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.
Red-walled, candle-lit hipster hangout. Varied menu with cheap and better-than-average bar food makes carnivores and vegetarians happy and full. Good looking waitstaff serves up some mean cocktails too. Watch for daily specials.
Mid-century-modern sophistication and Portland cool all come together at the Gold Dust Meridian, the latest bar on the Hawthorne strip. Swank and suave, with a naughty side almost like it was conceived by Ian Fleming himself, the moodily-lit interior is a perfect pace to unwind with one of their signature cocktails like the Hawthorne Wallbanger or the Casino Royale. The menu consists of stylish appetizers, salads, and sandwiches, with a few entrées as well. Your secret-agent mission, should you decide to accept it: Slip on your sport coat and Romeos, then drive your Austin Healy directly there.
The Night Light is a wonderful dimly-lit bar, serving delicious drinks and snacks right by the up-and-coming "7-Corners" area off Southeast Clinton. Their focus on organic, local comfort food and middleastern selections, sets things like their sandwiches and nachos way above bar-average. They have rotating art, an very nice wooden outdoor deck, a quieter back room (good for private parties or making out) live music and DJs to keep things interesting.
Serving: scotch eggs, bangers, fish-n-chips, pasties, and other British homestyle food along with a few not-so-British specials to soak up an impressive selection of American and import beers on tap. Don't forget: single malt scotches as well as dart lanes for a true public house experience.
A stylish neighborhood wine bar with a dark wood-accented interior and an old-time stamped tin ceiling. Small, gourmet tapas-like dishes are turned out from the semi-open kitchen–don't miss the rich, cheesey spaetzle served with a side of applesauce. And if you're thirsty (and I know you are), they offer a nice selection of wines and mix a quality cocktail using fresh squeezed juices and a variety of innovative ingredients.