Dinner and a Rock Show: 5 Places to Eat Out & Boogie on Down

Who is ready to shake their tail feathers? Portland is home to a fab assortment of happy hour options for littles and their grown ups. Cheers to getting into the groove while also enjoying some tasty vittles and a local brew.  Go ahead — grab your coats!

mr ben sft

R-O-C-K in the PDX
Mr. Ben gets the week started with a bang. Or a Blast Off anyway…at Mississippi Pizza. He’s on from 5:00 – 6:00 pm Mondays every week with pizza and beer but a hop away. You can also catch the fabu Mr. Ben on Wednesday evenings at Santa Fe Taqueria on NW 23rd from 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  Extra bonus alert : a kiddo entree is free with the purchase of one adult meal. Go ahead and get some guac with your marg. You’ve earned it.

mo phillips

Mo’ Mo, Fewer Problems
Check out cool dad Mo Phillips every Wednesday from 5:00 – 6:00 pm at the Oregon Public House. This philanthropub is as rad as Mo,  making it easy to donate to a local charity while enjoying a brew and a burger. Happy hour prices are on during his set so take the OPH mantra to heart and grab a pint and change the world. 

You can also catch Mo with Johnny & Jason every second Thursday of the month at Mississippi Pizza. They rock and roll together from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. It’s a triperfecta of talent in a sweet venue ideal for bigger boot stompers. Game on, y’all.

Mo’s also got two gigs on Sunday, December 1st to kick off the merriment that is month 12. He’s playing the Bad Habit Room (behind Saraveza) in North Portland at both 4:00 – 5:00 pm and 6:00 – 7:00 pm. This spot is killer for the wee and the not-so-wee so go forth and celebrate December’s arrival!

Red Yarn & Bob Rabbit

Rock the Cash Bar
Everyboydy’s pal Red Yarn takes the stage the first Saturday of the month at Mississippi Pizza at 4:00 pm. It’s an hour of puppets, folk songs and down-home good times. Amen to that.

Happy Hours Await
Mr. Hoo plays Mississippi Pizza every Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. and he and his letter-singing partner in crime Mr E sing together as The Alphabeticians there every fourth Saturday at 4:00 pm.

Three is the Magic Number
Our friends at Woodlawn Swap n Play have joined forces with the Oregon Public House and the Village Ballroom to bring once a month Fall/Winter Family Concerts in Sundays. The Alphabeticians are starting ‘em off with a live show on Sunday, November 17th from 3:30 – 5:30. On Sunday, December 8th The Pointed Man Band will be doing their thang. Beer, food and wine are available and this venue is superb for getting a kiddo jig in motion. Check the Woodlawn Swap’s web site for details and tickets.

Besides your living room, where do you and your kids like to get your dance on, post-sunset?

Written by: Liz Overson

Thank you for the photos Maggie Lind, Johnny & Jason via Facebook, Portlandground.comThe Kennedy School and Maggie Snow