Crusty, dirty and AWESOME neighborhood bar with a nice low key atmosphere. Plenty of room far away from the bands to hang out without it being too loud. This bar is like the clubhouse you wish you had as a little kid. Sweet jukebox. Booths, tables and tons of pinball and video games, ping pong, airhockey... AND a photo booth!
I have been playing hockey at Sherwood for about the last 6 months. The whole facility is well cared for and always immaculately clean...even in the locker rooms. The employees have always been very helpful and friendly. Same goes for the guys in the pro-shop. The ice is always resurfaced between every skating session and the scheduling of different activities is pretty well balanced between hockey, figure skating, and public skate. Good programs for beginners and a great comfortable environment for all skill levels. The hockey program is great... the rink's hockey director John has always returned my emails and calls. I had no trouble getting on a team, in fact, I was encouraged to sign up just a few weeks after I started skating here. Good people at Sherwood. Lots of fun. Its a bit of a drive from Beaverton but it beats skating at that other place.
OK you can be very satisfied with this place if your expectations are set correctly. Valley Ice Arena is a very old ice arena that probably hasn't seen a coat of paint in 20 years, much less a complete renovation. Yes, it has hard wood benches and that old school charm and lots of time dedicated towards hockey players, BUT... let's face it. This place is a dive. It stinks like an old sweaty sock, and from the looks of it, the place is barely holding together. If you're looking for a classy place for a birthday party, I'd try Lloyd center or something. However if you're strictly looking for lunch hour stick time, I'd recommend it. The guys that come out for pick up games are pretty nice people... laid back, competitive, and all different skill levels. If nobody shows up for the following public session, the staff will usually let you keep playing until someone does. The ice doesn't get resurfaced as often as it should. Its usually pretty decent for early stick time, but can get pretty rough sometimes. Bonus: there is a bar in the bowling alley next door from which you can watch people on the ice.