Portland is home to a few nautically themed bars, but the Muddy Rudder feels like the kind of place a commercial fisherman might go for a pint before shoving off for a month. Granted, that might have a lot to do with the accoutrements—ship wheels, maps of the Bering Sea—and the music, particularly the Irish roundtable jams that go down on Sundays; the Sellwood neighborhood in which it resides doesn't exactly scream "seafaring," nor does the family-friendly patronage. Still, with outdoor seating, 10 taps and generally warm atmosphere, it's probably the most inviting spot in the area.
What to drink: A pint of any of the rotating brews, chosen by the owner based on customer popularity, $4.25-$4.75.
Happy hour: $3 draft pints, $3.75 glasses of red and white wine 4-6 pm daily.
Entertainment: Live music.