Oberon’s (Three-Penny) Tavern in Ashland Oregon
The sign above the front door welcomes you to a “Midsummer’s Night Dream” meets renaissance faire meets an English Pub themed bar and restaurant on the Plaza in downtown Ashland.
Last time I was in Ashland, in October, Oberon’s had just opened, and I only stuck my head in and looked around. So Thursday night, I decided to check the place out while the theatre crowd was busy watching the evening performances.
The Front Room has a curved bar and elevated rectangle stage near the front door, with live music performed most nights.
The eclectic decor attracts eclectic people. The crowd in the Front Room was mostly local “regulars”. There are trees indoors, twinkle lights, Shakespearian iambic pentameter engraved on the bar, books for reading left on bar tables, and friendly bartenders in cut-off leather vests with overflowing midriffs (muffin tops) serving food & drink!
They have a good selection of beer and ale on tap, and a full bar with a few nice whiskeys. I settled on a Stone IPA (after tasting a dark microbrew) and ordered an English banger off the menu. An Oregon Shakespeare Festival Playbill was on the bar for public reading.
They have a full menu of English pub fare and fancy entrees and are open for lunch and dinner. There are tables for dining in the middle room and a game room in the back.
In the back is a Game Room, also for dining, with funky stuff on the walls and games available to patrons.
Live Entertainment on the corner stage next to the Front Door provides a close-up experience anywhere in the Front Room and the entrance and bar area gets crowded when there’s a good act. Mostly local performers play here for money, some you might see busking on the streets of Ashland later. One night it was a solo-guitarist playing folk rock, another night it was a duo with a guy in a “Robin Hood” outfit on guitar and a woman in period costume with a Celtic drum playing Renaissance music together. There is usually a hat or can for “tips” on the stage.
They also have service on the outdoor back patio and street during the day on Guanajuato Lane with a nice view of Ashland Creek Park.
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Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern – 45 N Main St, Ashland, OR 97520 (541) 482-2316 http://www.oberonstavern.com
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