500 SE 8th Ave., 232-6504. 3 pm-2:30 am Monday-Friday, noon-2:30 am Saturday, 10 am-2:30 am Sunday.
Walk into the Slammer and be transported back into a reassuring hybrid of your uncle's basement den and freshman-year college parties. Intimacy presides in this former speak-easy. A cigarette vending machine, pinball and Big Buck Hunter offer ample distraction, and the "Do not fucking touch the speakers" sign complements the canned-food and toy drive for the holidays. Deli sandwiches, Funyuns and potato salad at 2 in the morning? Yes, please. Escape the no-man's land of industrial Southeast Portland and be welcomed home to a strange, rowdy and delightful den of locals. STACY BROWNHILL.
What to drink: The Slammer, a signature sweet blend of Mom's pink lemonade and your favorite college punch.
Happy hour: $2 well drinks (sans juice) 4-7 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; $1.50 for 3 tacos Wednesday; $4 Bloody Marys and $2 biscuits and gravy Saturday and Sunday.
Entertainment: Trivia (2 pm Saturdays), jukebox, pinball, Big Buck Hunter, a cigarette vending machine and Chris, your new friend over there at the bar.