Cozy, dim, and nondescript in a part of town with little foot traffic, Pints feels like a discovery when you wander in off the street. It's a solid (if standard) brewpub, with a pub-fare menu to complement the 10 or so tasty beers brewed in house. The bar's owners claim Pints is the first brewery to call Portland's oldest neighborhood home since the mid-19th century, and the location makes all the difference. Pints adds a welcome breadth to Old Town's nightclub-heavy offerings, and should be high on your list if you're in the area and in need of a drink. One caution: The bar closes at 11 pm most nights. DIRK VANDERHART
412 NW 5th Ave.,
Hours: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm\nSun 12pm-9pm
Daily 3-6 pm.