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Barwares: Ware It Well


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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


Bar Reviews
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


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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

Bin 21: Tipple the Iceberg


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If the first round of Alberta Street gentrification brought families with biodynamic veggie patches and a penchant for naked fire-twirling, the second will bring whoever is intended to live inside   More
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 RUTH BROWN

The Pitiful Princess Gentlemen’s Club: Stripperella


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The Pitiful Princess Gentlemen’s Club (12646 SE Division St., 954-1019) draws rancor, mostly because of its name. Some find it offensive because little girls are obsessed with pink and princesse   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 JOHN LOCANTHI

Mellow Mushroom: In a Mellow Mood


Bar Reviews
Mellow Mushroom (1411 NW Flanders St., 224-9019, mellowmushroom.com) does not make good pizza. This is no great revelation. More surprising is that the Pearl District outlet of this Georgia-based    More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Helvetia Tavern: Hell of a Time


Bar Reviews
You’ll drive down a long farm road and under a wooden train trellis before arriving at the doors of Helvetia Tavern (10275 NW Helvetia Road, Hillsboro, 647-5286, helvetiatavern.com). Since it firs   More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH

Jones: Younger Us


Bar Reviews
They don’t make Zima anymore. I know this because I tried to order the original alcopop at Jones (107 NW Couch St., 971-271-7178, jonesbarportland.com), the new ’80s- and ’90s-themed dance clu   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 MARTIN CIZMAR
 

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