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This Week
October 29th, 2014 WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

music_slabtown_4052SLABTOWN - IMAGE: Thomas Teal
The best bar in Portland changes pretty much every night, depending on who shows up, what beers get tapped and who controls the speakers.

Our pick for the top brewpub, dive bar or wine lounge might change by the time you've finished reading this. But here are the spots, new and old, that we're most excited about right now. For a comprehensive list of favorites, check out our Bar Guide.

1. Slabtown (pictured)

1033 NW 16th Ave, 971-229-1455, slabtownbar.net.

Pay your respects, folks. This is the last dance for Portland’s grubby rock-’n’-roll game bar and music venue. It’s slated to close on the Day of the Dead, Nov. 1.

2. The Big Legrowlski

812 NW Couch St., 206-6481, biglegrowlski.com.

Mostly this is an understated little tap nook on the edge of Chinatown. The Chinatown crowd is not the issue—no rich fucks, no fucking strumpets waltzing around, just a black-and-white rendering of the rug that tied the room together and Bowling Nixon in the restroom.

IMAGE: Thomas Teal


3. Prettyman’s General

2637 SE Hawthorne Blvd., prettymansgeneral.com.

This dandy little pub and market has all the trappings of contemporary Portland culture: antlers, sheepskin-adorned leather sofas, oil landscapes, Courtney Barnett records, super-fancy tuna salad sandwiches.

IMAGE: Thomas Teal


4. There Be Monsters

1308 SE Morrison St., 971-319-6983.

The bar is slowly aging into its ragtag neighborhood: The lights are dimmer, the biker crowd mixes in with music fans, and the smoking patio is a beautifully makeshift holding tank barely roped off from the sidewalk. Now for some shuffleboard.


5. Scoreboard

4822 SE Division St., 234-0181.

This dive has a jukebox with a “No Music During the Games” sign stuck to it. It advertises skee ball on the street, and the board is indeed smooth and in solid working order—there’s plenty of room to throw or drunkenly make out against a pinball machine. Yup, this is pretty much the best bar skee-ball experience in town.



Previous Buzz lists: 

Oct. 15 1. Prettyman’s General 2. Barlow 3. The Big Legrowlski 4. St. Jack 5. There Be Monsters

Oct. 8 1. BTU Brasserie 2. Prettyman's General 3. Barlow 4. St. Jack 5. Mad Sons

Sept. 24: 1. BTU Brasserie 2. The Conquistador 3. Mi Mero Mole (Chinatown) 4. Paymaster Lounge 5. Mad Sons

Sept. 17: 1. Prettyman’s General 2. Mi Mero Mole (Chinatown) 3. Paymaster Lounge 4. Mad Sons 5. Higgins Bar

Sept. 10 1. St. Jack 2. Hopworks Urban Brewery 3. TeSoAria 4. Paymaster Lounge 5. Mad Sons

Sept. 3: 1. Scout Beer Garden 2. TeSoAria 3. Paymaster Lounge 4. Mad Sons 5. Stein Haus

Aug. 27 1. Rum Club 2. Scout Beer Garden 3. Paymaster Lounge 4. Paddy’s Bar & Grill 5. Growler Guys

Aug. 20 1. Paymaster Lounge 2. Mad Sons Pub 3. Growler Guys 4. Scout Beer Garden 5. Rum Club

Aug. 13: 1. Paymaster Lounge 2. Spin Laundry Lounge 3. Growler Guys 4. Scout Beer Garden 5. Victory Bar

Aug. 6: 1. Scout Beer Garden 2. The Hop & Vine 2. Spin Laundry Lounge 3. George's Corner Bar 4. White Owl 5. Lompoc Tavern

Jul. 30: 1. The Hop & Vine 2. Cooper's Hall 3. George's Corner Bar 4. White Owl 5. Lompoc Tavern

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