Bar Review: Hamlet

Bar Reviews
PORK SWORD: Bars are, in some ways, defined by what the staff is doing while the patrons drink. Are they chitchatting, mixologizing, tot-tatering or tossing shakers behind their backs to entertain coe   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Bar Review: The World Famous Cannabis Cafe

Bar Reviews
DOWN AT THE NEW AMSTERDAM: My parents are nice Midwestern people. They like station wagons, syndicated episodes of Monk, and breakfast at the type of diners you’ll find within a stone’s throw of t   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 PETE COTTELL

Bar Review: The Peddler and Pen

Bar Reviews
ALEXANDER POPE HOUSE: Some would question the wisdom of theming a bar after people ruined by drink. In a quaint side-street house in Nob Hill, new bar The Peddler and Pen (2327 NW   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bar Review: Lightning Will

Bar Reviews
IF THE BLITZ DON’T KILL YOU: The name of Lightning Will (305 NW 21st Ave., 327-8203, is the most layered joke in Portland bars. In a location once home to the 21st Avenue outpost    More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bar Review: Splash Bar & Brewing

Bar Reviews
DOLLAR BEERS: Once, seven strangers were picked to live in a house in Portland to find out what happened when people stopped being nice and started being real. Mostly, they hung out at Splash Bar, whe   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Bit House Saloon, Reviewed

Bar Reviews
PONY PARTY: On opening night at the Bit House Saloon (727 SE Grand Ave., 729-9929), the liquor shelves fell. Thousands of dollars of rare Japanese whiskey—bottles that bar manager Jesse Card worked    More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bar Review: Loyal Legion

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BACK IN BLUE: Kurt Huffman’s 99-Oregon-tap beer hall had quite an opening week. Loyal Legion (705 SE 6th Ave, 235-8272, had a line down the block when it first cracked the doors    More
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Bar Review: Altabira

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THE WINDOW SHUTS: The inner eastside sure is fancy these days. No longer do visitors want to stay in a humble Red Lion (actual marketing slogan: “Affordable Hotels”) and drink at a faux-upscale ba   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Culmination: Bar Review

Bar Reviews
LAGERED BREWERY: The story of Culmination Brewing (2117 NE Oregon St., 353-6368, reads more like slow accumulation than capstone. When the taphouse opened three months ago, the   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Shift Drinks: Bar Review

Quittin' time.

Bar Reviews
The West End’s Shift Drinks (1200 SW Morrison St., 922-3933, is a dog whistle, named after the free booze that service staffers get after they punch out. Because, yes, Portland c   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 MATTHEW KORFHAGE


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