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.
A happenin' rock'n' roll venue on NE 82nd you say?
With often free shows, entertaining games including Guitar Hero, darts and pool?
Are you sure?
As well as cheap drinks, super-cheap food and a friendly staff?
Yes dude, it's totally true.
If someone were to make a Broadway musical about the Open Road and America, that Broadway musical would look a lot like Kelly's Olympian. The neon, the road signs, the decorative motorcycles all scream "theme bar," but Kelly's Olympian manages to avoid the inauthenticity the décor would imply. One of the oldest eateries in Portland (it opened in 1902), Kelly's has the gravitas of a place that's been around for over a century. The food is... well... bar food, but the drinks are on the deep side, the tap list is long, and much of the clientele could probably tell you a thing or two about motorcycles. It's not quite a grim and gritty biker bar—but it's not faking anything, either. JOE STRECKERT
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.
Three-level concert/event hall is one of Portland's larger venues. Showcasing diverse touring acts of many genres from bluegrass to hiphop to emo and even "rock 'n' roll." If you're seeing a show here, arrive early since the line to get frisked and scanned can be pretty lengthy.
One of the oldest and largest music venue/bar/movie theaters in the Southeast quadrant. The Mt. Tabor has undergone numerous changes in the last decade from hippie to hard rock. It's recently reopened under new ownership. the Mt. Tabor features two sides. the stage for live music on one and the lounge with it's big movie screen on the other. A smallish menu offers sandwiches, pizzas a selection of vegetarian items, soups and salads.
Just look for the enormous torches and you'll find an all-ages music venue in the space formerly occupied by Conan's. There is a nice, cozy bar next door, which is a great place for parents and drinkers to hang out while the kiddies enjoy the show right down the hall. A wide variety of food from snacks to full-on dinners is available for your dining pleasure.