1815 NE 41st Ave., 288-5164. 9 am-midnight Monday-Thursday, 9 am-2:30 am Friday-Saturday, 10 am-8 pm Sunday.
In the age of Barmaggedon, Blackwell's still has that old bar smell—that distinctive, pre-smoking-ban odor that won't come out no matter how many times you steam clean the carpet. If that turns you off, then perhaps you're part of the problem. Truth be told, this long-standing Hollywood neighborhood holdout is of an older school than many of Portland's lamented parcels of paradise that got literally and/or metaphorically paved over in the past year to accommodate carpetbaggers of more discerning tastes. It has a pre-Beervana tap list, pre-plasma TV sets, and there seemingly isn't a piece of beer-company swag it won't affix to the walls. Its full name is "Grub Steak Grill," but if it didn't come out of the fryer, it's advised to avoid it. There is a $5 minimum imposed on nights when a local blues band is playing in the small cubbyhole near the exit, but don't worry, "it helps pay the band," assures the bartender, who could be the chain-smoking great aunt you haven't seen in years. When the actual Armageddon comes, all that'll be left are cockroaches, Blackwell's and whoever happens to be sitting at the video poker machines when the bomb drops.
Happy hour: 3-6 pm daily. $1 off wells and micros. Bring in a ticket stub from the nearby Hollywood Theatre and get happy-hour prices for 30 minutes.
Entertainment: Video poker, TV, live music.