A review of one of Eugene’s loved hangouts.
Don’t mind the deer head when you walk into the Barn Light Cafe & Bar in Eugene.
Whether you’ve come to play a few matches of cards, or to hunch over laptops and textbooks, your activities could at any moment be punctuated by the indie sounds of Local Natives or classic Fleetwood Mac. Food and drinks are served all day long, either at the main bar or at four-top tables.
The Barn Light at 924 Willamette Street is a Eugene treasure that comfortably accommodates groups who enjoy a lively environment and a strong drink.
Practically every inch of wall space at the Barn Light is covered with décor. The back wall hosts vintage and collegiate banners alike that serve as backdrops to plush couches and velvet armchairs. The wooden wall opposing the Barn Light’s well-stocked bar displays a stoic deer head surrounded by handsaws and an American flag.
“Fly With Your Own Wings” is the message proclaimed in bold letters around the deer’s head posted to the wall above a game board.
The Barn Light offers specialty cocktails that take a step away from the traditional drink, with flavors that work together to deliver a truly new experience; for example, the Midnight Sun is a creative take on a long island ice tea and is made with the sharp tasting liquor Akvavit. The Akvavit has a distinct taste similar to black licorice and is enhanced by a splash of tea flavoring and a squeeze of fresh lemon.
The bright and fruity Mary Pickford, however, comes in a delicate glass and is the perfect pink drink for a lady’s evening happy hour. Along with the various cocktails, the Barn Light offers everything a college student or local needs to get loose, from Jell-O shots to local craft or domestic beers.
The Barn Light’s décor, vibe, and drink menu will make you feel young. The quirky decorations and creative drinks make the Barn Light one of Eugene’s most unique destinations for an upbeat night of karaoke, or the perfect place to just settle in and catch up with friends.
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 7 a.m. – midnight | Thursday 7 a.m. – 1 a.m. | Friday 7 a.m. – 2 a.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. – 2 a.m. | Sunday 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.