Cheerful Tortoise

★★★★☆
  • 1939 SW 6th Ave

    Portland, OR 97201

    Map & Directions
  • 503-224-3377

About Cheerful Tortoise

Hours
7am to 2:30am M-F 9am to 2:30am Sat & Sun

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Pros: Good Place

Cons: Nothing

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the cheerful tortoise is a great place to go watch a game or knock back a few beers. the service is quick and friendly; likes to joke with you and whatnot. the $2 breakfast is too DIE FOR. if you're strapped for cash, you can go to the cheeful tortoise and drop $2 and expect a full meal: two eggs, good portion of hash browns, and toast. goes down great after a night of drinking. :D

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★★★★★

the cheerful tortoise is a great place to go watch a game or knock back a few beers. the service is quick and friendly; likes to joke with you and whatnot. the $2 breakfast is too DIE FOR. if you're strapped for cash, you can go to the cheeful tortoise and drop $2 and expect a full meal: two eggs, good portion of hash browns, and toast. goes down great after a night of drinking. :D

Pros: cheap food/beer

Cons: getting rid of smoking (con in my opinion :P)

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Pretty good atmosphere, except when there's a popular game and all the retarded sports fans come in.

Aside from that, the food is EXCELLENT, and the beer selection is amazing. Good value, nice people, great place.

2
★★★★★

Pretty good atmosphere, except when there's a popular game and all the retarded sports fans come in.

Aside from that, the food is EXCELLENT, and the beer selection is amazing. Good value, nice people, great place.

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Not the best place to go if you are not college student.
This place is crowded, smoky, loud and service is the worst, and they have a dollar beer day (only cheap beer of course (coors light, bud light)), but yo pay $3 dollars cover, ( do the math) so go there if you are planning to get wasted with cheap beer, other wise for just one beer is not worth it.
good for unexperience college students that they dont know what a good sport bar service is, i dont recomend it.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not the best place to go if you are not college student.
This place is crowded, smoky, loud and service is the worst, and they have a dollar beer day (only cheap beer of course (coors light, bud light)), but yo pay $3 dollars cover, ( do the math) so go there if you are planning to get wasted with cheap beer, other wise for just one beer is not worth it.
good for unexperience college students that they dont know what a good sport bar service is, i dont recomend it.

Pros: lots of tv,s

Cons: service, smoky,

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Back in my drinking days I would come down to the tortoise and meet up with fellow drinkers for a cheap bloody mary at nearly nest to nothing... The drinks are cheap and the service is always good. And the happy hour is good too for a tasty cheap bite to eat.

2
★★★★☆

Back in my drinking days I would come down to the tortoise and meet up with fellow drinkers for a cheap bloody mary at nearly nest to nothing... The drinks are cheap and the service is always good. And the happy hour is good too for a tasty cheap bite to eat.

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This is one of the best sports bars around . They have great NASCAR coverage, along with fine felted tables

2
★★★★☆

This is one of the best sports bars around . They have great NASCAR coverage, along with fine felted tables

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Not a bit sport bar guy, but this place was outstanding! My friends and I were looking for a place that got HDNet so we could watch a televised roller derby bout and after many dead ends, the CT came through. Bartender Amy was super friendly and accomodating - definitely earning a spot on my list of some of the best barkeeps in town.

Great low-key atmosphere, a ton of TVs with loads of sports packages, and a very big menu make this place a winner!

2
★★★★★

Not a bit sport bar guy, but this place was outstanding! My friends and I were looking for a place that got HDNet so we could watch a televised roller derby bout and after many dead ends, the CT came through. Bartender Amy was super friendly and accomodating - definitely earning a spot on my list of some of the best barkeeps in town.

Great low-key atmosphere, a ton of TVs with loads of sports packages, and a very big menu make this place a winner!

Pros: Great staff, lots of sports, fun/relaxed atmo

Cons: Perhaps could be a bit cheaper

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The Cheerful Tortoise has a wide array of games being shown on many TV's. These games vary sports, states, and sometimes countries. They have a decent selection of drinks and food. The Tortoise needs to get Big Sky TV so PSU students such as myself can see the PSU away games. That would bring the Tortoise a lot closer to a 10. They also have some of the best chicken strips in the city.

2
★★★★★

The Cheerful Tortoise has a wide array of games being shown on many TV's. These games vary sports, states, and sometimes countries. They have a decent selection of drinks and food. The Tortoise needs to get Big Sky TV so PSU students such as myself can see the PSU away games. That would bring the Tortoise a lot closer to a 10. They also have some of the best chicken strips in the city.

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I'm from Pennsylvania, and my friends and I were in Portland visiting PSU. Our hotel desk clerk directed us to this little joint. The staff and crowd were extraordinarily friendly, catching these cynical East Coasters off-gaurd. We LOVED the house brew, tasty tasty tasty tasty Turtle Dew, and the $1.99 was everything a hung-over traveler could ever desire. Thanks for showing us a great time, we love Portland!!!

2
★★★★★

I'm from Pennsylvania, and my friends and I were in Portland visiting PSU. Our hotel desk clerk directed us to this little joint. The staff and crowd were extraordinarily friendly, catching these cynical East Coasters off-gaurd. We LOVED the house brew, tasty tasty tasty tasty Turtle Dew, and the $1.99 was everything a hung-over traveler could ever desire. Thanks for showing us a great time, we love Portland!!!

Pros: good beer, nice staff, cheap breakfast

Cons: wood paneling

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Don't think I could find a better sports bar. All the game packages, plus 16 new plasma hdtv's what more do you want?

2
★★★★★

Don't think I could find a better sports bar. All the game packages, plus 16 new plasma hdtv's what more do you want?

Pros: 35 - 40 TV's, SPORTS, MORE SPORTS

Cons: smoking

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I've only been here one time during the night. The second time I was at the Cheerful Tortoise, it was 7am the next morning! Closed it one night, and opened it the next. It was great. I love the "Best Deal in Town." But honestly, I didn't so much like it the first time... I've since then figured out how to perfect my order to leave me 100% satisfied. I'm a vegetarian, and somewhat health-conscious... so when you're with your meat-lovin' pals and they want their greasy-spoon breakfast... you have to deal (with the "best deal"). I get scrambled eggs (since they don't poach), DRY wheat toast, and sub in steamed veggies for the hash browns. MMMMMM... the coffee is a bit wonky, but it sure hits the spot after a drinking night.

2
★★★★★

I've only been here one time during the night. The second time I was at the Cheerful Tortoise, it was 7am the next morning! Closed it one night, and opened it the next. It was great. I love the "Best Deal in Town." But honestly, I didn't so much like it the first time... I've since then figured out how to perfect my order to leave me 100% satisfied. I'm a vegetarian, and somewhat health-conscious... so when you're with your meat-lovin' pals and they want their greasy-spoon breakfast... you have to deal (with the "best deal"). I get scrambled eggs (since they don't poach), DRY wheat toast, and sub in steamed veggies for the hash browns. MMMMMM... the coffee is a bit wonky, but it sure hits the spot after a drinking night.

Pros: cheap eats, accomodating

Cons: wonky coffee

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I guess I must not be beautiful enough, because the cute waitresses people say are friendly treated me like I had leprosy. Sports bars don't do it for me anyway, and this was no exception. PSU is my semi-permanent home, and I'm still going to avoid this place in the future. The food seemed good though, and plenty of drink selection. If you aren't going alone, it might be a decent place to hang out for awhile. It didn't seem smoky at all to me, but that might be because I've been in some nasty dives lately.

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★★★☆☆

I guess I must not be beautiful enough, because the cute waitresses people say are friendly treated me like I had leprosy. Sports bars don't do it for me anyway, and this was no exception. PSU is my semi-permanent home, and I'm still going to avoid this place in the future. The food seemed good though, and plenty of drink selection. If you aren't going alone, it might be a decent place to hang out for awhile. It didn't seem smoky at all to me, but that might be because I've been in some nasty dives lately.

Pros: clean, cozy, good food

Cons: lonely

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The Cheerful Tortoise is the best bar in town, especially if you go to PSU. The Best Deal in town breakfast for 1.99 and a bloody marry will cure any hangover. Thirsty Thursday you can get $1.00 beer and they even play music on the weekends. I have not been there in a few months since I don't live downtown, but recently went there and noticed they have all new big screen tv. The perfect place to hang out before, after or during class.

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★★★★★

The Cheerful Tortoise is the best bar in town, especially if you go to PSU. The Best Deal in town breakfast for 1.99 and a bloody marry will cure any hangover. Thirsty Thursday you can get $1.00 beer and they even play music on the weekends. I have not been there in a few months since I don't live downtown, but recently went there and noticed they have all new big screen tv. The perfect place to hang out before, after or during class.

Pros: Best Deal in Town, Thirsty Thursday, NEw TV's

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Nobody mentioned anything about breakfast. The best deal in town $1.99 & up. Good breakfast for that "morning-after" feeling. Couple that with a bloody mary or beverage of your choice and you will be good to go. Staff is friendly, especially for a Sunday morning. Good times all around.

2
★★★★☆

Nobody mentioned anything about breakfast. The best deal in town $1.99 & up. Good breakfast for that "morning-after" feeling. Couple that with a bloody mary or beverage of your choice and you will be good to go. Staff is friendly, especially for a Sunday morning. Good times all around.

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A good bar right next to PSU, cozy sports bar feel. The drinks are cheap but watered down. They have a decent selection of beer. The service was very good. The food is just mediocre but at happy hour prices not a bad deal. A good place to catch a game, lots of sports fans around. Two pool tables in back are only 50cents.

2
★★★★☆

A good bar right next to PSU, cozy sports bar feel. The drinks are cheap but watered down. They have a decent selection of beer. The service was very good. The food is just mediocre but at happy hour prices not a bad deal. A good place to catch a game, lots of sports fans around. Two pool tables in back are only 50cents.

Pros: Good value, Good service

Cons: Mediocre Food, Mixed Drinks

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We're regulars on Thursday nights. From 8:30-9:30 ALL beers are just a buck, and then after 9:30 all of the domestics (Bud, Coors, Etc.) are STILL just a buck! If you're into mixed drinks, try the Hurricane or the Elizabeth.
They have cute, friendly waitresses, and REALLY good food. My favorite is the Mexican-style food, and my friends rave about the $1.99 breakfast, served all the time.
Thursdays are definately very crowded, but squeezing past someone every 5 sec. is a great way to meet people (ladies, there are more guys than girls at this bar)! The age range of Cheerful-goers varies, and so does the style of people, which keeps things interesting. Check it out!!!

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★★★★★

We're regulars on Thursday nights. From 8:30-9:30 ALL beers are just a buck, and then after 9:30 all of the domestics (Bud, Coors, Etc.) are STILL just a buck! If you're into mixed drinks, try the Hurricane or the Elizabeth.
They have cute, friendly waitresses, and REALLY good food. My favorite is the Mexican-style food, and my friends rave about the $1.99 breakfast, served all the time.
Thursdays are definately very crowded, but squeezing past someone every 5 sec. is a great way to meet people (ladies, there are more guys than girls at this bar)! The age range of Cheerful-goers varies, and so does the style of people, which keeps things interesting. Check it out!!!

Pros: Dollar Beer Night!!!, Awesome Food, Great Mixed Drinks

Cons: On buck beer night,, the mixed drinks are, made in smaller cups.

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If you live at Portland State - this bar rocks! You can crawl home from it! And I have - trust me!

2
★★★★★

If you live at Portland State - this bar rocks! You can crawl home from it! And I have - trust me!

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This place just keeps getting better all the time. I went in on a wednesday night this place was rocking. The staff was friendly and quick. One of the best things was KARAOKE. It starte at 10pm and keep going until 2am. Everyone was drinking & having fun! So now in addition to $1.oo beer on thursdays. The Cheerful has KARAOKE Wed, Sat, and Sunday nights! (10-2am)! Every Wed $100 cash prize. Addiance Applause! Yahoo!

2
★★★★★

This place just keeps getting better all the time. I went in on a wednesday night this place was rocking. The staff was friendly and quick. One of the best things was KARAOKE. It starte at 10pm and keep going until 2am. Everyone was drinking & having fun! So now in addition to $1.oo beer on thursdays. The Cheerful has KARAOKE Wed, Sat, and Sunday nights! (10-2am)! Every Wed $100 cash prize. Addiance Applause! Yahoo!

Pros: friendly staff, inexpensive, total cheers bar

Cons: happy hour (food)

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I am updating my prior rating because things are changing at the Turtle. Being an avid fan of buffalo wings as well as a relatively frequent patron of the Turtle, at first I was not very happy. Their wings were small and consisted of all drummies. Now however, thanks to Chef Chris (who I believe works Mon-Thurs) you can get the best plate of chicken wings in all of Oregon. The wings are meaty, non-breaded, and covered with great tasting buffalo sauce (not too hot, not too buttery). This place is stepping it up in regards to the wings, now if we could only do something about the disgusting smoke...

2
★★★★☆

I am updating my prior rating because things are changing at the Turtle. Being an avid fan of buffalo wings as well as a relatively frequent patron of the Turtle, at first I was not very happy. Their wings were small and consisted of all drummies. Now however, thanks to Chef Chris (who I believe works Mon-Thurs) you can get the best plate of chicken wings in all of Oregon. The wings are meaty, non-breaded, and covered with great tasting buffalo sauce (not too hot, not too buttery). This place is stepping it up in regards to the wings, now if we could only do something about the disgusting smoke...

Pros: buffalo wings, friendly waitresses, lots of tv's

Cons: too much SMOKE, not a good happy hour, lack of outdoor area

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Great time!!!! very nice setting and everyone was friendly. Will be back soon !!

2
★★★★☆

Great time!!!! very nice setting and everyone was friendly. Will be back soon !!

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I stopped hanging out at the Tortoise last year around this same time. I moved out of downtown. Last weekend I took some freinds to the Tortoise to play some pool. I was suprised to see some new faces and very happy to see a few of the gals that got me through the last of my college days. We had a pizza and a few pitchers of beer. The bartender reconized me and welcomed me with that smile I haven't forgot. She even came back to say hi even though she was very busy.

I recomend checking out the Cheerful Tortoise. The service is always great. The staff is as freindly as you can get.

2
★★★★★

I stopped hanging out at the Tortoise last year around this same time. I moved out of downtown. Last weekend I took some freinds to the Tortoise to play some pool. I was suprised to see some new faces and very happy to see a few of the gals that got me through the last of my college days. We had a pizza and a few pitchers of beer. The bartender reconized me and welcomed me with that smile I haven't forgot. She even came back to say hi even though she was very busy.

I recomend checking out the Cheerful Tortoise. The service is always great. The staff is as freindly as you can get.

 

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