Panic Room Caution: High Volume Bar


Bar Reviews
PANIC, DON’T PANIC: “I’m just here to punch Jon Taffer in the face!” says the guy in line. The 30-year-old music venue Tonic Lounge is being filmed for the terrifyingly awful cable show    More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Commons: Beer Good, Warehouse Bad


Bar Reviews
Since it opened, The Commons has made consistently great beer. Five years after Mike Wright brewed his first batch of commercial beer in his Richmond neighborhood garage, the brewery has earne   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Donnie Vegas: Old, Not Dirty Vegas


Bar Reviews
IMAGE: jenniferplitzko.coAlberta’s new Donnie Vegas (1203 NE Alberta St., donnie.vegas) isn’t the Vegas that stays in Vegas. It is the Vegas that endures in Sammy Davis Jr. films and faded m   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Lake Theater & Cafe: O, Really


Bar Reviews
Until recently, it was impossible to get a beer with your movie in Lake Oswego if you weren’t popping a bottle in your Titanic-themed man cave. Thank God, you can now show off your expensive taste   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 PARKER HALL

The Liquor Store: House of Blue


Bar Reviews
There’s something bittersweet about a shiny new bar naming a drink after the previous occupant. In the case of the Blue Monk, doubly so. Formerly a jazz club, it ran into problems after hostin   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Big Trouble: Little Chinatown


Bar Reviews
Why give Old Town caviar when spicy chicken fingers will do? Easy Company, the space’s former ChefStable bar, had heady ambitions for the old Ping restaurant space, slinging fancy cocktails, c   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pips & Bounce: Bar Review

Bounce to This


Bar Reviews
Kickstarter users have backed some weird things. Though it’s several steps closer to normal than, say, a $50,000 potato salad or a Zach Braff movie, Pips & Bounce (833 SE Belmont St., 928-   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Ranger Station: Park Life


Bar Reviews
If you somehow woke up inside The Ranger Station (4260 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 894-8455, rangerstationpdx.com), it would be easy to believe you were actually inside a ranger station. The tiny and ru   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

There Be Monsters: Barrrrrrr


Bar Reviews
Near where ocean waters cascaded off the earth’s edge, old maps had a warning: “Here be dragons.” At Portland’s old-time Hal’s Tavern, you might have needed the same heads-up; the bar    More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Lucky Horseshoe Lounge: Home on the Range


Bar Reviews
As the Portland Tribune’s longtime food critic, Anne Marie DiStefano spent her fair share of time in bars, compiling a long list of peeves. In the negative space around entries like weird hours,   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

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