Lake Theater & Cafe: O, Really


Bar Reviews
Until recently, it was impossible to get a beer with your movie in Lake Oswego if you weren’t popping a bottle in your Titanic-themed man cave. Thank God, you can now show off your expensive taste   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 PARKER HALL

The Liquor Store: House of Blue


Bar Reviews
There’s something bittersweet about a shiny new bar naming a drink after the previous occupant. In the case of the Blue Monk, doubly so. Formerly a jazz club, it ran into problems after hostin   More
 
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Big Trouble: Little Chinatown


Bar Reviews
Why give Old Town caviar when spicy chicken fingers will do? Easy Company, the space’s former ChefStable bar, had heady ambitions for the old Ping restaurant space, slinging fancy cocktails, c   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Pips & Bounce: Bar Review

Bounce to This


Bar Reviews
Kickstarter users have backed some weird things. Though it’s several steps closer to normal than, say, a $50,000 potato salad or a Zach Braff movie, Pips & Bounce (833 SE Belmont St., 928-   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Ranger Station: Park Life


Bar Reviews
If you somehow woke up inside The Ranger Station (4260 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 894-8455, rangerstationpdx.com), it would be easy to believe you were actually inside a ranger station. The tiny and ru   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

There Be Monsters: Barrrrrrr


Bar Reviews
Near where ocean waters cascaded off the earth’s edge, old maps had a warning: “Here be dragons.” At Portland’s old-time Hal’s Tavern, you might have needed the same heads-up; the bar    More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Lucky Horseshoe Lounge: Home on the Range


Bar Reviews
As the Portland Tribune’s longtime food critic, Anne Marie DiStefano spent her fair share of time in bars, compiling a long list of peeves. In the negative space around entries like weird hours,   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Big Legrowlski: Just like, uh, my opinion, man.


Bar Reviews
Way out in the Pearl there was this minimalist 15-tap bar…bar I wanna tell ya about, bar by the name of The Big Legrowlski (812 NW Couch St., 206-6481, biglegrowlski.com). That’s the thematic    More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

First National Taphouse: Bar Review

Second Oregon


Bar Reviews
In theory, at least, the area surrounding Portland State University needs more bars. The school has 30,000 students, making it our state’s largest such institution, and yet the bar scene aroun   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Iconic Lounge: Bar Review

Hollywood Babylon


Bar Reviews
When one thinks of classic Hollywood, certain images immediately leap to mind. A brooding Marlon Brando in a tight T-shirt, cigarette perched between his fingers. Dustin Hoffman being seduced by   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

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