Where to watch: The Tour in Portland
No TV to catch the tour? Refuse to pay that obnoxious cable fee?
St Honore Boulangerie (NW Portland, Lake Oswego) – Watch it Live!
St. Honore has been showing the Tour live for years and continues its tradition this year. While you’re there, be sure to scarf down some pastries. Eating pastries during the Tour at St Honore is like practicing religion! (Be aware that popular/mountain stages may see quite the crowd form – arrive early and stake out a good seat.)
Here’s the press release with pertinent info:
Biking jerseys and helmets will be the attire “du jour” at St. Honoré Boulangerie from July 4 to July 26, 2009 when cycling enthusiasts gather to watch live coverage of the Tour de France cycling race. Each day’s race will be broadcast on large screen televisions each morning and replayed throughout the day. Coverage will begin at 6 a.m. at the NW Thurman location (2335 NW Thurman, Portland) and 7 a.m. at the Lake Oswego location (315 First Avenue, Lake View Village).
“We love hosting live Tour de France television coverage and bringing Portland’s cycling community together,” says Dominique Geulin, owner of St. Honoré Boulangerie.
The Human Bean Cafe (Hillsboro) – Also Live!
The Human Bean opens bright and early at the crack of crazy – 5:00am – so you’ll have time to suck down your first cup of joe before the coverage starts. Owner/operator Matt James that if you walk in and the tour isn’t on just ask a barista and they’ll be sure to turn it on for you.
Madison’s Bar and Grill (SE Portland) – NOT Live, but with discounted beer!
If you don’t think the idea of getting up at 5am to watch the tour sounds like the best thing ever, you may want to try the Madison’s approach. They’ll be showing the replays of the tour (following Versus schedule, posted online here). Madison’s opens daily at 11am on weekdays, 9am on weekends.
If you mention the Everyday Athlete Blog when you go in, your first pint of beer is only $2. And, let me tell you, the taps at Madison’s are currently GOING OFF. Ninkasi, Alameda, Lompoc, oh my! Fancy Oregon beers, $2! Tour de France! Rad.
Also, in case you weren’t aware, Madison’s is slinging bottomless mimosas on the weekends. No really, bottomless mimosas. Now, that’s just plain silly. Go drink a mimosa or seven. And watch the tour. Tell ‘em Heidi sent you.
Have more locations for Tour viewing? Send me an email at heidiswift at gmail dot com or leave a comment.