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August 13th, 2014 TREE PALMEDO | Bar Reviews
 

Bar Review: Turn! Turn! Turn! Record Shop Bar

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Portlanders really want to make the record-store bar happen. Witness House of Records, Record Room, Music Millennium’s Kickstarter campaign for that purpose and, now, Turn! Turn! Turn! (8 NE Killingsworth St., 284-6019, turnturnturnpdx.com). Turn gets its, umm, turn, as a kinda-sorta reincarnation of Record Room. Arrive in the late afternoon and you’ll swear you’re in a coffee shop/record store, not a bar/record store. Cozy sofas don’t exactly scream “nightlife,” nor does the rack of vintage clothing and the kids’ coloring station. But there are six rotating taps with Oregon beers. Go at 4 pm, flip through boxes of used vinyl, and take some forgotten gem of an album back to one of the joint’s “listening stations,” which have plush seats with turntables and headphones. At 6, grab a sandwich and a Double Mountain Vaporizer, and flip through a vintage issue of Melody Maker or Mojo—they have stacks of them in the back. Go there at 8 with friends, check out some live music, and stay until midnight while record sleeves ranging from Tom Waits to John Coltrane watch from the walls. 

 
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