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The Crown Room: Chinatown Crown

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On a recent bass-heavy Thursday night at The Crown Room (205 NW 4th Ave., thecrownroom.net), I was able to mingle freely and bro out with a diverse collection of enthusiastic partygoers—most of    More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 NORA EILEEN JONES

Coalition Brewing: 2 Legit 2 Quit

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The MC Hammer card is a good omen. Hanging at Coalition Brewing (2724 SE Ankeny St., 894-8080, coalitionbrewing.com), it shows MC at his peak, gold harem pants in full flutter. He is untouchable b   More
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

Mill Ends Tavern: HTTP 404

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“Sorry, but you are looking for something that isn’t here” reads the blank website of Mill Ends Tavern (833 SW Naito Parkway, 220-0800), a new downtown watering hole. The statement isn’t far   More
Wednesday, June 13, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

The Lion’s Eye Tavern: Bullseye

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No longtime Portlander is surprised to hear there’s great stuff in the outer reaches of Southeast 82nd Avenue. Even so, The Lion’s Eye Tavern (5919 SE 82nd Ave., 774-1468) comes as a bit of a sh   More
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 CASEY JARMAN

Gigantic Brewing: Giant’s Lair

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Unless you work at a powder-coating warehouse or metal fabricator, this industrial stretch of Southeast 26th Avenue is no destination. It’s a peculiar location for cheekily named Gigantic Brewin   More
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Free House: Victory Provisions

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Under the watchful eyes of Abraham Lincoln in two slightly creepy paintings on the walls of Free House (1325 NE Fremont St., 946-8161), a dozen or so drinkers maintain a vibe of laid-back camaraderi   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Velo Cult: Biker Bar

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I dunno, man, it’s hard to explain. If you ride, you get it. But if you’ve never shown up to work late and dripping, your teeth tingly from some potholed street, you won’t understand. For    More
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Hutch on Holgate: Time Machine

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How did The Hutch on Holgate (4515 SE 41st Ave., 774-1822), a dim and dingy basement bar with a totem pole in the parking lot and carvings of pilgrims on the wall, come to be? Built as a house in    More
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Uchu: Must Love Fish

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For a year, I lived with a guy named Scott. He had a somewhat alarming obsession with pet fish. Some months he’d fret about making rent, then come home with an African knife fish he bought off a   More
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Sasquatch Brewing Co.: Hair Balls

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Just like sightings of Bigfoot, brewpubs in Portland seem to pop up inexplicably in a new location every few months. Boasting a standard lineup of craft beers with silly names and overpriced pub g   More
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 PENELOPE BASS
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