Black Cat Pub

8230 SE 13th Ave
(503) 235-3571
get there via trimet
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Black Cat Tavern
the taps at Black Cat
more photos, including the beer garden
Okay, I've been totally charmed by the Black Cat Tavern. It's so old Sellwood! It looks like a dive from the outside, and it is a bit of one. It's smoky even in mid-afternoon, and there's this crusty, cranky aura, which seems both friendly and irritable at the same time. When we walked up to the bar, we were warned not to try the stock ale on tap. So of course, we had to ask for a taste... and it was awful. Thanks, bartender!

So, of course there's beer (Terminal Gravity IPA, Sierra Nevada Pale, Widmer Hefeweizen, Fat Tire, and Guinness, among other things). Pints are $3.50 (Guinness, natch, is more). They offer free WiFi, video games, video crack, pool, and shuffleboard(!), as well as a spacious and excellent beergarden, open noon to dusk. I mean, I wish my backyard looked this good. And, you can reserve it for your party, and/or bring your own grillables, which is great since the food there is limited to snacks.

Oh, and need to take away some beer? They're licensed to sell beer to go.

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