The interior of this hip downtown bar was originally built very close to the shape of a tube, but got popular and has since expanded. It still possesses a modern design, with quality cocktails and mega hot djs many nights during the week. The menu has an excellent array of vegetarian/vegan bites.
If you're looking for a crazy good karaoke time, Chopsticks Express is where you wanna go. Located in the 28th/E Burnside area, it's not too far. The crowds can get rowdy, and the drinks are fierce. Be prepared to sing.
The Buffalo Gap is a restaurant and saloon in a charming, century-old building. They offer dining, drinks, a to-go menu, catering, and a happy hour menu that boasts many tasty bites. Grub on burgers, specialty salads and Southern BBQ.
Red-walled, candle-lit hipster hangout. Varied menu with cheap and better-than-average bar food makes carnivores and vegetarians happy and full. Good looking waitstaff serves up some mean cocktails too. Watch for daily specials.
Low ceilinged and slightly divey, Blind Onion may not win any architectural digest awards for interior design, but it wins over followers with its pizza.
Neighborhood bar with: six pool tables, a decent mix of people, a bunch of TVs showing sports, lots o' beer selections, stiff drinks and better-than-average burgers.
The Bar of the Gods (BOG to kids in the know) is a mainstay of the upper Hawthorne bar district and is that particularly Portland breed of hipster dive bar. It's dark, it (used to be) smoky, and the bartenders are oooh, way cooler than you, but the food is good, mostly vegetarian and the full menu is served until 1:30am! Plus, they've got cheap pinball and pool and there are decent beers on tap. So go even if you don't own a pair of white framed sunglasses.
The Bagdad Theater shows occasionally awesome second-run movies. It's worth admission price just to see the Middle-Eastern themed interior but there's more. You can get some pizza and even a beer and every other row has been removed to allow for tables and plenty of leg room. So you never have to worry about some annoying sociopath kicking the back of your chair through your screening of Harold and Kumar. The connected pub offers all the other McMenamins amenities and promises entertaining people-watching on busy Hawthorne Boulevard.
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.