Kingston Bar and Grill, 2021 SW Morrison, 224-2115, daily 3:30-6 pm (unless there is a game at PGE Park), cheap food
Everything you want in a sports bar: grease, 32-ounce beers, and proximity to an actual sporting venue. The breakfast can't be beat and you can start drinking before noon without getting the ol' stink eye.
The Know, 2026 NE Alberta, 473-8729, daily 4-7 pm, PBR, Hamm's, Iron City for $1, wells $2.50
Straight-up Portland bar, bucking the condo trend on NE Alberta. Pinball, live music, and that low-down crusty element that seems to be missing on Alberta ever since Chez What? took a powder.
La Bodega, 1325 NE Fremont, 943-6099, Mon-Sat until 6 pm, $3.50 for selected wines & ales
The conundrum here is whether to take your wine or fine Belgium beer to go, or just stick around and enjoy it with a little something to nibble on. Back porch is fine when the sun shines. The sun still shines, doesn't it?
La Calaca Comelona, 2304 SE Belmont, 239-9675, Mon-Sat 8 pm-close, $3.50 wells, beer, specialty cocktail discounts, cheap food
It's that strange blue building on Belmont with the Dia de los Muertos feel. Outstanding cocktails and authentic Mexican food. You can almost imagine Frida Kahlo sitting across from you, raising her unibrow in pleasure.