2045 SE Belmont St., 232-3227. 4 pm-2:30 am daily.
The Matador's hall of degeneracy is no more—and as
mourned as the culture of its Pamplonan namesake—but of course the
Conquistador survives, from ex-Matador owner Casey Maxwell. The Spanish
colonial-themed bar boasts the best bar nachos in the city—we tried so,
so many of them—goofball cocktails of the day, a jukebox of 45s that
plays free, sterling craft taps, an upstairs bachelor-pad den with a
creepy gold couch that's sort of amazing, and more Spanish colonial
kitsch than seems possible, including a lamp with beads that look like
eternally falling raindrops. The clientele comes in shifts: nearby condo
dwellers at happy hour, and when it rains, rockers and bohemes after 10
pm, when their friends start DJing. But despite the riches
within—Spanish velvet! Empanadas!—the bar's geography somehow pushes you
ever outward, to the little stub of a covered patio that serves as the
Happy hour: 4-7 pm daily. $2 PBR, $3 craft, $3.25 wells, cheap food.
Entertainment: Free jukebox, DJs, shuffleboard, pinball, pool, patio.