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Applebee’s: Jell-O There


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A bartender at the Lloyd Center Applebee’s (1439 NE Halsey St, 284-8040, applebees.com) has apparently gone rogue. A mysterious bartender—everyone involved denies knowledge—is crafting seemi   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 MITCH LILLIE

Deli Bar: Bagels and Booze


Bar Reviews
It’s difficult to find a barometer by which to measure Kenny & Zuke’s new deli-bar hybrid, Deli Bar (3901 N Williams Ave., 287-0782). It’s certainly the only deli bar I’ve ever been to.    More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Alberta Substation: Player Substitution


Bar Reviews
First thing’s first: No, Alberta Substation (2703 NE Alberta St., 284-4491, albertasubstation.com) is not a sandwich shop. Housed in the 80-year-old brown stucco building previously occupied by    More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Island Mana Wines: Aloha Lite


Bar Reviews
When a bar plays lilting ukulele tunes on its website and sets up speakers underneath its sidewalk sandwich board, I expect a full-on luau. I want a flower lei around my neck, the heat cranked up    More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Rose: Frickin’ Laser Beams


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What, exactly, is the Rose? The impressively generic name, covered windows and website that promises only “Portland’s newest nightlife destination” give away very little about the business t   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Barwares: Ware It Well


Bar Reviews
Barwares (4605 NE Fremont St., 971-229-0995, smallwarespdx.com) exists only because of an architectural fluke. Chef Johanna Ware’s Asian-leaning restaurant, Smallwares, needs a bar the same si   More
 
Wednesday, October 3, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR

W XYZ: Carry On


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No self-respecting Portlander should step foot inside W XYZ (9920 NE Cascades Parkway, 200-5678, wxyzportland.com). Located adjacent to the airport in the lobby of the tacky Aloft Hotel, it’s a    More
 
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 MATTHEW SINGER

Beer Bunker: Bunk Mates


Bar Reviews
Tucked away in a nondescript storefront in Montavilla, Beer Bunker (7918 SE Stark St., 254-8200) is a neighborhood hangout as much as it’s a bottle shop. Antique beer cans sit on the shelves and   More
 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Tavin’s Pub: Opening Act


Bar Reviews
Just a stone’s throw from Wonder Ballroom, Tavin’s Pub (102 NE Russell St., 719-4890, tavinspub.com) is your classic pre-game bar. The interior is clean. TV sets, including a big projector, ar   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Rooster’s Pub: Hiding In the Barn


Bar Reviews
Hidden away in a red shanty in the wasteland of far North Portland, Rooster’s Pub (605 N Columbia Blvd., 289-1351) feels like a place that doesn’t want to be found. The two staircases visible    More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI
 

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