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  • Niners Weekend is the Greatest Weekend

    Are you ready for some figure skating football? Good 'ole fashioned, hard-hitting, concussion-denying, touchdown dancing, American Football. 

    Our beloved San Francisco 49ers take on the Seattle Seahawks—and their totally rational fanbase—in the NFL Championship game this Sunday at 3:30pm. By popular demand, we'll be serving up chowder in a bread bowl for the hungry fans in red and gold. Come out early to stake out a spot.

  • Come Say Goodbye to 2013 at The Old Gold

    It's the end of the year, so you know what that means: Tiny party hats. And noisemakers. And—most importantly—champagne. Lots of champagne. 

    Come celebrate to start of 2014 with us on Tuesday, January 31. There will be a special champagne cocktail menu, drinks specials, and (if you ask politely enough) tiny party hats. 

  • This Christmas, Give the Gift of Knowledge. Whiskey Knowledge.

    Our next Whiskey 101 class will be held on Saturday, January 25 at 1pm. For $30, eager pupils will taste a half-dozen variations of this fine spirit, in addition to being schooled by our oh-so-wise professor Andrew Finkelman. Oh, and there are snacks as well. 

    Since it's the holiday season, we're offering a limited number of Whiskey 101 gift certificates.
    Buy one for a friend. Or yourself, we won't tell.

  • See Where This Shirt Takes You

    As former daily riders of the #6 bus, we're excited to release this new Old Gold "See Where it Takes You" T-shirt. You don't have to ride the rails of public transport to apprecite this stylish two color design printed on Heather Grey Alternative Apparel shirts by the kind folks at Moreland Print

  • We Have Pappy Van Winkle. And We Are (Sort of) Giving It Away.

    First off, we love all things under the great bourbon umbrella that is the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. Their incredibly rare bottles are a real treat and all bourbon lovers should try at least one (or more) of their fine spirits. 

    But, frankly, it's getting ridiculous. We field daily requests about our Pappy stock, the secondary market is comically inflated by those with the deepest of pockets, and you might as well store your bottles in a bank vault unless you want this to happen. It's Beatlemania in a bottle, and the hype is deafening. We can price our selection of Pappy Van Winkle at almost any price and someone will buy it. 

    But we won't do that. 
    Instead, we are giving away our Pappy Van Winkle.

    From now until the end of January, any customer that completes a Whiskey Achiever card at The Old Gold will get a taster pour of the Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year or the Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 Year.

    For free.* 

    We're nothing without our regulars and we love our Whiskey Achievers, so consider this an added bonus for joining our little club for whiskey lovers. And for those who aren't members, feel free to start a card next time you are in the bar (much like the Pappy, it's free). 

    And worry not, those who want to buy a Pappy: We'll be selling the Old Rip Van Winkle 10yr and the Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20yr.

    *Well, technically for one cent because our friendly state-run liquor board frowns on free alcohol, even if it's one of the world's rarest bottles.

  • The Old Gold and JVA Forever

    The adage is true: You don't choose your customers, your customers choose you.

    We can't quite remember the exact day when this very bar was seized by a posse of paisley bicyclists, but once it happened, there was no turning back. 

    To those in the know, Team JVA—also known as Jens Voigt's Army or The Paisley Pestilence of the Peloton—is one of the finest bicyclist teams in the land. To the less informed who still think Rad is the finest moment in cycling history (like us!), they are the kindest patrons any bar could ever wish for. So when a sponsorship opportunity arrived, we leapt at the opportunity to slap our logo on their spandex. We're proud to lend our support to such a great group of cyclists and friends. 

  • Orange You Glad We Got New Shirts?

    It's Fall, so no better time to slip on one of our new "Drink in Oregon" tees. Handsomely made by the good people at Moreland Print, these shirts are available in Small-2XL. Like all shirts we make, when these sell out, they are gone for good. If you can't make it into the bar, you can grab one right here.

  • Russell's Reserve Tasting

    There are few things we like in this world more than recommending a new (or not-so-new) whiskey to a close friend. Despite it's mouthful of a title, the new Russell's Reserve Small Batch Single Barrel Bourbon is one such whiskey that we love to tell everyone about.

    But instead of hearing us yammering on about it, the one and only Stuart Ramsay will be at the Old Gold on Wednesday, November 6 offering up tastings of three different Russell's Reserve bottles. Our guest host will be serving up $5—oh my god, that is inexpensive—flights of all three offerings, or a single shot, paired with the delicious Widmer Alt beer. We'll be doing this from 5-8pm, so please come on over and taste what just might be your new favorite whiskey.