Happy hour highlight

Hideaway Tavern in Bend

Published Jan 24, 2014 at 12:01AM

Hideaway Tavern (939 S.E. Second St., Bend)

Details: 4-6 p.m weekdays

Deals: Pints of beer $1 off, pitchers $3 off; snacks from $4 to $8, small pizzas $3 off

Life’s tough for a sports pub in a place like Bend that takes its beer and food way too seriously.

Is the pork on the nachos organic? Were the barrels in the barrel-aged stout made locally? That’s free-range yeast in my Imperial Communist Egalitarian IPA, right?

Oh, and the televisions had better be big and in hi-def, with plenty of seating for large groups.

Hideaway Tavern where have you been my whole life?

Tucked away on Southeast Second Street, behind Chan’s Chinese Restaurant, the Hideaway was the brainchild of John Nolan, who also owns Bend’s Victorian Cafe. This cool-school pub is especially enticing during happy hour.

The Hideaway has happy hour-priced snacks including mini corndogs, nachos and stromboli sent from the heavens, and a discount on small pizzas, which I’d argue are some of the best in Bend. The beer list is a solid lineup of local heavyweights, with Deschutes, Boneyard and GoodLife dominating the bar’s 17 handles.

And the Hideaway is set up for people to watch games. Eight flat-screen TVs adorn the walls, with a good mix of high-top tables, large round tables for groups and couches for a relaxed sitting. During big games, audio is piped through a central sound system so you can actually hear what’s going on.

I think I’ve finally found my go-to sports pub.

— Beau Eastes