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In two years, MLK nightspot the Kiknbaque Lounge had established itself as one of the karaoke scene’s best-kept secrets: a melting-pot sing-along around a communal table. It might have become a ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 AARON MESH

Easy Street

Bar Reviews
“What’s that PODS container doing there?” I exclaimed in horror to my wife as we drove past Caldera Public House (6031 SE Stark St., 233-8242) a few months ago. In this toxic economy ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 BRIAN PANGANIBAN

No Scrubs

Bar Reviews
Quickly after setting foot inside HS Pub (4579 NE Cully Blvd., 281-0217), my friends and I realize the same thing: This would be the perfect hideout for the Barksdale crew. Just off a Northeast Cully ...   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

It’s Good To Be Back

Bar Reviews
Minutes after ducking out of the rain and into Red Fox (5128 N Albina Ave., 282-3934), a friend of mine declared it to be the archetypal Portland bar. Which is hard to deny, what with the wordless-log ...   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 AARON MESH

Pleasant Surprise

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The parking lot in front of NEPO 42 (5403 NE 42nd Ave., 288-8080), a newish joint around the corner from a pair of rival taquerias on Northeast Killingsworth Street, has four spaces, but don’t t ...   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Easily Swayed

Bar Reviews
Immediately upon entering Sway Bar (627 SE Morrison St., 719-6025), two things are obvious: People make pizza here, and they still haven’t figured out what else they do. Beyond the aroma of doug ...   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 AARON MESH

Since Prince Was On Apollonia

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Stepping into the Candlelight Cafe Bar (2032 SW 5th Ave., 222-3378) on a Sunday night is like entering a new world filled with fortysomething swingers, pingpong and slap bass. Yeah, you heard me corr ...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2009 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Farther Down The Line

Bar Reviews
Ten minutes after my boyfriend and I get to the Queen of Hearts (5501 SE 72nd Ave., 788-9844), a woman with a gray bob and voluminous suede parka sits down on his other side. Her name is Jennifer, and ...   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Adrienne So

Like Your House, But With A Butler

Bar Reviews
As soon as you set foot into the converted house on Belmont Street, Duke greets you. Don’t be intimidated by his 180-pound stature; this monstrous English mastiff is nothing more than a big tedd ...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Katrina Nattress

Who Let The Dogs Out? Who? Who? Who? Who?

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A recent Saturday night at Underdog Sports Bar (2100 NW Glisan St.) was like stepping into a 1980s strip club. Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” blared over the sound of pool balls colliding ...   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 Samantha Herman

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