauliflower than buffalo.) Greeley also has four tasty varieties of buffalo chicken wings to choose from too! And those are just the appetizers.

Greeley’s famous Buffalo Wings are the talk of NoPo – just don’t talk with your mouth full.

And don’t even get me started on the beer list. Well, okay… do get me started on the beer list. In addition to all your favorite domestic bottles, Greeley also offers a rotating selection of 16 draft beers.  (Link to rotating tap handles page.)

So regardless of who you’ll be rooting for in this year’s big game, make plans to watch it at Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill. Kickoff is on Sunday, February 2nd at 3:30 PM. But you’ll want to get here early to grab your favorite seat.

Hard Rock Stadium and Greeley Avenue are home to this year’s big game!

Rah!

Ring in the New Year with music, champagne & roses

No one throws a party like Greeley Avenue, and this year is no exception. This year they’ll be ringing in the New Year with the best party in the neighborhood!

Greeley Avenue to host the best NYE party in the neighborhood.

Things will get started at 9 PM New Years Eve with DC Malone & the Jones, Portland’s most original cover band. With a playlist that includes rock, swing, blues, country and jazz, there is bound to be a little something for everyone to enjoy. Greeley will provide the hats and noisemakers – you just bring your dancing shoes! 

DC Malone & the Jones – Portland’s most original cover band.

Then at midnight, we’ll all gather round of a free champagne toast to 2020.

What better way to welcome the New Year than with great food, drink and music?

But the New Year’s celebration doesn’t end there. At 2 PM New Years Day, Greeley will be hosting the 106th edition of the Rose Bowl, pitting the Oregon Ducks against the Wisconsin Badgers in the Granddaddy of them all. It promises to be a great game, with the Ducks ranked #6 in the nation, and the Badgers at #8. The Badgers boast the best running back in America, so the Duck D will definitely be tested. Fittingly, the big game will be shown on the Big Screen, so you can scream and holler right along with the rest of Duck Nation. 

The Ducks and Badgers to square off New Years Day in the Granddaddy of Them All.

Wherever you may be this New Years Eve, party safely. And Happy New Year!

Thanksgiving traditions endure at Greeley Avenue

Ask North Portlanders to name their favorite holiday tradition, and no doubt you will hear “Thanksgiving Day at Greeley Avenue.” There’s a good reason for that. For the past 11 years, Greeley Avenue has been serving up NoPo’s favorite Thanksgiving feast. Credit goes to head chef Denise Morris, who has handling the chore single handedly for the past several years. “I think I look forward to it almost as much as the customers do,” says Denise.

When it comes to Denise’s Thanksgiving dinner, anticipation is the word of the day. As Denise explains, “Customers start asking about it in October”.

Greeley’s famous Thanksgiving feast would make your mom jealous, and includes all the traditional favorites: roasted turkey, homemade stuffing and gravy, green bean casserole almandine, cranberry sauce and Hawaiian rolls. Most of which is made right on the premises. 

Denise’s homemade stuffing is a holiday favorite.

Thanksgiving Day starts bright and early for Denise. Says Denise, “The turkey takes a few hours to cook, plus I have to make all stuffing, gravy and casserole. All told, about 10 hours go into preparing the meal, including the shopping.”

Roasted turkey, fresh from the oven.

Dinner is served right around 12 noon and always sells out quickly. “A lot of our customers like to get their dinner to go,” explains Denise, “others like to enjoy it along with the big NFL games on the Big Screen.” 

Homemade Thanksgiving dinner waiting to be served.

If you missed it this year, don’t despair. Denise will be back in the kitchen again in a few weeks preparing Christmas dinner. You’ll want to add that to your list of favorite holiday traditions, too.


When it comes to the environment, Greeley is not just blowing wind.

If you’re a regular at Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill, you may have noticed the small certificate on the wall recognizing the pub’s commitment to clean, sustainable energy.

Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill's Clean Wind certificate.
Last year’s certificate shows how Greeley Avenue is doing it’s part to keep Oregon green.

Like many small businesses, Greeley is doing its part to reduce is carbon footprint by purchasing electricity from clean, renewable sources. In Greeley’s case, that would be Wind power.

PGE Clean Wind program
Clean Wind certificates support the development of renewable energy throughout Oregon.

There are several benefits to renewable energy. For one, unlike fossil fuels, wind power produces no greenhouse gas emissions, which help reduce some types of air pollution. Using renewable energy also reduces our dependence on imported fuels, such as oil.

But perhaps the greatest benefits to using renewable energy are the health benefits. The air and water pollution produced by coal and natural gas plants is linked with breathing problems, neurological damage, heart attacks, cancer, and other issues that can ruin your day. 

PGE Clean Wind program
Contrary to what you might have heard from other “experts:, wind power actually provides several health benefits.

Just as important, wind power generating systems require essentially no water with which to operate, thus they don’t pollute our precious water resources or compete with agriculture, drinking water, or other important needs.

So the next time you’re at Greeley Avenue, be sure to raise a glass to wind power.


Shuffling along in North Portland.

As a Greeley Avenue regular, you have probably stumbled past the 22 foot long monstrosity in the middle of the bar a few times. While it may look like a butcher block on steroids, it is actually a shuffleboard table. Not long ago that Tavern Shuffleboard was a very popular pastime, with a number of leagues all across town.

It’s a fun game once you know the basics, and in this blog post, we are going to teach you how to play.

Greeley Avenue’s regulation size shuffleboard table.

There are actually several different shuffleboard games that can be played, so we are only going to cover the most popular, which is Knock Off. 

(Before you play, you will first have to ask your favorite bartender for the shuffleboard weights. If he/she gives you a blank stare, just roll your eyes and ask for the “pucks”.)

Shuffleboard Weights.They also make highly durable paperweights.

The rules to Knock Off are pretty simple.  

A match between two people is played to 15 points; if you’re playing doubles, the match goes to 21.

A match starts with a coin flip. Then, you and your opponent take turns sliding all your weights from one end of the board to the other. The object is to make it to the highest scoring area of the shuffleboard without falling off the end of the board or into the alley. In order to score, your weights need to be the farthest down the board. Important note: only one color can score per round. Whichever player/team that scores during the round shoots first in the following round, with the opposing player/team receiving the “hammer”. Players continue playing rounds until one player or team reaches 15 or 21 points. (It is an unspoken rule that the loser of the match buys the next round.)

Scoring example

Strategy comes into play as you either knock off your opponent’s weights, out distance them, or use your weights to protect your highest scoring weights. In shuffleboard vernacular, this is known as “putting pants on”.

There are two ways to “shoot” a weight. One way is freehand, with your fingertips on the top edge of the weight and the weight in the center of the board. Real shuffleboard players, however, shoot from the edge of the table. With a bit of practice, you can learn to control the speed and direction of your weight and even make it curve around your opponents weights.

Classic freehand shooting style. (Usually performed by novice players.)

Shuffleboard Lingo

Foul Line – the line just a few feet ahead of the shooter. At either end of the board All weights must cross the foul line. 

Hammer – the last weight used in each round. It is usually an advantage to have the hammer, but if you have the hammer at the end of every round, it means you are losing.

Hanger – a shuffleboard weight that is hanging over the edge of the end of the table. This is good for one bonus point.

Lag – to slide your weight slowly down the length of the board to gauge the speed of the board.

Putting Pants On – to protect your higher scoring weights from being struck by your opponent.

Wax – the granular substance on the shuffleboard table. (Most people think this is sand or salt.) Wax helps the weight slide more easily down the board, and the table should be waxed every so often between matches.

Weight – A weighted Red or Blue object with which the game is played. Erroneously called a “puck”. 

The granular substance on the shuffleboard is actually wax, not sand.