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Turn On The Bright Lights


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You shouldn’t feel bad if you can’t find the Yes and No (20 NW 3rd Ave). With a totally un-Googlable name and nondescript, hidden entrance, the new downtown watering hole—which occup ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Sad Dad Pizza-Party Time


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If you go to North Portland’s North End Pub (3011 N Lombard Ave.), I can predict the exact course your eyes are going to follow: They’ll start in the long, bare entrance hallway, move over ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 20, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Dive In


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What makes a dive bar great? Character. The fancy clubs can have their plasma big-screens and their specialty cocktails and their full kitchens separated from the seating area. Maui’s (3508 N Wi ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 AARON MESH

Bond, Bland Bond


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“Agent 007…is actually a Whiskey man; he drinks 111 various types of Whiskey: 57 Bourbon Whiskeys, 47 Scotch Whiskeys...and 4 Old Fashions,” reads the menu at Shaken Martini Lounge ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

The Big Chill


Bar Reviews
It’s got to be hard to open a bar in the winter. But despite all the things going against it—freezing temperatures, a shortage of spirits and a stale smoke smell that reminded my roommate ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 16, 2009 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Mother, May I?


Bar Reviews
In case you crave such a combination, there is a place where all-day breakfast and a cocktail containing absinthe exist on the same menu. The mashup is more odd than inspired, but Mother Maybel’ ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 Ali Rothschild

Totless Bar


Bar Reviews
As its name implies, Jinx (232 NW 12th Ave., 224-0173) seems destined to fail. What was marketed as a martini-and-Tater-Tot bar turned out to be a boring, uppity Pearl District den—without a sin ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 25, 2009 India Nicholas

A Better ’Stache


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Of the scant all-ages venues in Portland, there’s only one (I think) that sells mustache wax. Sitting in a comfy nook almost directly across the street from Cleveland High School and next to the ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Space Oddity


Bar Reviews
Fear not, earthlings: The recently renovated Space Room (4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd, 235-6957, spaceroomlounge.com) retains its just-off-the-Vegas-strip vibe. Glowing murals of Mount Hood and the Portland ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Feedback Wishes And PBR Dreams


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The Ash Street Saloon (225 SW Ash St., 226-0430)—which turns 15 this week—is one of the most oft-overlooked venues in town, and that’s never seemed quite right. It might be because i ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 CASEY JARMAN
 

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