Portland's Sports Bra Invents the Women's Sports Bar

Trophies, soccer scarves, and team flags coat the walls and beer taps line up like foosball players under TVs lit with familiar ESPN chyrons. This establishment on a busy street in Northeast Portland is unmistakably a sports bar, but two things stick out. One, the TV shows women playing some form of table tennis-soccer hybrid called teqball. Two, this bar is named after underwear.

When chef Jenny Nguyen opened the Sports Bra in spring 2022 with a mission to show women’s sports—and women’s sports only—she felt the classic sports bar was long overdue for new blood. The night of the 2018 Women’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, she and her friends had crowded

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