Introducing Yukon Suds & Cinema at the Yukon Tavern in Southeast Portland!

Yukon Suds & Cinema LogoThe Yukon Tavern is switching up our movie nights with a new name and a new focus towards films that are best watched with a cold, frosty beer in a bar.

This week host Mac Bell will be showing the Alfred Hitchcock classic Psycho. This 1960 version is considered one of Hitchcock’s all-time best movies, pushing the limits of violence, psychosis and sexuality on film and is widely considered to be the earliest example of the popular slasher subgenre.

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Norman Bates, proprietor of the Bates Motel, checks Marion Crane into a room where she settles down for the night with a nice, warm shower….I’ll save the rest for those few who are new to the film, but expect a huge creep factor from this black and white classic.

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An interesting note about Psycho is that it was the first time a toilet was captured on film. Screenwriter Joseph Stefano insisted on including this shot, as he felt it would further disturb the audience. “I love this flick not only because it is an artistic masterpiece, but also because it pushed the boundaries of what you could show on film,” says Mac Bell. “And, it’s one of the earliest times the word ‘transvestite’ was used in a film. In fact, the term was so rarely used at the time the censorship board had to ask what that term meant.”

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The new “Yukon Suds & Cinema” is checking into the Bates Motel on Tuesday, October 24 at 7:20pm at the Yukon Tavern in Southeast Portland. Don’t miss it or you might find yourself screaming in your shower later that night!

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Vine and Pallet Explores Cubism This Sunday

The Yukon Tavern welcomes back Vine and Pallet Mobile Art Studio this Sunday for a lesson in Cubism, a style made famous by the legendary artist Pablo Picasso.

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Local artist and owner of Vine and Pallet Tina McDaniel combines the use of vivid colors and a fierce wolf’s stare in her latest project. Fun colors crisscrossing are the bright background for the black wolf who glares menacingly out at the viewer and red and white highlights provide a sense of movement to this intimidating canine.

Vine and Pallet is going into it’s second year as a regular event at the Yukon Tavern, providing hours of relaxing art instruction that is a perfect way to spend a rainy day inside—with good food and great beer, cider, wine and cocktails, too! Now that fall has finally arrived we’re expecting more artists to join us in learning the techniques of painting with acrylics.

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Each time Tina McDaniel brings her studio to our bar she brings with it her sparkling attitude and a knowledge of painting she’s gained throughout her life, along with all the supplies needed for you to create your own masterpiece.

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Mobile art studios are becoming more popular every year and the Yukon is very lucky to have a very gifted painter as our resident artist. Don’t expect a “paint by numbers” approach with this instructor. Tina is interested in helping you develop your own expressive style that is unique to you.  That’s what I love most about McDaniel’s instruction—each image painted in the class is different, something that is not seen in some other classes.

Join us this Sunday, September 24th from 3 – 6pm at Southeast Portland’s favorite neighborhood bar, the Yukon Tavern, for Vine and Pallet Mobile Art Studio, and come away with your very own masterpiece!

Check out our monthly event schedule on our website to see all the great events you’ll find at the Yukon Tavern in Sellwood-Moreland.


The Yukon Tavern Welcomes Reed College Students

Another semester has started at the Reed College and the Yukon Tavern would like to extend a welcome to all the new and returning students!

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The Yukon Tavern has a long history of good times as one of Southeast Portland’s longest established bar. It’s where friends gather and new patrons soon turn into regulars.

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We serve the best Pacific Northwest beers, ciders, cocktails, and wines, and have just added the new CBD drinks. Check out our automatically updated online leaderboard to see what’s on tap right now.

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Throughout the month we host several events, like karoke, Texas Hold ‘em tournaments, pub quiz challenges, free pool and painting events. A recent addition to our monthly events is the Yukon Cult Cinema, where can enjoy a fun movie experience with a beer and a burger in hand.


And we have the best pub grub menu in Southeast Portland, too!

Our chefs take pride in their work and are always trying to outdo themselves in our kitchen, with both traditional and experimental dishes. Try our weekend breakfast menu on after a late night, and don’t forget to look at our daily specials!


Our game room has Portland’s longest tabletop shuffleboard, a pool table, and several video poker machines.

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We’re also a great choice to watch your favorite teams. We’ve got screens positioned across the bar so no one will miss a minute of sports action.

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With all the great events, food, and drinks we offer it’s no wonder that our bar has become a neighborhood favorite. Stop in today to check out the Yukon Tavern in Sellwood-West Moreland.


Yukon Cult Cinema Presents the 1981 Classic Heavy Metal

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Get ready for a wild ride through the sci-fi world of Heavy Metal when the Yukon Cult Cinema returns with the 1981 rock n roll film classic.

Heavy Metal is a series of six animated vignettes that follow the story a mysterious glowing orb, called Loc-Nar. Each one presents a bizarre and fantastic tale to an astronaut’s daughter. The stand out tales include a futuristic film noir taxi ride to escape murderous thugs, a World War II bombing mission led by a haunted skeleton crew, and a ride across the universe with two stoner aliens.


The story most people remember is an epic adventure into the world of “Neverwhere” with a puny 18-year-old, turned naked muscle man “Den.” He takes on two formidable foes, including one with two huge “assests.”

Ask any fan—It’s the stuff of a teenage boy’s dream.

If you love Conan-like adventures in a science fiction world, you are going to love Heavy Metal. It’s got a great soundtrack filled with 80’s classic rock from Journey, Sammy Hagar, Black Sabbath, Nazareth and Devo, among other artists.

Yukon - Cult Cinema1 copyWho says cartoons are just for kids? Heavy Metal is a must-see classic R rated film, with all the violence and sexually charged content a kid could want. Just ask Yukon Cult Cinema host Mac Bell, who reiterates, “It’s a true cult classic. It’s mix of loud rock n roll, unique animation, and raunchy humor is the perfect movie for a place like the Yukon.”


Come out to the Yukon Tavern on Tuesday, August 29 for the classic animated masterpiece, Heavy Metal. Enjoy a few pints of beer and a basket of Yukon Waffle Fries with friends as you cruise through time and space!

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And check this out – We’ll be handing out original Heavy Metal prints created by graphic artist Andy Vanderbilt during the movie!


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Going Topless at the Yukon Tavern!

The height of summer is upon us and that means a lot of hot days in the coming weeks. We may all be thinking about cooling off on a beach somewhere, but at the Yukon Tavern you can go topless right here in Southeast Portland! 


Every good burger begins with high-quality beef, and the chefs at the Yukon don’t skimp on taste when they prepare a Topless Double Double. They use only the juiciest, most delicious meat they can find and grill it to perfection, with crispy edges on the outside and a perfectly cooked burger on the inside. They throw a slice of cheddar cheese over each patty and let it melt down the sides, sealing in the flavor and adding a creamy layer of great taste. 


Next, they pile it high with two slices of tomato and some onion and skewer it through to a bed a crunchy lettuce leaves and place it on a plate next to a dill pickle spear and a pile of fries, tater tots, or kettle chips. It’s a meal good enough for any grill master!


Whether you are living a carb free life or just prefer to keep the taste of high-quality beef front and center on your plate, the Yukon’s Topless Double Double is a great way to let loose and enjoy a summer meal.

Join us at the Yukon Tavern’s street-side seating on Milwaukee Avenue for a Topless Double Double and a pint of your favorite summer beer!

How Do Bartenders Conduct Research: the Yukon’s Annual Pub Crawl!

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


Jon and Rainer made sure we rode in style on Double Decker PDX’s bus, and everyone took a turn at the on-board, online music.

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

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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.

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

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We even stepped into a new taproom that featured one of the new “green” CBD beverages, a marijuana edibles.

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

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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.

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Yea, 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 a chance to enjoy the Portland bar scene that we love. Thanks, Jon and Rainer, for another great pub crawl!


The Yukon Tavern’s Latest Addition to the Leader Board: Ablis Lemon Ginger

All the good news about the health benefits of wine, beer and cider only serves to fuel our love for the great drinks we serve at the Yukon Tavern. And now I’ve heard rumors of a great new drink, found in only a few locations around the city, has been added to their rotating taps! You know I had to give it a try.


Ablis’s Lemon Ginger is one of the new CBD drinks that have come onto the emerging cannabis edibles market and, just like other products, it claims to have many health boosting qualities due to the addition of active cannabidiol to its list of ingredients.


A little bit about Cannabidiol (CBD). As one of the 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis, it is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract. While not formally adopting the claim of the health benefits found in cannabidiol, the Lemon Ginger drink offered by Abliss in their “Thrive” product line is a light and refreshing drink that doesn’t weigh you down like other brews we offer. Perfect for summer!


Its fresh taste comes through lack of fancy finishing touches you might find in a more processed drink, and Ablis doesn’t add fancy finishing touches, like carbonation, to their Lemon Ginger drink. They keep it simple with organic lemon juice, organic ginger and organic cane sugar.


While, the brewers of Abiss’s Lemon Ginger make no claims to the rumored health benefits found in CBD, research appears do indicate that it offers many health benefits, without the intoxicating effects typically caused by tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.  When I tried a glass I experienced no effects beyond the surprising and pleasantly satisfying taste of a great drink.


In the end, I would recommend Ablis’s Lemon Ginger for anyone who is looking for an alternative drink that’s perfect for warm weather. And, while they don’t specifically endorse it as a “health” drink, it does leave you feeling refreshed and doesn’t weigh you down like some other drinks can.

Stop by the Yukon Tavern today to try the latest drink added to our online leaderboard, Ablis Lemon Ginger!