Few Portland neon signs shine so brightly, or exist in such direct contrast to their establishment’s clientele, as those that wrap around the Mock Crest Tavern. Those classy, theateresque lights advertise a low-key neighborhood pub that is utterly without pretension. Working-class regulars, pub-crawl types and music fans—the tavern has open mic nights on Thursdays and live blues on Fridays and Saturdays—line the attractive bar stocked high with liquor. The bartenders talk playful shit with the clientele while serving them big, sloppy burgers with Tater Tots. So long as you don’t expect the majesty of the Mock Crest’s exterior to color your drinking experience here, you’ll walk away happy.
What to drink: A $3.99 Bloody Mary between 10 am and noon, when you can also get a short stack and bacon for $3.50.
Happy hour: $1.50 Pabst pounders 3-6 pm daily; Miller time ($1.50 Miller/$1.75 Miller Lite) 6-7 pm nightly.
Entertainment: Live music.