As in: If you're not "in the know," you're not there. Indie art gallery, live music venue, and screening room. They serve bottled beer only but that doesn't deter young hipsters "in the know" from packing the joint.
Good thin-crust gourmet pizzas and seriously gigantic salads along with a large beer list make this a lower Hawthorne mainstay. Open doorways between the pizzeria, the V room, and the Winking Toad bar so you can choose the room that suits your taste.
This is a great place to hit if you've been up all night and are in desperate need of lots of food. Mornings they serve a three-egg breakfast for $3 and some change, and of course you can get a Bloody Mary to go along with it. The rest of the menu is made up of solid burger-style grub that goes down easy with one of Katie's many, many beers on tap.
The Secret Society consists of: a ballroom -rent-able for special occasions, a recording studio -rent-able to lay down some tracks and upstairs, lies an intimate cocktail lounge. The lounge focuses on old-timey drinks and feels like the drawing room of a mansion circa 1920. You instantly become more sophisticated just by being there. The menu consists of locally sourced comfort food and is delightfully different from you average bar fare.
If you're in the mood to see a show/DJ, check out some local art and hang with the cool kids in one of 3 rooms on 2 levels the East End (owned and run by local band members) just may be the place. They also have a menu of primarily (but not exclusively) vegetarian eats with such items as; fried ravioli, a carrot ginger soy burger, as well as a bacon sandwich, fish & chips and other quality edibles. Let's see... what else... They have a photo booth(!) and 2 bars with totally rock 'n' roll-named drinks. The rest you'll just have to find out for yourself.
The former Blue Parrot got a remodel, new owners and it's now known as the Foggy Notion. A full bar with plenty of beers on tap complements a small but eclectic menu with a little something for everyone. Expect lots of events including some pretty rad queer dance parties!
All your favorite arcade games from yesteryear to recent. From Burgertime, to Street Fighter 2, to Dance Dance Revolution. The only thing that can overpower the cacophony of all those bells, bleeps and bloops? Live DJ music dude!
Hip, happenin' warehouse space in hip, happenin' Southeast Portland. Holocene is host to both DJs and bands. With two large rooms and one long bar, it's a great place to shake your booty or bob your head.
Located in the Jupiter Hotel complex, the Doug Fir Lounge -located below the restaurant and bar, is like a super-cool log cabin bunker from the future. Playing host to some of the best touring and local bands it is by far one of the most unique music venues in the pacific northwest. The gorgeous log cabin-themed diner hosts a variety of musical events on their lower level, so you can see a show, drink a cosmo, and eat a "Fir Burger" all at the same place, then pass out in a swank room at the Jupiter Hotel just next door. The popular happy hour boasts some of the best cheap bar food in town, but get there early if you want to get a seat, because the lounge fills up quick with well-heeled urbanites.
Fancy-yet-casual neighborhood (predominately gay) bar featuring two nicely appointed rooms. The main bar is comfortable and intimate and there's a dining room/dance floor area. A smallish yet decent menu of comforting food with casseroles, skewers, sandwiches, salads, and snacks. Lots of vegetarian and vegan options will keep everyone in your party happy. Tuesday is all-day happy hour, DJs do their thing most evenings. Crush also serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays until 3pm.