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Island Mana Wines: Aloha Lite


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When a bar plays lilting ukulele tunes on its website and sets up speakers underneath its sidewalk sandwich board, I expect a full-on luau. I want a flower lei around my neck, the heat cranked up    More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Rose: Frickin’ Laser Beams


Bar Reviews
What, exactly, is the Rose? The impressively generic name, covered windows and website that promises only “Portland’s newest nightlife destination” give away very little about the business t   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Barwares: Ware It Well


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Barwares (4605 NE Fremont St., 971-229-0995, smallwarespdx.com) exists only because of an architectural fluke. Chef Johanna Ware’s Asian-leaning restaurant, Smallwares, needs a bar the same si   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

W XYZ: Carry On


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No self-respecting Portlander should step foot inside W XYZ (9920 NE Cascades Parkway, 200-5678, wxyzportland.com). Located adjacent to the airport in the lobby of the tacky Aloft Hotel, it’s a    More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Beer Bunker: Bunk Mates


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Tucked away in a nondescript storefront in Montavilla, Beer Bunker (7918 SE Stark St., 254-8200) is a neighborhood hangout as much as it’s a bottle shop. Antique beer cans sit on the shelves and   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Tavin’s Pub: Opening Act


Bar Reviews
Just a stone’s throw from Wonder Ballroom, Tavin’s Pub (102 NE Russell St., 719-4890, tavinspub.com) is your classic pre-game bar. The interior is clean. TV sets, including a big projector, ar   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Rooster’s Pub: Hiding In the Barn


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Hidden away in a red shanty in the wasteland of far North Portland, Rooster’s Pub (605 N Columbia Blvd., 289-1351) feels like a place that doesn’t want to be found. The two staircases visible    More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Bin 21: Tipple the Iceberg


Bar Reviews
If the first round of Alberta Street gentrification brought families with biodynamic veggie patches and a penchant for naked fire-twirling, the second will bring whoever is intended to live inside   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 RUTH BROWN

The Pitiful Princess Gentlemen’s Club: Stripperella


Bar Reviews
The Pitiful Princess Gentlemen’s Club (12646 SE Division St., 954-1019) draws rancor, mostly because of its name. Some find it offensive because little girls are obsessed with pink and princesse   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Mellow Mushroom: In a Mellow Mood


Bar Reviews
Mellow Mushroom (1411 NW Flanders St., 224-9019, mellowmushroom.com) does not make good pizza. This is no great revelation. More surprising is that the Pearl District outlet of this Georgia-based    More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 RUTH BROWN
 

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