About the only “luxuries” you’ll find here are the padded high-backed leather chairs for people sitting at the bar. But really, when you’re going to catch a game and drink a pitcher or three with pals, how many sports-bar bells and whistles do you need? This 52-year-old institution mastered the basic formula long before ESPN Zone came along: Does it have loads of high-definition TVs? Yes. Can the staff handle a day stuffed with multiple sporting events? Yes—on a recent Saturday, the server happily used the channel changer to accommodate patrons wanting to watch Oregon football’s spring game, the Kentucky Derby and a Mariners game. And is the food passable? Sure—the wings ($6.25) were plenty hot.
What to drink: A pitcher of Ninkasi.
Happy hour: $4 appetizers 2-5 pm and 9 pm-close Monday-Friday.
Entertainment: TV, video games, pool, poker nights, fireplace.