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Bar Review: River Pig Saloon

River Berkshire Pig


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If Restoration Hardware opened a Western-themed bar, it would look a lot like River Pig Saloon (529 NW 13th Ave., 971-266-8897, riverpigsaloon.com). Billed in its press materials as a gritty throwba   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Abbey Bar: The Belgian Resistance


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Northwest 21st Avenue can be a bizarre place after dark, populated by slumming Pearlies, roving packs descended from the near-West Hills and the withering down-and-outers peeking in and out of J   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Elements PDX: Cloud-Chasing


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Maybe you’ve been curious about those things people are sucking on around town. They look like a cross between a lightsaber and a dentist’s drill and emit thick clouds of watery mist that smel   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Piglet: Little Piggy Went to Pub


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Over the speakers, the newly uncoupled Chris Martin sings a song about how we never change. But inside Piglet (17730 Pilkington Road, Lake Oswego, 635-7427, pineshedribs.com), everything is quite    More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Spin Laundry Lounge: Quick Slosh


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Most proper college towns have at least one musty, old basement dive that swapped its pool tables for a handful of rickety Maytags that “fell off the back of a truck.” Portland deserves someth   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Double Barrel: Barreling Forward


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If it’s on the wall at Double Barrel (2002 SE Division St., 234-1420), it’s either a gun or something it shot. The walls pack more heat than a Texas wedding party. Even the clocks and mirrors    More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bitter End Pub: New Kicks


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The original Bitter End Pub (1981 W Burnside St., 432-8236, bitterendpdx.com) was more a bitter beginning. It was a dim, dirty, piss-and-vinegar-fry dive that germinated a drunken army of Portland   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pepe Le Moko: Home Of The $16 Midshelf Gin and Tonic


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For a bar that barely announces its presence—just a plain storefront, the name in cursive on the window—Pepe Le Moko (407 SW 10th Ave., 546-8537, pepelemokopdx.com) arrives with a near-cacophono   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Luchador: Breaking Kayfabe


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There’s an obvious metaphor that applies to Trebol’s rebranding as Luchador (4835 N Albina Ave., 517-9347, luchadorpdx.com). Here, an unspectacular Mexican restaurant dons a mask and transforms    More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Soma Kombucha Speakeasy: Basement Booch


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Certain things about Soma Kombucha Speakeasy (7319 N John Ave., facebook.com/somapdx) are very much like a speakeasy. Starting with the fact that it’s hidden under an insurance office and you ga   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 LYLA ROWEN
 

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