639 SE Morrison St., 232-5553,
star-bar-rocks.com. 4 pm-2:30 am daily.
From the neon-sign logo referencing ’70s pop-rock band Big Star to the old pages of Creem magazine plastered all over the restrooms, this newcomer is clearly aiming to be Portland’s new rock-’n’-roll hangout. It’s got all the right ingredients: a jukebox crammed with classics, cheap drinks (taps are $2 to $4), a seriously tasty build-your-own-burger menu (starting at $7), a solid happy hour, suitably tattooed barstaff and vinyl-only DJs every night. It’s just missing one thing: loud, sweaty, drunken rock pigs to make it their home. Right now, it feels a bit like a nice bar with a rock-’n’-roll theme. The squeaky-clean leather couches are crying out for some beer, blood and vomit stains. Walls need to be dirtier, floors need to be stickier. Let’s help them, shall we? RUTH BROWN.
What to drink: Sparks.
Happy hour: $1.50 PBR, $3 well drinks, $4 house wine and $1.50 sliders 4-7 pm Monday-Saturday, all night Sunday.
Entertainment: Jukebox, DJs.