OT: Michigan bars in Portland, OR

Submitted by GreyJello on March 20th, 2017 at 11:48 AM

I'll be visiting Portland for the next couple rounds of the tournament. Can anyone recommend Michigan bars in the area?

Thanks and GO BLUE


Chick Evans

March 20th, 2017 at 2:27 PM ^

Alumni Board member checking in here (which will likely give away my mysterious identity, but oh well.) Our default bar for football is the Thirsty Lion downtown, but stay tuned to our Club Facebook page for updates. We're in the process of exploring all options, and may head elsewhere this weekend! 

www.facebook.com/pdxwolverines will have all of our official events listed, and we reply to messages multiple times daily! 


March 20th, 2017 at 2:57 PM ^

Why don't all you M people in Oregon just head over to Eugene and REALLY represent?!

Find a student bar, and march in en masse all geared up in Maize & Blue. You know at least that there the sound will be ON!

And no, I don't care a bit how long a drive it is from Portland to Eugene...

Perkis-Size Me

March 20th, 2017 at 11:58 AM ^

Ohhhh boy. At this rate I wonder sometimes if people just post these threads on purpose. Just to see how many MGoBloggers they can piss off. 

Just go to the Portland Alumni website. They'll have event listings, and those will almost certainly tell you the bar, or bars, that they all congregate at.


March 20th, 2017 at 12:10 PM ^

I was in Portland yesterday and I literally just googled University of Michigan Alumni Portland, found their Facebook page, and saw an game-watching event they had set up.

To answer your question: Check with the Facebook group, but I went to the Thirsty Lion and there was a fair number of fellow fans there.


March 20th, 2017 at 12:14 PM ^

I haven't been to Portland since 2011 or 2012, and don't know the sports bar scene there well, but I can say this...they have the most active "Crunchy Granola Strip Bars" scene in America. Truly, it is the most unusual experience, and I highly recommend it to all... 


March 20th, 2017 at 12:41 PM ^

I just happen to know every single bar in Portland that has Michigan fans in attendance at any given point in time, but I refuse to tell you. Good luck finding somebody else that knows as much as me. 


March 20th, 2017 at 1:17 PM ^

Thirsty Lion is the official alumni bar. It's not one of the hipper bars in town and feels pretty generic, but still has a good selection of beers and the food is decent. They'll have multiple tvs showing the game but the sound system is mediocre and sometimes it's hard to hear the announcers clearly. 

Sextus Empiricus

March 20th, 2017 at 10:55 PM ^

in 2006 I went for a Ball State game and came home with a very nice bottle of Pinot and a heavy duty t-shirt with Michigan embroidered on the front that I have worn every week since (and it shows...).  Not your typical swag... but the pickens will be slim as it will be packed sardine style for this one.

It might be more fun to heckle Duck fans at the bar of your choice.  Michigan can never beat Oregon enough - having lived through Autzen and another game that went badly ...yeah... Beat Oregon!


March 21st, 2017 at 10:24 AM ^

Yeah, because searching through 36,000 non-releavnt Google hits is so much better than asking people who have actually been there, and can tell you things like if the sound is even on.

MGoBlog has a passionate, well-traveled membership, and is the ideal place to ask these kinds of things.

Lot's of really good, informative answers in this thread to the OP's questions beyond just static links to beer menus.

As always, if you are not interested in the thread . . . 


Oregon Wolverine

March 20th, 2017 at 5:57 PM ^

At Lucky Lab at 1700 N. Killingsworth.  I'll be there wearing the only objectively handsome Adiddas M gear ever made - their track jacket with the winged helmet sleeve.  Its special.

17 years in Detroit

7 in Ann Arbor

24 in Pdx

I'd love to log more time again in A2, but PDX is pretty damn nice.


March 20th, 2017 at 9:28 PM ^

If you come on over to Bend, I have a man cave in the shed with 3 tvs hung on the wall, a keggerator with RPM IPA, and a good lot of some pot! It's nice living in Oregon.

Chick Evans

March 20th, 2017 at 11:26 PM ^

Can't figure out how to edit my earlier post (mostly a lurker on here), but our official Alumni Club watch party will be held at Cartlab PDX, 1831 SW River Dr, Portland, OR 97201. Hope to see some of you there!