St Johns: A Portland Dive Bar Wonderland
What’s up with the St Johns neighborhood in Portland and why are there so many good dive bars there?
Well, a peek at the history of this chunk of North Portland reveals blue collar roots and an industrial heritage since being incorporated as it’s own city in 1902.
Brutally (it’s called hyperbole people) annexed by Portland in 1915, St Johns has grown and changed over the years, but also managed to retain it’s own distinct flavor.
Situated on a tip of land at the merge of 2 rivers (Willamette and Columbia), it has a gorgeous and iconic bridge as it’s namesake. Lots of beautiful outdoor spaces around these parts including the grounds of the University of Portland.
Unique theaters, music venues, shops and restaurants abound, but we are most interested in the dive bar offerings (duh).
10, count ‘em 10! Dive bars reviewed in this neighborhood. So far!
Likely a delightful remnant of it’s blue collar origins, St Johns is dive bar country. The pickins are easy here, like shooting fish in a barrel!
Many of the bars are a mere stone’s throw apart from one another. And this is why you should go there and taste the bounty.
Scroll Down below the google map info for a list and photos of the St Johns Dive Bars we’ve visited (so far)
St Johns Dive Bars we’ve visited (so far), in no particular order:
Photos by Steven Shomler
Website Wizardry by Arthur Breur
Photos of Dive Bars in St Johns
Marie’s in St Johns
Blue Bird Tavern in St Johns
Slim’s in St Johns
The Wishing Well in St Johns
The Twilight Room in St Johns
Over Easy Bar in St Johns
The 2 Point Inn in St Johns
Your Inn Tavern in St Johns
The Ranger Tavern in St Johns
The Perch Bar and Grill in Johns
St Johns Dive Bars