Where We Live: Portland’s oldest bar

Multnomah County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Nestled in the heart of downtown Portland on Southwest 3rd and Stark is a bar that’s been around longer than any other in the city. 

Its name is Huber’s. 

Huber's is famous for its Spanish coffees, Dec. 7, 2018 (KOIN) 

Huber’s has been a special part of Portland since 1879 for many reasons, not least of all its flaming Spanish coffees.  

The drink is a mix of Kahlua, rum, triple sec and, of course, coffee. While the concoction is a delicious one, Huber’s has also turned the making of it into a performance — one that’s made the bar famous. 

“Forty years ago, when we first started making Spanish coffees, I had no idea it was going to get this big,” said James Louie. 

Brothers James Louie and David Louie own Huber's with their sister, Lucille, Dec. 7, 2018 (KOIN)

James Louie has owned Huber’s with his brother David and their sister Lucille since 1991. Together, they make up the 3rd generation of Louies to own the iconic bar. 

“Mr. Huber’s son, I found out, sold half of the business to my great uncle for a dollar,” said David Louie. 

David’s great uncle was Jim Louie. He cooked turkey and made sandwiches at the bar back in the late 1800s when it went by a different name: “The Bureau Saloon.” 

“Back in the old days, if you bought a drink, you got a free turkey sandwich, so that was my great uncle’s role,” said David Louie. 

Today, Huber’s is still known for its turkey dinners, complete with all the classic Thanksgiving fixins’.  

Huber’s is a place full of history. It’s survived floods, wars and recessions.

Huber's is the oldest bar in Portland, Dec. 7, 2018 (KOIN) 

Cheers to a future full of turkey and Spanish coffees. 

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