Sitting on the Columbia riverbank, Salty's on the Columbia definitely is not a fish out of water. The superb service and seafood equal the enchanting dining experience on the river. Besides their superb seasonal seafood fare, they are also known for their steaks and happy hours. Savor their sublime dishes in the romantic interiors or in their lovely deck. Live jazz music adds to the ambiance on weekend nights.
Dubbed as one of "The Best Clubs in America" in 2013 by Rolling Stone magazine, Doug Fir Lounge is the go to place for music lovers. Located within the Jupiter Hotel, the lounge showcases the talents of up and coming artists. A first class sound system boosts the performance energy, keeping the guests asking for more. Even on nights without concerts you can still sip on some classic drinks, relax in the comfortable surroundings and dine on delicious American dishes.
Set in a contemporary industrial decor complete with leather-black paint, low lights and comfy booths, the White Owl Social Club is the Mecca for rock music. While the bar offers specialty cocktails, wine and craft beer from local breweries and wineries, the kitchen serves delish vegan, vegetarian and non-vegetarian fares. If you are a die-hard rock music enthusiast, you will definitely enjoy the music being played here. It's open till wee hours of the morning making it a great spot to stay put with friends on a weekend until you have had your fair share of music, food and potent drinks.
In an era when out-of-town coffee giants are making it difficult to raise a cup of java without seeing a corporate logo, this down-to-earth place is a welcome relief. Using one of the original names for Portland, stretching back to when the city had more stumps than people, the small cafe prides itself on its distinctively local feel. Built around a working coffee roaster, Stumptown Coffee Roasters is a casual spot. From in-house roasted beans, to fresh bagels and pastries from local bakeries, the cafe is a Portland original.
As Irish as its namesake, this cheery downtown establishment is warm, welcoming and close to the city's heartbeat. The wood and brass tones exude an authentic yet casual tone. Kells Irish Restaurant and Pub's full bar is accommodating, boasting one of the largest selections of malt scotches in the Northwest. Varied menu offerings include traditional Irish cuisine as well as salads, sandwiches and more. Catch your favorite football team, Gaelic games or rugby on their television screens or tap your feet to the nightly live music.
Splash Bar is a lively bar and restaurant which emulates a beach theme. The place has a vibrant decor with neon lights and a dramatic interior that is enough to grab your attention. Enjoy frothy, tank-to-tap beer at great prices during their happy hours or sip on some zippy cocktails. A menu with delectable Hawaiian dishes is available in keeping with the beach theme. Known for its crazy parties, Splash Bar is also host to a number of DJ nights and live music performances.
The corner location of this place is good for the morning line. Try going early to beat the rush or the sleep-in crowd that approaches at noon or later. Once you finally get your food, you will know why Bijou Cafe is packed. The muffins are good with coffee for breakfast while the salads are a solid choice for lunch. Delighting diners since 1978, the food is affordable and is fresh. The ingredients used are procured from local farmers. The atmosphere is bright with large windows that open up the place. Fridays are the time for some live jazz music. Don't miss the spot when in town.
With the aim of addressing the stark absence of quality restaurants offering home-style food in the area, chef and owner Lisa Schroeder has taken the experience gained at the likes of Le Cirque to create wonderfully fresh, bistro-style cuisine in the light and airy ambiance of this old Irish bank building. Breakfast and lunch menus at Mother's Bistro & Bar offer an excellent array of Northwestern specialties prepared to the highest standards. There is more variation in the dinner menu, with everything from salads to pot roast and vegetable couscous. The excellent wine list offers choices by the bottle or glass. The restaurant interiors sport an excellent play of natural light with huge windows and soft white curtains creating an airy and cozy atmosphere. Ornate chandeliers add to the charm. The bar has a refined atmosphere with exposed-brick walls and vivid decor creating an elegant vibe. With the food consistently garnering critical acclaim, it's no wonder that Mother's has become one of the city's favorites.
For almost a century and a quarter this watering hole has been making every day "Turkey Day" in Downtown. Established in 1879, the bar is said to be Portland's oldest. The heavy, dark-wood tables are reminiscent of an Old World tavern. The menu has also expanded, but turkey is still the main attraction. Cooked up every way imaginable, Thanksgiving dinner is never out of season here. Full bar service is available. Do not forget to pick up a few interesting T-Shirts and memorabilia from the venue before leaving.
Relish American cuisine in an elegant setting at the The Original Dinerant. Conventional recipes are improvised upon by the chefs, to enable them to suit the modern palate. The Stuffed Pork Chop, Smoked BBQ Brisket, London Broil, Smoked Portabella and Buttermilk Fried Chicken are truly delightful. With friendly, attentive service and a warm ambiance, The Original Dinerant will satisfy your dining needs at any given time of the day.
This legendary Portland eatery is one of those rare establishments that just about screams authenticity despite a decor that would spell kitsch anywhere else. Neon road signs illuminate vintage motorcycles and an eclectic clientele gathered around the bar at Kelly's Olympian. Breakfast is served all day alongside simple and delicious bar food, while the drinks selection highlights an amazing variety of draft beers and cocktails. Live performances by local and touring bands are hosted alongside DJ nights at Kelly's Olympian, attracting a varied clientele despite the bar's obvious leaning towards all things associated with motorcycles bikers. Lively, cool and vibrant to the core, Kelly's Olympian remains a mainstay of the grittier side of Portland nightlife scene.