Scoreboard Tavern4822 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97206
Located in: Southeast Portland
BarFly's Review of Scoreboard Tavern
Under new management as of Novemberish 2009.
A defiantly proud (though that can't be the word) dive's dive for evers, with happy hour cocktails under a dollar the past decade, and a rough'n'ready clientele ready to single-fistedly resist their neighborhood's post-grad invasion, The Scoreboard looks to have finally given up the fight.
The old men remain, and poker nights retain an Elks-lodge neighborliness, but, squeezed between the new Jackpot Studios and the burgeoning vegan minimall, they really hadn't much choice, and all changes, utterly - new televisions, fresh paint, painful attempts toward fusion appetizers, animated young men of purposeless eyewear and tight polyester drifting about. N
obody pays attention to the everpresent sports, of course, but they never really did.
3 pool tables, 10 tvs, 1 pinball, 2 darts, misc video games
Scoreboard Tavern's Happy Hours
|Monday||$2.50 wells, $2 doms, $3 micros, $3.95+ menu 4-7pm|
|Tuesday||$2.50 wells, $2 doms, $3 micros, $3.95+ menu 4-7pm|
|Wednesday||$2.50 wells, $2 doms, $3 micros, $3.95+ menu 4-7pm|
|Thursday||$2.50 wells, $2 doms, $3 micros, $3.95+ menu 4-7pm|
|Friday||$2.50 wells, $2 doms, $3 micros, $3.95+ menu 4-7pm|
|Saturday||$2.50 wells, $2 doms, $3 micros, $3.95+ menu 4-7pm|
|Sunday||$2.50 wells, $2 doms, $3 micros, $3.95+ menu 4-7pm|
Getting to Scoreboard Tavern
I used to go there (Darwin's Theory back then) in the late 70's and eat chili dogs. They were called Andy's Atomic dogs because after you ate a couple and farted there was likely to be some fallout.
It was my hang out in the 80s thru early 90s. Darwins Theory back then. Its allways been like that. Some love it, some hate it. Strange people, one night bikers,roofers the next. Seen some crazy shit in there and loved every minute of it. Dam like to go back and do it all again. R.I.P. RON E.
This place has changed so much in the last decade. I've stopped by occasionally over the last dozen or so years as I live nearby. It was awful for a long time, though the bald guy on football sundays was always cool. The last two owner ladies didn't seem like they wanted it. The new ones seem like they care if they get good service & I've stopped by after work a few times lately and it definately seems like it's turned a corner. Overall not the best or worst place around but a good, steady, solid neighborhood bar.
Exemplifies mediocrity is right! Too many televisions, too much fried food and too much florescent lighting! I mean really people! People go to bars to relax, forget and chill NOT to be put under the spotlight! And gorgeous girls? Is this the opinion of some middle-aged man that hasn't had a date in a very long time or the opinion of someone that's had one too many?
It's obvious that the two previous reviews were written by staff or owners, not by the neighbors and POTENTIAL customers of the Scoreboard.
i think the scoreboard has gone through some changes....and who really is in their right mind eventually at any given time to truly deserve a proper write up of "any" bar when their favorite past time is the ultimate reality to forget....lets keep that in mind. now, i must say w/ a solid state of mind that the experience is nothing but easy-going,happy and an overall sense of "friends" or "family" if you allow it. most times the people that count...staff are anything but absolute sweethearts...men not included...this means bill and the cook. a new crew has been re-cruited and i am yet to experience anything but good times,good conversation and an overall great experience. for those that want a bar that can cover all the bases from lottery to great live entertainment and wonderful food...well did i forget to mention gorgeous women that actually take the time to get to know the patrons....well if you are not here then you really should try be here....so...i would have to say that there is a good thing going here lately and i believe only the best is yet to come....
So, when I first went to this place it was a dump! Now that the new owners put some money and a lot of time into it it's pretty cool. The place is pretty big and has a lot of TVs to watch whatever game you feel like watching. Drinks are cheap and so is the good food! I would definitely recommend this place for a pretty low key place to hang and people watch.
Do you mean the re-opening again? After the last two owners ran the place into the ground? Heard they're gonna have cute skanks wearing pinstripe uniforms in the place now. God help us if that's true. I mean, i like me some skanks, but the Scoreboard's the last dive around there--not counting Sickly's and the like. What's it gonna be now? I'm not holding my breath on this one.. Wait and see.. Can't be worse than a place run by a pilled-out over-the-hill bar hag and her balding monchichi coffee nudge slurping husband husband who spent every waking moment in the place or the dykes who had the place last. Who knows..
One of the best sports bars in the portland/metro area. Since re-opening it has been a great place to come watch the game at. The staff is great and beautiful, and managment is doing a great job.
Yes its a dive. Its awesome. I love to see all the bad reviews, those are the people I dont want coming back! I live nearby and its a great spot to feel good about yourself because the people watching in the best and the drinks are strong. Its changing ownership (again) so they better not class it up or ill be pissed. Pool tables, ping pong (maybe it will be there still), and plenty of TVs for games. IF YOU DONT LIKE DIVES STAY THE HELL AWAY FROM MINE! :)
This place looks like a den created by a factory worker who saved up his money, put it all into the liquor and TV's and said screw the rest. And then he got his factory worker buddies to help him put it all together.
"Hey Joey, where ya want this TV?"
"I don't know. Put it on top of the other TV!"
Love the flourescent lighting inside too. What better way to really bring out the subtle nuances of the cigarette burns and old scars of the clientele.
The good news in all of this is that what they miss out on in looks, they make up for with cheap, strong hooch. Good pours, good prices, good people serving 'em. Three things that should be in every bar.
Good as this all is, of course, it's no reason to make a trip out of your way to come here. I'm sure you can find a similar place closer to where you live. One that has good peeps and good drinks. Perhaps one that doesn't quite so much smell like ass.
What's amazing is that as bar owner you wouldn't figure out that if you made some pretty basic changes to this place you'd have a gold mine. The location is sweet, and this part of SE has proven it wants a good bar (e.g. North on 50th & Division). These guys put up a digital sign with rollin messages across it and started opening at 7am to serve breakfast as a way to drive more business... Sorry not what we want, just give us a place to hang out that doesn't smell like ass and doesn't have underage kids sniffin spray pant cans
seriously. perfect. go there on a sunday morning sometime if you like football, or just want to check out what it's like in a city that cares about football (real football. you know, NFL). the owners have a bad rap here, not sure why, because they've always been good to us and keep the drinks cheap and the food delicious. i hear it's up for sale, which is sad. squeezed between a new french bistro, a vegetarian restaurant and a bead store, i guess i can't be surprised.
I went there one night and the owner who was completely piss-drunk started berating me for wanting to play the jukebox. The stench from the poorly maintained restrooms combined with the smoke and what smells like burned-out fryer oil quickly becomes an eye-watering excuse to get the hell out.
Just some advice to management- no one is impressed by your 20 blaring TV's and tell your cook if he's going to pick his nose do it where no one can see. I'm glad I didn't order food. Gross.
Cool bar, quickly turning into a hipster haven, with more buddy holly glasses and trust funds then the eye can see. Cool regular crowd, with a couple good bartenders. Owners are asses, but what can you expect. Food is hit or miss, see you there!
Worst bar in town. It stinks, the decor is a nauseating amalgam of whatever free beer signage they got from their distributors, the worst mix of barely legal thug wannabees, video crackheads, rookie drunks, hicks, pedophiles and pukers loafing around sucking warm pabst and the owners are a couple of white trash bigot drunks who are constantly running decent people out of the bar. They've had a few good bartenders but they don't stick around long.
Great neighborhood sports bar that serves locals and a fairly diverse crowd. Great food and drinks, priced well. The owners are a couple of Nazis that shuffle new bartenders in and out as it pleases them. The current owners don't deserve to own a bar of this quality, they will most likely have to sell it, soon.
The food's actually really good, and drinks are stiff (and cheap). All the bartenders are great!
This place is a good neighborhood bar and not too jock. The bartenders are all pretty cool but the owner is a stupid redneck wench. $1 Pabst kicks ass.
We go there sometimes, because it is stumbling distance from our house, but some people actually drive there from Gresham. It's big, lots of pool tables, cheap beer, as in $1. pbrs all the time. good cheap fried food like mini-corndogs. The bad part, is all the people who drive there from gresham. Wierd mix of people at times... oh yeah, and there are way too many TVs showing sports, but I guess they are a sports bar... they should just drop the sports part. sometimes they'll show the simpsons instead.
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