Oregon Nightlife: 3 Spots for a Good Beer

Among the many options that the Oregon nightlife has to offer, having a cold beer at a local bar is one that stands out. Two must-vists spots in Oregon for a good beer are the Blackhawk Steak Pit (steak house, expensive price) and Messie's Bar and Grill (saloon, inexpensive price). If you happen to stay in Oregon, Illinois for a couple days and have a car available, you can also visit the Kryptonite Bar (bar, moderate price) in nearby Rockford, because it is consistently rated among the "best places to have a beer" by local publications.

Blackhawk Steak Pit
1429 N IL Route 2
Oregon, IL 61061
(815) 732-2500
www.blackhawksteakpit.com

Open every Wednesday through Sunday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., the Blackhawk Steak Pit has been a great example of the Oregon nightlife since 1982. Co-founders and brothers John and Peter Tsioles created a great concept that mixes an open charcoal grill steak house with a bar. Several beers are served on tap and are available on bottle as well. Men of all ages will love this place because you can enjoy the House Specialty (Bone in Ribeye) or the Black Angus Prime Rib or Beef with a cold dark brew. It is a good idea to add to your main course either three shrimp or three scallops as a side dishe. Keep in mind that both beers and dishes are on the expensive side. However, there are nightly specials on beers. Waiters are knowledgeable about what beers go well with certain dishes.

Messie's Bar and Grill
117 North River Road
Oregon, IL 61061-9453
(815) 732-2553

Near more than one Oregon Bed and Breakfast, Messie's Bar and Grill is a good place for those looking a piece of the Oregon nightlife that doesn't break the bank. Don't be fooled by the unattractive exterior, because this bar is a great place for grabbing a beer, eating some hot wings and catching the football game of the night. Locals recommend the burgers, especially on Tuesdays when they are on special, because they provide the best bang for your buck. It's also a good idea to visit Messie's Bar and Grill on the weekends, because there's live entertainment by local bands and performers. 

Kryptonite Bar
308 West State Street
Rockford, IL 61101
(815) 965-0931
www.kryptonitebar.com‎

A great choice to add to your Oregon nightlife options is the Kryptonite Bar. Just a 30-minute drive from your Oregon Inn, this bar has one of the most impressive liquor walls in the whole state. The decor is a bit heavy on the industrial side, but it draws a very eclectic and mixed set of customers. The beer selection is equally impressive, ranging from imports to microbrews to American drafts. Kryptonite Bar is open Monday through Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Saturday from 7:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., and Sunday from 7:00 p.m. to midnight. Besides the great beer options, the Kryptonite Bar is known for its daily live shows that include deejay acts, rock bands, open mic nights and karaoke nights. Most nights have appareances by deejays from local radio stations.