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Make Me Over

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Those towering gray leather booths, the sunny, sleek patio, the sweeping art-nouveau mural and tiny, gritty oil paintings of PDX streets—it only took a two-month remodel for Alan Davis to turn t ...   More
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 KELLY CLARKE

Double-Double Vision

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For a watering hole attached to a posh, sophisticated music venue, the recently opened Bar Bar (3943 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895) is refreshingly unpretentious. Bar Bar is basically an extension of t ...   More
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

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.

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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

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