According to its Twitter page, the curious moniker of YOLO Lounge (412 SW 4th Ave., 719-6901)
is an acronym for the cavernous sushi joint/dance club’s motto, “You
only live once.” True enough, but based on last Friday’s happy-hour
crowd—one couple at the bar, one table in the corner, one bored
waiter—Portlanders are choosing to enjoy that one life somewhere else.
Maybe the crowds show up later. I left at 7:30 pm, after a pair of
sugary, coconut-heavy cocktails and a plate of very good hot wings, when
the combination of monochrome design theme; thudding, anonymous
R&B; the enormous, pixelated geisha mural behind the bar and the
emptiness of the place started to get to me. If you don’t mind the music
or the persistent feeling of being watched, though, there are worse
places to grab a Ninkasi and some Asian fusion after work.