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Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern

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Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty TavernSaraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern
BA SCORE
96
world-class

43 Ratings
Ratings: 43
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.38
pDev: 6.62%
Taps: 10
Bottles: 200
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery, Store ]

1004 N Killingsworth St
Portland, Oregon, 97217-2222
United States
phone: (503) 206-4252

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @saraveza

Notes:
Open Daily: 11:00am - 12:00am

(Place added by: msubulldog25 on 11-26-2008)
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Photo of wolffman17
4.36/5  rDev -0.5%

Saraveza is in a way, for a lack of better words, quaint. This small, neighborhood bar gives the feeling you've stepped back a few decades with its old coolers and vintage beer signs and decoration. Even the tap handles are vintage U.S. breweries. The narrow space has booths on one side and the beer cap-covered bar on the other. Much like Belmont Station, there's bottles to gaze at for while sipping on your current beer. Bonus points for being a very clean place.

Nice bartender...seemed like he enjoyed being there. I can't stand it when you can tell that the bartender/server would rather be somewhere else. He was helpful with any questions we had.

Tons of beer to choose from in the coolers. I fortunately found a lone bottle of Cascade Sang Royal which was not available at other places including Racoon Lodge. Another similarity to Belmont Station is they don't have a ton of taps, but the offerings available do not disappoint. I enjoyed The Bruery Black Orchard and Roots Woody IPA.

I highly recommend Saraveza...great little beer joint.

wolffman17, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of GreenCard
4.44/5  rDev +1.4%

Found out about this place through Twitter when there was a "Tweet" about Upright Brewing doing a firkin-ified release of their #6. So, my wife and I made the trek from SE up to North Portland. And I'm glad we did!

The selection in this place is AMAZING. Their bottled domestic craft beers and the international selections included. Some really brilliant beers stored in retro fridge units along two walls. They had about 6 taps or so with some fizzy yellow beers for the unadventurous drinkers and the rest were craft beers.

The bar is quite small, so it's not one you'd really "sidle up to" and hang out, but there is some seating available. Though it seemed a bit cramped, it was cozy. Especially if you're a beer lover! It's one of those places you lament not being closer to where you live. Lucky bastards in NoPo and NE!

I listed the value as "a bit pricey" because 2.5 pints, two small Lindemann's Cassis bottles, a 22 oz. of Jongleur, and a 22 oz. of Saion Dupont cost me $60 including the tip. Came as a bit of a surprise because I didn't see any price lists available for the bottled beers. I should have asked, but still. That pretty much killed my beer budget for the rest of the month!

GreenCard, May 18, 2009
Photo of msubulldog25
4.13/5  rDev -5.7%

Saraveza opened recently (late summer 2008) along a fairly threadbare, but much improved, stretch of N Killingsworth, almost opposite Portland Community College. The tavern takes up one-half of a modest brick building, spruced up by proprietor/bartenderess Sarah Pederson, a Wisconsin native with a knack for Midwestern pub kitch and a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan. Before opening Saraveza, Pederson ran one of the Pix Patisseries (argueably among the best dessert stops in the city) and even interned for a while with Alan Sprints at Hair of the Dog. All that to say, she's got street cred...

The tavern isn't very big, in square footage terms, but manages to cram alot inside. Aged hardwood floors, large street-facing windows and an array of couches and tall, bottlecap-encrusted tables give the front half a comfortable 'living room' feel. This is where people hang out, play Scrabble or Yahtzee, sip a pint. Along two walls are a pair of massive green reach-ins - the 'bottle shop' - which hold a surprisingly diverse assortment of local/regional bottles, many imported craft standards and a few rare curiosities I've honestly never seen before. Purchases 'to-go' are discounted a little.

The back half of the space is more like a 'traditional' bar, a cleaned-up version of a Midwestern dive. 10 tap handles pour an eclectic mix of Oregon craft brews (Amnesia, Double Mountain, Fort George and Cascade all earn a spot) an interloper (Monchshof Festbier ran dry, so Pliny the Elder replaced it!) and a nod to the past (a dedicated tap for Rainier). Seating in this area is a few cozy booths and a couple tabletops lining a brick wall, clustered about a bar with several stools and a glass-strewn backdrop. 'Classic' beer signs and paraphernalia (think Blatz, Ballantine, Hamm's, Schlitz and the like) dot the walls and hold court on a shelf above the bar.

Visited twice so far, once on a sleepy Saturday, when my wife and I were just about the only patrons; today is different - final game of the NFL season and Packer Nation is out in full force (watching the Pack complete Detroit's 0-16 run of ineptitude). Service downgrades a little with the game on (projected on the rear wall), but it's still quick and affable.

Food is modest pub-grub (salty snacks, meats/cheeses, gameday grilled brats), a couple soups, and, of course, the pasty. There are several variations of the meat/veggie-filled staple to pick from, including the 'Nater' or 'Nater Potater' and a daily special (had a nice BBQ one the last visit). It's not high cuisine, but it's definitely hearty and tasty fare. (Speaking of 'tasty', that word does NOT rhyme with 'pasty' - much to our uninformed embarassment on the first visit. Does, however, rhyme with 'nasty'...which ISN'T to say it tastes that way...).

Definitely a worthy beer stop and a fun place to visit on game day or during one of their occasional tasting/'meet the brewer' nights. Recommended (even if you're a fan of the Bears, Vikings, Lions or any other NFL team...).

msubulldog25, Dec 28, 2008
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Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern in Portland, OR
96 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.