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  • Being a former bar owner in Oregon, I'm far too familiar with Oregon's laws, and since you mention Portland (you must stop by when you get here), let me elaborate.

    There are two classes of places that serve alcohol for on-premises consumption in Oregon. Let's call them "restaurants" and "bars", although the OLCC actually calls them all "restaurants" to distinguish them from "stores", since they are all required to serve food even if they are a "bar" in the traditional sense.

    A "bar" is some place where kids can't go, period. There are lots of those. They're often dark and seedy, so there's really no need to wander in with a kid anyway. The food they serve is often the OLCC minimum list (some hot items, some cold items), and often not really a good place to go for food. You won't miss anything by avoiding them.

    A "restaurant" is typically primarily a food consumption place. It may have an internal partitioned bar (see previous slide :), or it may be entirely undivided. If there's an internal bar, it's generally forbidden to minors (see previous slide :). These are generally good places.

    Both restaurants and bars will have visible OLCC signs either just outside or in the entryway stating "minors are forbidden" or "minors are permitted during the hours of $start to $end and only for the purpose of consuming food". Yes, even restaurants can have limited hours for minors.

    Most of Oregon's brewpubs are restaurants, not bars, and I'd definitely recommend checking them out.

    Now for the bizarre rule of the day. Whether it's a restaurant or a bar (or a restaurant with a bar section), all Oregon Lottery machines and hard liquor displays must be specifically shielded from minors, even to the degree of building a special little semi-room around the machines. We can't have them seeing the adult vices until they're old enough, you see. Yeah, too weird. Luckily, beer taps are not hard liquor bottles, so they can be in plain view even in a restaurant.

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