Well, it’s about damn time! Yukon set to reopen June 19.

Well, it’s about damn time! Yukon set to reopen June 19.

After what seems like forever, Yukon Tavern will be reopening as Multnomah County enters Phase 1 of Oregon’s three phase reopening plan. The tentative reopening date is Friday, June 19. With Phase 1 guidelines in effect, you can expect to see a few changes at your favorite Eastside watering hole. 

Limited Seating

The first thing you are likely to notice is our limited seating capacity. We’ve moved and removed a few tables to ensure the mandatory six (6) feet between tables. We will also be limiting the number of guests on the premises to about half of normal, and no groups larger than 10 people will be permitted. Oh, on more thing – there is no seating at the bar/counter. This is to ensure proper social distancing.

People in the same party seated at the same table do not have to be 6 feet apart. Oh, in case you are wondering, you do not have to wear masks or face coverings while seated at a table. 

Limited Hours

Yukon Tavern will resume our original operating hours and will open at will open at 11 a.m. and close at 10 p.m, seven days a week. That means all food and drink must be consumed by 10 p.m.

No Fun Allowed. Just kidding.

For the time being, there will be no Mad Poker, Last Call Trivia, pool, video games or shuffleboard play permitted. And, sad to say, for the time being we will not be holding live music on Friday or Saturday.  There’s always Keno!

Safety First

Hope you like the smell of bleach, because in the weeks ahead your Yukon bar staff will be channeling Mr. Clean. You can expect to see them cleaning and sanitizing the bar constantly. They will be disinfecting all customer contact surfaces at the tables between each dining or drinking party, including seats, tables, menus and even the condiment trays.   

Video Lottery Games

The rules have changed a bit regarding the Video Lottery games too. Lottery games will be spaced to ensure the the required six feet of distance between machines. If you wish to play a Video Lottery game, please ask permission from our new Lottery Concierge — we thought it sounded better than Bleach Lady. They will clean and disinfect the machine before you begin play. Please note: you won’t be allowed to access or change Video Lottery games without first requesting access from the Lottery Concierge. Only one player may play or be near a Video Lottery game at one time. Again, this is to ensure social distancing.

We recognize these new changes will be a bit challenging at first and may take a bit of getting used to. But they are being implemented to ensure the health and safety of our customers and employees.

We are grateful to the many of you who have been asking about our reopening and we look forward to seeing you again. Mask and all.

Stay safe, Eastsiders.

What the heck is Swamp Rock?

What the heck is Swamp Rock?

One of the most celebrated groups performing at The Yukon and Mock Crest these days is The Tracey Fordice Band. The band, which is composed of Tracey Fordice on piano, Randy Yearout on guitars, mandolin and harmonica, Johnnie Corrie on drums and harmonica, and Todd Ommert on bass guitar.

The Tracey Fordice Band

The Tracey Fordice Band has been been a mainstay on the Portland Blues scene for over 20 years.

The band is known for performing a variety of musical styles, including Rock, Blues, R&B, Country-Rock, Folk-Rock, Americana, Swamp Rock, as well as their own original tunes. Now then, if you’re like me, you probably needed a primer on Swamp Rock. So according to Randy, Swamp Rock is a genre that combines deep soul with raw country, gritty blues and a danceable beat. Bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doobie Brothers and John Fogerty should come to mind.

The band has been on top of the local Blues scene – and beyond – for years. They’ve won tons of music awards in the Blues category, including 

2014 Winner of Cascade Blues Association Muddy Award “Best New Blues Act” and the 2015 Nomination for Cascade Blues Association Contemporary Blues Act.

The band enjoys playing at The Yukon, despite its rather small “stage.” As Randy says, “The kind of music we play lends itself towards softer rock that doesn’t thrive on having a dance floor. We don’t have to get people dancing – we are more for listening. That said, we do get people dancing in the aisles.”

Randy Yearout and Tracey Fordice

Randy Yearout and Tracey Fordice of the Tracey Fordice Band

Besides being stellar multi-instrumentalists, members of the band are also great vocalists. Which means fans are in store for some great 3 part harmonies when the band performs.

Take a listen here.

To learn more about the band and upcoming gigs, follow them on their Facebook page.

Castletown brings a Celtic kick                   to Yukon Tavern.

Castletown brings a Celtic kick to Yukon Tavern.

One band that is fast becoming a Yukon favorite is Castletown, a high energy Celtic duo made up of Robert Richter and Heidi Beth Sadler. (If you’re a geography major, you’ve probably figured out that the band gets its name from the former capital of the Isle of Man off the coast of Ireland.)

Robert was a rocker about 12 years ago, when someone said “Try some of this Celtic stuff.” He did and the rest, as they say, is history.

Heidi is the fiddler in the band. She’s a Northwest native who has lent her playing and singing to a wide variety of musical styles for over 25 years.

Castletown
The Castletown due of Heidi Beth Sadler and Robert Richter.

The band performs classic Celtic tunes as well as their own original compositions. They also enjoy giving their Celtic touch to cover tunes in most every musical genre. “We’ve even rocked up Tennessee Ernie Ford’s 16 Tons”, says Robert. “It’s fun the see the expression on people’s faces as they realize they are hearing one of their favorite songs with a Celtic twist.”

Blending rock and jazz helps Castletown appeal to a wider audience, and has made them a local favorite on the local Portland music scene. In fact, Castletown has the distinction of being the first Celtic band to perform during KINK radio’s Summer Noon Tune series at Portland Pioneer Square.

Castletown has also perfumed at the Oregon State Fair, the Vancouver Recycled Arts Fair, the Portland Rose Festival, Gold Beach Brew and Arts Festival and the Astoria Seafood Festival – just to name a few. 

Castletown
Castletown performs for a wide range of audience. Some of their most appreciative audiences are seniors and those with special needs.

Still there’s something magical about playing in the local neighborhood bar. As Robert says, “We love playing venues like Mock and the Yukon. These smaller places fill up fast, and we we rarely see an empty seat in the house.”

So polish up your clogs and make sure to catch Castletown the next time they’re near you. North Portlanders can find Castletown at Yukon’s sister pub, Mock Crest Tavern, every third Thursday of the month. Or checkout their Facebook Events Calendar.

Happy clogging!

Celebrate New Years Eve with                         White Whine & Champagne

Celebrate New Years Eve with White Whine & Champagne

I don’t know if it’s proper to mix white wine with champagne, but the Yukon has never been one for convention. So this New Year’s Eve, the Yukon will be doing exactly that, as they ring in the New Year with special musical guests White Whine.

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It’s sure to be the Eastside’s craziest party of the night! 

Now if you’re a regular to the Yukon, you’ve probably heard White Wine. They’re a relatively new band, but they’ve certainly found a home within the friendly confines of the Yukon. (They perform here the first Wednesday of each month for White Whine Wednesday.) The band is quickly making a name for itself with its own unique sound, and is also known for putting its own touch on your favorite cover songs. Here’s a quick link to one of their YouTube videos. 

The music is set to start at 9 PM, to be followed by a free champagne toast at midnight.

White Whine

White Whine returns to the Yukon New Years Eve for a free performance.

Yukon Manager Ashley and her friendly bar staff will be in a party mood all night long, serving up your favorite liquid libations and the tastiest pub grub on the Eastside.

See you New Year’s Eve – Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

Neighborhood artists brush up on their Halloween painting skills

Neighborhood artists brush up on their Halloween painting skills

The Yukon drew a spirited group of painters the Sunday before Halloween to take part in the monthly Paint ’n Pints class taught by our very own Erica Peebus. This month’s challenge was to create a spooky haunted house scene, complete with a full moon and flying bats.

Now the idea of painting anything from scratch might sound scary to some, but Erica makes it fun and easy with simple step-by-step instructions along the way. She even takes the time to explain which brush to use and how to mix your primary colors in order to achieve just the right effect. And this lesson was no exception.

Erica Peebus, Paint n Pints

Erica Peebus provides friendly step-by-step instruction to her Paint n Pints students.

In fact, Erica made it so easy, that the hardest part was keeping my paintbrush out of my beer glass. (I only messed up twice.)

Paint n Pints at Yukon Tavern

Painting Tip #1: Don’t confuse your water cup for your beer glass.

Cheerful banter filled the “studio” all afternoon, with artists encouraging one another throughout the lesson. The only gripe I heard was one artist complaining that he thought his background “needed more Guinness.” Regular customers also strolled by from time to time to offer their oohs and ahs. (Everyone’s an art critic, you know!)

Paint n Pints at Yukon Tavern

The Yukon’s Paint & Pints class draws a good turnout once a month

Although every is painting the same subject, every creation is decidedly unique.There’s no right or wrong; artists are encouraged to to add their own personality to their paintings to make their works their very own. 

In less than three hours, what began as a bare canvas was transformed into a spooky Halloween scene. Just as surprisingly, most of my paint actually ended up on my canvas instead of my pants.

Paint n Pints at Yukon Tavern

One of Erica’s students provides the finishing touches to his clouds.

Erica’s Paint ’n Pints class draws lots of return students, but new painters are always invited to take part. Class size is a bit limited, however, so you’ll want to sign up with your favorite bartender just as soon as possible. Erica also teaches a second class each month at the Yukon’s sister pub, Greeley Avenue Bar & Grill.

Halloween Paint n Pints at Yukon Tavern

Every painting is delightfully unique.

While I would never classify myself an artist, I have to say this class was a lot of fun, and I will definitely be back again. If only just to see if adding Guinness to my pallet makes me a better painter.

 

 

The Yukon rocks with the Eastside’s best live music

The Yukon rocks with the Eastside’s best live music

If there are two things Portland is known for, it’s Beer and Live Music. And as luck would have it, the Yukon Tavern has you covered on both counts.

Every Friday and Saturday night, the Yukon pulls back the tables and sets the “stage” for some of the area’s best local bands. And since it is assumed that different people prefer different styles of music, the Yukon host a wide range of musical acts, ranging from Rock and Country to Celtic, Jazz, and Blues. The Yukon’s cozy laidback setting and friendly environment are a perfect combination after a long week of work.

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The Yukon serves up an eclectic mix of live music every Friday & Saturday night.

But wait, it gets even better, because the Yukon is one the few if only bars on the Eastside with no cover charge. And, no, that’s not a typo.

According to bar manager Ashley McGarr, “It’s all about providing a fun, vibrant atmosphere for our guests.” So it’s no wonder that the Yukon has come one of the hottest spots for live entertainment on the Eastside.

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Enjoy the best in live local music with no cover charge.

Love music but aren’t sure you want to dance? No worries. Just hang out with friends, meet new people, and enjoy the party atmosphere without leaving your seat.

Get here right around 6pm for Happy Hour. And treat your tastebuds to some of the best pub grub in town. (You don’t want to miss the Yukon’s signature Fish & Chips.) While you’re waiting for the band to play, you can catch your favorite team on any one of five widescreen tvs.

Ten Spiders

Check out the Events Calendar on the Yukon website for a schedule of upcoming acts.

So grab your friends and join us at Yukon Tavern this Friday and Saturday. Great food, good friends and awesome entertainment will make for an unforgettable evening.

For a schedule of upcoming live music events, click here.