I went to a fancy-dress party at this upscale billiards hall and felt very much like Mrs. Peacock was going to do me in with a wrench at any moment. Uptown Billiards Club is a romantically lit place with ample bookshelves, rows of pool tables, and rich wood everywhere—the living embodiment of a game of Clue. The bar has a secret speakeasy feel with little outside signage in the heart of Nob Hill and a steep hike up to the second story, but once there, the staff is full of friendly endearments, the food is good, and it's fun to pretend you're a curious guest at an eccentric billionaire's mansion. (Why so many pool tables, Mr. Boddy?) COURTNEY FERGUSON

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Sweet, swanky billiards club that looks like something out of a movie. High-end liquors and fresh fruit drinks go along with a fruit and cheese plate to nibble on. If you have friends in town from more well-dressed cities than Portland, this is a good place to take them so they feel at home-especially if they're down for buying some Dom Perignon.

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Payment Type: Visa/MC, Amex
Happy Hour Info: Tue-Sat 4-6:30pm ($1 off cocktails & draft beers, $5 house wine, 1/2 off entire "Lighter Fare" menu).

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