Real food, live music.
Re: Soul Vaccination
My gosh - what a fantastic dance band! Duff's Garage was packed and the music was excellent - SOUL VACCINATION had the dance floor packed for 3 long sets.
This venue also has National acts come through like BILL KIRCHEN and MARIA MULDAUR.
Lots of seating, big dance floor, too.
I'm going back!
I pretty much love this place; the other reviews are outdated and don't hold true for what this bar has to offer now. The food is really high quality -- especially for a bar. Over 20 beers on tap, most of them microbrews. Fantastic service.
This place is wonderful. 25 taps and most of the beer is from the Pacific northwest, the rest from either California or the east coast, and occasionally Europe. The staff are all friendly and knowledgeable, too.
Stopped by this neighborhood charmer for a snack, and sat by the kitchen to watch the show. Was wildly entertained by the chef (eric?) And the soo chef (paul?) As they directed the action and prepared the food. Had a fantastic time, and the food, I'm looking at you pork chops, will bring me back again for sure!
Married men and their wives beware! Ashley is so desperate to get married that she professed her love to a married man, one of her patrons, and attempted to rent an apartment with him! Ashley is uneducated, has a dead end job and is not attractive so she will go to any means to ruin other's lives. She needs to learn about ethics, respect, boundaries, and most of all needs to learn to leave married men alone. I hope her mom enjoys the letter she will be receiving explaining her daughter's exceptional behavior.
One of the nastiest, dirtiest places I've seen!!! STD's offered at a discount!! Don't waste your time or money. Should be closed down!
We started my friend's birthday celebration here the other evening during happy hour, and it was wonderful. We had to wait 20 minutes to be seated, but it was well worth the wait. The atmosphere is incredible, the ahi tuna was melt-in-your-mouth perfect, the crab cakes were delectable and all of our drinks were scrumptious. I had the Diablo, and it was the perfect mix of spicy, tangy and sweet. My friend (who likes more sweet drinks) had the Red Velvet, and it was incredible. The staff was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive, despite how busy they were. I live in SE and wish Bartini was closer, but I'll be recommending it to anyone who wants an awesome drink experience in the alphabet district.
great place to watch bands and drink awesome beer
Love this joint
I just moved to Portland and have been going to a lot of restaurants and bars, Laurelthirst is tops on my list....this place has great food ( one of those places where you can ask for some damn simple brown rice with your meal and they have it ) and a close-in mostly free music venue. YES it is a bar. YES it is full of hippies and hipsters. YES this is Portland. YES to the music played here, it is full and varied from rocky soulful blues to acoustic wonders to something I haven't heard yet. Love this place. Rock on.
I agree Michelle the waitress serving me insisted that I had had three drinks when I only had only two with my dinner it was the worst food I have ever had in my life I paid the bill after she proceccced to embrass me in front of my friend. Also when me and my friend went outside to smoke we found out that if you are looking for a bar where you can drink your own drinks on the patio brought in by the customers out of their purse or handed over the gate well then I guess this is the placce to go.
Working at a restaurant can be a crap job and I can sympathize but I have never had a someone be as rude and terrible to me here. With a small group of people I stepped to the other quiet, empty side of the restaurant to answer an important phone call instead of stepping out in the rain. The bartender demanded I leave loudly until I got off of the phone. Aggressive older tattooed guy named Rob I think. After I complained to the waiter and once sitting back down my friends asked what happened. As they looked across the restaurant he yelled "Do we have a problem?!". It made me and my friends so uncomfortable and me upset that we left. We had already gotten over it and sat down when this happened, like he was trying to start a fight with them because I was sitting with two men. It was two in the afternoon on a sunday. Plenty of other places with better service and better food.
Very chill and very good service. Just what you want in a neighborhood pub...laid back atmosphere, good food, great beer, and friendly staff. Lived all over Portland, and very satisfied to have this place as my new neighborhood hangout.
A classic. Tasty n Sons gave birth to a tapas wielding restaurant that delights at every turn. This night the delicious twists included noodles "10 con 10" with bacon & sea urchin; empanada with braised beef, kumquat & chilies; meatballs with tomato-almond sauce & english peas; and a couple octopus dishes that wrapped themselves tightly around our tastebuds. Run don't walk to Toro Bravo. Bravo!
This place has a wonderful atmosphere. Every night feels like an exclusive party with your friends. Enough seating with plush tables and romantic side spots to chat. The DJ always has great music and the bartenders pour fantastic drinks.
Talk about a downhill slide; must be under new management. It’s ironic the bar next door is translated into, “The Sh*t” but the bar manager, Melissa cannot tolerate cursing when you are asked to explain about the f**cking crazy service in the restaurant; it offends her. You know what offends me - being treated like merde. I had no idea they had become so high brow in the 10 minutes it had been since a hostess literally screamed in my face over moving a damn table a 1/4".
story comin atcha: A hostess scooted 2 tables next to our party and announced we were going to, “be getting new neighbors,” which would normally be fine since I have been coming here for 12 years, but this evening happened to be my birthday. I joked with my husband after the hostess walked away by pushing the corner of the table not even an inch over. I was apparently being watched; the hostess came back over and told me “don’t move the tables” in an angry tone. I was only joking... and not with her. I went to the hostess desk to explain to the second hostess why I cared about the way it was done (my birthday, we were almost done, and the hostess' uncalled for tone). I was told, "no one cares" in response to explaining that it's my birthday...we did...the owner might. After some discourse head table hostess told me that I was lucky she was at work...presumably she was lucky to have a job. I struck a chord with my matching bad attitude & tone at this point, but I wasn't threatening anyone. The initial hostess must have told her I did something highly offensive because she screamed in my face, “Don’t move my tables” and the restaurant turned. She offered a business card to complain. Sitting next to strangers was so far from my concern. The bar manager came over after the screaming hostess caught everyone's attention and told me nothing they said would make me happy; that was about all she said besides don't curse, it offends me. I fucking curse...get over it and don't take a job at a place called "The Shit" if you are so sensitive. I’m sorry…happy birthday…we could have handled that better…hostess was having a rough night… I can think of a few things she could try, but acting like there is no right to complain when your hostess, of all people, is out of line is a crazy business model. I have been there loads and for a party every year and I am thankful this dinner was without the kids and friends. I will not return, but then no one here cares if you return or not. You don’t piss on your customers and follow that by acting like you don’t want them there anyway.
Just may be the best fried chicken anywhere, and they definitely serve the best chicken and waffles. Off 'da charts. Highly recommended 'best in the U.S.'
My husband and I heard that the fish and chips here were excellent. We had not read any online reviews before visiting the restaurant. When we arrived a little after 6pm on a Sunday the restaurant was closed for a few hours of remodeling according to a note on the door, but the owner invited us in. There was a lot of extra furniture and a fridge in the main dining area, but the place looked clean, so we decided to give it a try. The wait for the food was a little on the long side, but I was actually really impressed by it when it arrived. Everything was very fresh and the portion size was good. We had clam chowder and fish-and-chips (deep-fried halibut, tartar sauce, fried sliced potatoes, brussel sprouts, risotto and a small lettuce salad) and poached salmon. The owner/chef/server was quirky yet charming. Toward the end of our meal a Winnebago drove up and dropped off a large group of bartenders who had their holiday party in the karaoke bar. It was fun, unique and authentic. We will go back again.
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