Coopers Hall: One Big Barrel


Bar Reviews
The first thing you notice about Coopers Hall (404 SE 6th Ave., 719-7000, facebook.com/pages/Coopers-Hall) is its mammoth size. The new winepub in the industrial inner east side could double as a    More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Baerlic Brewing: The Baer Necessities


Bar Reviews
Once it’s built out, all a regular bar needs to do is roll in a few kegs and buy some bottles. Things aren’t so easy for brewpubs, which only open smoothly when they have enough—but not    More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Bar Review: Swine

Shine On


Bar Reviews
Back in the day, moonshine was an unfortunate side effect of a bad legal situation—a hollow-sweet grain liquor of indeterminate toxicity. But at Swine (808 SW Taylor St., 943-5844, swankandswi   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Growler Guys: Jug Band


Bar Reviews
It’s gotta be a scary time to be in the growler game. On one hand, half-gallon glass jugs of beer have become ubiquitous, even at Portland bodegas and grocery stores. On the other hand, the ma   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

The High Water Mark: Critical Pass


Bar Reviews
There’s a definitive moment in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas when Hunter S. Thompson sums up the end of the ’60s era profoundly, making note of a “high-water mark” that can be seen from   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Yard House: First and 130


Bar Reviews
Even in beer-buzzed Portland, a new bar with 130 taps gets attention. A big selection of suds isn’t necessarily enough to ensure prosperity for a chain—witness the quick crash of the success   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Royale: Brunch and Burlesque


Bar Reviews
The closure of Hamburger Mary’s last year left a hole in Portland’s gay nightlife. The Royale (317 NW Broadway, 432-8944), a new bar in the former Tiger Bar spot on Northwest Broadway, aims to   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Hollywood’s Hot Rod Bar and Grill: Infield Party


Bar Reviews
Proud NASCAR bar Hollywood’s Hot Rod Bar and Grill (10810 NE Sandy Blvd., 946-8242, hollywoods-hotrodbarandgrill.com) belongs right where it is, on a strip of Sandy Boulevard that is essentially   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Carmella’s: Mellow Mella


Bar Reviews
Despite its generic brick, hardwood and neutral-green décor, Carmella’s (1320 SE Water Ave., 232-1633, carmellaswines.com) reveals unexpected comforts. And unexpected strangeness. Bedford will    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Easy Company: Three’s a Crowd


Bar Reviews
“Are you guys with Nike?” Nope. “Oh, OK, because there’s a group of like 40 Nike people coming in soon.” It’s 8:30 on a Wednesday night, and when the corporate retreat arrives, there   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

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