How Do Bartenders Conduct Research? Greeley Avenue’s Annual Pub Crawl!


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One thing has always been true about Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill’s bartenders and wait staff: they always strive to provide the best experience for every person who enters our North Portland establishment. Owners Jon and Rainer believe the best way to do this is to experience Portland’s legendary bar scene, and that’s why every year they gather their staff together and hit the road for a research tour unlike any other.


The annual Pub Crawl brings the staff from all three of our family of bars—Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill, Mock Crest Tavern in North Portland and the Southeast’s Yukon Tavern—for an evening of tasting, evaluating, and discussions of what makes great service, inviting décor, and delicious food and drinks.


We traveled to seven bars during our tour and each one was distinctive. From beloved neighborhood bars, to sophisticated pubs that draw crowds from across the city.


All offered their own unique take on the Portland bar scene.


We even stepped into a new taproom that featured a “green” beverage.


We sampled their food menu, too. Wood fired pizza, grilled asparagus with aioli, ta-choes (a nacho plate that begins with a tater tots—yum, yum!). There was no doubt that the legendary Portland food scene translates well into pub grub.


And, of course we sampled their drink menu! So many innovative cocktails, ciders, wines and beers! Our bartenders found many new favorites, as well as the tried and true brews we love to serve.


Yes, our research trip gives us a chance to know our competition and get great new ideas that we can share in our pub, but most of all it gives us all a chance to enjoy the Portland bar scene that we love together with our Greeley, Mock, and Yukon teams.

Thanks, Jon and Rainer, for another great pub crawl!


We’re Hittin’ the Links! The Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill Golf Tournament is Back!

Grab your clubs, because the annual Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill Golf Tournament is back and we’re hittin’ the links on Saturday, May 27th!

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Our spring golf tournament is one of our most popular events. Golfers from all three of our family of bars; the Yukon Tavern and Mock Crest Tavern, will join us on for nine holes of friendly competition and a day outside in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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In Best Ball play all golfers compete to get the lowest score, or “best ball” for their team, which is then used as the team’s final score for each hole, going up against the best score from the other teams. Best ball can be played with teams of two, three or four players, so grab your friends, family, or random people you met at the Mock Crest and head out to Wildwood Golf Course. Teams will be randomly selected and each player will do their best to carry the round in hopes of taking the whole tournament and claiming champion status of the course.

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Register by May 21st at the Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill to reserve your spot in our spring Golf Tournament on May 27th, with a tee off time at 1pm. It will be a day of exciting play on one of Portland’s best courses, followed by dinner and an award ceremony where prizes will be handed out to the best players. Your registration includes eighteen holes of golf and a free rental golf cart. All skill levels are welcome, but sign up now because space is limited.

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Greeley Grindhouse Celebrates Its Five Year Anniversary with Cheech and Chong

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For five years Greeley Grindhouse has hosted the best B Movies that have come out of the shadows of alternative filmmakers—SANTA CONQUERS THE MARTIANS, MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE, SHAFT IN AFRICA, and the Sharknado series, to name just a few. We wanted to celebrate these great, but under celebrated movies, by topping off the Grindhouse’s fifth anniversary with a classic fit for our North Portland home.

So, we’re proud to announce Greeley Grindhouse’s next Coming Attraction: Cheech and Chong in UP IN SMOKE!

Roll on into Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill next Thursday and join us for one of the first movies to portray the famed compadres at their height of glory. The 1978 film casts the two stoners in a runaway caper when they unknowingly smuggle a van made entirely of marijuana and drive it from Mexico to L.A. Crazed and incompetent Sgt. Stedenko, played by Stacy Keach, is in hot pursuit as they spend their day cruising the highway and taking up with a group of musicians, including the infamous “Ajax Lady.”

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Greeley Grindhouse’s host, Mac Bell, says, “Capping off our five years of Greeley Grindhouse with a movie like Up in Smoke brings it home to Portland, where we celebrate all the weirdness of the human race…man.

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Throughout our last five years Greeley Grindhouse has had many great movie posters made by Edward Kersh and Andy Vanderbilt and Greeley owner Rainer Wieland compiled many of them into one epic poster that will be raffled off during the movie. And, of course, our cooks and bartenders will be on hand to cook up and mix up your favorite food and drinks.

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Join us on Thursday, May 18th at 7:20pm Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill for our presentation of Cheech and Chong’s UP IN SMOKE at the five year anniversary of Greeley Grindhouse!

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at Greeley Avenue Bar

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It’s a well-known fact that Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill hires skilled bartenders and chefs to come up an inventive and delicious menu, but that reputation has recently expanded when we hired a man who loves to bake us extra special sweet treats for the perfect finish for your satisfying meal.

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Our baker goes by the name “Fish” but there’s no denying that his skill in the kitchen goes far beyond the main course, even with that protein inspired name. Cupcakes and cookies of all varieties are baked fresh in the Greeley kitchen and fill the display plate that sits on our counter for all to admire.

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Creative baking is a self-taught skill that Fish has been cultivating for years, to the delight of friends and family alike. Now that he’s found a home at Greeley Avenue Bar he works with owners Jon and Rainer to bring in fresh ingredients for his baking, allowing him to come up with his own combinations of flavors; salted caramel nut, banana chocolate, dark chocolate, and strawberry rhubarb—to name just a few.


His cookies are amazing, too. Chocolate chip, double chocolate, peanut butter chocolate, and every other kind imaginable. Their chewy, gooey goodness will melt in your mouth.

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And did I mention that all his cookies are as big as plates, too? This satisfied customer picked up a chocolate chip cookie and it instantly put a smile on her face.

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Next time you sit down to a dinner at Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill add one of Fish’s great desserts to your meal and you’ll leave with a satisfied smile on your face, too

New Bike Racks at Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill

Last January, one of our bike racks bit the dust when it was run over during one particularly icy day. Well, it’s spring now and our new bike rack has arrived just in time to accommodate the many pub-crawlers that make Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill start to see when the skies clear and the temperature begin to rise.

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We’ve matched the red paint on our new rack to match our older, undamaged one and we picked a fun bicycle shape to make it stand out even more. Just as it did before, the bike rack marks the border of our parking lot and will keep your bike safe and secure while you enjoy an ice cold beer inside our bar.

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Here’s a photo of the damaged bike rack. Luckily, no one was hurt and no bikes were crushed. And, in our opinion, the new red paint is a much better choice than the blue of the last one.

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You might see Greeley’s owners, Jon and Rainer, and their cycling friends hanging out by the bike racks this summer as they get ready to take off on one of their favorite activities, cruising through North Portland on of their summer pub-crawls. They’ve got several favorite stops along the way, including their other NoPo bar Mock Crest Tavern, and at each one they order a different beer that marks that particular leg of the trip.

This spring break get out your bike and get your friends together for a North Portland pub-crawl, and don’t forget to add Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill to your route!

It’s March Madness at Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill

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March Madness is off to a surprising start, with Duke getting knocked out, but Kansas and North Carolina are steamrollling the field and look very, very tough. Xavier is the cinderella team, beating #2 seed Arizona and going to the Elite 8 as a #11 seed. Local favorites Mid-Major Gonzaga and Oregon have both advanced to the Elite 8 and will have us rooting loudly tomorrow!

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One thing is sure, Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill is North Portland’s favorite neighborhood sports bar. We’ve got everything you need for a full day of watching the tournament, from the start of the first buzzer to the last basket in the championship game.


Our free WiFi will keep you connected with your online brackets and all your fellow fans as the games play out on our twelve TVs. And, now that the weather has warmed up you can spend the day outside on our front and back patios, with a cool and frothy beer in hand.

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Don’t forget to check out the lineup of great beers we’ve got on our  rotating taps by visiting our online leaderboard. We’ve got your favorite foreign and domestic beers, local craft beers, ciders, and, of course, top shelf liquor for celebrating. And, Greeley’s menu has also been updated with three new dishes to try along with all your favorite burgers, wings, and sandwiches.

Plan to spend game days at Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill and you will be front and center for every game during March Madness.

Show Your Greeley Spirit in Our New Hoodie Sweatshirts

Some sports fans love their pennants. Some love their foam fingers. Some love their team jerseys, but here at Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill we show our Greeley team love inside our brand new Greeley branded sweatshirts! DSC09280.jpg

Our black hoodies will wrap you in warmth and protect you from the elements on the field, pitch, or diamond. We spared no expense when it came to designing this sweatshirt. It’s made of high-quality cotton fabric and features the Greeley logo on the front and an outlined image of our bar and the address on the back. So if you ever find yourself lost, let our sweatshirt help you find your way back to North Portland’s friendliest neighborhood sports bar.

The sweatshirts come in small, medium, large, X-large,  XX-large, and XXX-large and wear extremely well, becoming that one sweatshirt you would feel naked without. It’s easy care, too—just toss it in the washing machine, and then throw it in the dryer. It is sure to quickly become one of your favorite, most reliable pieces of clothing in your closet.

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The Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill sweatshirt makes a great gift for any of our faithful patrons. It is both practical and shows off one of their favorite home-away-from-home havens. So, the next time you’re enjoying a beer at Greeley don’t forget to purchase one of our black hoodie sweatshirts from our wait staff for only $25, then slip it on and show your Greeley pride!