215 SE 9th Ave., 503-477-9081, barcasavale.com. 5 pm-midnight Tuesday-Saturday. Happy hour 5-6 pm and 10-close: $5 piri piri wings, $6 all-booze cocktails, $7 burger.

Established: Oct. 1, 2016 (at 5 pm)

Clyde Common's Nate Tilden partied at Bar Casa Vale a long time before you did. In the backside of the Biwa building, Tilden and a whole mess of partners have made an intimate, upscale tapas spot tinted with firelight, where chef Louis Martinez (Imperial, Clyde Common) is already making some of the finest wood-fired-grill meats in town. Piri piri wings and a thick tendril of octopus both come spice-rubbed and charred on the outside with juicy, tender meatiness within and a light whiff of smoke.

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)
(Sam Gehrke)
(Sam Gehrke)

There are sit-down tables, sure—little third-date tables by the wall-to-wall windows. But the spirit of the place is at the two long bars. One is an elbow wrap of hardwood with a slab of jamón Ibérico de bellota perched atop one end, the other a Spanish-style standing bar that also has barstools. The wine and sherry list is deep, but so's the cocktail list, which includes a $10 Bourbon Reign deepened with both fig and red wine, and a light sherry "cobbler" ($9), mixing medium-dry amontillado with a bit of lemon and sugar. The taps kick out Basque sidra and Spanish and Belgian beers alongside a Pfriem. Really, Casa Vale is the kind of dim, drunky, comfortably hip tapas and cocktail bar the town's been missing since the day Collosso sank to the bottom of Northeast Broadway.

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