Portland Institution Besaw's Has Found a New Location

Besaw's owner Cana Flug will open up next to the Slabtown New Seasons

interior besaws

Food & Drink
Portland restaurant institution Besaw's will be back this fall—just two blocks from the old Besaw's. After 112 years in business, Besaw's was forced to close this May after negotiations between restaurant owner Cana Flug and landlord C.E. John broke down last April.After the annoncement, both Flug and C.E. John announced they believed they had the rights to the name. And both said they ...   More
Thursday, September 17, 2015 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Slabtown Rising?

A week after it closed for good, owner Doug Rogers says he will attempt to reopen the Northwest Portland rock club.


Though it had nothing to do with Portland, the episode of AMC's megahit zombie drama The Walking Dead that aired the day after Slabtown's supposed last show ever was titled “Slabtown.” Now, little over a week later, it appears the much-lamented Northwest Portland rock club itself might be rising from the grave—emphasis on "might." Although Slabtown closed its doors permanently on Nov. 2, ...   More
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Hot Takes: Top 5 Reader Comments October 29-November 4


We herewith collate—with minimal commentary—the most cogent, interesting, thoughtful, strange or witty comments to have washed up on our virtual shores this week. Congratulations, commenters: You have won nothing but our esteem. 5. We wrote that now-closed bar Slabtown was considered to be an act of gentrification following the closure of dive bar Cal-Sport. One reader strongly disagrees, ...   More
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Why is Slabtown labeled “The Bucket” on Apple and Google maps?

Dr. Know
I see that the neighborhood we all call Slabtown is labeled “The Bucket” on Apple and Google maps. Is this a so-called “copyright trap” by mapmakers, or does anyone in the city actually    More
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 MARTY SMITH

Skee City

Rolling through Portland’s many barroom skee-ball lanes.

Culture Features
Portland is about to lose one of its best bar-game bars. That’s Slabtown, the punk club and pinball haven also known for having one of the city’s better barroom skee-ball tables, which is sl   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 WW Staff

Scoop: Ain’t No Drunk Like Lúcuma Drunk.

GOLDEN ALE: Oregon had another good year at Denver’s Great American Beer Festival, the largest beer competition in the world. Oregon won 22 medals, including seven golds, the biggest of whic   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Now Slabtown Is Closing

The Northwest Portland punk club's final show is Nov. 1.


And Portland's Barmageddon continues: Slabtown, the iconic Northwest Portland rock'n'roll club, is closing permanently, owner Doug Rogers announced on Facebook today. The final show is Nov. 1. The club, which has been around in various incarnations since the '70s, became a hub for punk, metal and garage rock in a part of town largely devoid of such venues. Rogers purchased Slabtown from Brinda ...   More
Saturday, October 4, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Bar Guide 2014: Slabtown

Bar Guide
Slabtown1033 NW 16th Ave., 971-229-1455, slabtownbar.net. Noon-2:30 am daily. Look, there’s Punch Bowl Social’s more slick version of a fun center, or there’s the improvised, homegrown, cheap-as   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Slabtown Looking for a "Clean Slate"

Help the Portland punk institution clear some of its debt, make structural improvements.


Slabtown owner Doug Rogers proudly touts his club's DIY bonafides, which, frankly, were etched into its walls long before he bought the place two years ago. But, as we've learned recently, doing things yourself is a costly endeavor—particularly when you've inherited debt from previous owners. And so, in his attempt to keep ol' Slabby—as he refers to it—from going the way of 285 ...   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Portland’s Slabtown

From Creek Bed to Dog Hotel.

Slabtown is not a name that resonates gladly in the hearts of Realtors. Today, the moniker most often refers only to a thin patch of inassimilable real estate around the I-405 freeway overpass, a    More
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


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