While you can find a McMenamins on every street corner in Portland, Back Stage is by far the coolest. Hidden behind the screen of the Bagdad Theater, the bar stretches up seven stories with a gigantic mural depicting the location’s history and the theater’s original catwalk above a spacious sitting area. Up the stairs are two pool rooms with additional seating where groups of friends congregate before and/or after a night of drinking. The chic ambience alone makes Back Stage the perfect place to prefunk. LEIGHTON COSSEBOOM.
What to drink: A Kentucky Flower.
Happy hour: $2-$4 food with $2 drink purchase 3-6 pm and 10 pm-close daily.
Entertainment: Pool, snooker, vertigo.