Tucked behind a beer store on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, you may happen on an inconspicuous craftsman home transformed into a hideaway bar. Beech Street is a "parlor" without being pretentious. It's your quirky aunt's home—hardwood floors that creak, overstuffed couches in the living room, wall sconces—but there's a dark wood bar where the dining room should be and an armada of small tables. A DJ booth in the entryway plays the Animals, Jacques Brel or the Beatles, while longtime couples and packs of 20-somethings descend into low-lit corners. Whether you search for the Parlor or stumble upon it, it doesn't take long to feel at home from the warm welcome of a bacon sandwich ($9) and a cocktail special like a habanero toddy or pear gin and tonic.

Happy Hour: 5-7 pm. $1 off draft beers and house wines, $3.50 wells.

Entertainment: DJs most nights, silent reading parties, spying on intimate dates.

412 NE Beech St., 503-946-8184, beechstreetparlor.com. 5 pm-close daily.