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!
This McMenamins Pub features a bank of widows that open to the bustle of NW 21st Avenue in the summer and a cozy fireplace for when it's not so warm. Long, family-style tables, an array of booths and pool tables fill the restaurant. Serving the standard McMenamins fare of sandwiches, salads, and burgers as well as those thirst-quenching beers.
With a refined, minimal, retro aesthetic, Rontoms is large and airy, yet it's reminiscent of your folks' basement den circa 1973 (minus the shag carpet or linoleum, plus hipsters). They boast a good selection of locally produced liquors along with the usual suspects and the shareable food choices have a distinct Scandinavian bent with cheese fondue, Swedish meatballs, and the like. And when weather permits, squeeze yourself into their popular back patio. This one's a keeper!
Right next to the Taqueria Los Gorditos
restaurant is a new spot that specializes in that favorite of Northwest pass-times, beer! With it's enormous front beer garden(non-smoking), more than ample bike parking, and a bunch of pinball machines for added fun.
Right in the heart of the old brewery district, Rogue gives those other brewers a run for their money with a selection of fine beers(over 30 on tap) and a large selection of good eats. Updated, selections of hearty pub food, quite often with a Rouge ale in the recipe, await hungry diners.
You've probably had one of their popular beers and if you're visited Bend, you may have been to their brewery. Now a little piece of the Deschutes empire has landed in the Pearl district. A cavernous converted warehouse space, with lots of reclaimed lumber as well as some pastoral wood carvings, surround you. As well as the clamor of folks ordering and devouring burgers, steaks and a slew of other crowd-pleasing dishes with plenty of vegetarian options. And of course there's the Mirror Pond, Black Butte Porter or Inversion I.P.A. to slake your thirst.
So obvious it's not. This giant brewpub is basically split into three bars within a beautifully maintained old-school brewery block building. It's the closest thing the Pearl District has to a casual neighborhood gathering spot, and as such, it's generally bustling with activity. At first glance it always looks too crowded and therefore too loud, but the sheer enormity of the space saves the day. You can almost always find two seats together at the upstairs bar in particular, and the ceilings are so damn high that they magically dissipate the din just enough to hear your companion. They also serve the kind of large-portioned grub that always sounds delicious after a few (quesadillas, pizza)... plus a somewhat puzzlingly decent selection of vegan food. MARJORIE SKINNER
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.