The Dam offers fun, eats to customers of all ages

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Bartender Austin Hogue pours a drink at The Dam, which took second place in the best of live music venue category. 

Tiffani Smith News Contributor

New to the Corvallis scene this past September, The Dam offers customers of all ages fun, good eats and a wide selection of drinks.

Employees have been working for the past six months to make The Dam the biggest venue in town, according the Austin Hogue, the general manager of The Dam.

Inside The Dam, customers can find a wide selection of games including arcade games, cornhole, board games, a frisbee golf basket with disks and a giant pool table played with soccer balls, as well as TVs throughout.

They also offer a full bar, including 12 beers on tap with a rotating list and 30 new labels introduced to the bar May 2, and continues to widen the drink selection.

“We just re-created our entire drink menu,” Hogue said. “We’re going to launch two drinks a week. This week we’ve got our No Natty and our Willamette. Our Willamette is kind of our specialty, ‘it’s Friday and I’m trying to have a good time.’ Then our No Natty is a little bit tamer and sweeter. It’s a little bit more (of a) casual drink.”

The Dam also offers a wide selection of snack and meal options, ranging from bar foods such as burgers and chicken wings to bowls of cereal and milkshakes.

“We also have rice bowls if people don’t want meat or anything,” Trevor Olsen, the kitchen manager at The Dam said. “(Customers) can get pretty filling rice bowls sauteed and cooked to order.”

According to Olsen, The Dam is working on expanding the menu. In the works is a brunch menu including bottomless mimosas and food items such as eggs benedict, pancakes and bacon.

On top of food and drinks, The Dam puts on different events hosting DJs, performers and musicians.

“Our busiest night above everything is our once-a-month drag show that we host,” Hogue said. “It is by far our biggest seller. We are at capacity usually by about 10 o’clock. It’s killing it right now.”

The Dam also hosts club nights every Friday and Saturday night featuring a DJ and dance-club lights.

“Our atmosphere can range from a nice quiet place to come set your laptop up and study and have a nice burger during the day and maybe a beer to take the edge off, all the way to a full-capacity fun night club,” Hogue said.

The Dam aims to provide a fun and safe environment for everyone, according to Hogue.

“You can see on all of our doors we have safe-space signs everywhere,” Hogue said. “We try to make sure everybody’s comfortable, everybody’s safe and we really don’t even want to test the limits when it comes to safety.”

According to Connor Clancey-Burns, a regular at The Dam and an Oregon State University senior studying psychology, The Dam provides him with an environment to hang out with his girlfriend, friends and even his dad.

“I think it’s awesome that it’s really laid-back,” Clancey-Burns said. “The fact that the service is relaxed and accepting of everyone and that they even throw the drag night is huge. They support every facet of the community.”

The Dam is open Sunday through Thursday noon-midnight and Friday and Saturday noon-1 a.m. All ages are welcome in the Dam until 8 p.m. every day of the week. The restaurant and bar can be found at 349 SW 4th Street.


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