McMenamins’ community landmark, Rock Creek Tavern, is back and better than ever after a fire that reduced the beloved original building to a pile of cinders in September 2002. With an eye to preserving the past, the outside of the new tavern looks nearly identical to its predecessor. To achieve this authenticity, they used timbers from two local barns (one dating back to the late 1800s) in the rebuild. The new tavern includes an elevated outside patio. Rock Creek Tavern is off the beaten path. But it’s a well-advised trip into the Oregon countryside. With live music, a floating dance floor akin to those at the Crystal Ballroom , a pool table and great food and ales, there’s no finer place to while away an evening than in this rustic lair.