403 Oregon Street
The mercurial, interactive web site is a fitting introduction to this fun establishment, where half the tiny structure is taken up with a pool table, and the other half offers jawdropping views of the city.
The tavern rocks inexpensive bar food and pints. The menu is small and consists mostly of burgers, but the vegetarian patron isn't neglected. There are two meat-free sandwiches: the "Big Ted No Ted" ($3.50) is a cheesy kaiser roll with all the fixin's minus a beef patty, and the "Big Cheese" ($3) is a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich slathered in brown mustard. Everything here is so affordable that we splurged on pitchers of Moerlein OTR and the Big Cheese and still had plenty of change left for the jukebox.
The humble sandwiches are appetizing and hit the spot, and well-priced pitchers keep everyone happy, but both are secondary to the panoramic skyline views. The teetering outside deck is the place to be at The City View, where you are eye-level with the tree-tops.
Afraid of heights? Me too, but I was ok out on the terrace as long as I didn't look straight down. For those not wanting to chance it outside, or if the weather isn't agreeable, the Tavern's wall of windows gives you the vista without the virescence.