The Hunger Games Comes to the Yukon Tavern

“May the odds be ever in your favor.”

The Yukon Tavern’s “Suds and Cinema” movie night is back on Sunday, May 5, at 7:20pm with one of the biggest movies of the decade—2012’s blockbuster, The Hunger Games!

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Jennifer Lawrence became the star she is today when she made the role of Katniss Everdeen her own in this hit film. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, this action, adventure, sci-fi, thriller tells the story of an oppressed girl who rises to the pinnacle of her nation.

Every year two young contestants from each of the nation’s twelve district are selected by lottery to participate in the year’s biggest event, The Hunger Games, that is part entertainment, part brutal retribution for a past rebellion. The televised competition pits twenty-four young participants against each other in an bloody battle to the death while the nation watches. Katniss volunteers to save her younger sister from the battle and she and her partner join the fight. Whoever survives the blood bath is declared the winner.

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The run-away hit written by Suzanne Collins is an exciting thrill ride and a great movie for the Yukon’s Sunday evening viewing. Over the years, our movie fan crowds have enjoyed a selection of Hollywood’s best movies,popular films, under-the-radar hits, and movies that are tailor-made for seeing in a bar, like Patrick Swayze’s Roadhouse.

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This month’s selection might leave some hungry for more. At the Yukon you can have your pick of any of the delicious items off our menu. We’ve got eleven juicy burgers to choose from, including our chicken and fish burgers.

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And our bartenders are there to quench your thirst throughout the movie. Join us on Sunday, May 5that 7:20pm for an evening of The Hunger Games at the Yukon Tavern.

Check out our calendar to keep up on all the great monthly events happening at our Southeast Portland neighborhood bar. Like free poker and pool nights, Last Call Trivia, and our monthly mobile art studio events, Paint and Pints.

 

 

 

Portland’s Eater Magazine Designates the Yukon Tavern One of Southeast Portland’s Best Neighborhood Restaurants

In a city where foodies rule and beer culture reigns it can be a hard fight to get noticed by dedicated connoisseurs, but thanks to a recent article in Portland’s own Eater magazine, we can claim one of those top spots. In their recent article entitled “Where to Imbibe and Dine in Sellwood and Westmoreland” the Yukon Tavern takes their number one spot as a great place for food and drink in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood!

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Calling the Yukon Tavern “one of the last consummate dives in the city,” writer Alex Frane states that the true markings of a dive bar still exist in our historic establishment. To prove his point he calls out the pool table, video-poker machines, and our legendary shuffleboard table, as well as our long-standing “dive bar“ ambiance set off by the wood-paneled walls that have been a part of our interior for decades.

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Of course, Frane also mentions our 18 taps and cheap well drinks but we’ve also got top shelf liquor, wine, cider, and exciting new CBD drinks to enjoy, too. And, he cites our food menu as being filled with choices you’d expect in a bar like ours. He especially liked our fish and chips basket, calling it “pretty solid.”

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Thanks Alex Frane and Eatermagazine for the great review and for placing the Yukon Tavern at the top of your Sellwood-Moreland list! Come back again soon for another round and enjoy one of our many special events. Every week our calendar is filled with drink and food specials, movie nights, mobile studio painting events, free pool and poker nights, and Last Call Trivia. There’s something for everyone to love at the Yukon Tavern!

A Chicago Bar Looks to the Yukon Tavern’s Love of Movies for Their Latest Event

The Yukon Tavern’s reputation as a haven for movie fans has taken on a life of its own! Our movie nights have been the inspiration for bars as far away as Chicago, Illinois, who are making movie nights a regular event.

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The Yukon’s idea to bring a night of cinema to our Southeast Portland neighborhood has provided the roadmap Mike Vanderbilt used for the same type of event at Chicago’s Cigars and Stripes. Vanderbilt, a website editor and writer for the movie review website Daily Grindhouse, has used our movie night as a model for his “Monster Meatball Movie Night.” It’s a big event Chicago-style barbeque joint, comprised of a horror movie double feature and a menu that includes a smoked meatball sandwich—well worth the trip to Chi-town! (And if you don’t believe me, check out the photos on their Facebook page).

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Vanderbilt shares the same love of gruesome effects and unrealistic tragedy seen in the monster genre as our past host of “Suds and Cinema,” Mac Bell. The two met through Daily Grindhouse, where Mac was a co-founder, and for years they shared their love of cult movies online.

We see our Yukon crowds enjoying the movies we show each month and know that the crowd in Chicago will have just as much fun watching Vanderbilt’s.

So, all of us Yukon Tavern movie fans want to give a shout out to the movie fans at the Cigar and Stripes of Chicago, Illinois as they sit down to their monster movie classics!

 

 

A Quentin Tarantino Favorite Plays at the Yukon Tavern in March

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The Yukon Tavern Movie Night is taking the action up a notch with one of Hollywood’s most creative directors, Quentin Tarantino. On Tuesday, March 19th we’ll be showing his 2007 movie Death Proof.

This film was originally released as a partof a double feature with another exploitation film created in the tradition of the 1970s versions that were shown in a grindhouse theater. With a muscle car as the true star, high-octane action, and the violence that is common in this director’s work, we will be taken on a wild ride that is sure to end badly for its characters.

The Plot

Set in Austin, Texas, three girlfriends, Julia, Arlene and Shanna, meet in a bar to drink, smoke and make out with their boyfriends before traveling alone to Lake LBJ for a girls’ weekend. While at the bar they meet former Hollywood stuntman Mike. He invites  Pam a ride in his “death-proof” stunt car, a type of modified car used in the 70s exploitation films that protected the stuntmen from injury during their fast-paced crash scenes.

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Cut to fourteen months later and we find Mike in Lebanon, Tennessee in the midst of another chase, but this time his intended targets, Abernathy, Zoë and Kim, are a tougher, more determined match for the old-timer and decide to turn the tables on their attacker.

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A Film for Movie Fans

Fans of cult classics love movies like Death Proof. It’s gritty, hard-core, and fun for all who love the seedy underworld of 1970’s Hollywood filmmaking, and Tarantino is today’s master of the genre. With a star-studded cast that includes Kurt Russell, Rose McGowan, Rosario Dawson, and famed stuntwoman Zoe Bell, this movie knows what viewers want and serves it up on a grimy, sleazy platter.

 

 

Another Yukon Tavern Movie Classic

Join us this Tuesday, March 19that 7:20pm for the modern-day exploitation film, Death Proof.We’ve got the perfect venue for a film that pays homage to the gritty exploitation films of the past.

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day With a Beer and a Whiskey at the Yukon Tavern

For beer lovers everywhere there is no other holiday like St. Patrick’s Day. It’s a day to celebrate our love of great Irish whiskey and revel in the magic of a great tasting beer. In Portland, one of the world’s most prolific craft beer and spirits cities, this holiday is particularly special, and we invite everyone who likes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day to join us at Southeast Portland’s Yukon Tavern.

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The Beer We Serve

Every day the Yukon has eighteen beers featured on our rotating taps. (Check out what is currently being offered on our automatically updated online leader board!) In honor of the Irish brew masters and their holiday, we are featuring several beers brewed on the Emerald Isle this month, including Smithwick’s Irish Red and a favorite of stout lovers, Guinness. (To find out the proper Irish way to enjoy an Irish beer check out our blog post “How to Dink a Guinness the Irish Way.”)

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The Difference that Makes Irish Beer Better

Irish brew masters produce over eight hectoliters of beer every year, with lagers representing 60%, stout accounting for 34%, and ale making up 6% of beer exports internationally. Their methods are rooted in over 350 years of perfecting the brewing process and using barley grown in their cool-weather, rainy climate (sound familiar?). During the 18thcentury, brewers began importing hops from England and increased their production to more than 600,000 barrels of beer produced annually. Sales were also boosted at that time due to a tax leveled against distilleries to encourage less whiskey drinkers in exchange for what was considered the less disruptive drink and beer. The reputation of Irish beer continued to grow over time through competitions held by the Royal Dublin Society, giving awards to brewers who used the most Irish hops and those who produced the most porter.

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Great Irish Whiskey Tasting

Interested in tasting the rich, smooth taste of a great Irish whiskey? The Yukon offers an Irish Whiskey Flight that features three different whiskeys with a complimentary Guinness or Smithwicks chaser for only $12! With thirteen different varieties to choose from, we’re sure you’ll fall in love with one, or maybe all three. We’ve included two from Jameson, one of the most popular Irish whiskeys.

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The love of Irish beer and spirits continues to thrive in our city and we’re inviting all the lucky people of Portland to the Yukon Tavern on St. Patrick’s Day to toast two of the Emerald Isle’s best exports, delicious Irish beer and whiskey!

 

 

Two Great Flavors in One Fruity Drink

Ablis CBD Beverages has done it again! They’ve created a drink that is so good it deserves to be sitting side-by-side with Portland’s best beers at the Yukon Tavern.

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Ablis Beverage’s Cran-Orange CBD drink has found a home on the Yukon Tavern’s rotating tapsand its rich, fruity flavor has quickly become a favorite of people who are looking for a  boost of CBD.

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Last year we added Ablis’s Lemon Ginger drink to our drink menu and got a great response from our customers. They told us we were onto something good with this healthful, delicious drink, so it was a sure thing that the latest version of their CBD recipe would be a slam dunk, too.

Their cran-orange uncarbonated drink is packed with a mellow sweet flavor, giving our customers a delicious alternative to alcohol laced beverages. It’s sweet, without being overly saccharine, and rich in layered fruit flavors. This complex drink is a perfect accompaniment to a hot meal during the waning winter months.

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Ablis™ products are crafted in Bend, Oregon using all-natural, GMO-free ingredients. All Abliss products contain 99+% pure THC-free hemp CBD cultivated in accordance with section 7606 of the Agriculture Act of 2014, or sourced through DEA and FDA recognized producers. (Ablis does not make any statement or claim on the health benefits of using CBD products.)

The evidence of CBD’s health benefits are still being investigated, but you don’t have to rely on its effectiveness as a health aid as a reason to enjoy this drink—it’s delicious flavor is enough to hook you! Come into the Yukon Tavern today to try Ablis’s new Cran-Orange CBD drink. It’s sweet, tangy and delicious!

Feelin’ the Love of Our Yukon Tavern Guests

The Yukon Tavern is feelin’ the love of our patrons this Valentine’s Day, with more and more great reviews coming. Take a look at some of the things people are saying about Southeast Portland’s classic dive bar.

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Our Atmosphere

“A True American-They call it a dive bar?? It’s far from being a dive, it’s great, we had a great time with the friendly locals, and the staff are awesome! They really know how to mix the drinks. We had bar food, which was cooked quickly and very well, and we visited there a lot while on holiday. It is the place to be—with their shuffleboard table, poker nights and various channels on their TV’s they cater for everyone it’s worth a visit.”

-Michelle S., TripAdvisor

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Our Drinks

“Thedrinks are stiff and cheap. The tater tots are amazing and the atmosphere is completely classic. Every time I’m here I meet people I want to be friends with for life.” #truth

-Megan S., Yelp

 

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Our Food

“Yukon does it right. Booze is ludicrously cheap here and it is a first rate dive bar. What can you say to a plate of better-than-your-expectations biscuits and gravy for $6.00? Load me up! That’s what you say!”

-Shiherostar, Barfly

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Our Events

“A hole in the wall place with a shuffleboard table and poker nights. Comfortable like a pair of your old favorite shoes.”

-Pazdua, TripAdvisor

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Our Staff

“Laid back-I thought the Yukon was rad. The bartender was friendly to me and you can’t complain about cheap PBR drafts. Couple the cheap prices with a nice red velvet interior and a good crowd.” -Raincnty, Barfly

This Valentine’s Day bring your special someone to the Yukon Tavern and let us share our love for Portland’s great dive bar culture with you!