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.
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.
Unique, eclectic, romantic little place with Carravaggio reproduction murals, local art, retro light fixtures and comfy booths. The emphasis here is high-end comfort food. Meat, seafood, pastas, and interesting vegetarian selections fill out their varied dinner menu complete with daily specials. Their popular weekend brunch has expanded to weekdays as well, with lots of artful eggy dishes and even some satisfying vegan dishes.
When the weather cooperates, the back patio- which may actually have more seating than the dining room itself, is one of Portland's best. Dine, relax, and stay as long as you want.
The Slingshot brings a hipster sensibility to the Foster 'hood. It's a great place to drink (probably because the owner has done his time behind many a Portland bar). The menu is relatively small but features competent versions of standbys like burgers (veggie too) and fries, mac & cheese, skewers and the like. While you're there, don't forget to pet the resident bar cat.
A no-frills tavern off Busy Belmont featuring: Beer, booze, tater tots from around the globe (in many exotic flavors and varieties), pizza, fried chicken etc. Complete with a nice sunny patio... for those days when it’s sunny.
The new sister location of the Hutch (one of Portland's oldest bars) in the former Grandma's spot. You can get your; karaoke, pool, drink, food or lotto on. All with free peanuts!
A happenin' rock'n' roll venue on NE 82nd you say?
With often free shows, entertaining games including Guitar Hero, darts and pool?
Are you sure?
As well as cheap drinks, super-cheap food and a friendly staff?
Yes dude, it's totally true.
A neighborhood bar that bakes pizza and grinder sandwiches in their stone hearth oven can't possibly be bad. Add to that a full bar, six rotating taps, live music, free foosball, free pool, pinball machines and all the other amenities and you've got your home away from home.
Live music, strippers, cheap beer, friendly staff, and an all-red color scheme. What more could you want?
In a nice, quiet neighborhood housed in a historic, turn of the century drug store. Caldera has a romantic, casual, candle-lit ambiance and a great back patio. The small menu consists mostly of pasta and rice dishes, they boast a good selection of wine and local microbrews. Deserts are simple childhood favorites. S'mores anyone?
Adorned with political/presidential memorabilia, the Bipartisan serves Stumptown coffee, Tao of Tea teas, has some tasty sandwiches, bagles and best of all -pie! Get a cuppa, grab a slice and talk donkeys vs. elephants.
Coffee Shop/Tea House, DistroLocation, American, Italian, Northwest, Diner, Breakfast Brunch, Bar, Featured Happy Hour, Staff Pick, Menu
The Southeast Foster/Powell neighborhood has been in need of a handsome bistro for some time now; Bar Carlo is just that. With a menu that mixes classic American fare with down home Mexican cooking, Portlanders seek out Bar Carlo (located on SE Foster between 64th and 65th) when in need of comforting meals, stiff house-made cocktails, and an upbeat environment. The popular weekend bunch is not to be missed, and breakfast is served all week long - even through lunch and dinner! Don’t be afraid to try some of the wonderful vegan and vegetarian options.