The Bagdad Theater shows occasionally awesome second-run movies. It's worth admission price just to see the Middle-Eastern themed interior but there's more. You can get some pizza and even a beer and every other row has been removed to allow for tables and plenty of leg room. So you never have to worry about some annoying sociopath kicking the back of your chair through your screening of Harold and Kumar. The connected pub offers all the other McMenamins amenities and promises entertaining people-watching on busy Hawthorne Boulevard.
Rockin’ downtown music venue with an eclectic clientele (read: bike messengers). Great place for people watching. The Ash Street serves a mean drink but deep fried appetizers, burgers, and sandwiches will soak up that booze for you.
An eclectic coffee/tea hangout in an old renovated house that serves muffins, home-made sandwiches, salads, wraps, and burgers. Hang out for a while, play a pick up game of chess, and try out one of their fancy gourmet coffee drinks while you're at it.
Former vaudeville (and later porno) theater, the Aladdin has become one of Portland's premier music venues. Hosting a wide array of national touring acts. AND It's one of the few places where you can actually sit down and watch a show.