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.
Neighborhood bar with: six pool tables, a decent mix of people, a bunch of TVs showing sports, lots o' beer selections, stiff drinks and better-than-average burgers.
Above the streets and sidewalks of Portland is Departure, a place of bright lights, slick surfaces, and wonderful cocktails. Departure is easy to overlook. It is culturally, aesthetically, and elevation-ally removed from our city of wood-and-brick brewpubs, but that's also exactly what makes it so good. The cocktails (many with Asian-fusion notes) play with sweetness, spice, herbs, and sauces, and the quality of the drinks more than back up the high-end image of the bar. If anything, the drinks make the stark, upscale atmosphere seem like mere prelude to the actual show that's happening in your glass. Above Portland, sipping a sake cocktail and gazing across the cityscape, Departure does feel like another, higher world. JOE STRECKERT
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.
Live music, strippers, cheap beer, friendly staff, and an all-red color scheme. What more could you want?
Bar/restaurant in the Pearl, lacking the highbrow pretensions of many of it's neighbors, with more of a working class/melting pot vibe. The logo says: Eat, Drink, Play, and that pretty much sums it up. Two plus floors of glossy particle board, brick and metal, with nooks and crannies, billiards, darts and more. The food is affordable (nothing over $8) American fare with soups, salads, burgers "samwiches" and some enterées and breakfast items as well as two full bars with lots and lots of beer taps.
Slick live music venue decked out in red and black, featuring national and local acts as well as Sunday's sexy, erotic Sinferno Cabaret. There are three full-service bars because they know you're thirsty, and they serve pizza and pastas because they know you'll get hungry.