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  • We Are One of the Best Neighborhood Bars in Portland

    At least,The Oregonian says we are

    Three years after opening, The Old Gold has become exactly what it was always meant to be: a catchall bar with a few good beers, some straightforward cocktails, and the best whiskey list you'll find this far north (at least until you hit Seattle). We could talk about the nerdy posters on the wall, the hardy Bay Area sports fandom, the Adidas-clad customers visiting from the sportswear company's campus down the road. But everything you really need to know is written on a wall-sized chalkboard on the right as you walk in the door, where dozens of bourbons and ryes, from cheap firewater to $30-a-glass luxuries, are spelled out in a punctilious script. There's even an Elmer T. Lee bottled specifically for The Old Gold from a barrel hand-selected by the owners in Kentucky. Order it with a big rock.
    Who's sitting next to you? Guy in a red baseball cap, drinking Rainier.
    Signature drink: Bourbon.

  • Come Watch Every Single San Francisco 49ers Game

    Once again, we are dusting off the TV remote controls and will broadcast each and every San Francisco 49ers game this season, from Week One until they win the Super Bowl (probably against the Oakland Raiders). Come dressed in your finest red and gold—or khakis, if you really like Jim Harbaugh—and we'll see you this Sunday. 

  • The Curriculum of Cuisine Benefit

    A personal favorite organization of the Old Gold kitchen staff, The Curriculum of Cuisine imports chefs into school classrooms and presents students with the chance to learn valuable culinary skills via hands-on lessons. On Wednesday, September 17 we will be donating a portion of all sales to this worthy non-profit charity. Come on by to support these fine folks.

  • Survival Football 2014

    Back by popular demand, it's our annual dorky Survival Football League. Fantasy football leagues are for smart people who know what a Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is (he's a real person and a Green Bay Packer, too), instead we are going with the sheer, blind luck of a Survival Football League. 

    In case you are unaware, in Survival Football you predict the winner of one pro football game each week. If you are correct, you advance to the next week and pick again. If you are incorrect, you are eliminated. Simple as that. 

    What's in it for you? Well, besides the sheer glory of toppling your fellow bar patrons? The winning football survivalist will take home a $40 Old Gold Gift Certificate, an Old Gold T-Shirt of your choosing, and you'll get to come up with a drink special of your choice that we'll serve up to thirsty patrons during a NFL playoff game.

    To sign up, go here (and select "Join a League")
    League ID: 18643 
    Password: beer

    Good luck, and may Johnny Football be with you!

  • Tiki Takeover!

    Sometimes there's more to life than whiskey.  

    To coincide with this sweltering summer we're having, we are debuting our very first annual Tiki Takeover night! On Thursday, August 21st we will be mixing up cocktails from tropical locales, slow-roasting a Kalua pig, and cramming colorful parsoles into each and every drink. All this, and an island-friendly musical playlist that will NOT feature the Beach Boys' "Kokomo." 

  • Elmer T. Lee Old Gold Edition

    It was the trip of a lifetime.

    Oh sure, there are ponies and wooden bats and the greatest pugilist of all time, but Kentucky Bourbon is what truly holds a special place in our heart. This past May we headed to the Bluegrass State in order to personally select a barrel of our favorite bourbon to ever touch the inside of a barrel, Elmer T. Lee.

    Vocal admirers long before his passing last year, Elmer T. Lee is generally the first bourbon we recommend to customers looking to expand their whiskey horizons. Our bartenders all have bottles at home. It's a bourbon we believe in. So that's how we found ourselves tucked away in the tranquil grounds of the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY, presented with four pristine barrels of Elmer T. Lee, the namesake single barrel bourbon of the distillery's former master distiller.

    After much plunging of the whiskey thief, intricate note-taking, and some careful deliberation, we unanimously selected "Barrel #4." Our selection was a fantastic nine-year-old bourbon with deep notes of cherry, slight spice from the rye in the mashbill, and a pristine, smooth finish. We were giddy, to say the least. After months of waiting—it is bottled by hand, after all—our very own Elmer T. Lee (complete with Old Gold sticker on each and every bottle) has arrived in Portland. 

    This won't be our final foray into barrel programs, but it's going to be hard to top a bourbon this fine.   Come on by the bar and give our Old Gold edition of Elmer T. Lee a try—while supplies last—we're confident you'll be as excited as we are. 

  • 100 Days of Hefe

    The folks at Widmer have Hefeweizen for days. 100 days, in fact.

    And in honor of their 100 Days of Hefeweizen celebration, we are teaming with Widmer for a Portland Timbers watch party this Saturday (August 16) at 4:30pm. In addition to televising the match, we'll have Hefeweizen on draft, custom Hefeweizen cocktails, plus we'll even have a food special that utilizes our favorite wheat beer as well. 

  • O'Trivia Newton-John Has Returned!

    After taking a couple months off to rest our respective brains, O'Trivia Newton-John is returning to the Old Gold on Tuesday, July 29. Gather up a team of your smartest pals, show up at 8pm (or a little before, to get yourself a table), and win prizes and glory from the greatest trivia night around.

    For those unaware, the questions at O'Trivia Newton-John are a wee bit different than your typical trivia fare. There are no stiff, boring questions about obscure historial figures (sorry, Hannibal Hamlin), instead we tend to focus on pop culture, Portland happenings, and oddball questions like: "Air Force Fighter Jet or Brand of Malt Liquor? (Silver Thunder sounds like a jet, but it's really a terrible malt liquor), "Red Lobster Menu Item or Cat Food Flavor?" (Despite it's name, "Ocean Explosion" is actually a cat food flavor), or "How much is a 16 oz. T-Bone steak at the Acropolis?" ($9.50, as if you didn't already know).

    For more fun questions like this, come on out to this month's O'Trivia Newton-John.