Bar, Coffee Shop/Tea House, DistroLocation, American, Burgers, Pub Grub, Breakfast Brunch, Diner, Movie Theater, Featured Happy Hour, Staff Pick, PDX Approved
A comfortable, homey, kinda grungy throwback in a neighborhood full of boutiques and wine bars. Second-hand furniture, retro-kitsch decor, a bunch of beers on tap, make for a perfectly good place for meeting friends or throwing back a cold one before (or after) a movie at the Laurelhurst. The food is simple, decent and won't eat a hole in your wallet. Entertainment is provided by the jukebox as well as live bands and DJs.
One of the first art-deco buildings in Portland, the Laurelhurst is a popular second-run movie theater that serves pizza from the New Deal cafe and beer along with the usual movie snacks.
Great little bar on NE 28th with a laid back, "indie" vibe, wild artwork and a small-but-cheap dinner menu that includes rice & beans, pasta, and the "Creamy Wiener" (a hot dog w/cream cheese and pickles) as well as stiff cocktails.
Hot Dogs, sausages, and veggie dogs to boot, along with all the toppings you could want. This little bar on Hawthorne serves up some fine cheap street grub for lunch or late at night.
The Goodfoot is a good old Southeast standby with a hint of a hippie vibe, separated into 2 floors—each with its own entrance. The lower-level lounge is a music venue hosting primarily hiphop, reggae, jam and world music acts. The upstairs pub is huge and has pool tables and pinball. The menu consists of gourmet burgers, sandwiches, salads and house specials, all for a completely affordable prices.
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.
It's former incarnation, the Egyptian Club was Portland's only for-real lesbian bar. Now, it's just Weird.
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.
Neighborhood bar with: six pool tables, a decent mix of people, a bunch of TVs showing sports, lots o' beer selections, stiff drinks and better-than-average burgers.