One of Portland’s oldest restaurants, Besaw’s is renown for its breakfasts but serves up some high-end food at lunch and dinner as well. Try the ceasar salad, one of the best in the city.
This connected bar combo is the perfect one-two punch for a movie excursion. Meet some pals at the newly renovated Dark Horse Pub (formerly O'Brien's), quaff some beer, and then watch a French flick at the always-excellent Cinema 21. Dark Horse is a nice addition to the street—still in its freshly unwrapped infancy, but quiet and good for a pre-movie bevy. After the film, get your rowdy Cahiers du Cinéma talk on at dive mainstay Wimpy's, where the cheap booze flows like the Seine. It's a nice red-lit den of iniquity, where it's perfectly acceptable to pretend you're drinking with Truffaut in a hidden hovel in Paris. COURTNEY FERGUSON
The WRC hosts various workshops and projects throughout the year with the goal of empowering women to get involved in the university and their communities. They are also a good contact for people looking to volunteer for groups that work with women.
This happenin' little coffee shop has more than just hot mugs of Stumptown coffee. They offer a soup and sandwich menu as well as Monkeywrench, Gabriel's and Dave's Killer baked goods. A selection of Local beers is on tap as well as local wines in the bottle. Plenty of events keep things interesting like; movie nights, lectures live music, DJs, open mic poetry, performance and the like.
Located in a cinder block building painted in distinctive shades of green. This comfortable neighborhood bar offers pool tables, games, local beers, soups and sandwiches and congeniality.
A steady, reliable stalwart that's been around for almost a century, the well-loved, well-trafficked VC is within easy walking distance of the Schnitz, the Keller, the Fox Tower, and the Central Library, boasting a solid section of booze and beer, plenty of cozy booths, and a decent, if pricey, menu. Surprisingly enough, the best way to hit the often-crowded VC is when you've got a few people with you: While the wait staff tenaciously forbids all but larger groups from sitting at the best table—the big one near the windows—they'll let you take it over if you have a few friends with you. Then you've got attentive table service, a view of the library and the streetcar, and a comfortable spot to talk about whatever play or movie you all just saw. ERIK HENRIKSEN
The fact that they call themselves a dive hits the nail on the head. Billy Ray's is a little joint with a good jukebox and snug seating. If you're hungry beware, they only offer microwavable sundries a la Hungry Man and Stoffer's. Pin Ball upstairs and a decent patio out back.