2524 SE Clinton St., 764-9898, luckyhorseshoepdx.com. 4 pm-2 am daily.
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, multipage cocktail lists and annoying Internet jukeboxes, she built the loosely Western-themed Lucky Horseshoe Lounge in the space previously occupied by the Workshop Pub. A neon-red horseshoe hangs in its window and it keeps its bottles in a metal tub perched on the bar. A more abstract and apt theme might be "comfortable and affordable," attracting a surprising mix of young, cool people and middle-aged neighbors. The draft beers include offerings from Laurelwood, Gigantic and Occidental, sold at a reasonable $4 per pint. The spirit of generosity extends to the snacks. Another $4.50 buys you a veritable mountain of tater tots sprinkled with Old Bay. They've got cocktails, too, all listed on a single page, including a Celery Collins made with Portland Potato Vodka. They're good, but they're $7. Take it easy, Rockefeller.
Happy hour: 4-6 pm daily. $1 off all food. $1 off wine Wednesday, $1.50 tacos Tuesday.
Entertainment: Televised sporting-type events. Patio.