Hours: (21 & over at all times)
Monday – Thursday, 3 p.m. 'til 1:30 a.m.
Friday & Saturday, 12 noon 'til 2:30 a.m.
Sunday, 12 noon 'til 1:30 a.m. (Featuring free pool!)

Remember the Lotus Cardroom? Their 130-year-old bar is now in our space, so come by for a beverage at the “new” bar.

  • Black Widow Porter

    Black Widow Porter

    Available Now

  • Edgefield Wines

    Edgefield Wines

    Available by the glass at all locations

  • McMenamins Coffee Roasters

    McMenamins Coffee Roasters

    Roasting beans from small-farm growers

  • Handcrafted Spirits

    Handcrafted Spirits

    Edgefield & Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Distillery spirits available only at McMenamins

About Back Stage Bar

The saga of the seven stories

Just wait 'til you check out this cool spot, the loftiest place to play pool and drink a beer in all the land. Step inside and have a gander up, waaaaay up — this hidden room behind the Bagdad Theater's screen stretches an incredible seven stories from floor to ceiling!

From 1930s vaudeville behind-the-scenes area to 1970s arthouse and hippie hangout, this place has a great history. We renovated it from top to bottom to become Hawthorne's most happening spot to play a round or two of 8-ball, relax before or after a movie or just stop by for a beer. And don't miss the huge 20-by-20-foot mural depicting the various tales, characters and memories from the Bagdad since its opening in 1927, painted by our own McMenamins artists.

Back Stage Bar allows pets at our sidewalk seating only.



This hidden room behind the Bagdad Theater's screen stretches an incredible seven stories from floor to ceiling! But before your eyes wander way up, have a look at the 130-year-old cherrywood bar, which was salvaged from downtown Portland’s iconic Lotus Cardroom upon its closing in 2016. Crafted in the 1880s by the Brunswick Company in Chicago, the bar was shipped to America’s West Coast by a rather circuitous route at sea: around Cape Horn in South America. After an illustrious time spent at the Lotus, we claimed it as our own, replacing the bar in Back Stage in October 2017. The bar removed from Back Stage is likely to resurface in a future McMenamins project.

In all -- from 1930s vaudeville behind-the-scenes area to 1970s arthouse and hippie hangout -- this place has a great history. We renovated it from top to bottom to become Hawthorne's most happening spot to play a round of 8-ball, relax before or after a movie, or just stop by for a beer. And check out the 20x20 ft. mural by McMenamins artists depicting the various characters and memories from the Bagdad since its opening in 1927.

Events

Menus

Menu  Beverage  Kids  Balcony  Dietary Restrictions  Balcony Dietary Restcrictions

Served Daily 3–6 p.m. & 10 p.m.–close
Drink specials 3–6 p.m. & 10 p.m.–12 midnight
No substitutions, additions, or to-go orders
Minimum drink purchase of $2 per person

We offer Northwest-style pub fare that incorporates the freshest seasonal ingredients from local and regional growers and producers (including Tillamook® Cheese and Ice Cream, Pleasant Valley Pickles, Sheridan Fruit Company, Country Natural Beef and many others). We make everything onsite, including pizza, soups and more. Weekly specials round out our menus – ask your server for details.

Gluten-free buns available! These light, crisp, locally made products are available for an additional charge with hamburgers and sandwiches – just ask your server. Please note: Although the bun is gluten-free, our kitchens are not.

History

For years, this cavernous space, which reaches an altitude that still may be the highest in Portland's Southeast district, was never meant to be seen by the watchful eyes of countless audiences on the other side of the proscenium. On performance nights, it was a place of orchestrated pandemonium, the nerve center for the machinations of the Bagdad's vaudeville productions: lights, sound effects, curtains, sets, backdrops, and acres of rope, rigging and catwalks...

Read more from behind the scenes — literally — at the Back Stage Bar.

Hold your Private Event at Back Stage at Bagdad!

Meetings  Social Events

This former behind-the-scenes Bagdad Theater staging area now hosts parties and private events.  Reserve one of two upper rooms (or both if you like!) for groups up to 50 – each space boasts a pool table along with dining tables and seating.  Or rent the Backstage Bar itself during off hours.  A full catering menu is available for groups of 15 or more upon request.  After your event, guests may wander a few steps to Greater Trumps to enjoy a cigar and tumbler of scotch, or around the corner to the Bagdad Theater & Pub to take in a movie.

  • Black Widow Porter

    Black Widow Porter

    Available Now

  • Edgefield Wines

    Edgefield Wines

    Available by the glass at all locations

  • McMenamins Coffee Roasters

    McMenamins Coffee Roasters

    Roasting beans from small-farm growers

  • Handcrafted Spirits

    Handcrafted Spirits

    Edgefield & Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Distillery spirits available only at McMenamins

Hours: (21 & over at all times)
Monday – Thursday, 3 p.m. 'til 1:30 a.m.
Friday & Saturday, 12 noon 'til 2:30 a.m.
Sunday, 12 noon 'til 1:30 a.m. (Featuring free pool!)

Remember the Lotus Cardroom? Their 130-year-old bar is now in our space, so come by for a beverage at the “new” bar.

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