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Kenton Station: Naked and Famous

Bar Reviews
Kenton Station (8303 N Denver, kentonstationportland.com) is an unassuming neighborhood bar built inside a piece of Portland history. In 1909, a meat-packing company built the Kenton Hotel at what's   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 MATTHEW SINGER

Central: Douche-Free Drinking

Bar Reviews
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

Bar Reviews
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

Bar Reviews
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

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