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Woodman Tavern website

The Woodsman Tavern is our kind of place: the whiskey is plentiful, the oysters are bright, Willie is apt to be crooning, and the conversation is genuine.


There is something unbelievably charming and nostalgic about The Woodsman Tavern. It is difficult to put your finger on just what is so darned right about the place. And then, it dawns—you can feel the love that has been poured into every meticulous detail, from the oil paintings and incandescent lights, to the Oregon coast oysters and Tennessee ham; you intuitively know that someone has spent sleepless nights dreaming and tinkering, thinking and obsessing until the place was just right. At Needmore, we set out to design a website equally as engaging.

Woodsman Tavern photo gallery

We designed the Woodsman website as a strong visual introduction to the atmosphere of this Southeast Portland gathering spot. This is a place where neighbors stop in for a drink and a bucket of fried chicken on their way home and young lovers could while away the evening over oysters and champaign. In designing a website that captures the feel of Woodsman, we focused on the gorgeous photography (courtesy David L. Reamer), subtle vintage elements, and strong typography.

Woodsman Tavern website menu on iPad Woodsman Tavern menu/website on iPhone

This is a fully mobile, responsive website design that focuses on ease of getting to the details lickety-split. For Woodsman Tavern, this includes menus, reservations, specials, and hours.

Woodsman Tavern home page on iPad

Interesting in knowing more about the founding of Woodsman Tavern? Head over to our blog to read our interviews with Duane Sorenson all about ingredients and designing the Woodsman Tavern.

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