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!


Summer Barbecue at the Yukon Tavern

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It’s summer! At the Yukon Tavern that calls for a neighborhood cookout where we take the great tasting food our neighbors love most outside into the beautiful sunshine.

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On Sunday, July 2nd from 4 to 7pm we will be firing up our grill and cooking in the great flavor that can only come from a hot flame, using the same delicious recipes the Yukon is so well known for around our Sellwood-West Moreland neighborhood.


Juicy hamburgers and cheeseburgers, with gooey, melting cheese and layers of fresh lettuce, tomato, pickle, and onion for only $4.


And, of course, our famous Nathan’s hot dogs will be sizzling right beside them. You can dress those up with a mix of veggies and condiments as they come off the grill for $2. Yum! Yum!

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Add a spoonful of baked beans and potato salad on the side, and then take a seat at our outside patio tables.

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But don’t forget to order a pint of your favorite beer to accompany your meal. We’ve got all the best brews listed on the Yukon Tavern Leaderboard, and you can get the latest updates via your phone when you go to our automatically updated online listing of rotating taps. Along with the meal, we’re hosting bingo for anyone who loves testing the odds and, of course, our “Free Pool on Sundays” event will be going on throughout the day.

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Stick around as the sun goes down to enjoy the summer night with all of us at the Yukon Tavern, Southeast Portland’s best dive bar!


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!


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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Image: Andy Vanderbilt