2014 NE 42nd Ave., 288-7802. 3 pm-2:30 am daily.

Though Horse Brass cornered Portland's market for British beer pubs back in the late '70s, The Moon and Sixpence is the smaller, dimmer, more date-friendly alternative. From the outside, it often appears so dark it's fair to wonder if the place closed down early. Inside, the moody lighting serves to accentuate the hardwood interior and intimate seating that, on crowded nights, can be a bit of a squeeze. The menu is the size of a Chinese restaurant's, showcasing a broad selection of Belgian ales, German lagers, ciders, Scotches and specialities such as the Framikazee ($6.50), a kamikazee made with raspberry framboise that tastes like melted Popsicle. Dartboards are in the back, there's traditional Irish music on Mondays and a patio that gets active in warm-weather months. But really, the bar is less suited for rambunctiousness than getting-to-know-you conversation. Sidle up over a shepherd's pie and try to impress with your knowledge of monk-brewed Trappist ales—just don't let the other person see you're reading the blurb off the menu.

Entertainment: Darts, patio, soccer.