231 NW 11th Ave., pearltavernpdx.com, 503-954-3796. 11 am-11 pm Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am-1 am Friday, 10 am-1 am Saturday, 10 am-11 pm Sunday. Happy hour 4-6 pm and 10-close daily: $3 Pilsner, $5 wine, $6 martini, $5 wings.
Established: Dec. 9, 2016
"I'm at the age where I don't want to go to Buffalo Wild Wings," said former Ducks, Lions, Dolphins, Falcons and Saints quarterback Joey Harrington to our mostly daily newspaper last November. "If I want to hang out and get a good meal, and maybe catch a game, where am I going to do that?" Harrington's new wood-grained Pearl Tavern, in the former Parish space, is outfitted as a manly study, with rugged wood floors, stately green walls and lots of big, cushy booths you can reserve in advance—do so, or it's awkward. But once you're seated, it's a very pleasant place, with an excellent and distinctive drink list from barman Ryan Magarian, with cocktails like an Angostura fizz ($14), which uses bitters as its only liquor and combines them with lemon, simple syrup, cream and soda water.
The TVs are optimized for bar viewing, with some of the tables qualifying as "obstructed-view seats." But if you've got a good spot, the scratch for a nice steak and a taste for fine bourbon, there's now a place for you, away from the ballcapped riffraff eating mini corn dogs over at Lloyd Center.
Bar story: Joey Harrington's nickname in the NFL was "Piano Man," and he's apparently tickled the keys with both Blues Traveler and Third Eye Blind onstage. Be glad, I guess, he didn't open the "Joey Harrington's" sports-themed piano bar his friends wanted this place to be.