Shuffleboard is a favorite pastime of Oregonians, and there are multiple places to play in the greater Portland, Oregon region. Be aware that most indoor tables are located in bars and taverns. If you are planning to bring a family, you may want to call ahead to inquire of the appropriateness for children.
If you are used to playing on an outdoor shuffleboard court, it will take some time to get used to playing on an indoor table. The tables are built 30 inches off the ground and vary in length, from 12-22 feet. The ‘court’ design includes a foul line, a two point, and a three point line.
Top Four Shuffleboard Picks In Portland
There are over two dozen in Portland. Here are four popular ones:
1. Life of Riley Tavern is a happening place, 7 days a week. Not only can you play shuffleboard, but the tavern also offers clientele the opportunity to play darts, shoot pool, and play other games. The grill is on from open to close, with a $3-$7 menu offered every night, from 4-7 p.m. The casual sports bar is located in the Pearl District, at 300 NW 10th Avenue, Portland Oregon 97209. Phone: (503) 224-1680. http://www.lifeofrileytavern.com
2. McMenamins Backstage Bar is a great hideaway that appears to be a small bar when entering. However, the staircase leads to a loft with very nice shuffleboard tables that overlook the bar area. There is an enormous TV screen for watching sports, purported to be the largest in town. It is open from 5:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. during the week, and opens at 12:30 p.m. on the weekends. McMenamins offers a full menu. It is located at 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland Oregon 97214 Phone: (503) 236-9234. http://www.mcmenamins.com/BackStage
3. The Sandy Hut is a great spot that features plenty of fun activities. Shuffleboard, video poker, and a choice of inexpensive drinks. The menu offers great pub food, always served hot. It has an eclectic decor, friendly bartenders, and a variety of background music. It is located at 1430 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland Oregon 97232. Phone: (503) 235-7972.
4. The Watertrough Saloon offers a pleasant mix of days gone by (70’s era) and modern amenities. Shuffleboard players will enjoy the tables offered within eyesight of the TV’s that are scattered throughout the saloon. The saloon doesn’t offer a full menu, but features ‘bar snacks’ to accompany drinks. If players tire of shuffleboard, there are multiple pool tables, dartboards, and pinball machines to enjoy. The Saloon opens each afternoon at 3 p.m. and closes at 2:30 a.m. nightly. It is located at 4815 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, Oregon 97215. Phone: (503) 234-4970.