If you're looking for a crazy good karaoke time, Chopsticks Express is where you wanna go. Located in the 28th/E Burnside area, it's not too far. The crowds can get rowdy, and the drinks are fierce. Be prepared to sing.
This gay nightclub in Oldtown/Chinatown is all shiny and modern inside with no cover charge, a big dance floor and crazy laser/light show. They host tons of events throughout the year and have something different going on almost every night of the week like Ladie's Night on Tuesdays or the free drag show Sunday night. If you want to chat up that hottie you bumped into on the dance floor you can retire to the quieter, loungier adjoining Rainbow Room
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!
You pronounce it Roh-TUR-ay.
This lounge/dance/music venue features a stage, sizeable dance floor and a big balcony with an awesome view. See live music and/or DJs every night. Go downstairs to Branx
for a change of venue.
If the city of Portland had to design a burrito, it'd probably look something like one you could get at Laughing Planet. Creative and sometimes bizarre (yet tasty) combinations. Burritos, bowls and quesidillas can be augmented with the addition of organic: tofu, tempeh or chicken. L.P. also features delicious smoothies, fresh juices, and lots of vegan baked goods. A perfect place when you need something healthy and fast.
Eclectic Portland standby newly remodled and with a revamped menu offering up a mostly vegan/vegetarian and organic comfort-food menu heavy on the breakfasty stuff, with the addition of the lunchtime standbys of soups salads and sandwiches. And oh yeah, real beef burgers are on the menu too—hence the name.
This sunny "greasy spoon" in the heart of Hawthorne Boulevard gets jammed as hell on the weekends... maybe it's the vanilla bite-sized scones, or perhaps it's that "famous" garden scramble that pack the place. Whatever the reason, this is a very popular Portland diner.
P.S. If you go there with a group, make sure they are all with you when your name's called. They won't seat you unless the entire party is present.
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.
A casual but popular breakfast/lunch spot serving up Stumptown coffee, fresh egg or tofu scrambles, pancakes, sandwiches, daily specials and more really good stuff including what may possibly be the best hashbrowns on town. Their newly expanded space and hours mean the long waits for a table are a thing of the past. And yes, Jam makes their own jam, who knew?
Live music, strippers, cheap beer, friendly staff, and an all-red color scheme. What more could you want?
Close to the PSU campus, the Green Onion specializes in Persian cuisine. It shares similarities with both Middle Eastern and Indian food with some unique cooking and spice differences. Hookas are available in the smoking section for those seeking an authentic Persian experience.