1465 NE Prescott St., 288-5534, tigabar.com. 5 pm-1 am Monday-Thursday, 5 pm-2 am Friday-Saturday.
If Portland, as often suggested, is Indie Rock Disneyland, then Tiga is the Mad Tea Party: not the iconic battlement of Sleeping Beauty Castle, but the whimsical attraction where everyone eventually gathers to feel dizziness and wonderment. The place is even known for spinning, as name musicians DJ with their vinyl collections on most nights. To sip a $5.50 glass of sangiovese and munch excellent pork-loin medallions ($9) while listening to the full cut of Philip Glass' "Einstein on the Beach" is to understand why so many people arrive in this city and abandon all further ambition. AARON MESH.
What to drink: Ginger whiskey lemon drop.
Happy hour: $1 off drafts and well drinks 5-8 pm daily.
Entertainment: DJs, patio, seeing somebody whose records you own.