Last Week, Blitz Bar opened a second location in Southeast Portland in addition to the company’s Pearl District pub. Similar to the Pearl bar, the Southeast spot at 2235 SE 11th Avenue (Between Hawthorne and Division at Sherman) offers a clean, open environment with foosball, billiards, several flat screen televisions, and a decent tap selection. With several humdrum tap offerings sponsored by In-Bev/Anheuser-Busch taking up the coolers, there were still at least five to ten desirable craft beers on tap at last visit. Trumer Pils, Rogue Dead Guy, Shock Top Wit, New Castle Nut Brown, New Belgium 2 below, and Lagunita’s IPA were the best they could offer, but the beer isn’t the real selling point here (too bad, because we’d go every day). It’s the atmosphere. Fresh particle-boarded walls and booths clad the brewpub-esque atmosphere. Friendly staff and decent food make Blitz comfortable enough. Sports coming out of every corner of the room (if you are annoyed by
televisions at a relatively high volume or a jock mentality, don’t go here). The beer selection was a little disheartening when attempting to drink through a full game, but the place offers a full bar with lots of liquor, if that’s your bag. For the beer enthusiast, it wasn’t amazing, but for the sports fan who likes to go out and catch a game, Blitz is smokefree and immaculate. A comfortable set of couches in the back side of the bar offer views of a projection mega-screen television. Overall, we found Blitz nothing to write home about, but definitely worth checking out.