Cool upper floor dance club/music venue with a Middle Eastern/Persian vibe. The dance floor is large, the drinks are generously poured and there are some nice couches to rest on when your feet get tired. Lots of good shows and regular party nights including the long-running "Shut up and Dance"
A dark, laid back, indie, loungey space with a DIY aesthetic, located on that alley of a street across from Berbati's and the Shanghai Tunnel. The menu lies in the tapas/small plate realm, relying on fresh and local ingredients whenever possible, and they also serve sandwiches from The People's Sandwich of Portland. A plate of three entrées and some bread will cost you $8 (get the egg salad, it really is that good). Mega-hip art covers the walls and the upstairs smoking lounge area is like being in your parent's basement, but upstairs! Sometimes DJs spin, sometimes it's; live music, poetry, performance, movies, etc. (Show nights are Sunday through Tuesday)
This is a good old standby bar for North Portland residents. Homey and comfortable and with the exception of the new patio relatively unchanged in decades. Cheap drinks and the usual bar fare keep the patrons happy (or at least less grumbly).
And even better, now you can find Smoky Mountain BBQ
inside the club! Featuring: pulled pork, brisket, meatloaf, ribs, catfish and a slew of sides (some are even vegan if you're into that sort of thing).
As in: If you're not "in the know," you're not there. Indie art gallery, live music venue, and screening room. They serve bottled beer only but that doesn't deter young hipsters "in the know" from packing the joint.
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.