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Eastbound And Down

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When the “China” part of Chinatown was shanghaied to 82nd Avenue, Portland’s downtown risked losing the marvelously seedy, dimly lit Chinese bars that were hubs for sailors, scoundre ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Double Trouble

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Too many bars in Portland struggle to find an identity. Often, a new spot can’t decide whether it wants to be a neighborhood watering hole or a weekend concert venue. Fortunately, The Saratoga ( ...   More
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Do The Polymath

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Housed in a two-story Craftsman with a big, rocking-chair-dotted front porch, The Nook Cafe (1524 NW 23rd Ave., 224-5537) resembles nothing so much as a bed-and-breakfast that forgot about the beds. ( ...   More
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 AARON MESH

Championship Swagger

Bar Reviews
Let me get this out of the way early: Spirit of 77 (500 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., spiritof77bar.com), the new Trail Blazers-themed watering hole, is not the best sports bar in town. But still, ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

The New Old Thing

Bar Reviews
On Saturday, Biz Markie and Rev. Shines helped rechristen the expanded Branx (320 SE 2nd Ave., myspace.com/branxpdx), former home of Meow Meow and Loveland. While the show probably wasn’t the mo ...   More
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Gallery Chic

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The neighborhood bar is an ever-evolving concept. Some new establishments stockpile flat-screen TVs and poker machines, while the established watering holes try to hook a following without quite so ma ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 CASEY JARMAN

Old To Begin With

Bar Reviews
I have a piece of advice for anyone who dares try one of the old-fashioned cocktails at Circa 33 (3348 SE Belmont St., circa33bar.com), the latest gem to open on Belmont Street: Don’t be afraid ...   More
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Sour Season

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When it comes to hops, Northwest brewers are all about one-upping each other. The guys at Cascade Brewing Barrel House (939 SE Belmont St., cascadebrewingbarrelhouse.com) didn’t care to join tha ...   More
Wednesday, October 27, 2010 Christina Cooke

Bangkok Shocks

Bar Reviews
There’s something a bit different in Slabtown. New Asian fusion restaurant and bar Oasisba (1639 NW Glisan St., 473-8758) has Thai food, sure—but its servers are drag queens. With fabulous ...   More
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Riley Hooper

Suffer For Fashion

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Drinking and shopping always sounds like a good idea—until you wake up the next morning with too many bedazzled sweater vests and a hangover. That’s not the case at North Portland vintage- ...   More
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 Riley Hooper

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