Boon's Treasury

888 Liberty St. N.E., Salem, OR 97301

Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. 'til 12 midnight
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. 'til 1 a.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. 'til 11 p.m.

Free live music, Wednesday through Saturday nights!

Upcoming Events

Oregon Craft Beer Month
Friday, Jul 28
Will West & The Friendly Strangers
Friday, Jul 28
Bob Shoemaker
Saturday, Jul 29
Mark Alan
Wednesday, Aug 02
  • Seasonal Jam Session ISA

    Seasonal Jam Session ISA

    Now On Tap Across the Land

  • Seasonal Blackberry Cider

    Seasonal Blackberry Cider

    Now on tap

  • 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 Boon's Treasury

Pour on the history

This historic building sits on the northern edge of central Salem — Oregon's state capitol. 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.

Menus

Menu  Kids  Happy Hour & Specials  Beverage  Dietary Restrictions

Happy Hour served daily 3-6 p.m. & 10 p.m.-close
Drink specials daily 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

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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Events

  • Seasonal Jam Session ISA

    Seasonal Jam Session ISA

    Now On Tap Across the Land

  • Seasonal Blackberry Cider

    Seasonal Blackberry Cider

    Now on tap

  • 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:
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. 'til 12 midnight
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. 'til 1 a.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. 'til 11 p.m.

Free live music, Wednesday through Saturday nights!

Upcoming Events

Oregon Craft Beer Month
Friday, Jul 28
Will West & The Friendly Strangers
Friday, Jul 28
Bob Shoemaker
Saturday, Jul 29
Mark Alan
Wednesday, Aug 02

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