O’Ryan’s Irish Pub and the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant in Ashland Oregon

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub and the Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant in Ashland Oregon

There are two Pubs in downtown Ashland, one English and one Irish, that are competing for the “biggest dive bar” award. The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant is an English themed pub upstairs on the Plaza. O’Ryan’s Irish Pub is, you guessed it, the Irish pub/dive bar farther up Main Street with Oregon Lottery machines and two (2) pool tables.

O’RYAN’S IRISH PUB

This is probably the “go to” place in Ashland on St. Patrick’s Day. It’s the “DIVE BAR” downtown. Just like the name says, it’s an Irish Pub bar. It’s dark, dirty and smells like old beer. The pool tables and lottery machines give this place the feel of a basement game room. They have a good selection of beers on draft and a full bar, but I didn’t stay long enough to have a drink. If you like dive bars, you’ll like this place.

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub

O'Ryan's Irish Pub

O’Ryan’s Irish Pub


THE BLACK SHEEP Pub & Restaurant

Upstairs, behind the double red doors on the Plaza, is the Black Sheep, an English themed pub & restaurant, that is an “institution” in Ashland (and some of the patrons should probably be committed!). Above the Front Door and at the top of the stairs is a Union Jack. There are pictures, art, signs, photographs and tapestries decorating the brick  walls. It’s dark, dirty and smells like old beer. They have live music and entertainment (on a previous night they had a drag show), and a good selection of draft beers & ales on tap and a full bar. The also have a pretty traditional pub menu and are open for lunch & dinner and late night dining and drinking.

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

I went upstairs and sat at the bar alone for about 15 minutes without anyone smiling, saying hello, or even acknowledging that I might want to order a beverage. It was loud, and the small crowd was pretty much locals who knew each other. As you can see from this next pic, I might as well have been invisible. After waiting patiently, I got up, walked back down the stairs and went in search of a friendlier and more comfortable place to have a drink.

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

They have a rear entrance and street seating on Guanajuato Lane on the creek with a nice view of Ashland Creek Park.

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant – rear entrance on Guanajuato Lane

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant – street seating on Guanajuato Lane

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O’Ryan’s Pub – 137 E Main St, Ashland OR 97520 (541)482-8572

The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant – 51 N Main St, Ashland OR 97520 (541)482-6414

We recommend the new Brickroom on the Plaza – 35 N. Main Street, Ashland OR 97520 (541)708-6030 http://www.brickroomashland.com

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Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s (Three-Penny) Tavern in Ashland Oregon

“Welcome Adventurers!”

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.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Three-Penny Tavern in Ashland Oregon – “Welcome Adventurers!”

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon

The Front Room has a curved bar and elevated rectangle stage near the front door, with live music performed most nights.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – The Front Room and Bar (the stage is on the right)

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!

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Iambic pentameter engraved on the bar!

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – fancy reading material on the bar tables

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.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Stone IPA and the OSF Playbill at the bar

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon - English Banger & Stone IPA

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – English Banger w/cheese garnish & Stone IPA

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.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – hallway to the Dining Area & 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.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Game Room

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Game Room

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Game Room Decor

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – 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.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Live Entertainment on stage nightly

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Front Room looking at stage & front door (bar on right)

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.

Oberon's Tavern in Ashland Oregon

Oberon’s Tavern in Ashland Oregon – Back Patio on Guanajuato Lane and Ashland Creek

Guanajuato Lane on Ashland Creek in Ashland Oregon

Guanajuato Lane on Ashland Creek in Ashland Oregon

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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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THE EMPEROR OF LANCASHIRE by George Formby Jr. OBE

THE EMPEROR OF LANCASHIRE by George Formby Jr. OBE

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I’ve got a feeling it’s my lucky day, send me fellers I’m on my way,

Going right up to the top of the tree, so come right in and have a drink with me.

Won’t be long till I make my pile, then I’ll live in the grandest style.

You’ll be a Cotton King? 

No sir! I’ll be the Emperor Of Lancashire.

I’ll have a retinue ten miles long, and an army ten million strong.

Big white elephants, by the score, and a fleet at anchor off the Wigan shore.

Don’t you recognise who I am? You’ve got to give me a big salaam. 

Got to end with a vote of thanks, to the Emperor Of Lancs.

Bow down everyone here I come! Bang that cymbal and hit that drum!

Bow down everyone! Yes sir, I’m the Emperor Of Lancashire.

Who’s this gentleman flashing dough?

Is he somebody we should know?

Is he somebody? Whoa sir! I’m Emperor Of Lancashire.

Who’s this gentleman talking loud?

Is he one of the usual crowd?

Who’s this gentleman? La-Dee-Dah! I’m the Emperor Of Lancashaw.

Don’t you recognize who you’ve seen? He’s the boss of the whole chabine.

He’s the fellow who broke the bank.

That’s me, I’m the Emperor of Lancs.

Who’s that fellow they’re crowding round?

Who’s that sucker the boys have found?

Who’s that sucker? My dear sir….I’m Emperor Of Lancashire.

I’m going back to my native town, with my millions I’ll knock ’em down.

I’ll have everything in my power and I’ll build a palace on the Blackpool tower.

On my birthday the crowds will cheer, all the fountains will flow with beer.

Blackpool wakes will run all year…FOR THE EMPEROR OF LANCASHIRE!

I’ll hold a banquet for fifty score, tripe and onions and whelks galore.

Stewed pigs trotters and mutton shanks…FOR THE EMPEROR OF LANCS.

Bow down everyone, here I come, bang that cymbal and hit that drum.

Bow down everyone, yes sir, I’m the Emperor Of Lancashire!

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Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England. It takes its name from the city of Lancaster, and is sometimes known as the County of Lancaster. Lancashire is sometimes referred to by the abbreviation Lancs, as originally used by the Royal Mail. The population of the ceremonial county is 1,449,300. People from the county are known as Lancastrians.

Lancashire is a non-metropolitan county of historic origin in the North West of England. It takes its name from the city of Lancaster, and is sometimes known as the County of Lancaster. Lancashire is sometimes referred to by the abbreviation Lancs, as originally used by the Royal Mail. The population of the ceremonial county is 1,449,300. People from the county are known as Lancastrians.

Lancashire emerged during the Industrial Revolution as a major commercial and industrial region. The county encompassed several hundred mill towns and by the 1830s, approximately 85% of all cotton manufactured worldwide was processed in Lancashire.

George Formby Jr., OBE 26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961

George Formby Jr., OBE (26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961) entertaining the troops in France during World War II

George Formby Jr., OBE (born George Hoy Booth)  26 May 1904 – 6 March 1961

British actor, singer-songwriter and comedian who became known to a worldwide audience through his films in the 1930s and 1940s. He sang comical songs and played a banjolele. He was popular on stage, screen and records, and became the UK’s highest-paid entertainer at the time. During the Second World War Formby worked extensively for the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA), and entertained civilians and troops; by 1946 it was estimated that he had performed in front of three million service personnel.

Bow Down Everyone, Yes Sir!  For the Emperor of Lancashire!

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