Somebody hand me a beer, because I’m about to challenge the Yukon Tavern’s claim to Portland’s longest tabletop shuffleboard!
Tabletop shuffleboards have been a part of the bar scene for decades. They’re a fun way to challenge your friends while holding a frothy pint in your hand at the same time. And, it’s a good thing the Yukon serves up a full glass because our shuffleboard table is rumored to be the longest in all of Portland.
The objective of the game is to slide, by hand, all four pucks, or “weights,” alternately against your opponents, to reach the highest scoring area without falling off the end of the board and into the alley. A player’s puck must be farther down the board than his opponent’s in order to be in scoring position. You can either do this by knocking off the opponent’s pucks, or by outdistancing them. Horse collar, the most common form of the game, is played to either 15 or, more typically, 21.
Each table is different, with their own quirks and uneven spots found on its wood surface, and getting to know the table can take awhile, but at the Yukon our table presents its own special challenge with its particularly long distance. In fact, it’s been said that you can launch your puck and down an entire beer before it reaches the other side!
Shuffleboard games are fun, fast, and full of challenges for old pros and the newbies. The table is always sanded and ready to play, so come on down to the Yukon Tavern in Southeast Portland and see if the rumors are true!