Kay’s bar is nestled beside the vibrant intersection of SE Milwaukie Ave and SE Bybee Blvd in colorful Sellwood-Moreland. We are parked across the street from the historic Moreland Theater and a block from the cavernous Stars Antiques Malls—which represent more than 200 antique dealers on any given day. Sellwood’s famous Antique Row is located a few blocks to the southwest along 13th Ave. Close-by, the vintage Oaks Amusement Park, Springwater Corridor, and 140-acre Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge help to make the Sellwood waterfront one of the best places in Portland for a bit of R&R.
Kay’s bar first opened in 1934, just a few months after the repeal of Prohibition. Since that time, it has functioned as a community watering hole for the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood attracting mostly locals, professors from nearby Reed College, and the occasional ghost hunter. Renovations over the past several years have dramatically improved the interior and expanded the available seating without sacrificing the small-town vibe that lends this pedestrian-friendly strip of Westmoreland such character. We are proud to be a part of Sellwood-Moreland’s burgeoning restaurant and food scene, offering some of the best burgers and Tex-Mex dishes in Southeast Portland.
ABOUT KAY’S KITCHEN
The kitchen at Kay’s bar takes great pride in eschewing processed foods and making virtually everything from scratch. All of our burgers are made with 100-percent vegetarian-fed, hormone and antibiotic-free, pasture-raised and grain-finished beef from Cascade Farms. We partner with Belen’s Catering Creations to ensure that our salsas and mole sauce are as authentic as an Oaxacan street market.
Kay’s kitchen maintains high standards regarding our impact on the environment. Nearly all of our kitchen waste, food scraps, and fryer oil is composted or recycled. Our take-out boxes and containers are compostable and we use environmentally-friendly, non-toxic, and biodegradable cleaners and degreasers from Simple Green.
The Rose City Rollers are Portland’s premier all-female flat-track roller derby league comprised of more than 400 hard-hitting, fast-skating women. Their home bouts at Oaks Park attract more 22,000 screaming fans annually. Not only is Kay’s Bar a proud sponsor, Kay’s kitchen runs the concession stand. Stop by for sandwiches, hot dogs, snacks, and sodas or try our house-made Derby Nachos with Kay’s Virginia-style pulled pork.
Kay’s Bar is one of the many dog-friendly bars and restaurants in SE Portland. Pets are welcome to enjoy a bit of al fresco dining with their owners. There’s even a water dish out most warm weekend afternoons. Just keep in mind that our outdoor seating area is on one of the busiest street corners in the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood and has heavy pedestrian foot traffic. Several times a year, we like to raise funds for Lil BUB’s BIG Fund for the ASPCA to help animals with special needs.
Bethlehem might mean ‘the house of bread’ or ‘the house of meat’ depending upon which language you speak, but at Kay’s Bar it means one fantastic mole sauce and some impeccable salsas. A native of Oaxaca, Belen and her sister help keep our kitchen well prepped with everything we need to make our Tex-Mex dishes truly sing. The dynamic culinary duo also makes fresh tamales and staffs the concession stand at roller derby events on Sundays.