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The High Water Mark: Critical Pass


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There’s a definitive moment in Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas when Hunter S. Thompson sums up the end of the ’60s era profoundly, making note of a “high-water mark” that can be seen from   More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Yard House: First and 130


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Even in beer-buzzed Portland, a new bar with 130 taps gets attention. A big selection of suds isn’t necessarily enough to ensure prosperity for a chain—witness the quick crash of the success   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

The Royale: Brunch and Burlesque


Bar Reviews
The closure of Hamburger Mary’s last year left a hole in Portland’s gay nightlife. The Royale (317 NW Broadway, 432-8944), a new bar in the former Tiger Bar spot on Northwest Broadway, aims to   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON SPENCER

World Cup Beer Garden: Popping For The Cup


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All of Portland loves a pop-up, even when it’s not really a pop-up—see Vitaly Paley’s and Aviary’s recent “pop-ups” in their own restaurants, which we’d just call dinners. But the Wo   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hollywood’s Hot Rod Bar and Grill: Infield Party


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Proud NASCAR bar Hollywood’s Hot Rod Bar and Grill (10810 NE Sandy Blvd., 946-8242, hollywoods-hotrodbarandgrill.com) belongs right where it is, on a strip of Sandy Boulevard that is essentially   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Jackknife: Reverse Tourist Bar


Bar Reviews
“This isn’t L.A.” declaims a svelte, moneyed silver fox at the bar. “Nobody’s gonna give you Portland in L.A.” His date, who is of surgically indeterminate age and culturally indeter   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Coopers Hall: One Big Barrel


Bar Reviews
The first thing you notice about Coopers Hall (404 SE 6th Ave., 719-7000, facebook.com/pages/Coopers-Hall) is its mammoth size. The new winepub in the industrial inner east side could double as a    More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Stammtisch: Hier Sitzen Die


Bar Reviews
There’s a lot of glass at Stammtisch (401 NE 28th Ave., 206-7983, stammtischpdx.com), the new German pub from the owners of Prost. Before you see the small wooden sign advertising this above-gro   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Carmella’s: Mellow Mella


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Despite its generic brick, hardwood and neutral-green décor, Carmella’s (1320 SE Water Ave., 232-1633, carmellaswines.com) reveals unexpected comforts. And unexpected strangeness. Bedford will    More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Easy Company: Three’s a Crowd


Bar Reviews
“Are you guys with Nike?” Nope. “Oh, OK, because there’s a group of like 40 Nike people coming in soon.” It’s 8:30 on a Wednesday night, and when the corporate retreat arrives, there   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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