White Owl Social Club
1305 SE 8th Ave., 236-9672, whiteowlsocialclub.com. 3 pm-2:30 am Friday-Saturday, 3 pm-1 am Sunday-Thursday.
White Owl Social Club keeps the business in front and the parties out back. Like Sizzle Pie, the heavy-metal pizza franchise it spun off from, the bar, which replaced punk dive Plan B in 2012, embraces a rock-’n’-roll spirit of the denim and devil horns variety, so the mullet-inspired layout only makes sense. The inside doubles as a diner-style restaurant, where well-inked servers pour micros from 11 taps and sling vegan and all-beef burgers—as well as a “Build Your Own S’mores” kit, which comes complete with a portable burner—as the Ramones blare from the speakers. Outside, on the spacious rear patio, is where the rawk really happens, though. Since moving in two years ago, White Owl has played host to the likes of Red Fang, comedian Brian Posehn and the Portland Metal Winter Olympics, a weeks-long battle of the bands dedicated to masters of the bludgeoning arts. Just be careful if you order one of the s’mores: Headbanging, beards and tabletop campfires can be a dangerous combination. MATTHEW SINGER.
What plays: Metal and comedy.