Saraveza Bottle Shop & Pasty Tavern
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4.26/5 rDev -2.3%
Stopped by today for a first time visit. Definitely will not be the last time...
Saraveza is another one of your rather typical low key, Portland watering holes that amazes you with how well they manage to do everything. This place looks a lot like an old time deli, but one that just happens to have a killer selection of beer. In addition to the well thought out draft list (7+ craft, 2 Belgian imports and Hamms), they have a very good selection of bottles for in house consumption or take home. The atmosphere and ambiance just doesn't get much better. There are all kinds of interesting brick a brack, and the bomber and sixpacks are kept in old fashioned looking (not sure how old they really are) lime green coolers. They have a considerable amount of historical beer paraphenalia spread around, and I really got a kick out of the beer cap bar top they have at the main bar. I have to say the old fashioned macro swill tap handles (Schlitz regular and the bull, stag, old milwaulkie, ranier, etc.) were a very nice added touch I thought. The place is fairly small (the modest size bar is in the middle, with some tables and chairs in the front area, and then some booths in the back). The comfy, low key, friendly vibe had me instantly relaxed in this low key setting.
Service was very, very friendly, with the bartender fairly knowledgable about the beers on tap. This particular day, I had a glass of draft gose from Cascade, followed by a bottle of the excellent El Camino. The other geezers to the left of me (I have to include myself in that number these days) were all having large mugs of hamms with their rather delicious looking meat and veggies pasties. Didn't try any food, though I was tempted to try some of the interesting looking sausages the cook was grilling outside on the sidewalk just outside the door.
As for prices here, my glass of the gose and the in house el camino came to a whopping $7.50.
Maybe there are other places as cool as the Saraveza (God knows I'll certainly keep on looking), but there's no getting around that this was a fun and very high quality stop.
04-05-2010 21:12:21 | More by John_M
3.95/5 rDev -9.4%
A: Pretty cool place settked in a residential spot much like most Portland area bars. The decor os rather interesting to say the least. Pretty laid back vibe. You can definitely tell the owner is from Wisconsin.
Q: The beer and food I had was quality but the Jalapeno poppers gave me severe heartburn for hours despite Rx strength medication
S: Nice, prompt with no issues attitude or slowness
S: Draft list was pretty boring but the bottles were nice. I snagged a Blend Love during my visit
F: Pretty good
04-14-2012 12:55:01 | More by barleywinefiend
4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
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...).
12-28-2008 20:57:01 | More by msubulldog25
4.58/5 rDev +5%
Wonderful place! Just a few mins walk from the train stop. I was fortunate to have arrived during an IPA draft special wherein they had something like 5-7 IPA's on tap. Sampler was nice and allowed me to try nearly all of them.
Good representation of regional beers, especially hoppy stuff.
Service was impeccable & friendly beyond expectations. I wish more people were like this in the service industry. Our pasties were tasty and the fruit appetizer was interesting as well.
There's a lot of character in this place.
08-08-2010 17:18:28 | More by yemenmocha
4.3/5 rDev -1.4%
Visited 2.18.10, funky space, a lot of vintage brewer memorabiia. 10 seat bar, a few booths in the back and 6-8 tables in front. Decent selection of quality beers from 10 taps, and several hundred bottles properly stored in retro coolers (with PtE in plain sight!). Prices were pretty good, especially for the draft selections. While I didn't try the pasties (which were a bit small) I understand they are quite excellent. I did have the pickle plate, which turned out to be a pretty funky pairing with the RR Consecration. The bar help was excellent, they were working hard for the money. About 5 blocks from TriMet stop, though the neighborhood is borderline sketchy. A real quality space, great beer selection, phenomenal staff. Hope to catch an event or two here in the future. Well worth a visit.
02-20-2010 18:17:27 | More by jdense
4.13/5 rDev -5.3%
The interior is great. The tables with the bottle cap collages are very cool to look at...a great conversation piece. As is all the decor and beer signage on the walls and everywhere else. It's a bit of clusterfuck in terms of decor but that's just fine. Better than nothing to look at.
Has a modest but excellent bottle selection. There are a decent amount of taps and generally some good stuff to try out. They are good about creating a balance between average and very high quality and rare beers.
The bartenders are very friendly and there is usually a good mood in the place when you roll in, which is super nice.
The vintage fridges give off a bit of must that drives me nuts every time I walk in...but...they look cool and I forget about it every time I sit down and enjoy myself.
A super cool spot. Love the branding and exterior signage...great design work.
03-11-2010 23:42:59 | More by djbreezy
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