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April 9th, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY | Bar Guide
 

Bar Guide 2014: Kelly's Olympian

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Kelly’s Olympian

426 SW Washington St., 228-3669, kellysolympian.com. 10-2 am daily.

If the “Motorcycle Only” parking in front of Kelly’s Olympian doesn’t bring you up to speed on this downtown institution (KO is one of the longest-standing bars in Portland and was a speakeasy during Prohibition), maybe the glowing Mobil signs above the bar or the Harleys hanging from the ceiling will. This is a bar where bikers and grease monkeys are welcome, but then again, so is everyone else, including guys in pearl-buttoned plaid shirts and girls in Warby Parker glasses. It’s democratization through libation. Specifically, beer. Lots and lots of beer, ranging from Boneyard RPM to PBR. And the rubbed and revved burgers come out faster than you can say “valve job.” DEBORAH KENNEDY.

What plays: Garage, punk, rock ’n’ roll, rap, traveling curiosities.

 
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