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Secrets of the Season

Rock Stars of Oregon Coast Bars

Dahlia performs at Watering Hole, Nehalem (Keith Schreiner at right; the keyboardist is playing didgeridoo)

(Oregon Coast) – Nightlife on the Oregon coast is going through a bit of a renaissance as of late, with business people becoming increasingly aware that the entertainment needs of tourists from the valley are getting more and more sophisticated. Just hosting a blues jam or having a couple of lowbrow beer specials won’t always do the trick, especially with visitors from Portland, who require some sort of higher form of entertainment at night.

As the coast gets more popular, more people are snagging second homes in the region, and groups of twentysomethings and thirtysomethings join that demographic. This is a group that is accustomed to a plentiful nightlife scene at home.

Yachats Wine Trader, the latest wine bar in Yachats

Keith Schreiner, keyboardist for Portland band Dahlia, sees the writing on the wall, especially after a recent and quite successful show in a bar in Nehalem. “I came from New York,” Schreiner said. “And you could go out to the beach at the Hamptons, enjoy the surf and sun and nature, and stuff. But at night, you had cool clubs to go to. Sometimes you wanted a bit of sophisticated New York life at night, even though you were on vacation.”

Arch Cape Property Services. Dozens of homes in that dreamy, rugged stretch between Cannon Beach and Manzanita known as Arch Cape. Oceanfront and ocean view , or just a short walk from the sea.
All homes are immaculate and smoke free; some pet friendly (with a fee). Some with broadband, indoor or outdoor hot tubs, fireplaces, decks, and fire pits or barbecues. Call about tempting winter specials that go until March (not valid holidays, however). www.archcaperentals.com 866-436-1607.

The expansion of wine bars popping up all over the coast is another indicator of this. There’s a whole upscale demographic that’s historically been left out of things to do at night on the Oregon coast. But now they’re being given an option at places like Yachats Wine Trader or Yummy in Seaside.

It’s in that spirit that BeachConnection.net presents this small tour of interesting nightlife possibilities for the intrepid explorer. Like so many aspects of the coast, there’s much more than you think lurking beneath the surface.

Spacey lounge at Pudgy's


Pudgy’s: Unattractive name – great bar. What a loungy experience it is, too. The place has quite a retro feel to it. Apparently it’s been nicknamed the “Star Trek bar” at times over the years, because it sometimes looks like one of those kooky old episodes of the series where Kirk is hitting on some blond in the lounge of a starbase somewhere.

It’s here where the famed “Bubble Man” of Seaside sometimes hangs (he’s a quirky fixture around town, with his massive flurry of soap bubbles he lets loose to entertain kids). A couple of the older ladies that work here are tremendous people – but we’ve unfortunately forgotten their names. 227 Broadway. (503) 738-8330.

For over 80 years a favorite of Seaside visitors. 51 oceanfront condos, individually owned and decorated. Suites for couples, small apartments with fireplaces and kitchenettes, one or two bed family units with fireplaces, kitchens and dining rooms. Oceanview cottages sleep anywhere from two to eight, w/ two bedrooms, some with lofts, fireplaces and kitchens. Heated outdoor pool, enormous grounds w/ picnic tables - all at quiet southern end of Seaside.Girtles: If you dig karaoke - or even if you don't - check out Bucky behind the Music Machine. An interesting mix of KJ and live performance, Bucky stretches the boundaries of the oft-maligned role of KJ to nifty new heights. It's fascinating to watch technically - and fun as heck. It’s not unlike that “karaoke from Hell” in Portland, where you actually perform with a live band – but without that lanky goofball leader of the band, none of that “we’re all so precious” attitude from the band and participants, and a little more high tech. You'll find him there all week - on weekends with his band. 311 Broadway. (503) 738-8417.

Cannon Beach

Bill's Tavern: The homebrewed beer is celebrated, and the place is supposedly haunted by a ghost. You pick which is the Rock Star of this long-venerated hangout. Hemlock St. (503) 436-2202.

Warren House (with Kyle behind the bar)

Warren House Pub: It’s quite possible this is one of the coolest bars in the state. There’s nothing that sticks out about it: no funky gimmicks or twists on the bar scene. It’s just a great little bar with no smoking that is exceptionally friendly, laidback, and not too upscale but neither a dive by any means. The locals that are regulars here are wonderful folk.

The drinks here really stand out at times, with some interesting and innovative takes on mixology. Like the “Roo Paul” (booze in a root beer float of sorts).

Then there’s Kyle – one of the coolest bartendresses you’ll ever meet. Quick wit and great conversation are just the beginning of her exceptional qualities. 3301 South Hemlock. (503) 436-1130.

Lincoln City Vacation Homes Something for everyone: smaller homes with a view to a large house that sleeps 15. All are either oceanfront or just a few steps away – all with a low bank access and fantastic views. Most are in the Nelscott area; one is close to the casino. You’ll find a variety of goodies: fireplaces, multiple bedrooms, dishwashers, Jacuzzis, washer/dryers, hot tubs, cable TV, VCR, barbecues; there’s a loft in one, and another sprawling home has two apartments. Pets allowed in some homes – ask first. Each comes with complete kitchens. Most have seventh night free. Prices range from winter $85 to summer $230 per night. www.getaway2thecoast.com. 541-994-8778.

Nehalem Bay

Nehalem Bay Winery

Nehalem Bay Winery: By far one of the coolest booze-slingers on the coast (although it's only wine and not booze), Melissa is the hostess-with-the-mostess. Otherwise known as Mel, she not only provides excellent and exuberant advice for the wine tasting experience, but she steers the course of the winery's always-exceptional entertainment as well. Hwy 53 - between Wheeler and Nehalem. 888-368-9463.

San Dune Pub: The bar itself is one cozy bit of fun, with loads of lovely locals and regulars who inhabit these woodsy surroundings.

But a favorite of BeachConnection.net’s will always be Tamra, who continually graces the other side of the bar and shines with her ability to not only pour well but has an exuberant personality. She’s also pretty funny. Laneda Ave. (503) 368-5080.

Dancing this mess around at Watering Hole

Watering Hole: Some truly cool things are starting to happen in this sizable bar in the middle of nowhere. It began with a dizzying display of electronic DJ’ing, which defied anything else going on up and down the entire coast. Then, they dared to bring in electronic band Dahlia from Portland, which was essentially bleeding edge for any coastal bar. Now, there’s a regular lineup of cool bands, DJ’s and other forms of entertainment looming, which will result in some stunning new ways to have fun on the north coast.

Manager Marcus is the recipient of the official “rock star of coastal bars” title for this club, for his visionary approach to bringing a bit of Portland nightlife to the beach. Also exceptional fun are bartender ladies Sarah and Ali, who may well be the two most beautiful creatures on the entire coast. Highway 101, Nehalem (a half mile s. of Manzanita). 503-368-4990.

Rick's in Rockaway

Rockaway Beach

Rick’s Roadhouse Bar & Grill. Finally, another decent bar in Rockaway, and this one’s a real gem. Classy yet not pretentious, owner Rick has brought a shot in the arm to the area with his new bar. Karaoke at night (run by the owner himself), super friendly locals, some excellent service and stellar food all typify what is quickly becoming a hotspot among residents, part time locals and tourists. Plus it’s no smoking, which is such a pleasant thing these days. Highway 101, Rockaway Beach. 503-355-2052.

Breathtaking high panoramic beach views from oceanfront rooms, spacious family suites & fully equipped cottages.  Known for gracious hospitality, the sparkling clean Sea Horse features a heated indoor pool, dramatic oceanfront spa, great whale watching, free deluxe continental breakfast, conference room, free casino shuttle & HBO.  Fireplaces, private decks and spas are available in select rooms.  Close to shops, golf, fishing & restaurants.  Pets are welcome in select rooms.  Senior discounts.  Kids 18 and under stay free in their parent's room.  Very attractive rates.

20 gorgeous homes sleep up to 18; doubled that with some side-by-side homes. Some pet friendly. Cottages to massive homes; new oceanfront to renovated historic beach houses. All over central coast w/ Lincoln City, Otter Rock, Boiler Bay and Nye Beach. Long list of features, including barbecues, large decks, antique furnishings, wood stoves, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, Jacuzzis and hot tubs. Most have movies, music, books. Gift basket w/ goodies in each

Lincoln City

Gary behind the machine at Maxwell's

Maxwell's: Every night is karaoke night at this lovely bar in the middle of things in town, with the usual helping of kooky locals and wacky tourists enjoying themselves a little too much at time.

Mr. Gary mans the mikes most nights of the week (making it “Garyoke,” it seems), providing a confidence-inducing touch and yet a truly personable and courteous approach to the KJ thing. A fabulous book here includes thousands of selections – including some wonderful rarities from David Bowie, Peter Gabriel and even Brit monsters Manic Street Preachers. Now how cool is that? There’s not even a place in Portland that has this many Manics tunes.

Meanwhile, behind the bar lurks the always-agreeable, redheaded Shalom, whose adept pouring arm and bubbly personality makes her one of the best behind any bar on these shores. 1643 NW Highway 101. (541) 994-8564.

STARFISH POINT Newport - Offers only the finest in luxury condominium lodging. Every unit is focused on the beauty of the sea and the beach.
All units boast two bedrooms, two bathrooms, designer kitchens, wireless broadband Internet, fireplaces, Jacuzzi’s and private decks. Friendly staff dedicated to high quality and superb customer service. 140 NW 48th Street, Newport. (541) 265-3751. (800) 870-7795. www.starfishpoint.com

Roadhouse 101: Essentially, the whole staff at this gargantuan facility is stellar, with lots of warmth exuded at regular intervals. Their expert cocktail manipulation doesn't hurt for that fuzzy feeling, either. The bar itself is a cavernous wonder, with some of the biggest crowds you’ll ever find on the entire coast. Some pretty darned good blues bands haunt this place, giving it some of the finest you'll encounter in Lincoln County. 4649 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City. (541) 994-7729. www.roadhouse101.com.

A mish-mash of holidays decorates the Landmark


Landmark Restaurant & Bar: So many incredible things abound here it's hard to pick just one. Incredible service. Outstanding live music: John Shipe is a regular, as are some fairly big names in the national and semi-national worlds of rock and blues. And some of the best Italian cuisine this side of the Atlantic. Then there's that bar that keeps collecting holiday decorations - while never getting rid of the last holiday's trinkets. Halloween, Christmas, Mardi Gras and whatever else simply pile up to resemble something out of a Tim Burton flick. Hwy 101. (541) 547-5459. www.landmark-yachats.com.

A1 Beach Rentals, Lincoln City. Perfect for large family vacations all the way down to a getaway lodging for two - with over 25 vacation rental homes to choose from. A breathtaking collection of craftsman or traditional beachfront homes, or oceanview houses – from one to seven bedrooms. In various areas of Lincoln City and overlooking the beach, with some in Depoe Bay. All kinds of amenities are available, like hot tubs, decks, BBQ, rock fireplaces, beamed ceilings and more. Some are new, some are historic charmers. Lincoln City, Oregon. 1-(503)-232-5984. www.a1beachrentals.com.

D Sands Condominium Motel, Lincoln City. Free, fresh baked cookie upon check-in is just the start. All rooms beachfront and up against Lincoln City's most famous stretch of beach: the D River. Each room comes as a suite or mini-suite, and has a kitchen and balcony or patio. Some w/ gas fireplaces, while all have a DVD Players; movies to rent come with free popcorn. Heated indoor pool, a spa, and this fabulous beach is lit at night. Rooms sleep from two, four to six - including a deluxe fireplace suite. Gift certificates orspecial occasion packages. www.dsandsmotel.com. 171 S.W. Highway 101. 800-527-3925.

Weiss' Paradise Suites & Vacation Rentals - Seaside

Unique Luxury Accommodations in Seaside. 1BR Suites, 1BR & 2BR Duplex Units and 3BR Houses, units for 2-8 people. Rent entire property for 20-26. Close to beach, river and Broadway St.
Suites are designed for two adults; vacation rental units for families. All units have kitchen and many have fireplace, deck and jetted tub. Comfy robes, slippers, luxury bath amenities, quality linens and more. 741 S. Downing St., Seaside. 800-738-6691. www.SeasideSuites.com

Tradewinds Motel, Rockaway Beach. All rooms are immaculate and have TV’s, VCR’s and in-room phones w/ data ports. Oceanfronts have queen bed, a double hide-a-bed, kitchen, cozy firelog fireplace and private deck. Both types sleep up to four people. Others are appointed for a two-person romantic getaway, yet still perfect for those on a budget. Elaborate oceanfront Jacuzzi suite has two bedrooms, kitchen, double hide-a-bed, fireplace and private deck, sleeping as many as six. For family reunions or large gatherings such as weddings, some rooms can connect to create two-room and three-room suites. Some rooms pet friendly. 523 N. Pacific St., Rockaway Beach. (503) 355-2112 - 1-800-824-0938. www.tradewinds-motel.com

Inn at Cannon Beach. Beautifully wooded natural setting at quiet south end of Cannon Beach. Great during winter storms with a new book by the fireplace – or when the sun is out for family fun and beach strolling. Handsome beach cottage-style architecture. Lush flowering gardens and naturalized courtyard pond. Warm, inviting guest rooms. Continental buffet breakfast. Warm Cookies. Family and Pet Friendly. Welcome gifts. Smoke-free. Complimentary Wireless Connectivity. Wine and book signing events. 800-321-6304 or 503-436-9085. Hemlock At Surfcrest, Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.atcannonbeach.com.

The Ocean Lodge. There will not be another property built like this in Cannon Beach in our lifetimes. Rare, premiere ocean front location; handsome, dramatic architecture and tasteful, fun (nostalgic) beach interiors. Overlooks Haystack Rock. 100 percent smoke free. Imaginative special occasion packages. Massive wood burning lobby fireplace. Library w/ fireplace, stocked with impressive book collection. Pet and family friendly. Lavish continental buffet breakfast. In-room fireplaces, mini-kitchens. Jacuzzi tubs in select rooms. DVD players, complimentary movies. Morning paper. Warm cookies. 888-777-4047. 503-436-2241. 2864 Pacific Street. Cannon Beach, Oregon. www.theoceanlodge.com


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