There are no bridges within sight of Bridge City Taproom (620 SE 122nd Ave., 971-202-7267, facebook.com/bridgecitytaproom). The sports bar situated between Fabric Depot and Mr. Peep's Peep Hole sits on the vast plain of East Portland, which doesn't have much in common with the landscape near the bridges.

photo by Bridget Baker
photo by Bridget Baker

The beer list inside the former Dog House Saloon from the former manager of the Refectory (the Mid-County Memo, an Examiner for the Numbers, called it "iconic") is more familiar. Boasting arguably the best beer offerings in East Portland, this large space was packed for Friday happy hour, when craft beers are $3.50 until 7 pm, and the selection includes Boneyard's Hop Venom, Barley Brown's Pallet Jack and Pfriem's wit. That Hop Venom is a steal, with Bridge City pouring a full pint of the excellent 9 percent ABV double IPA.

photo by Bridget Baker
photo by Bridget Baker

Food offerings are only a little less generous, including a half-dozen wings for $6 and linguine in white clam sauce for $9. The wings were light on sauce, but otherwise respectable. Settle in to watch the game—there's a row of screens in every direction—and get some cheap and crafty beers.