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.
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.
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Big windows and booths make this airy yet oft-crowded cafe the place to be seen sipping your coffee and eating breakfasty/brunchy scrambles, hotcakes, and all your fave early day eats. Wash it all down with a Bloody Mary or a Cosmo, then head back home for a nap. Or be there around the noon hour for a sandwich, salad or hot, savory entrée—add a martini or cold one and the rest of the day will float lazily by.
This large and airy bistro has a eclectic, comfortable interior and a beautiful, sunny front patio. Local, organic, seasonal ingredients are used in creative recipes with some good vegetarian options. Pair that with an equally creative cocktail menu and you have the making of a unique dining experience. Equinox is a place where you can just soak in the flavors and enjoy the food, drink, more food, more drink, etc...
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.
A lovely dark-hued trattoria with a slick open kitchen. If your pockets are bulging with money go for the more expensive dinners. Desserts are not to be missed, so save a little room.
The Mash Tun is a friendly and popular neighborhood gathering spot that brews its own delicious ales on site, and also offers some fine, savory food including plenty of vegetarian options. Stake out a spot on the relatively large patio, play some music on the jukebox for free, shoot a round of pool, throw some darts or just belly up to the bar and stare at the TV and most of all, enjoy the home brew.
It's like the neighborhood pub of yore: Divey yet inviting, an anachronism in the trendy Clinton Street area. Greasy fried food is the perfect match for your PBR and tomato juice. Don't ever change, Clinton Street Pub! Don't ever change.
The classy, clubby Morrison Hotel is distinguished first and foremost by it's beer list, with over 100 choices!!! And if you are into a sports team that goes by the name Red Sox, this would be the place you'd want to go to watch a game. They also have a full bar, and serve some Italian food along with burgers and other bar food selections food.
Hip, happenin' warehouse space in hip, happenin' Southeast Portland. Holocene is host to both DJs and bands. With two large rooms and one long bar, it's a great place to shake your booty or bob your head.
A friendly and popular bar on Upper Hawthorne that was designed to resemble the inside of a tanker ship. With many of the usual attractions of a sports bar -but a little more class. Big screens, when not showing sports, feature movies and even Project Runway. Pizza, burgers and other bar food faves are available for consumption.
This vegan bakery/"cawfeeshop/deli, slightly hidden behind the Jantzen building offers a selection of vegan baked goods as well as a number of breakfast treats, soups, salads and sandwiches. Vegans and carnivores alike can rejoice because although almost everything is vegan, if you like you can get meat on your sandwich.
Cave-like bar in the basement of Jarra's Ethiopian restaurant with a scaled-down, super-cheap version of their menu. A nice little hangout with lots of board games in the back room for your enjoyment.
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.