Monday – Thursday, 11 am - Midnight
Friday & Saturday, 11 am - 1 am
Sunday, 11 am - 11 pm

Free live music, Wednesday through Saturday nights!

Upcoming Events

Laryssa Birdseye
Wednesday, Oct 23
Christian Kelly
Thursday, Oct 24
Will West
Friday, Oct 25
Howling Waters
Saturday, Oct 26

About Boon's Treasury

Pour on the history

This historic building sits on the northern edge of central Salem — Oregon's state capital. Enjoy McMenamins' pub food and handcrafted ales, wines and spirits in our brick-and-wood interior, or head outdoors to the shady beer garden.

We also offer live music most nights — hear anything from folk and country to blues, rock and funk and more...

Boon's Treasury allows pets at our front patio only.


Menu  Kids  Happy Hour  Beverage

Happy Hour served daily 3 - 6 pm & 10 pm - Close
Drink specials daily 3 - 6 pm & 10 pm - Midnight 
No substitutions, additions, or to-go orders


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.


Boon's Treasury has been a popular gathering spot from the time Oregon became a state. Few other places in the Northwest can boast such a pedigree. It began as an island venture brought about by a man named John D. Boon. A devout Methodist, Boon came to the developing site of Salem in 1845 to work with the Jason Lee Mission. In 1851, his honest character led to Boon's election as Oregon's first treasurer, a position he kept into the 1860s. During this time, Boon also started his own general store — the second in Salem. He conducted both state and store business in the brick building he constructed on the island formed by the encircling waters of Mill Creek and the mill race feeding the Mission's mill.

Boon's store became a favorite trading place, and continued as such into the 20th century under its new proprietor, a prosperous adventurer named William Lincoln Wade. Wade not only kept store business brisk, he also opened the building's upper story to serve as a community hall. One frequenter of Wade's store was future president Herbert Hoover, a childhood friend of Wade's son.

With the repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the one-time treasury was transformed into a "beer parlor" by Fred Karr, a former hop grower and bowling academy director. The long run of Karr's Tavern stretched into the 1970s, when it was sold and reopened as "Boon's Treasury," still a neighborhood pub, but one that featured live music played by such masters as Earl 'Fatha' Hines. In 1998, the torch was passed to McMenamins and we have continued the pub's live music tradition, all the while striving to maintain the historic building's longstanding status as a favorite hub.


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