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.

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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. 

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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.

Greeley Avenue keeps the good times on tap with three new pinball machines

There is something about pinball machines that sets them apart from video games. For some, pinball machines are playable works of art. And unlike video games that can become somewhat predictable, a pinball bounces differently every time, making each game excitedly different.

Whether you a novice player or a pinball wizard, you will be pleased to learn that the Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill has three new pinball games that are sure to have you dipping into your laundromat quarter stash.

The Simpsons Pinball Party

Cowabunga, dudes! The Simpsons Pinball Party is here!

It can be no surprise that a show as popular as The Simpsons might one day inspire its own pinball machine, and it has.

The artwork is fantastic and was created by the same folks that brought you The Simpsons tv show. All your favorite Simpsons characters take part in the game, including Itchy & Scratchy, Bart, and even Homer himself. Doh! You’ll even recognize some of the voices from the show – how great is that?! Even the bumpers have been turned into nuclear power plants! Drop a quarter and you’re welcomed by the Simpson’s theme song.

A great game for all Simpsons fans.

AC DC

Hells Bells, the new AC DC game rocks!

If you’re a fan of pinball and an AC DC fan, this is the game for you. The game features 12 full AC/DC songs, which are built into the scoring for certain shots. For instance, Hells Bells plays when you nail the big bell in the center of the playing field.

The scoring can get complex as you get deeper into the game, and you’ll find that a little strategy definitely pays off. Unlike a lot of pinball games, this one requires you to constantly use your noggin as the game progresses. That said, however, even beginners can enjoy the game because the basics are easy to understand.

Golden Tee Golf

Golden Tee sits atop the leaderboard in golf games.

It may not be Spring time, but golf season is in full swing at Greeley Avenue with a brand new version of Golden Tee. High definition graphics and an amazing variety of options put Golden Tee atop the leader board in golf video games. And the trackball control is downright addicting.

Play 18 holes of golf for about $4 and compete with other golfers across town or across the country. The trackball is addicting.

Test your skill by competing in live national tournaments.

So, you’re a lousy golfer you say? No worries. You can always medicate yourself with Greeley’s great beer selection. Meet you at the 19th hole.

Saying Good-bye to Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill

Time marches on, and so do I. I’ll be moving to a new city soon. When I get there, I’ll seek out those special places, just like Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill, to kick back, relax, and enjoy watching a game with friends. Still, there are many things I’ll miss, and these are a few of my favorites.

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Sports, Sports, Sports!

Greeley has been my favorite courtside seat for seven years. No matter what season or what game is being played, I know I will find a great seat in front of one of Greeley’s twelve big screen TVS. During this year’s NBA playoff season, I met friends at Greeley to cheer on the Portland Trailblazers and I’ll never forget all the times I got to celebrate the many amazing moments during those games.

Delicious Food and Drinks

During those playoffs (and ever game) I know I can count on a great plate of tailgating food and a thirst-quenching drink to wash it down. One of my favorite meals is Greeley’s wing basket. There’s a choice of five different sauces and I’ve had many great debates about which is best—because they’re all so good! Their new CBD drink quickly became a favorite of mine. The Abliss Cranberry Orange flavor is mild and fruity and cools down your mouth after you pop a spicy Buffalo wing in your mouth.

Greeley’s food is legendary in North Portland. Their chefs take a lot of pride in their work and are always upgrading their menu with new choices that will send your stomach into a euphoric stupor. Their weekend breakfasts, in particular, truly shine.

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Competitive Action

The competition you’ll find at Greeley Avenue Bar isn’t just viewed on screen. Every week they host Quizzys Bar Trivia and Texas Hold ‘em tournaments. It brings in some regulars that I know and new people who want to get in on the action.

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After having called Greeley Avenue Bar my sports haven for nearly a decade, I’ll miss all the fun I’ve had there, but I’ll look forward to visiting again when I’m in North Portland.

Until next time Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill!

The Checkered Flag Drops on the Indianapolis 500

Calling all NASCAR fans! The Indianapolis 500 will be racing into Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill tomorrow, Sunday, May 26that 9am!

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Track Conditions

This is the 103rdyear of the Indy 500, one of the biggest NASCAR events of the year. The competition is tight and weather predictions say there will be a chance of rain and storms at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway that day. This will make the race more dangerous and the excitement more intense for the drivers as they compete to be the first to cross the finish line on the 2 1/2-mile oval track.

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The Indy 500 2019 Lineup

This year there are 36 entries that will vie for 33 spots at the starting line. In the first round of testing on April 24thRahal Letterman Lanigan’s Takuma Sato came in as the fastest, registering 226.993mph. He’s got strong competition, though, as rookie Colton Herta registered the fastest speed of 218.690mph.

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Updates to the Cars

Racers will be more secure in their cars this year with the IndyCar’s new Advanced Frontal Protection device. It’s a titanium metal piece that has been added to the centerline of every car and positioned in front of the cockpit. It’s designed to deflect debris away from the heads of drivers during a wreck. For some driver it’s been an unwelcome distraction, for other it has gone unnoticed. We’ll see how the drivers of the Indy 500 handle this upgrade.

Join us at Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill on Sunday, May 26that 9am for the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”—the 2019 Indianapolis 500!

Saddle Up, Pub Peddlers, and Head to Greeley Avenue Bar!

In a town nicknamed “Beervana” the world-famous bar culture has infiltrated nearly every activity Portlanders participate in—including cycling. Pub pedaling tours have become a fun and effective way to incorporate two of our city’s most popular pastimes.

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North Portland’s Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill is a frequent stop on these tours. Cyclists love the convenient location, vast menu choices, and the delicious choices in light beer they find on our leader board.

Refueling for Your Ride

Start your day off with a protein packed breakfast with our All Day Breakfast plate of eggs, bacon or sausage, and toast or plan a mid-day refueling with our Spinach Bacon Salad topped with two crispy chicken tenders.

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Don’t forget the most important part of a pub pedal—the beer! Refresh yourself during your ride with a light summer brew or give your day on a bike a toast at the conclusion of your ride with a heavier brew. Our bar is filled with tasty options that won’t weigh you down on your journey through town.

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Take a Moment to Relax During Your Ride

Plan your stop at Greeley to coincide with the most anticipated games of the day. Baseball season is just getting started, but you’ll also find golf, NASCAR, tennis, and every other kind of sport there is on our twelve big screen TVs.

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We’ve even got your bike’s parking spot waiting for you! We installed new, extended bike racks a couple of years ago to accommodate the many pub peddlers we see come through our doors.

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Add Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill to your pub pedal route. Refresh, unwind, and refuel for your next jaunt through Beervana!

Best Finish of the Playoffs? Find Out at Greeley Avenue Bar

If you missed the Portland Trail Blazers v. the Oklahoma City Thunder game last Tuesday you may have missed one of the greatest endings in Portland Trail Blazers playoff history.

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In a stunner of a game, and after already scoring 47 points, Damian Lillard made the winning shot from 37-feet at the buzzer that ended the game at 118 – 115. And, as Blazers coach Terry Stotts declared, “The legend grows.”

Lillard has a history of making these game-stealing shots. In the 2014 Western Conference playoffs he scored an inbound play with a mere 0.9 seconds left on the clock and eliminated the Houston Rockets. Tuesday night’s impressive play was even better than the one deemed “The Shot.”

Lillard’s confidence on the court was evident throughout the game. He scored 19 points in the first quarter (racking up 11 consecutive points during one stretch) and by halftime he claimed 34 points total. By the end of the game he’d racked up 50 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals, making 17 of 33 field goals, including 10 of 18 three-pointers.

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Damian Lillard’s backcourt mate CJ McCollum assisted in the high-scoring game, with key baskets that kept the score close. His actions were essential for Lillard to take the team all the way to victory. Additionally, Seth Curry carried out an important steal that led to a reverse layup by Lillard, and Moe Harkless sank a couple of free throws that added to the score.

Current talk in the NBA is that Damian Lillard is one of the best clutch players on the court. If he continues like this, with his last minute, game stealing plays, the possibility of the Portland Trail Blazers claiming the championship title is well within our grasp.

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Greeley Avenue Bar and Grill will be hosting Blazer fans throughout the NBA championship games. Fans of all the teams are welcome, so come in and cheer on your favorite NBA players!