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Tournament Of Hearts


Bar Reviews
“It’s survival of the fittest here,” says the bartender with a grin. She’s talking about pingpong, and if you can beat her in a game she’ll buy you a drink. That is, once ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 28, 2010 Roxanne Macmanus

Take Me To The Top


Bar Reviews
Thirty seconds have passed since I stepped into the Top of the Hill Tavern (9252 NE Glisan St., 254-1756), and I’m already engaging in the first of the evening’s many high-fives. “Wh ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 21, 2010 Caitlin Giddings

Something New In Old Town


Bar Reviews
Old Town taproom PINTS (12 NW 5th Ave, 564-2739, pintsbrewing.com) finally brings something new to Portland’s bar scene: a small, plain room with hospital-chic white neon lighting; uncomfortable ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Suds And Sun


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Once the sun finally comes out, Portlanders crave nothing more than a good pint and an empty picnic table—and maybe a great pulled-pork sandwich. Luckily, the remarkably chill Migration Brewing ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Sunshine State


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With over 40 brews on tap, it’s easy for the non-beer-snob to get intimidated when ordering at Apex (1216 SE Division St., apexbar.com). But if you look closely at the beer list—presented ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 23, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Without A Hitch


Bar Reviews
In this age of Yelp, it’s hard not to sympathize with The Fixin’ To (8218 N Lombard St., 477-4995, thefixinto.com), whose vintage-trailer logo and menu full of Ritz crackers and Ro-Tel see ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 KAT MERCK

King Of The Clams


Bar Reviews
There are places that serve clam chowder, and then there are places that serve a bowl of chowder so HUGE and intimidating that it’s listed in all caps on the menu. At Pal’s Shanty (4630 NE ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Hockeytown, U.S.A.


Bar Reviews
Housed in a white-painted brick bunker cavernous enough to be a Zamboni garage, the A & L Sports Pub (5933 NE Glisan St., 234-7607) devotes its prime flat-screens not to the NBA or baseball, but to ho ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010 AARON MESH

Siamese Dream


Bar Reviews
Perhaps all of Portland’s drinkers can be lumped into two groups: O’Brien’s (519 NW 21st Ave., 223-5390) people and Wimpy’s (521 NW 21st Ave., 223-5153) people. The two cozy ba ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Draper’s Delight


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Established, as the menu proudly proclaims, in 1964 by the Thomas family, Country Bill’s (4415 SE Woodstock Blvd., 774-4198, countrybills.com) appears to have been left unchanged ever since. It ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE
 

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