Amnesia Brewing has good beer, snacks to go with it and is a good beer drinking space. It's obviously all about the beer at this converted warehouse North Portland pub. Hang out on the covered patio and enjoy some grilled, meaty goodness along with your brew.
Rockin’ downtown music venue with an eclectic clientele (read: bike messengers). Great place for people watching. The Ash Street serves a mean drink but deep fried appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches will soak up that booze for you.
Hankerin' for haggis? Salivating over the thought of a scotch egg? Well slap on your favorite kilt or tam and hit the Rose and Thistle. A treasure trove of all things Scottish. The fish n' chips come highly recommended, as does the back patio.
If someone were to make a Broadway musical about the Open Road and America, that Broadway musical would look a lot like Kelly's Olympian. The neon, the road signs, the decorative motorcycles all scream "theme bar," but Kelly's Olympian manages to avoid the inauthenticity the décor would imply. One of the oldest eateries in Portland (it opened in 1902), Kelly's has the gravitas of a place that's been around for over a century. The food is... well... bar food, but the drinks are on the deep side, the tap list is long, and much of the clientele could probably tell you a thing or two about motorcycles. It's not quite a grim and gritty biker bar—but it's not faking anything, either. JOE STRECKERT
A "concept" bar that actually works, the Florida Room has become a popular No Po hangout. Located in a renovated space (that's been host to an array of different businesses over the years) on North Killingsworth. The Florida Room is every bit the '50s dive bar in the Florida Keys that owners Suzy Day, Patti Earley, and Mike Hanson (Team Evil, Inc.) intended it to be—only cleaner, with much better food and you probably won't melt on the patio in the summer.