Kay’s Bar was established in 1934

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 lived-in 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.

Our Partnerships

The Rose City Rollers are Portland’s premier flat-track roller derby league comprised of more than 400 hard-hitting, fast-skaters.  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 hot dogs, snacks, and sodas or try our house-made Derby Nachos with Kay’s Virginia-style pulled pork.

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.


The Kay's mural was completed in 2011 by Jeffrey Wade and is full of neighborhood regulars.


A Colorful Collection

Kay's has an impressive collection of vintage lighted beer signs.