Bear Paw3237 SE Milwaukie Ave. Portland, OR 97202 Southeast Portland
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A downmarket neighborhood tavern that hosts punk bands and stage hypnotists, The Bear Paw confounds expectations.
Visit 'round noon, sliding to the bar midst twenty-something burn-out and toothless old rummy, you might not notice the full suit of armor hoisted above and behind you. Nor the wood-burned Vulcan saying alongside. The night after a NRK DJ birthday bash, middle-aged hausfraus gathered to celebrate Sammy Hagar's, and a dozen indie narratives played out between.
There's poker (video and weekly Hold ’Em), darts, pool, some speed-bag mechanism of uncertain design and, again, that toothless old rummy and twenty-something burn-out who’ve likely a story or two.
Bear Paw's Happy Hours
|Monday||3pm-7pm $2.25 well, $1.50 dom pints 3-7pm|
|Tuesday||3pm-7pm $2.25 well, $1.50 dom pints 3-7pm|
|Wednesday||3pm-7pm $2.25 well, $1.50 dom pints 3-7pm|
|Thursday||3pm-7pm $2.25 well, $1.50 dom pints 3-7pm|
|Friday||3pm-7pm $2.25 well, $1.50 dom pints 3-7pm|
|Saturday||No happy hour info available.|
|Sunday||No happy hour info available.|
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When I think of the Bear Paw, Charles Bukowski comes to mind. As seedy a gin mill as Iâ€™ve ever been in, and after 20 years in the military. I have been in some low places. Few could hold a candle to the threadbare and greasy interior of BPI. A shite hole of singular distinction. Luckily, with so many good pubs within less than 200 yards, wtf would anyone want to drink in such a seedy, sad, and raggedy place.
Last night a large group of us went to the Bear Paw for some karaoke. The KJ was the worst I have experienced in my years of karaoke. He used the mic as his own personal pick up tool, making obscene comments about what he would like to do to various women in the bar, then chuckling “But I am married” poor woman who married him, what a creep. He threatened people that they had better give him money or they wouldn’t be singing. He sang countless songs himself, and was too wasted to get the night running smoothly, wasting an average of 7 minutes in between songs trying to find them, while making commentary, threats and then ending with “and if you don’t like it- I don’t give a fuck”-well, I do. We have spent hundreds of dollars at the Bear Paw in drinks and karaoke. We have never had a problem until this jerk- I think his name was Franklin (sp?). There were 11 of us-6 were allowed to sing-we were there from 10-2a. You will need to get rid of this joker before I come back again, I will spend my money elsewhere.
The Bear Paw Inn is a relaxed, comfortable place to gather with friends, or mingle with down-to-earth people. Service with a smile, and a rustic environment await those who are looking for an experience that welcomes open minded individuals. I am glad that everyone has their own taste and opinions! If you are looking for something posh, or ultra modern, you may not find what you are looking for with this establishment. Otherwise, I must say that the service has been great, prices are fair, and my friends and I ALWAYS have a good time going there. Let's continue to support our local businesses, especially when it's a tough time for many.
I would like to say the last few times I have been there have been a blast. Strong drinks most of the time. Good bartenders.Don't know what I was thinking last review.
All of the cool bartenders have left or have been fired. No more Rock N Roll shows.. Thanks "Rick The Dick".. I only go there now when I am to drunk to get drinks anywhere else...
I've had some weird experiences in this place. The staff was cool, but the first time I went with a couple of friends a few years ago we had a weird encounter. Some car salesmany looking coked out asshole kept bugging us about buying him a drink... Giving it another shot recently prior to an aladdin show it was a bit more laid back but there was a "don't get near my barstool" attitude with a couple of folks there too. Fine... we'll leave it to you regulars from now on! :)
The Paw is a great place to relax and have a drink. The food may be greasy, but if you order fried food, what do you expect? The staff are awesome, and super friendly. The only way they may have a bad attitude is if you are an ignorant douche to them. If you have problems with the staff at the Paw, you may want to check your own attitude first. I have never seen them treat anyone poorly.
ok, wtf ever - we live 2 mins away from this place - the bearpaw is our favorite local bar (not to mention one of our fave bars in se) and not only are all these snotty assholes completely ridiculous with their bullshit reviews saying all this shit about their (see: the bearpaw's) "cleanliness" and bad bar staff and crappy atmosphere/beer (including something about catching fucking hepatitis?!!! wtf?! grow UP!) they're totally fucking off it - to me all these off reviews saying awful untrue things about such a rockin' local watering hole is proof that theatres that host shows catering to ALL kinds of music (see: the aladdin) bring in not only new and interesting faces and cool people, but also asshole snot-bags that wouldn't know a good, clean, *fun* bar with excellent, friendly staff to catch a game of pool in, drink a pint of beer, grab a greasey sandwich and fries, put a few songs for a couple bux in the "rockola" and hang with pals if it PUNCHED them in their fancy-assed mugs. i love this place, and if you love cute fun divey but CLEAN and friendly bars with character, you'll love this joint for sure ;-)
Ugh. My girlfriend and I just moved to Portland and are close to the Bear Paw. Praying for a diamond in the rough we poped in one night--a Thursday I think. I had an old barfly hit me up for a beer and then pull the same move on my girlfriend. Trashy. Tried to play darts but the boards suck. If you just want a place to drink (and maybe try to bum a beer off others) give it a try. If you don't want a nasty environment keep looking.
Bear Paw is a friendly neighborhood bar with GREAT beer and cheap greasy bar food. Drinks are served with a smile, good music flows from the internet jukebox, plus pool and darts!! These other people need to go back to Lake Oswego or wherever and quit bitchin. It aint the Ritz, but it doesn't try to be.
THIS IS THE BESTEST BAR IN THE BIG OL' TOWN OF PORTLAND!! THIS IS THE BEST PLACE TO ATTEND IF YOU HAVE THE INTENTIONS OF PURCHASING CHEAP METH!!!! I WILL TELL ALL OF MY PEEPS TO COME DOWN!!!
While waiting for a show at the Alladin , I stopped in and ordered my typical draft beer - an IPA. The only thing was that it tasted nothing like the beer that I am normally served in other bars. It was totally nasty, and tasted like they hadn't cleaned out their taps for freakin' years. When I mentioned this to the bartender she was indignant and said that they cleaned their taps ever other week - hey, coulda fooled me!
After refusing to replace my drink (and those equally nasty ones of my fiends) I have decided to never go to this establishment again. I recommend that you keep your distance until they get serious about cleanliness. I felt queasy all evening after drinking only a quarter of my beer. Yick.
The Bear Paw's been a great place to drink, drink, and drink. The occassional game of pool provided short-lived entertainment but couldn't compete with the drinking. Dana poured the tastiest drinks and I'd drink to/with her anyday.
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