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.
Bar, Coffee Shop/Tea House, DistroLocation, American, Burgers, Pub Grub, Breakfast Brunch, Diner, Movie Theater, Featured Happy Hour, Staff Pick
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.
Want a down home place to play pool or throw darts? This would be the place. Eclectic patrons, stiff drinks, comforting bar-food and surprisingly good Gardenburger. Plus they boast 38 beers, ciders, and wine on tap. And games! Giant Jenga, darts, a game room and even the novelty of a real working juke box.
They have such good bar food, I've gone there even without drinking a drink (I know, right?). But first and foremost, the Slow Bar is a hip bar, with giant booths, brick walls and frosted glass windows. It can get crazy some nights, and packed in beyond the seating, but damn good cocktails and one of the best burgers in town keeps people coming back.
The Sapphire is delicious looking and tasting. This lush, romantic, dimly lit bar isn't really a hotel, but they do create pretty amazing specialty cocktails and small plates of schmancy chow. Great place for after work drinks or a date -just don't let your date catch you ogling the sexy staff.
Even though it only opened in July of 2006 it seems like it's been there for years and years. You enter into the huge walled and partially covered patio full of plants, flowers,nooks, picnic tables and knick-knacks (seemingly culled from the roadsides of the past). The interior is equally eclectic and includes a pool room. They serve simple and inexpensive food and affordable beverages, inviting you to stay and get lost in time for a while.
Coffee, teas, beers, sweet things, small plates of nibbles, and hookahs on the large garden patio are all part of the attraction to this Victorian house turned hippie-ish coffee/tea shop.
A comfy bar at the Division and 50th Street nexus, with great infusions, huge nachos and local beers on tap. Grub is cheap, simple, satisfying and cruelty-free. Darts, pool table, pinball and jukebox are on hand if your tablemates aren't quite entertaining enough. The covered sidewalk seating is comes in handy for your nic-fit or enjoying nice weather. And Monday night trivia comes in handy for showing off your brain.
Bar, Coffee Shop/Tea House, DistroLocation, Cafe, American, Burgers, Soup/Salad and/or Sandwich, Diner, Breakfast Brunch, Staff Pick, PDX Approved, Menu
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.
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.
The place where all the cool kids go, Dot's is a one-of-a-kind Portland icon of sorts. It's overpoweringly dark, but once your eyes adjust, you can enjoy velvet paintings of doe-eyed children, anti-drug posters from other countries, and more from their rotating collection of kitschy art. Dot's serves some fantastic junk food and a fine variety of classic cocktails and sodas (Lime Rickey anyone?). Jalepeño cheese fries, the Gentle Ben (the vegetarian version of the Ruben), the generously portioned Caravan Platter (falafel, hummus, olives, tomatoes, feta, pita), and a frosty PBR for me, please!
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.