1035 SW Stark St., 226-4171, fishgrotto.com. 4 pm-close Tuesday-Friday, 2 pm-close Saturday-Sunday.
A beach-themed bar in Oregon, if wholly honest, would be cold, gray and so windy you couldnâ€™t open your mouth without spitting out grit. Sand Bar at the former Fish Grotto (R.I.P.) is more the stuff of theme-park fantasy. Hand-placed stones line tabletops, and a map made for Magellan adorns the wall. The cocktails are less â€śartisanâ€ť than tiki-fied Margaritaville, with local and fancy rums; from Dark & Stormy ($8) to the Long Island expressway of the Shipwrecked ($11). The friendly corner bar shines mostly for its happy-hour menu of $5 snacks and a $3 featured cocktail, which on a recent visit mixed peach puree and lemonade with a healthy serving of bourbon. This makes it a very welcome addition for the drunky after-office set in a West End neighborhood that otherwise picks your wallet or leaves you beached. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.
Happy hour: 4-7 pm Tuesday-Sunday, 10 pm-close Sunday-Thursday. Food specials, $3 featured cocktail.