711 SW Ankeny St., 226-2508, d2m.com/Tugwebsite. 5-10 pm Monday, 4 pm-midnight Tuesday-Thursday, 4 pm-1 am Friday-Saturday.
You’d be forgiven mistaking Tugboat for a classy Prohibition-era speak-easy. The dimly lit microbrewery, Portland’s smallest and downtown’s oldest, brews tiny batches of browns, ambers and stouts. Hidden around the corner from Broadway’s hustle and bustle, the laid-back pub is surrounded by books; regulars strike up conversation from behind a battered copy of Ulysses. The place even has an Emmy on display, and while Tugboat has never shared a stage with Ray Romano, it has nabbed some much-deserved medals for its unfiltered beers, making it a perfect environment for casual drinkers looking for peace and conversation. AP KRYZA.
What to drink: A pitcher of the nutty brown ale.
Happy hour: $1 off pints 4-7 pm daily.
Entertainment: Library, live music, non-sports TV.