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Comment Archives: Locations: Bars & Clubs

Re: “ENSO Winery

Great wine and atmosphere!

Posted by The "Dude" on 12/21/2011 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Joe's Cellar

C***, I meant Radio Cab, located itself just blocks from Joe's, for the rides back and forth, 503-227-1212. DO call Radio Cab, they'll be there in a snap.

Posted by KaraokeRoy on 12/17/2011 at 11:25 PM

Re: “Joe's Cellar

Alright 2007, this is 2011 calling. Time for a more current review.

Since the state of Oregon banned smoking two years ago, Joe's Cellar has become a much cooler place to be. The drinks are still stiff and the crowd on the bar side has gotten progressively younger -- or am I just getting older? At least late at night its younger :)

Early mornings are the career drinkers and that's the best (and nearly only) time to pop in to the diner side for some eggs, bacon, and white bread toast. Yes, pretty truck stop food time but that's just what comfort food is. Satisfying and unassuming; As is the bar side, where you can also be served food -- like steak and eggs for breakfast to take the edge off the night you had before -- a night that you spent at Joe's!

The smoking areas are now limited to out front of the entrance and out the back entrance in a covered tent area; that's where the cooler people hang out generally and you can't usually get in or out of the place without getting a little smoke on you, but that's what dive bars are about. Fancy schmancy Joe's is not.

Joe's is a good place to get your drink on. It has a modern/expansive/expensive online jukebox, pool tables, and sports on at least two big screens = welcome to Joe's.

Finally, and probably most important, if you go there on a Thursday or Sunday night, prepare yourself for the best karaoke talent in town. I should know, this is Roy. 90 percent stellar and 10 percent maverick performances. Tell the Captain that Roy says hello; it will freak his s*** out.

If in NW Portland and thirsty for some adult libations, find it in the alphabet district at NW 21st and Pettygrove. Too hard to remember? Call Broadway Cab and they can get you there for next to nothing and take your inebriated self home afterwards, 209-227-1234. Joe's, the place to be, when you know. Teatotallers need not apply, seriously, don't go to Joe's, not actually welcome.

Posted by KaraokeRoy on 12/17/2011 at 11:21 PM

Re: “Dig a Pony

This place looks nice but being completely ignored by the bartenders means I left and found a more hospitable spot. Fwiw I went with my girlfriend and the bar was only somewhat busy - others who came in after us or already had drinks were served and we were ignored. With plenty of good bars here there was no reason to stay.

5 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by ShaggyShoggoth on 12/12/2011 at 6:48 PM

Re: “Nite Hawk Cafe and Lounge

Hello People, I am Stan Sullivan from Greenwood, SC and I lived n Portland back in 85 , and Portland and The Night Hawk had a lasting impression on me , which leads me in search of some old friends . One friend was a female bartender named Mikey who worked at the Night Hawk ( would really love to catch back up to her ) , another friend was Carol who played in pool tournaments , and another was a good friend named JR from Mount Ranier . If there is any way that any of you who read this can help me, please Contact me on Facebook , my name is Stan Sullivan from Greenwood, SC, and my cell Number is (864) 389-5504 . Somebody please help me with this . Thank You !

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by softail1958 on 12/07/2011 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Gypsy Restaurant and Velvet Lounge

A great place to hang out with friends and enjoy good food and drinks. You may even get the nerve to Karaoke!! The staff is inviting and attentive.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Andrespy on 12/05/2011 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Rock Bottom Brewery

Located on the corner of 2nd & Morrison, in the heart of downtown Portland, Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant has been a favorite among local beer drinkers for as long as I can remember. In fact, until I visited their website this morning, to check some of my spelling, I thought Rock Bottom Brewery & Restaurant was a place unique to Portland. I was floored to discover that the restaurant, with its pool tables, dart boards, and sports tuned TVs, is part of a national chain with a location in Washington, Illinois, Colorado, and several along the east coast.

We arrived at 5pm and were seated in about ten minutes. Five of their house beers were on the menu, Kölsch, White Ale, Red Ale, IPA, and their Specialty Dark. I chose their White Ale, which is described as, "Pale and with a touch of haze, this ale gets its unique flavor from orange peel, coriander and Belgian yeast." Served cold, in a pint sized glass, the straw colored beer delivered the flavors of coriander and orange, making it delicious and easy to drink.

I paired the beer with their Steak & Fries, "10 oz. grilled sirloin, sliced and served with our steak butter, seasonal vegetables and French fries," for $14.95 from the "Brewmaster's Selections" portion of the menu. The steak came medium rare, exactly as I’d ordered, and featured a lovely array of grill marks. Tender enough to cut easily, the steak was seasoned without masking the flavor of the grilled beef. The fries, which were cut a bit thinner than an average shoestring cut, arrived crispy salty and golden, and were scrumptious, especially when used to sop up the steak’s savory amber juices. Finally, the seasonal veggies were garlic sautéed green beans sprinkled with bread crumbs, which were quite tasty.

Continued on….

Posted by JamesK007 on 11/29/2011 at 2:15 PM

Re: “Lutz Tavern

Dropped in here opening night (or re-opening night, depending on your vintage). Place was a'hummin with folks from all walks of life. Old timers congregating at the head of the bar, reminiscing about the good ole days and bitching about how beer aint a buck anymore and how the bartenders (of 2 hours) dont know their names. Couple of punks slummin in the back booth, suckin at some Hamms ($2), eying the pinball machines. Friends of the neighborhood fleshing out the tables along the wall, picking curiously through the menus for their dinner. 30-somethings pinned to their bar stools, taking in the new and waxing nostalgic over those summer nights just out of sight; this is the scene I stepped into as I crossed the threshold for the first time.
I really like the Lutz. You cant help but feel youre standing in a place with some history behind it. Theyve done a great job of emphasizing the original streamlined layout by stripping away anything that remotely belongs to the 21st century (digital jukebox and a single HDTV are the only exceptions). The bar is at least 20 stools long, maybe more. The pale blue formica counter top looks original, red leather booths too. Sparsely placed throughout are '60's and '70's breweriana. Some of the stuff is from brands long defunct and I think that speaks to the genre of the place youre sitting in; an era revived.
Anyhow, enough on that. Let get to practicalities; Booze. Liquor selection is pretty standard, with a small crush on Bourbon (Black Maple Hill?! Hello!). Pleasantly, I noticed a complete absence of bottles of the 'spring break' variety. By this I mean; no Peachtree, no Apple Pucker, no Buttershots. In fact; there are no Schnapps of any kind. Though they obviously didnt want an all out war, because I did spy a bottle of Jagermeister back there. So they did throw the kids at least one bone. The Lutz definitely does not seem interested in being a college sports bar (there are all ready a couple of those across the street). It seems to be a neighborhood place with emphasis on conversation and cocktails. Not that there are any shortages on the Beer front. 8 on tap, with the only swill being the aforementioned Hamms. No Budweiser of any kind means room for other brews, and I like it. 5 different $2 Tallboys (rumor has it that the famous can press opener thing-a-majiggy has a brother that will be appearing on the bar sometime soon) and a nice variety of bottles means that only a clown couldnt be happy here. The Cocktails I had were all plenty strong and my 'reprise from Whiskey' Beer was crisp and cool. No complaints on that end. Service was very good. Especially for an opening night, Nicole (our bartender) is obviously a vet of some other good fight, and kept us happy throughout.
I decided to come back last night with my wife for dinner. Place was much more mellow this time around. Different bartender, same strong drinks. I figured the Lutz Burger ($7) would be the way to go. My 'Lettuce and Cheese only, Sauce on the side' made it up through the chain of command just fine. All in all; a better than most bar burger. Obviously no frozen meat from a box is used here. Im guessing this guy was a 1/3 pounder. Stout Bun and a plethora of Cheese and shredded Lettuce. Fistfull of Shoestring Fries didnt leave me feeling like I ate a pound of deep fried artery killers, which was a kind deception on their part. Mrs. McStyles had the Knuckle Sandwich, which is clever code for what is commonly referred to as a Club. I kind of Guffawed at the $9 price tag, but once it came out and I realized that it was really 2 meals in one, I simmered down. It tasted like good times were comin. The Sourdough (from Portland French Bakery, I came to learn) and house smoked Meats left nothing to question, except how we were going to finish the damn thing. Onion Rings might be house made, might not be. Whatever they are, they were mighty fine.
So yes, as I said earlier, I really dig The Lutz. It comes across as a place where adults can come to converse without playing second fiddle to 'the game'. Yet, it doesnt look down on the simple bar room pleasures like a game of pool or pinball either. The entire bar is lit pretty dimly and I think that fosters a tranquil vibe over the proceedings, even when the jukebox is screaming headlong into the night. I didnt mention the patio out back because I dont smoke, but there you go; it there for the taking, if you so desire. Yes, The Lutz is a treasure certainly worth checking out; as traditions are sometimes meant to be reborn.

Posted by McStyles, Drexler on 11/19/2011 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Helium Comedy Club

Liked being closer to the stage, went to NORM! MacDonald on 11/5 Saturday's late show. Can't buy the two item minimum if they don't have the proper waitstaff to even bring you your damned drinks for nearly 30 min. We had to order our second drinks when the first ones finally arrived, just to make sure we'd even get them in time before the show was over. The show had me laughing hysterically with Norm and Kevin Farely performing, but Helium's idiocy is inexcusable. They'll have to do a lot better if they want me to spend any more $ or eat there. Any of the owners or moron should know that closing a bar at 11:45 is a bad business move, as is treating Portlanders like deatbeats in the first place...

Posted by blagbrian on 11/08/2011 at 3:51 AM

Re: “Hawthorne Hideaway

Horrible customer service and dirty. Had two sips out of beer and found a fly in it and had beer for less then 2 minutes. Asked the bartender to replace it and he said if u pay for it and it wasn't his problem there were flies in the bar. They also forgot to give friend his food and we waited with no beer for 20 minutes before leaving without the food being served. Stay away from this place. Every pool stick bottom was broken along with tables in horrible condition.

Posted by Unhappy camper on 11/07/2011 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Hawthorne Hideaway

Horrible customer service and dirty. Had two sips out of beer and found a fly in it and had beer for less then 2 minutes. Asked the bartender to replace it and he said if u pay for it and it wasn't his problem there were flies in the bar. They also forgot to give friend his food and we waited with no beer for 20 minutes before leaving without the food being served. Stay away from this place

Posted by Unhappy camper on 11/07/2011 at 12:48 PM

Re: “Eastern Cathay Restaurant & Lounge

Best Chinese food around! forget all the negative this is the best chinese around! and the service is great!!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Brian on 11/05/2011 at 5:59 PM

Re: “Kay's Bar

Come check out our new menu. Kay's now features Sabrett NY gourmet hotdogs, 1/2 Lb Cascade Natural burgers, Grand Central brioche burger and hot dog buns, hand cut Belgian fries, vegetarian poutine, mac n' cheese, and much more. Full menu until we close. $4 happy hour food menu everyday from 3pm till 6pm.

Posted by bsborn on 10/25/2011 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Mt. Tabor Theater

Advanced tix available for $20

Posted by EndustryEnt on 10/24/2011 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Wonder Ballroom

As many people have said, the sound is broken here. It's glittery and EQ'ed flat but all smeared up & limited, with no detail and no transient dynamics. There's too many speakers and not enough acoustic treatment. For a band like The Hold Steady, where the lyrics would be pretty awesome if the vocals were legible, it's definitely the wrong venue.

If you do find yourself here and needing to hear the band, head up to the back balcony where there are a row of JBL Eon monitors playing the PA mix. They sound way better than the crap by the stage.

It's also a drag to get hit with a $2 "delivery fee" when you walk to the damn venue yourself and pay cash at the box office. If there's no escaping this bullshit tax, why isn't it advertised? Bait & switch is a pretty sleazy business practice.

0 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by mykle on 10/21/2011 at 12:36 AM

Re: “Yes and No

How is Tube a "penultimate hipster dive". It's the next to last one?

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by PDXNTV on 10/14/2011 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Basta

A nice Italian restaurant. Comfortable decor and delicious food at a reasonable price for the experience. I have never been let down by the food, or the service. The spaghetti alle vongole is a personal favorite, and is consistently delicious.

Posted by pwndcake on 10/11/2011 at 7:18 AM

Re: “2nd Story: Small Plates & Spirits


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Posted by Ike on 10/10/2011 at 10:25 AM

Re: “Plan B

BOO FROG loves playing Plan B and hanging out on the patio, you can smoke and talk, and avoid loud bands not worth losing your hearing over. The do have great Goth nights, Hardcore Punk, Art project bands, and Swampy Psychedelic Rock. Great Vibes and Booze!

Posted by ErikaK on 09/29/2011 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Jolly Roger

Though awesome, this event ended August 25, 2011
Thursdays @ Jolly Roger 1340 SE 12th Ave

Posted by ElFrenetico on 09/04/2011 at 7:14 PM

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