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.
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.
Mess up your shag, slap on your favorite poly pants and polish your ironic sunglasses. Get ready to smoke and dance your ultra-skinny ass off in Portland's hippest dark hallway of a dance club. And, No they don't have a sign. If you can't find the place, then you're just not cool enough.
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.
Part lounge, part arts center, the Someday is a cool, casual, comfortable place to meet for drinks as well as a good spot to catch some performing arts action. From live music to theater, dance to spoken word. They offer some tasty specialty drinks and a nice selection of sandwiches, items that are "not sandwiches," soups, and salads. The food is all meat-free so you can park your guilt at Burger King. Also, they boast one of the longest happy hours in town!
This Portland punk legend, recently reopened after closing it's doors for a couple years. These days, it is home to punk, hardcore, metal, and other indie shows. And has once again closed.
East Burn is a place that likes to keep it varied and interesting. The two story establishment has the makings for a classy evening out or a casual night with friends. Plus, be sure to stop in for brunch.
Upstairs Chef Joseph Dougherty puts out comfy favorites and hearty originals. For drink you're looking at inspired house cocktails and a good wine selection, plus a focus on craft beer. Downstairs hosts skee-ball, board games, and a more casual atmosphere. All this plus regular live music and a heated outdoor patio with swings!
This little Italian-style cafe does pasta, panini and salads right. Enjoy a cocktail or jelly glass of wine with your lunch or dinner while watching the East 28th & Burnside neighborhood pass you by. The bruschetta is nearly perfect but, sadly, isn't offered at lunch.
A simple little self-styled dive pub located below a house and frequented by neighborhood folk and hipsters. Simple, super cheap eats like hummus and chips, curried chick peas and rice or a turkey and cheese sandwich are available for a nosh. An impressive collection of board games, a strangely fascinating aquarium, and a killer jukebox, and even Sunday night trivia are available for your entertainment. Oh and, PBR is definitely spoken here!
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.
Formerly indie destination acme, Plan B has a decidedly more heavy metal vibe (at least as far as the staff goes) The space is wood paneled with some booths, a nice stage/dance floor area and a large bar dominates. In warmer months, large widow panels open onto one of the biggest patios on town. The menu consists of more-or-less fancified bar food.
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.