“Thorough bush, thorough brier, over park, over pale, thorough flood, thorough fire” our journey lead us to Ashland, home to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and a mecca for artists, poets, musicians, and theatre enthusiasts. What was intended as a brief lunch stop turned into an afternoon of joyous revelry when we stumbled upon Oberon’s Tavern…
As “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is my favorite Shakespeare play, methinks this might be the coolest tavern I have ever stepped foot in.
Drinking Double D blonde ale from Hop Valley Brewery, a local brewery in Ashland, OR.
The bar counters were inscribed with quotes from the play…did I already mention this place is super awesome?
And live blues music in the middle of the afternoon on a Sunday? I think I might be in love with this tavern.
They had several beers, ciders, and mead on tap, in addition to a list of specialty cocktails. This is the sort of place where it would be easy to lose track of time and spend hours listening to music, playing the board games they have sitting out on the tables, and sampling the different libations.
We even turned the aisles into a mini dance floor, and had an impromptu blues dance!
I’d like to give a shout out to my friend Chris for being a good sport and dancing with me even though no one else in the bar was dancing. Thanks Chris!
Eventually though, we did have to leave the tavern. We headed to a park down the street, and on the way we passed these water fountains. Apparently, they pump in natural mineral water from springs in Ashland, and because I can’t ever pass up an opportunity to try something out of the ordinary, I gave it a shot.
Mistake!!!! It tasted horrible. I literally could not swallow it and spit it out on the sidewalk. My friends all sampled the water as well, and had a similar reaction. It sure was fun seeing everyone’s faces though and the varying degrees of disgust and horror!
And then we passed this amazing accordion player on the streets. He was playing “The Irish Rover”!! My little Celtic heart was so happy. Beer and Irish music are the best way to spend an afternoon!
We eventually made it to the park, and encountered this guy playing cello. With live music around every corner and delightful Shakespeare-themed venues all around, Ashland is without a doubt one of the most amazing cities I have ever visited.
Our time here was brief, but I fully intend to return one day and get lost in good drinks, good music, and good times.
“The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, are of imagination all compact.”
** All quotes are from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”**