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Happy Hour Review: Rockin’ Dave’s Backstage Lounge 

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In Midtown? Thirstaaaay? Fancy some good eats but want a mellow vibe? Then Rockin’ Daves’ Backstage Lounge is your neighborhood jaunt. Rock melodies fill this intimate hole-in-the-wall adorned with music memorabilia and old school records. It’s like you’ve just walked into a 70s bar—without the seedy side.

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If you’ve ever been to Rockin’ Daves for its homemade boiled bagel—or have seen the line out the door—then you’re in luck. Don’t expect the same chaos in this low-key and still-under-the- radar back bar. The regulars are regulars for a reason: contrary to other bars, you can actually hear your partner/drunk friend/total stranger, talk/shout at you. Bless.

Known for their stellar twists on Bloody Marys, we care not to think of the calorie intake on our favorite, chipotle-bacon version, but Dave also has a rotating tap of local, Oregon beers and they’re a dollar off during happy hour. Although they only offer Friday night discounts on food, smothered pulled pork jojos are a hearty and mouthwatering treat, as are the aptly titled (we’ll resist any innuendos) Mom’s Saucy Balls.

Smothered pork jojos are the real deal.
  • Smothered pork jojos are the real deal.

Daves is known for their dedication to meat-centric eats, from rockin’ Reubens to bomb pork-belly sandos, come prepared to leave with a plump food baby. And gluten free peeps, there are options for you, including the grilled GF wings, which are a special on Wednesday nights.

Their motto, “Serious food for not so serious people,” rings true, and you’ll usually see headband-wearing Dave checking in on guests and ringing up orders in the back. No frills needed here — just good food and libations — and that’s precisely the point.

Rockin’ Dave’s Backstage Lounge

661 NE Greenwood Ave, Bend, OR
541-318-8177
Tues-Sat: 4:00 pm - Close
Happy Hour: Tues-Sat: 4-6pm
Drinks: $1 off drafts, wells and house wines.
Food: Friday $3 off appetizers. 4-6pm

Rockindaves.com

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