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Central: Douche-Free Drinking


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Central (220 SW Ankeny St.) is at least complicit in its own hot-button status, having declared itself a bastion of gentility in the Barmuda Triangle and remained anonymous behind a black curtain a   More
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 AARON MESH

Brix Tavern: Daybreakers


Bar Reviews
Drinking on the patio at Brix Tavern (1338 NW Hoyt St., 943-5995, brixtavern.com) might just be the closest I ever come to patronizing an ultra lounge. Inside its walls, the oversized club and restaurant features a VIP area, game room (complete with a Captain Morgan foosball table) and a fancy-pants restaurant dining   More
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

The Trap: Bait And Switch


Bar Reviews
The quest for authenticity is often a well without bottom, but if there were a bottom, The Trap (3805 SE 52nd Ave., 777-6009) wouldn’t be far from it. This is a serious dart bar, its four spot-lit    More
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Good Call Sports Bar & Grill: Hey Now, You’re An All-Star


Bar Reviews
A fatal shooting last October probably unfairly hurt the reputation of the Good Call Sports Bar & Grill (11010 SE Division St., 251-8999), an oversized Cambodian restaurant and watering hole in t   More
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Sidecar 11: Old Joy


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The term “Prohibition-style cocktails” is troubling. Do the cocktails come sans booze? Do they carry little tommy guns? At Sidecar 11 (3955 N Mississippi Ave., 208-3798, sidecarpdx.wordpress.com),   More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Blue Diamond: Diamond in the Rough


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Blue Diamond (2016 NE Sandy Blvd., 230-9590) isn’t the kind of place you notice at first. It’s more of a curiosity. As in, “Hey, there’s a gray-haired old man out front, leaning on his walke   More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Over And Out: No Babies


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The Observatory, the Montavilla restaurant that has been overrun by neighborhood families, mildly geeky youth and urban-homesteader types since the day it opened, has undergone parthenogenesis. The   More
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Bare Bones Bar: Jukebox Gold


Bar Reviews
If the first thing you hear when entering a bar is “I swear the jukebox is free,” there are two possible scenarios: You’ve found a gold mine, or someone is already stupid drunk. And while the   More
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Bottles: Cooler Than You


Bar Reviews
It’s a well-known fact Portlanders get downright teary eyed over a perfectly poured pint. I’d imagine most of those hop-heads would have the same reaction standing in the glow of Bottles’ (50   More
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Scoreboard Sports Bar: The Sporting Life


Bar Reviews
When new owners remade Scoreboard Sports Bar (4822 SE Division St., 233-2971) a few years ago, they left a couple of relics from the past: a series of old-school NBA pennants so dated that the purple one says “New Orleans” over the Jazz logo and the Sonics   More
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
 

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