Joe's Cellar1332 NW 21st Portland, OR 97209 Northwest Portland
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Happily, after an abrupt closing in Spring 2013 (due to earthquake/building code issues - the building is over one hundred years old), Joe's Cellar is back in business, as of August 2013! New locavore-centric menu (?!).
On the edge of Northwest's still-extant industrial zones, the damnably-loyal blue-collar and blue-haired (some choosing retirement locale upon Joe's proximity) regulars drink chockablock 'round the horseshoe bar with gentler new locals and journalist manques wandering down from the WW HQ.
It's not actually a cellar, and nobody, of course, seems to remember a Joe - if anything, the unadorned bar and perennially unoccupied diner portion seem an oversized, enclosed porch welcoming friendly onlookers with strong-as-fuck specials and all-day gravy-infused breakfasts.The juke's slowly changing, perhaps, and the morning happy-hours serve a different sort of graveyard employee these days, but they couldn't be handling the transition with more grace. One trembles at the next generation's animatronic longshoremen.
An excerpt from the press release announcing Joe's return, included here for its potential interest to the geekier public: "The 105-year-old Joe’s Cellar building is a combination of structures dating back to 1908. It has been a restaurant and bar since 1941. The Hittner family (Ike, Glenn, Leon and Bill) bought the Joe’s Cellar business in 1994 from Jean Swanson, who had owned the property and operated the tavern in the 1980s and ‘90s. The upper floors of the building have been vacant since the 1980s."
Open 7am-2:30am, every day.
TV x 7, jukebox x 1, pool x 3 (tournament size), pinball x 2, Megacrack x 1
$3 well, 50 cents off beers, and special happy hour menu, 7am-10am, and 3-6pm, every day.
Joe's Cellar's Happy Hours
|Monday||3pm-6pm $3 well, 50 cents off beers, and special happy hour menu, 7am-10am, and 3-6pm, every day. |
|Tuesday||3pm-6pm $3 well, 50 cents off beers, and special happy hour menu, 7am-10am, and 3-6pm, every day. |
|Wednesday||3pm-6pm $3 well, 50 cents off beers, and special happy hour menu, 7am-10am, and 3-6pm, every day. |
|Thursday||3pm-6pm $3 well, 50 cents off beers, and special happy hour menu, 7am-10am, and 3-6pm, every day. |
|Friday||3pm-6pm $3 well, 50 cents off beers, and special happy hour menu, 7am-10am, and 3-6pm, every day. |
|Saturday||3pm-6pm $3 well, 50 cents off beers, and special happy hour menu, 7am-10am, and 3-6pm, every day. |
|Sunday||3pm-6pm $3 well, 50 cents off beers, and special happy hour menu, 7am-10am, and 3-6pm, every day. |
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My family has been going to Joe's since the 1970s. It was always a favorite hang out spot for my parents when they were in their twenties and thirties like I am now. Went in to Joe's las night with a group of friends who had never been. Good priced drinks, .50 cent pool, friendly bartenders and a neighborhood bar atmosphere are what keep me coming back. The landscape of Portland has changed over the years, but Joe's has largely stayed delightfully consistent. A must-go destination for natives and tourists alike.
Joe's is an institution (and I can't bear to write that in the past tense yet). Lived in NW for seven or eight years, and upon arrival in the hood I was ushered to Joe's by my homies already living there. Brunch in the diner once a week, if not every other, for most of that time.....always hoping to score what we called the "captain's table" just inside the front door. Dropped in once in awhile after moving across town, but at some point all the "family" waitresses had moved on. But it's still kept a special place in my heart walking by, as I still work in the neighborhood. Can't believe I'm not going to see that sign anymore. My brother thinks it's a developers' conspiracy, and I wouldn't be surprised in the slightest.
I lived in the NW neighborhood in the '60's and '70's. Joe's was at one time called the Dinner Bell. Open for breakfast and lunch only. (Lunch is called dinner in the midwest). At a later date, a new owner opened it up with the bar next door and a new name, Joe's Cellar. I recall the amateur stripper's night. My sister and I were asked to leave because we laughed and didn't perform. Hahaha. Still, it was close to home and not too bad. At the time I was into folk music. Surprise. Met some good neighbors there. Okay.
Closed forever april 2013 Rest in peace: industrial workers, drunkers, me, lisa the hot bartender, old fucks, pool hustlers and karioke hacks, the ghost upstairs....
In town from Louisville,Ky. Stopped in for one drink but stayed a few hours! Both bartenders were nice and made u feel at home! Locals were also very friendly! Not rude,quite the opposite!
The people that belong to the pool league are extremely rude. DO NOT come here on league night. or ever.
I first went to Joe Cellar back in 1983 when I moved to Portland, and was a steady for 5 years. The folks that run the place make you feel like family, right from the git-gat. And I only lived a block from the joint. I miss Joe's as I live in New Jersey for the past 15 years. But every time I go back to Portland, the first pit stop is Joes! Good Food.....Stiff Drinks.....Great Prices.... Nice customer base. A Portland Diamond in the Rough!
C'MON!!!!!! Portlands' GOT to have these places!!
I'm from Louisville, Kentucky. founded somewhere around 1790 or so. Hell I forgot. Anyhoo, there are very old buildings and the like everywhere. Many quaint places such as Joe's Cellar. Louisvillians frequent these places and it's nice to see some of this old stuff here in a much newer city.
..now....HAUNTED? Could someone elaborate on this? Because it's ~~allllllways the old places that people love to target as haunted. sigh.....so let's not fabricate anything here.
Post some good stuff on some true stories if this place is, in fact, uhhh, haunted.
Good food. real people.
I couldn't possibly hate this place if I tried. Creepy old men, nice bartenders, a drunk girl singing to me, bar fights, a place where everyone knows your name. A couple of my friends are regulars there, so I had no choice but to love it. But I really did love it! Everyone was horribly friendly :)It's quaint and the drinks were STRONG. (maybe because I was with the regulars?)
Joe's Cellar is a great place to play pool, watch sports, eat and drink!
-Pool tables are in excellent condition costing only $.50/game.
-The digital jukebox has a never ending selection of music at a great price.
-Daily happy hour special includes $2.00 hamburgers- these are not the normal slinggers you would find for most happy hour specials, full hamburgers!
-Tuesday special: Free tacos with purchase of a drink.
-Curbside covered seating.
Overall this is an excellent place for those on a budget. It would be a great place for groups. The location is on 21st ave not more than a block from expensive restaurants, bars etc. THIS PLACE IS GREAT TO GET THE NIGHT STARTED.
Joe's is a great place to relax and spend some time. There are a lot of friendly people drinking in here and the bar staff makes you feel like you're right at home. The drinks are strong and the have 3 pool tables, maybe 4. There is a nearby Chinese restaurant that you can order food in form late night, which makes this place even more special. They have TVs and keno and all the usual goods.
after the Red Sox game we stopped for a few drinks here. I loved it, the regulars & BTs seemed cool, played a few good games of pool and just felt at home. mentioned this place to another regular at the Yam later and he scoffed and said it was filled with meth junkies etc ... i just laughed (i.e. pot meet kettle)
Joes made me feel like a regular after just the first shot! It was amazing and now, I really am a regular! haha See you soon!
and I feel right at home. I like places where the clientle is older than dirt. Drinks are stiff, food is good and finally they've got a decent jukebox.
What a great place! A really great mix of peope, lots of conversation. Really freindly people.
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