Bushwhacker Cider Woodlawn CLOSED

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Bushwhacker Cider Woodlawn

Bushwhacker Cider Woodlawn

Portland is supposedly the largest hard cider market in the country, but the second location from the city’s first dedicated cider taproom still did not make it in the up and coming Woodlawn neighborhood. This is sad, because Bushwhacker Cider’s Woodlawn pub was one of the few cider bars in town, and also one of our most anticipated openings of 2015.

Bushwhacker Woodlawn quietly closed in late December. The pub had issues right from the beginning. The niche emphasis on draft cider and cocktails combined with the lack of a kitchen hood for fried foods because the landlords refused to let one be installed. “At the time I didn’t think would be a major issue. But, it turned out to be,” said co-owner Jeff Smith. The pub later pivoted away from food and brought in more bottles. Was Bushwhacker too ambitious for the neighborhood? Originally the vision was for it to be a cider gastropub with cocktails and bar games, but the model was later tweaked. “When we switched to the bottle shop, it didn’t prove sustainable enough to warrant the size of the space or rent,” concedes Smith.

Bushwhacker has sold the business to a new bar that will be called The Grand Army Tavern–no word yet if it’s related to the Grand Army Bar in NYC. Jeff Smith reports the building landlords are allowing the new tenants to install a kitchen hood now.

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: [email protected]


  1. Stephen

    January 13, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    cider sucks

    • Samurai Artist

      January 14, 2017 at 1:03 am

      also, internet commenter trolls.

  2. AD

    January 15, 2017 at 6:49 am

    Actually if you read a lot of their Yelp comments you’ll see that their service was absolutely horrendous. They can blame it on all kinds of things but there are places right across the street that will not ignore you when you walk in and wait for someone to get you a table and are completely ignored or if they do acknowledge your existence, they never wait on you once you do sit down. We gave them multiple chances and then just gave up – we love cider but we can go ahead and get it across the street at the Oregon Public House where they’re nice to us.

    • Samurai Artist

      January 15, 2017 at 8:19 pm

      I dont read Yelp, its a terrible website for people to anonymously complain on.

      • AD

        January 20, 2017 at 7:48 pm

        So “Samurai Artist” is your name?

        • Samurai Artist

          January 20, 2017 at 8:51 pm

          no it’s Ezra Johnson-Greenough as you can find easily in my bio or google listing.

  3. Justin

    January 17, 2017 at 6:07 am

    The Grand Army Tavern did a Pig Feast Popup at Baerlic Brewing last year. Word is that they are putting a proper vent hood in the kitchen area, too.

    Opening up yet another bar in Woodlawn serving pub food seems like a risky proposition. Dekum isn’t a destination street like Alberta or Mississippi that attracts a lot of people from outside the neighborhood and there are already two excellent, established pubs in Breakside and The Oregon Public House. I live in the neighborhood and there are many other kinds of restaurants that I would rather see in that space.

    As for Bushwhacker, I think they were hoping to pull more people in from the rest of North and NE Portland, but it just never happened. It’s too bad because they had a lot of interesting cider and the food was solid despite the lack of a vent hood. Service was very spotty, though, as AD said above and there were a lot of rumors of mismanagement, especially of the kitchen.

    • AD

      January 20, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      Agree, Justin. What we have been missing in the Triangle food-wise is a full service breakfast spot (something that goes beyond coffeeshop pastries). Although as a resident we’d be happier seeing a hardware store in that spot 🙂

  4. Andrew Patry

    October 10, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Does help that owner is a complete dick.

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