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Sidecar 11: Old Joy


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The term “Prohibition-style cocktails” is troubling. Do the cocktails come sans booze? Do they carry little tommy guns? At Sidecar 11 (3955 N Mississippi Ave., 208-3798, sidecarpdx.wordpress.com),   More
 
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Blue Diamond: Diamond in the Rough


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Blue Diamond (2016 NE Sandy Blvd., 230-9590) isn’t the kind of place you notice at first. It’s more of a curiosity. As in, “Hey, there’s a gray-haired old man out front, leaning on his walke   More
 
Wednesday, May 4, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Over And Out: No Babies


Bar Reviews
The Observatory, the Montavilla restaurant that has been overrun by neighborhood families, mildly geeky youth and urban-homesteader types since the day it opened, has undergone parthenogenesis. The   More
 
Wednesday, April 27, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Bare Bones Bar: Jukebox Gold


Bar Reviews
If the first thing you hear when entering a bar is “I swear the jukebox is free,” there are two possible scenarios: You’ve found a gold mine, or someone is already stupid drunk. And while the   More
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Bottles: Cooler Than You


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It’s a well-known fact Portlanders get downright teary eyed over a perfectly poured pint. I’d imagine most of those hop-heads would have the same reaction standing in the glow of Bottles’ (50   More
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Scoreboard Sports Bar: The Sporting Life


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When new owners remade Scoreboard Sports Bar (4822 SE Division St., 233-2971) a few years ago, they left a couple of relics from the past: a series of old-school NBA pennants so dated that the purple one says “New Orleans” over the Jazz logo and the Sonics   More
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Vie de Boheme Winery: We Raise Our Glass, You Bet Your Ass


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When Bacchus closes a brewpub, he opens a wine bar. In the sunken space that once housed Roots Organic Brewing, Vie de Boheme Winery (1530 SE 7th Ave., 360-1233, viedebohemepdx.com) continues serving   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 AARON MESH

The Lovecraft: Every Day Is Like Sunday


Bar Reviews
“I’ll buy a free drink for anyone who sings an Erasure song!” yells the bartender, her face hidden behind dry ice and a series of red and green laser lights straight out of a televised Muse Christmas special. Welcome to Sunday-night karaoke at The Lovecraft (421 SE Grand Ave.   More
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

The Guild Public House: Pub Financing


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Having failed spectacularly as a publicly financed City Council candidate in 2010, Jesse Cornett has turned to a second affiliation as a publican—like Bud Clark, if Bud Clark never won anything.    More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 AARON MESH

Drink And Think: Coalition Brewing


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Doesn’t it seem like all the new bars in Portland are fighting to out-boring each other? We’ve traded building elaborate booze cathedrals for yawn-inducing booze monasteries. Which is fine when    More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 CASEY JARMAN
 

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