5425 E Burnside St., 236-3610, tannerybarpdx.com, 4 pm-1 am Monday-Saturday, 9 am-2 pm Saturday-Sunday. 

There is a reason why people always congregate in the kitchen at parties, and the Tannery Bar is the embodiment of that reason. The small, cinder block bunker in North Tabor belies its cozy interior, which is split between a bar and open kitchen on one side and long, communal tables on the other. An evening at the Tannery inevitably feels like a casual dinner party at your friend's home—the one who likes to cure his own meats and has the impressively stocked bar and record collection. Cocktail offerings range from the classic, like the perfectly ginger-sweet Moscow Mule, to the tongue-in-cheek Lucille Two (genever, red wine reduction, lemon, cava). Browse the LP collection with the Bowie combo (that would be a shot of Rebel Yell and a Rebel lager), nibble on some Olympia Provisions mortadella corn dogs and know that you'll always be invited back.

Happy hour: 4-6 pm Monday-Saturday. $2 Rainier, $4 select drafts, $5 house wine, $5 plates.

Entertainment: Intimate, lamp-lit conversation; record player.