Want to have a night out in Portland, OR, with your friends and have it benefit your favorite charity? If you answered "yes," then grab some friends and head over to the recently opened, family-friendly Oregon Public House, where all profits are donated to charity.
Oregon Public House has successfully combined two of Oregonians favorite things: good beer and supporting important causes. They have a rotating list of charities they support, including Friends of the Children, Friends of Trees, The Neo Fund, My Voice Music, Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center, Black United Fund, Habitat for Humanity and Compassion First.
Oregon Public House — Photo courtesy of Oregon Public House
Customers have a chance to decide where the proceeds of their food and drink purchases go to from a short list of local charities. In the first week that the public house was open, they raised $2,000 for charities.
The charity list is not the only rotating item at Oregon Public House: the beers are, too. They strive to always have a variety of good beers on tap, ensuring that there is always something for everyone. Many of the beers are from the Pacific Northwest, but they also offer imported beers as well. They do not make any of their own beers.
Along with beers, Oregon Public House offers tasty pub food like sweet potato tots, beer-battered fries, hamburgers, nachos, sandwiche, and salads. They even have banana rum ketchup to complement your meal.
The staff is friendly, which is great considering that most of them are volunteering their time and not working for pay. This is part of the reason that you bus your own table when you are finished eating. The atmosphere is casual and kid-friendly. They have a kids' menu as well as a kids' play area. There are gluten-free and vegan options available, and they are easily able to accommodate groups.
With a daily happy hour each day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and a nightly happy hour from 9 p.m. to close each day, it is a great place to hang out, have a pint and support charity.