Portland, Oregon may not have a professional football franchise of its own but our neighbors to the north have one—the Seattle Seahawks. The Seattle Seahawks is the team that most Portland natives grew up watching—and the team many of us calls their own. After decades of disappointing seasons, the Seahawks sit on the verge of greatness, hosting bitter rival San Francisco 49ers this weekend for a chance to play in their second ever Super Bowl.
While those of us with an extra $300 and a day off may drive the short trip north to Seattle to watch the game in person, the game has already sold out and most of us will have to watch the game on local FOX affiliate Channel 12. Watching the game at home has its own perks, but sometimes it’s fun to get out and mingle with likeminded fans and cheer your team on enmasse—win or lose, it’s certain to be a classic matchup and why not share it with fellow Seahawk fans in Portland, Oregon?
There are many locations in the Portland/metropolitan area where you can watch the game.
Life of Riley is a Seahawk bar located at 300 NW Tenth Avenue. A corner bar and grill, Life of Riley offers a casual setting with quality food and over twenty-four beers on tap. Upstairs, you’ll find an area dedicated to watching the games… and this weekend, you’ll no doubt find a bunch of folks wearing blue and green cheering on the Hawks.
Orenco Taphouse (1198 NE Orenco Station Parkway Hillsboro), while not an official Seahawk bar, will be showing the game while providing a rotating tap of numerous Northwest brewed beers and pub snacks. Orenco Taphouse is a newer location but with huge televisions and a sophisticated clientele, it will be a great place to watch the game for those who don’t want to get too rowdy.
Churches & Community Centers provide a safe, family friendly alternative to the traditional bar scene—often projecting the game, movie theatre style. Watching the game in a church or a community center ensures that your family will be able to watch the game without being exposed to some of the vulgarities and rowdiness that may be encountered in a bar. Local churches and community centers have been showing the Super Bowl for years and there is no doubt that many will be showing the championship game this weekend as well. Simply make some calls or use the good ole’ Google machine to find out who’s closest.
Malone’s Ale House (SW 185th and Cornell in Beaverton) is a Seahawk bar located on the border of Beaverton and Hillsboro. Its prime location, amazing happy hour deals, friendly yet boisterous crowd, and numerous televisions ensure that you can watch the game no matter where you’re sitting (or standing) and make a friend or two at the same time.
Claudia’s (3006 SE Hawthorne Boulevard) is a traditional sports bar famous for their weekly poker tournaments as well as their food, beer, and astounding number of big screen televisions. Located on SE Hawthorne, Claudia’s is a great central location to watch the team play. Shoot some pool, make some friends, and enjoy watching some sports history be made.
Wherever you choose to watch the championship game this weekend, we hope for a safe experience for players and fans alike. If you plan to drink while watching the game, be sure to have a designated driver or call a cab. It would be a shame to have the Seahawks make the Super Bowl and have you not be around to see it.