Bend is teeming with opportunities to use booze as an excuse to behave like a bonehead. I can say this with authority because (ahem) I may have been a bonehead once or twice in my life.

That’s not to say you can’t have tons of fun exploring the Bend Ale Trail, attending boozy concerts and events, or scoping out cideries, distilleries, and wineries with your Drinkable Diversions passport in hand.

There are many excellent ways to refrain from drinking and driving in Bend, and the Bend Brew Bus is one of the best.
There are many excellent ways to refrain from drinking and driving in Bend, and the Bend Brew Bus is one of the best.

It just means there are a few things you can do to avoid being a complete moron while you do it.

Moron move #1: Drinking and driving

First things first. Never, ever, under any circumstances should you drink and drive in Bend. You shouldn’t do it anywhere, for that matter, but let’s focus on Bend for now.

There are tons of ways to get around our fair city if you plan to enjoy a few adult beverages. Here are a few worth noting:

Seriously guys, don’t mess around with this one. Winding up dead or in jail would put a pretty big damper on your Bend vacation.

Blogger Tawna's handbag with its ever-present Hydro Flask. Don't leave home without your own stash of water if you're planning a night (or a day) on the town.
Stashing a water bottle in your purse or backpack is a great way to stay hydrated and pace yourself if you’re boozing it up in Bend.


Moron move #2: Rendering yourself too blitzed to remember anything

Raise your hand if you’ve ever over-imbibed in adult beverages.

I’ll admit my hand is in the air, which makes it pretty difficult to type. Many of us have done it, and it can kinda kill your Bend vacation mojo.

If you’re old enough to drink legally, you’re old enough to know how to do it responsibly, but we all need a reminder every now and then. A few tips:

  • Drink tons of water. Toting a Hydro Flask in your purse or backpack does wonders, and you’ll never catch me without one if I’m pub crawling or attending an event where booze will be served.
  • Eat something. Bend has tons of amazing happy hours and great food along the Bend Ale Trail, so keep your belly filled with grub to soak up the booze.
  • If you’re out on the Bend Ale Trail, keep in mind that no purchase is necessary to get your passport stamp. Yes, it’s fun to sample beers from 16 amazing breweries, but you don’t have to pound a pint at every stop. If you’re determined to sip at each brewery, ask for a small taster, or order a schooner instead of a pint.
Local cider can be found in bottles all over Bend. Perfect for sipping on your private patio!
Local cider can be found in bottles all over Bend. Perfect for sipping on your private patio!

And if you do end up overindulging, check out this blog post on Bend’s best hangover cures. You’re welcome.


Moron move #3: Embarrassing yourself in public

Wine from Bend’s own Volcano Vineyards – another great take-home option!

This kinda goes hand in hand with the last one, and again, most of us have done it. But if you plan to drink and would prefer not to risk making a public spectacle, why not confine it to the privacy of your Bend hotel or vacation rental?

Plenty of Bend lodging spots have lovely patios and balconies where you can sip your beverage with a view of the river or mountains. Stop at one of Bend’s growler fill stations to fill up on local craft beer, or hit a local cider producer for something crisp and refreshing.

If spirits are your passion, there are several amazing Bend distilleries with tasting rooms where you can purchase bottles of vodka, gin, whiskey, or other tasty beverages. You’ll also find them stocked at our local liquor stores, so pick up a couple bottles of special spirits to take home.


Moron move #4: Annoying other people

Have you ever splurged on a pair of concert tickets to see your favorite musical act, only to have the experience spoiled by a cluster of drunk jerks standing with their backs to the stage and talking so loudly you begin to suspect they’re unaware there’s a concert happening?

The Les Schwab Amphitheater has an incredible lineup of concerts this summer. Feel free to get your drink on – just don't get it on your neighbor.
The Les Schwab Amphitheater has an incredible lineup of concerts this summer. Feel free to get your drink on – just don’t get it on your neighbor.

Don’t be those guys.

Seriously, the Les Schwab Amphitheater has some KILLER concerts in this summer’s lineup, and most folks attending are there to enjoy the music. Yes, there’s a plethora of great wine and beer and mixed drinks available for purchase, and I encourage you to hit the beverage tent a time or two. Just be smart about it, okay? Your fellow concertgoers will appreciate it.


Moron move #5: Singing karaoke

Blogger Tawna's husband, Craig, was NOT drinking like a moron while doing karaoke in Bend, but his spouse who threw the bra at him may have been.
Craig Zagurski, husband of blogger Tawna, was NOT drinking like a moron while singing karaoke in Bend, but his spouse who threw a bra at him may have been.

Wait, what am I talking about? This is no moron move. I love watching karaoke (note: the operative word there is “watching,” not “singing.”)

Provided you drink responsibly, there’s no shame in using a bit of liquid courage to get up the guts to sing your little heart out to cheesy ‘80s pop or country ballads.

Spots in Bend where you can regularly find karaoke nights include Corey’ Bar & Grill, Kelly D’s Sports Bar & Grill and Maverick’s Country Bar. Check their websites and Facebook pages for up-to-date info about times and dates (and check item #1 one more time before you go).



5 responses to “5 ways to avoid drinking like a moron in Bend, Oregon”

  1. Your suggestion to ride a Segway instead of driving drunk is not accurate. Intoxicated people can still be charged with DUII for operating any wheeled vehicle on a highway or premises open to the public.

    • Aaron & Joe,

      Thanks for the feedback. We removed the reference to the Segeway tours. While they do offer tours that include brewery stops, these are not intended to be drunken binges, and they tend to keep consumption to a minimum.

  2. I agree with Aaron, the Segway tour is not a suitable means of travel while intoxicated. Consider moving it’s entry to the section marked “Moron move #3: Embarrassing yourself in public”.


  3. I love Bend. The breweries and people are awesome. We walked part of the trail and next time we’ll get the van just so we can see more. Beer paridise,can’t wait to go back.

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