If you’re not riding or chaperoning, the best time to show up at the bar inside The Lumberyard (2700 NE 82nd Ave., 252-2453, lumberyardmtb.com) is about 8:15 pm on a Tuesday. That’s when riders at the weekly BMX session are warmed up enough to try challenging tricks that will occasionally force them from their frames at this indoor mountain-bike park, located inside a converted bowling alley. As far as free entertainment at Portland bars goes, it’s hard to beat this show. The bar and restaurant are wisely situated facing the biggest ramps, so you can enjoy your own private X Games, with flips and spins aplenty, as you relax on the bar stools munching on Carolina-style pulled pork sliders (three for $7.95) and sipping an Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout or Base Camp Paölschenbier. The pub fare and tap list are solid, but you’re more likely to end up here looking for endos, not nachos.
[For a review of the Lumberyard's indoor mountain biking area, go here.]