Kelly’s Olympian was established in 1902 and is the third oldest consistently run bar in Portland. The name is a combination of one of the original owners, “Kelly” and Olympic Brewing Company.
During its inaugural years it was a favorite hangout for visiting timbermen, sailors, ship workers and locals. Story has it that there used to be several entrances to Portland’s infamous Shanghai Tunnels from inside Kelly's Olympian. Tales have been told that Kelly’s once housed one of the most well-known card rooms in Portland and during Prohibition in the 1930’s a speakeasy. As with many of Portland’s historic buildings, supernatural sightings and experiences has also been documented here.
Located in downtown Portland, Kelly’s Olympian houses a collection of vintage motorcycles— and at least one is suspended from the ceiling—neon signs, motorcycle accessories and antique gas pumps, giving the bar a definite biker theme.
People of all walks of life come to Kelly’s. Check out their website for the listing of live local bands. The vibe is casual and friendly and the drinks are inexpensive and stiff.
Kelly'S Olympian 426 SW Washington St, Portland, OR (503) 228-3669