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Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:14 AM


Established in 1924

The Lotus Cardroom was built in 1923 and opened in 1924 as a soda barduring the height of the federal prohibition. In 1929, after prohibition was repealed, the back room became a private bar frequented by city and government officials.

They would gather for food and drinks at lunch and until late at night. Rumors abound that some patrons would then sneak up the concealed staircase to the Lotus Hotel, which had an underground reputation as a brothel.
During the 20's and 30's, the Lotus was a gathering place for loggers, shipyard workers and laborers. Every morning a job site board was posted with the wor assignments for the day.

The Lotus was a destination after hours as well. With the first gambling license issued in Portland, the Cardroom was open most nights to card players. A few "good old boys" were still playing rummy until 1990, when gambling in the Cardroom was closed. The antique 30 ft cherry wood bar was made in the late 1800's by Brunswick Company.


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Ph: (503)227-6185
Address: 932 SW 3rd Avenue Portland, OR, 97204

Mon-Thu: 11am-12am Fri: 11am-2am Sat: 4pm-2am Sun: Closed

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