#70 Blitz Pearl

splash-tempI shouldn’t be as pissed off as I am, since it’s just a bar, but the new “Blitz Pearl” has royally ticked me off.  For those of you who had never been to the old Blitz before, it was the perfect after-work wind down joint.

Coworkers and I would take to the shuffle board tables, play pool, enjoy their happy hour drink and food specials.  Although the venue did turn into a huge frat party after 10, it was still a great place to watch games and just relax after work.  Blitz was an upscale version of the Cheerful bars.  Just one of those bars you wish you could replicate in every neighborhood in Portland (which they ended up doing in East Ladd), that is until my favorite bar in Northwest became Pearlified.

Recently, there was a sporting event that my coworkers and I wanted to watch.  Without question we were out the door headed to Blitz.  From a distance, we noticed a new feminine looking sign: Blitz Pearl.  Upon entering Blitz, we were surprised to see the entire place had been renovated.  The abundant pool tables, air hockey, hdtvs, projector screen, shuffle board and enclosed bar area had been removed.  In their absence were leather couches, two pool tables and one shuffle board table.  The new management team had gutted out the entire feel of Blitz.

The best way I can compare it; it was like the girlfriend moved in.  Suddenly, all the fun was gone.  Now you have to watch Thursday night College Football in the bedroom because it’s her book club night.  That’s what the new Blitz:Pearl feels like.

Our favorite hangout place has been taken away from us.  The bartender treated us like sh*t and one coworker made the perfect comment, “It seemed like she hated the fact we were there”.  The feeling is mutual Blitz:Pearl.

Update: Portland Mercury has a great post about saving Blitz: http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2009/05/15/blitzed-five-fired-in-management-shakeup

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10 Responses to “#70 Blitz Pearl”


  1. 1 funk yo mother... 06/18 at 10:50 am

    A) its MOSTLY the same employees B) FIGURE OUT WHO YOU ARE DATING CAUSE THAT GIRL COMMENT WAS BS…. OR “BULL PEN SHIT”.. IF YOU WANT A CHEERS…. CREATE ONE… YOU WANT A BETTER ATMOSPHERE? CREATE ONE….. I NEVER BLOG BACK BUT YOU ARE A ROYAL FUCK FACE AND THAT PLACE IS AT LEAST CREATING JOBS WHICH I’M SURE YOUR “CORPORATE” COMPANY IS DENYING….. IF YOU DONT LIKE IT… DONT GO THERE… THE SALES ARE UP AND NOT DUE TO SHITFUCKERS LIKE YOURSELF. GOOD DAY SIR!

  2. 2 Olivia 02/25 at 3:08 pm

    Blitz Ladd is equally if not more shitty. Their manager was pretty much the biggest douche-tard I’ve ever met. If we could get rid of all the Blitz locations, that would be just lovely.

    • 3 Progresspdx 02/25 at 3:35 pm

      Your right, that guy was a douche and he got fired back in January. They got both locations rockin. 24 TVs, 26 beers on tap, strong cheap drinks, great food, hot servers. You should give them another try. It’s by far my favorite hang out.

  3. 4 Jameson Williams 09/19 at 2:05 am

    Quote: For those of you who had never been to the old Blitz before, it was the perfect after-work wind down joint.

    Yea, whatever pal. Any group of people that could produce the catastrophe that happened in the NW surely didn’t come from a sound backing.

  4. 5 pdxpearl 05/23 at 4:50 pm

    TV’s are back at Blitz pearl… also the atmosphere and some of the old employees are back. Blitz is definitely not a lounge and is a sports bar and a great place to hang out in the pearl once again. I saw this weekend that the 2nd shuffleboard and the air hockey is back as well!

  5. 6 blouseparty 05/18 at 1:59 am

    what sort of cliche ladies do you know that cause you to say cliche things about book clubs and such? laaaame.

    good blog anyway.

  6. 7 Ryan Thompson 05/17 at 9:30 pm

    The Cheerful bars? Do you mean Cheerful Tortoise?

    • 8 GWAR 05/19 at 7:05 am

      There are two Cheerful bars: The Tortoise on 6th next to PSU and the newest Cheerful, The Bullpen in between 17th and 18th on SW Taylor.

  7. 9 Progresspdx 05/14 at 7:42 pm

    Guess what? The ownership at Blitz couldn’t beleive it either. The new management was hired to tweak a few things that were broken and in the process changed the best hang out in town into a snooty lounge. The new management went too far and now they are gone!!! I have it from good authority that the TVs are coming back. The air hockey and buck hunter are coming back. And best of all, they are bring back the old servers and service that the place what it was. I’m going back this weekend. It’s time to Party! Let’s see if Blitz should be off of this list.

  8. 10 Janine 05/10 at 8:09 pm

    I love this post! Sorry to hear about your bar.


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