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February 15th, 2012 12:01 am AARON SPENCER | Bar Reviews

The Conquistador: Spanish Fly

music_clublist_3815THE CONQUISTADOR - IMAGE: Mike Grippi

Since it opened in December, The Conquistador (2045 SE Belmont St.) has been one of the most popular neighborhood spots in Southeast Portland. It’s a creation of Casey Maxwell, owner of the Matador on West Burnside Street, though its decor is evocative of the more lavish Casa del Matador restaurant. To furnish the place, Maxwell cashed in his sizable collection of Spanish-style adornments, including several velvet paintings of guys who look like Don Quixote. The bar features an intentional retro-lounge vibe with its dark leather booths and ’70s jukebox; upstairs are arcade games and a sweet gold sofa. The menu is vegetarian, but as a proud carnivore I have to admit the rice-and-bean bowl ($4.50) is delicious. The Sweet Suggestions cocktail ($8), served hot or cold with Bulleit bourbon and chamomile liqueur, isn’t bad either.

  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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