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The New Old Thing

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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

Shoot For The Stars

Bar Reviews
From the neon-sign logo referencing ’70s seminal pop-rock band Big Star to the old pages of Creem magazine plastered all over the bathrooms, newcomer Star Bar (639 SE Morrison St., 232-5553, sta ...   More
Wednesday, October 6, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Lovers Rock

Bar Reviews
It’s every record-store nerd’s wet dream: a place where you can shop for vinyl and get drunk at the same time! And though the added alcohol might lead to some unwanted purchases, the new H ...   More
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Beyond The Beef

Bar Reviews
I admit it: I expected Bunk Bar (1028 SE Water Ave.) to be just a slightly larger clone of the wildly popular inner-eastside sandwich shop, with longer hours and a beer tap. But Bunk Bar is not Bunk S ...   More
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 RUTH BROWN

Pride Of The Yankees

Bar Reviews
I’m usually loath to say a kind word about a certain baseball team in the Bronx, but George Steinbrenner is dead and I don’t feel so good myself, so I’ll grant that Pinstripes Bar an ...   More
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 AARON MESH

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