Bob and Doug Mackenzie Bring Their “Strange Brew” to the Yukon Cult Cinema

Chaos ensues when you mix questionable management at a mental institution, a crooked brewmeister, and two Canadian hosers. The chaos is called Strange Brew and it’s the next presentation coming to the Yukon Tavern’s newest monthly event: the Yukon Cult Cinema.

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Bob and Doug Mackenzie, brothers who bond over their excessive love of beer and donuts, uncover an evil scheme brewing at the Elsinore Brewery when they are employed as bottle inspectors. They soon find themselves embroiled in a life or death struggle against a powerful enemy who’s out to steal control of their beloved brewery—with the help of two angry hockey teams.

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Based loosely on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Bob and Doug take the roles of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, via an Abbott and Costello mentality. The movie is rooted in 1980’s pop culture, with a familiar soundtrack and catch phrases familiar to followers of SCTV, Canada’s version of Saturday Night Live, where its two stars, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, got their start.

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It’s a great time to revisit this dynamic duo, as they are in the process of reprising their roles as Bob and Doug for a benefit in Toronto next month. Dare we hope they will take to the screen once again?

Join movie expert and Yukon Cult Cinema host Mac Bell for another night of cinematic “genius” when he presents Strange Brew on June 27th at 7:20pm. Our bartenders will be on hand to make sure your glasses stay filled with Portland’s best beer, so you can drink your way right along with our two hosers, Bob and Doug  Mackenzie, on their on-screen adventure!

The Yukon Tavern’s June Calendar is Full of Fun Events

Just in time for those endless summer nights, the Yukon Tavern, one of Southeast Portland’s favorite dive bars, has a calendar full of fun events for June!

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Sing the night away this Wednesday during the Yukon’s Karaoke Night. Show off your talents, or at least your bravery by taking the stage to sing out the fun tunes familiar to everyone. All genres are available to choose from and you can make it a solo, duo, or a chorus!

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Vine and Pallet (Sunday, June 25 at 3pm)

Inspiration abounds when Vine and Pallet returns to host another afternoon of painting. Professional artist Tina McDaniel will bring all the supplies and plenty of encouragement, so everyone—no matter what skill level—will be able to create a masterpiece they can hang on their wall.

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The Yukon Cult Cinema (Free, Tuesday, June 27 at 7:20pm)

“Yukon Cult Cinema,” a celebration of under-the-radar but passionately loved films, is the latest addition to our monthly event schedule. Film geek and host Mac Bell is carrying on his “beer drinking” theme from last month with a showing of the Canadian classic, Strange Brew.

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Geeks Who Drink (Free, Monday nights at 7pm)

Let your inner expert shine at our weekly “Geeks Who Drink” trivia games! Bring a team or go it alone in this test of wits. Our quizmaster picks a theme for the night and asks questions from audio and visual hints that are challenging and fun.

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Texas Hold ‘em (Free; Thursday nights at 7pm)

Get your poker face on and come out to our Thursday night Texas Hold ‘em tournaments. Led by Stumptown Poker these games are open to any skill level and prizes are awarded at the end of each night’s play.

Free Pool Sundays

Get in on a game of free pool every Sunday at the Yukon Tavern. Our table is ready for a variety of billiard games, like traditional 8-ball and one pocket. And when you’re done playing on that table stop on over to our shuffleboard table (Portland’s longest-rumors say) and see if you can down a beer with one push of the puck.

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Baseball Season

We’ll have our Yukon televisions tuned into the season’s best spectator sports, including the summer classic, Major League Baseball. At the Yukon you can order up a beer and any of our legendary hot dog creations so you can recreate the feel of being in the stands while you sit in the comfort of our bar. And, don’t forget a side of our Yukon Gold waffle fries!

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The Yukon Tavern is ready for summer with a full calendar of great events. Stop in today to enjoy a beer inside or outside our historic Southeast Portland neighborhood bar!

Coming Soon to the New Yukon Cult Cinema: Patrick Swayze in “Road House”

In the distant past, the Yukon Tavern had the reputation as being a rough and tumble, wild and crazy bar. Today, our Southeast neighborhood bar may be a bit more refined in our style, but we can still appreciate the fun offered by a night out at a dive bar. That’s why our first movie pick for our newest event is Patrick Swayze in ROAD HOUSE.

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Yukon Cult Cinema is a monthly movie event, hosted by movie trivia guru Mac Bell, a film lover and scholar who will be presenting the best cult movies—both the ones we love and ones we love to hate. “I’m excited to bring the cult classics to Southeast Portland, and what better way to begin than by showing a movie about a bar—in a bar.”

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This first presentation takes us back to our Yukon roots, with 1989’s ROAD HOUSE. Swayze character, Dalton, is a “cooler” in an out-of-the-way, roadside bar, who backs up and manages the bouncers. He takes on this tough guy job when the fighting has gone too far for the management. With the help of his buddy Wade, played by a luxuriously coiffed Sam Elliott, he attempts to clean up the bar and takes on the town bully, the rich and powerful Brad Wesley, with a mix of martial arts and good ol’ fashioned bar brawling. And, of course, Swayze gets the girl.

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We’re Hittin’ the Links! The Yukon Tavern Golf Tournament Is Back!

Grab your clubs, because the annual Yukon Tavern 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; Greeley Avenue Bar and Grill and Mock Crest Tavern, join us on the for nine holes of friendly competition and a beautiful 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 Yukon Tavern to reserve your spot in our spring Golf Tournament happening on May 27th. 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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Mad Poker Comes to the Yukon Tavern

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Here in Southeast Portland you don’t have to head to Vegas for some fast action at the tables, because every Thursday night the Yukon Tavern hosts free games of Texas Hold ‘em with the help of Portland’s own Mad Poker!

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Mad Poker is a free local poker league and a favorite among gamblers across Portland. The weekly tournaments run about three hours long (depending on the number of players), with sign-ups beginning thirty minutes prior to the first hand, running until a winner is declared on the final hand.

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The Yukon’s regular dealer is CJ, a Mad Poker Director who’s racked up seven years leading the games. He has come know our players well, but always welcomes new players to join in on the friendly competition. Mad Poker provides a gimmick free, fair play game for players of all levels of experience.

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You’ll find a list of their rules and the legal stipulations on their website, along with a page where players get special recognition for phenomenal hands. There are also details about Mad Poker’s many special events, including bus trips to casinos and their “Randomonium Games,” like Crazy Pineapple, River of Blood, Deuces Wild, Joker Poker, Suicide King and Bed Knob Queen Wilds, and Omaha. The dealers will help you out along the way as you learn new games.

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Dealers cut the deck at 7pm every Thursday night at the Yukon Tavern. And, if you can’t make it down to the Yukon for poker you can visit our two North Portland bars—Mock Crest Tavern hosts Mad Poker on Mondays and Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill opens their tables on Tuesdays.

Hope to see you there!

Paint Your Heart Out Returns to the Yukon Tavern

Vine and Pallet is back this month at the Yukon Tavern! 

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This Sunday, April 9th, Tina McDaniels and Vine and Pallet return to the Yukon after a month off. Along with her assistant Deana, McDaniels will be leading us through every step of the process of painting a beautiful desert and river landscape similar to that of Easter Oregon. Unlike many artist-led painting events, McDaniels takes a more in-depth approach and teaches the craft of painting, rather than a “paint by numbers” approach.

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Tina and Deana will have all the supplies—canvas, brushes, paints, and aprons—ready for you when you arrive, and our bartender and Yukon kitchen will be ready to keep your drinks full and serve you great food.

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I have been to several Vine and Pallet events held at the Yukon and each time I come away with a great painting that I am proud to hang on wall. McDaniels has a long history of teaching her craft to all levels of experienced and inexperienced artists. She is self-taught and has shown her paintings around Portland, as well as having teaching experience in formal studio settings, as well as informal places like our bar. 

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If you are looking for a relaxing afternoon out at a friendly neighborhood bar join us this Sunday, April 9th from 3-6pm at the Yukon Tavern for Vine and Pallet’s monthly painting event, and come away with a beautiful painting of your very own!

Celebrate Spring with a Yukon Tavern Blue Cheese Burger

Spring has sprung! The birds are singing and we’re seeing glimpses of blue sky overhead. After the kind of winter we’ve had, I think that calls for a celebration at the Yukon Tavern with one of our delicious Blue Cheese Burgers!

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As the days get warmer and the skies get clearer, we all begin to count down the days until we can spend every hour outside in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We’ll sit outside at one of our street side tables and enjoy a great beer and a burger while we enjoy the company of our Sellwood-West Moreland friends.

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The burger that springs to mind when we have these happy thoughts is our Blue Cheese Burger. Its layers of savory beef patty, fresh lettuce, tomato, onion, and a heaping smear of blue cheese dressing inside a toasted bun is perfect to get you in the mood for the many evenings of good times to come. Pair that with some tater tots, onion rings, or our famous Yukon Waffle Fries and a great craft beer and you’ll have a perfect meal all inside one basket.

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The never-ending winter of 2017 is finally over and it’s time to celebrate with us at Southeast Portland’s favorite neighborhood bar! Stop by this evening for a Blue Cheese Burger and some friendly conversation and get your mind set for the warm spring nights to come at the Yukon Tavern.