Victory Bar Is One of Portland’s All-Time Great Bars. The Automatic Is…Well, a Bar.
The lone TV is high-def and tuned to football on Sundays. The drinks are classics, or tweaks of classics, and the food menu is all sandwiches and skewers. It’s kept Victory Bar’s leather booths and tin ceiling fixtures, but swapped the Orwell references for a (possibly apocryphal) Bukowski quote near the restrooms, and the only conversation piece is a lovely mural stretching across the back wall.