The story of Bit house
We raise a glass to Nathaniel K. West, the forward-thinking merchant responsible for the structure in which we stand today. When Mr. West arrived to Oregon, East Portland was an independent municipality, the Willamette was crossed by boat or ferry, and a bit or two would buy a jigger of whiskey.
As a member of city council, Mr. West aided public enterprises that advanced city interests—including construction of the first bridge to cross the Willamette river—and was esteemed a worthy citizen and efficient builder of the city. Built in 1892, this block is among the oldest group of surviving buildings in what was once the main district of East Portland.
Elk Collective Design helped us preserve the look and feel of the original saloon with the use of old bourbon and Oregon wine barrel staves. Brick and brass still run throughout and the chandeliers from the old East Bank Saloon still hang overhead as a nod to what once was.
Our goal is to be the best damn bar you'll ever grace with your presence.
*Bit House : Built in 1896 & Newly Minted in August 2015
*The name: A Bit is a form of currency dating back to the 1800’s and was commonly used in the US until the US government minted its own currency and made it illegal to use foreign monies. One Bit was equal to 1/8 of a dollar (or ¢12.5). Back then you could buy a whisky for two Bits or a beer for one. Saloons were often commonly referred to as Bit Houses.