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Kelly’s Olympian pub in Portland, OR.

April 11, 2010

If you find yourself in Portland Oregon and want to enjoy an adult beverage, you might try Kelly’s Olympian downtown on Washington and 4th.  The 3rd oldest bar in Portland, it has some interesting history dating back to 1902, complete with underground tunnels, Chinese immigrants, famous card games and rum running during Prohibition.  Fairly recently one of the owners decorated it with his collection of bikes, neon signs, fuel pumps, helmets, etc. 




The bikes hang from the ceiling: a few post war Triumph twins, two HD’s, an Indian Chief, BSA Gold Star Racer, a BMW /2, an A65 Bobber and a pre war BSA single.


I didn’t try the food, or see a band there, but the beers on tap were numerous and flavorful.  I recommend a trip during the day if you want a decent view of the stuff. 


Powell’s Books is right around the corner, take a look at their Technical Books store for the auto and moto stuff.  Don’t expect much for pre War bikes, but they do have some excellent books on machine shop practice…



Mrs. OcchioLungo sneaks into a photo:

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Brian B permalink
    April 12, 2010 2:07 pm

    They are going to be hosting a party for the racers and volunteers for the AHRMA event at PIR first of May. Wonder how many bikes will fit up and down the street for that? Might be as good a Show as the one put on at PIR.

  2. November 16, 2010 9:16 pm

    Where’s the dang pre-war BSA! 🙂

    • November 17, 2010 10:02 am

      hola Craig. It is in the 2nd to last photo. license plate on the front of the bike is ASV660. Twin port, high pipes, single cylinder 1930’s bike.

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