We've waited so, so long for Century (930 SE Sandy Blvd., centurybarpdx.com). The ambitious new sports bar was announced in January 2015, and was supposed to open before last football season. Fast-forward to January, and the Eater blog was reporting that Century would be open for Super Bowl 50. In fact, the first night of business was June 16, when it opened in time for fans to watch the greatest player in the history of basketball, LeBron James, swat a layup attempt by one of the soft and undersized Golden State guards. This was the place to be for that play because of the unique wooden-bleacher seating, which is configured with both sides of the room facing drop-down screens and viewers across the way.

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

Watching a big game at Century feels like you're ringside for a prizefight—the energy exceeds any other sports bar I've been to, and I've been to a few. Oh, and that's when the place was full of industry folks and hipsters in logoless black clothing, sipping tequila cocktails and chatting over the DJ spinning during commercial breaks.

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

You're going to have to arrive here early to get a seat at a bar where cocktails climb to $12 and food was far from dialed on a packed first night. Already, Century has the vibe other would-be hipster sports bars have failed to create. Ball out—there's a beautiful rooftop patio for cooling off after the buzzer.