Originally a beer parlor and gambling hall catering to loggers and longshoremen, Besaw’s opened its doors in 1903 under owners George Besaw and Medric Liberty with the generous help of Henry Weinhard, one of the best known brewery owners in the nation. An immediate success with locals and tourists alike, Besaw’s was conveniently located en route to the 1905 Lewis & Clark Exposition, a Grand Outdoors Bazaar akin to the Worlds’ Fair.
After prohibition, Besaw’s was granted the first liquor license in the state of Oregon, a fact we proudly boast to this day. Since then there have been many manifestations of Besaw’s, from fry house to diner to brunch sensation, but this summer, we’re blowing out NW Savier Street in honor of all of our friends, neighbors, and loyal customers whose patronage has kept Besaw’s a Portland institution for over a century! All proceeds benefit Friendly House, a NW neighborhood charity that creates a thriving community by connecting people of all ages and backgrounds through quality educational, recreational and other life-sustaining services.
We hope you’ll invite your family and friends, and join us for a turn-of-the-century Grand Outdoors “Bizarre” filled with oddities, eccentricities, and all the llamas you can kiss. Seriously. Brandish your brawn in honor of our longshoreman forebears with tests of strength! Eat your weight in corn dogs, a marvel of modern invention! Learn to breathe fire… or, for legal purposes, perhaps we’ll just let you watch someone else do it! There’ll be exhibits, live music, food, magic, mystery, you name it (there may even a be a Prohibition-era “speakeasy” to help quench your thirst)!
Stage lineup, attractions and fun Besaw’s history can be found on our “official” 110 website.
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Hope to see you there!