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Double Trouble


Bar Reviews
Too many bars in Portland struggle to find an identity. Often, a new spot can’t decide whether it wants to be a neighborhood watering hole or a weekend concert venue. Fortunately, The Saratoga ( ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Do The Polymath


Bar Reviews
Housed in a two-story Craftsman with a big, rocking-chair-dotted front porch, The Nook Cafe (1524 NW 23rd Ave., 224-5537) resembles nothing so much as a bed-and-breakfast that forgot about the beds. ( ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 AARON MESH

Championship Swagger


Bar Reviews
Let me get this out of the way early: Spirit of 77 (500 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., spiritof77bar.com), the new Trail Blazers-themed watering hole, is not the best sports bar in town. But still, ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

The New Old Thing


Bar Reviews
On Saturday, Biz Markie and Rev. Shines helped rechristen the expanded Branx (320 SE 2nd Ave., myspace.com/branxpdx), former home of Meow Meow and Loveland. While the show probably wasn’t the mo ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Gallery Chic


Bar Reviews
The neighborhood bar is an ever-evolving concept. Some new establishments stockpile flat-screen TVs and poker machines, while the established watering holes try to hook a following without quite so ma ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Old To Begin With


Bar Reviews
I have a piece of advice for anyone who dares try one of the old-fashioned cocktails at Circa 33 (3348 SE Belmont St., circa33bar.com), the latest gem to open on Belmont Street: Don’t be afraid ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Sour Season


Bar Reviews
When it comes to hops, Northwest brewers are all about one-upping each other. The guys at Cascade Brewing Barrel House (939 SE Belmont St., cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com) didn’t care to join tha ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 Christina Cooke

Bangkok Shocks


Bar Reviews
There’s something a bit different in Slabtown. New Asian fusion restaurant and bar Oasisba (1639 NW Glisan St., 473-8758) has Thai food, sure—but its servers are drag queens. With fabulous ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Riley Hooper

Suffer For Fashion


Bar Reviews
Drinking and shopping always sounds like a good idea—until you wake up the next morning with too many bedazzled sweater vests and a hangover. That’s not the case at North Portland vintage- ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Riley Hooper

Shoot For The Stars


Bar Reviews
From the neon-sign logo referencing ’70s seminal pop-rock band Big Star to the old pages of Creem magazine plastered all over the bathrooms, newcomer Star Bar (639 SE Morrison St., 232-5553, sta ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 RUTH BROWN
 

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