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We rolled into Roseburg, Oregon early evening on a wet Saturday night after driving all day from the Bay Area. We were tired hungry and in desperate need of a sports bar so we could catch The Cal Bears vs. The Oregon Ducks. Luke's son is now a Red Shirt Freshman for the Bears and will most likely be playing football next year.

We found the awesome Loggers Tap House in a dark parking lot just off the highway. The place had a large restaurant area filled with customers and a cool little bar in the back with 37 Oregon favorite beers on tap. We were welcomed by a lot of excited Oregon Duck fans and a cute petite brunette with several tattoos named Julia. We tried a couple of Rouge, Dead Guy Ales. The beer was perfect, not too heavy but a full body beer and only $5.50 for a 20oz. We scored. We had some delicious grinds too, the Wild Mushroom Ravioli was sensational and Luke filled up on the tasty Chicken Parmesan. After another round of beers we asked Julia if there was a local place that had live music. She turned us on to The Jersey Lilly. She also likes to drink at the Wagon Wheel. Two local bars just down the street.

After watching a bloody beat down by the Ducks, we gave up on the Bears and headed back over the highway to The Jersey Lilly Tavern. This place was warm and friendly, a neighborhood tavern home of the famous Frog Burger. They had a pool table, a few slot machines and several TV's so we could keep watching the Bears get slaughtered. A local band the Barbarians, were jamming some sweet blues, soul and rock n' roll covers. It was only a $2 cover for the band, we tipped the band big, they were really good. There were a few dancers cutting the rug. After a few pitchers of PBR we decided we needed a hotel before we rally to the next pub.

We got a place at the near by Best Western and took a cab to Brutke's Wagon Wheel, just opposite the Jersey Lilly. There were only four people in the dark saloon, the restaurant was closed, I understand they have some really good grub including tasty salads, burgers and juicy steaks. They must know what their doing because the place has been in business for over 60 years! We ordered some Angry Orchards, big mistake, too sweet and we knew we would be hurting with a hell of a hangover the next day. We quickly abandoned our beers and opted for two Fat Tires.

We got a tip that there were a few more bars in the area so we grabbed a cab and explored The Sawmill Tavern (Sadly this place is now closed.) This place was alive with semi-pro Karaoke artists, they really got into it. Luke tried to sing "You Shook Me All Night Long" by AC/DC and failed horribly. He quit half way through the song. The Sawmill has some awesome bartenders too, including Melissa. She made sure we always had enough PBR. There also two pool tables, which were busy, a few slot machines, which were busy and a few TV's.

We took a cab back to the hotel and stumbled into our room. (We only paid about $20 in cab fair all night long.) We passed out quick, only to awake to a splitting headache and the smell of regurgitated chicken Parmesan. We missed our complementary breakfast and it was almost check out time. We took some fast refreshing hot showers before we decided we needed just one more to nurse our hangover.

We drove back to The Jersey Lilly and ordered two Bloody Mary remedies. They were absolutely divine, with a garden of vegetables and just the right amount of heat, these Bloodies were a perfect way to end our stay in the beautiful friendly Roseburg.

October 2013


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