Situated beside a toy co-op and below a ballroom inclined toward square dances, the brightly lit Oregon Public House fairly trumpets itself as a bar for the whole family-—though the walled-in play area was vacant during our recent trip, a few seniors did watch '80s NBA on the flat screen—but the vision behind our state's (and likely the nation's) first nonprofit watering hole serves rather more potent community spirits. Setting aside a certain portion of revenue for basic upkeep and the wages of those few employees not volunteering their time, the establishment gives away every additional penny to a worthy cause, and, after selecting pint or pub grub, customers are asked to further select their preferred beneficiary from among a handful of organizations currently including P:ear, XRAY.FM and Pink Boots Society. Charities might not begin at the Oregon Public House, but the well-curated, local-leaning dozen rotating taps readily enable the thirsty Good Samaritan to give till it hurts the morning after.
Happy hour: 2-6 pm and 9 pm-close daily. Food specials, $1 off full pints.