fickleone did you ever hear of this one? I hadn't. It's in North Portland. A "rock 'n roll hotel'--legendary? Had you heard of this place? Is it because it's in North Portland -- perhaps it was a "legendary" local hangout. Or perhaps it's just hype.
So now I think Bob and I need to travel to each McMenamin's. Kinda like some folks "collect" travels to lighthouses or something. Too bad--we were just in Sunriver--there's one in Bend now too.
Yes, I know, I'm drunk and obsesing on something stupid.
ETA: Oooo. Tall tales of resident spirits. They need to film an SPN episode there. Of course they could do the same at Edgefield. We had a department event there and a couple of staffers who claimed they were "senstive" were completely spooked out there. Wouldn't surprise me as Edgefield was the local poor farm.
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THE LEGENDARY WHITE EAGLE ROCK 'N' ROLL HOTEL
Experience nightly live music and memorable lodging at one of Portland's oldest bars
Nestled in North Portland's industrial neighborhood, underneath the mighty span of the city's Fremont Bridge, the legendary White Eagle Cafe and Rock 'n' Roll Hotel echoes with tall tales of resident spirits, poker games and Shanghai tunnels, as it has since its opening in 1905.
Originally a civic and social hub for Portland's Polish immigrants, today the place is known for its vintage charm and nightly rock 'n' roll shows. By establishing residency at the White Eagle in the early '70s, rockers such as The Holy Modal Rounders and blues man Robert Cray helped launch the bar's live music tradition. Drop-in acts such as the Isley Brothers, ZZ Top and Big Walter Horton were followed in the '80s by Northwest music icons including Paul deLay, Curtis Salgado, Norman Sylvester, Terry Robb, Pete Karns, Jon Koonce and Steve Bradley.
Upstairs, the Eagle's 11 original lodging rooms offer simple charm and a definite Old World sensibility. A separate, outdoor entrance leads overnight guests upstairs to narrow, winding hallways and spare yet welcoming rooms that beckon guests with their chenille-covered beds and antique furniture and lamps. Named for a variety of Holy Modal Rounder tunes, historic photos of the band's performances here line the walls and painted lyric adorn the walls of each lodging room. With its nightly live music tradition, the hotel is not for the light sleeper -- a McMenamins Distillery Pear Brandy nightcap may be in order!
An intimate beer garden outdoors is popular during warmer months and inside the Saloon, a massive oak back-bar serves up McMenamins' handcrafted ales, wines and spirits along with a menu of tasty, satisfying pub fare. The venerable saloon's gorgeous ceramic-tiled floor, corner stage and compelling artwork all contribute to the strong sense of places that envelopes visitors to this Portland legend.
After a Blazers game or a concert at the Rose Garden, or a tradeshow at the Convention center, the White Eagle is now more accessible than ever thanks to the new MAX Yellow Line that drops folks off a mere block away.