This season, a brand-new bar has materialized alongside the established music venue for a true multisensory evening out. Recently released into the wild on July 10 of this year, Bar Bar's grand opening springboards an outdoor-patio concert series, smoking and non-smoking patios, and a creative cocktail menu. A succinct lineup will be available, with more options added with each massing moonset. Hang a fang on a 3/8 lb. classic burger ($5.50, $6 with cheese) before cooling off with a refreshing cocktail at the new space fashioned by renowned Portland entrepreneurs Alicia J. Rose, Jim Brunberg, Peter Bro (Aalto Lounge, Broder Cafe, Savoy Bistro), Tali Ovadia (The Whole Bowl), and Kevin Cradock.
A mid-size, comfortable and reverent music and event venue. The hardwood floors, chandeliers and spacious elegance evoke the lobby of a Western hotel, reborn as a music hall and art nouveau lounge. The atmosphere is part club-house, part secret society. Karaoke, comedy and dancing round out the schedule.
Judd Rench's Bula Kava House transports diners to the calming South Pacific with a menu of exotic kava and Hawaiian cuisine. Kava, an ancient beverage originating from Oceania, is concocted by mixing water with a ground root similar to the black-pepper plant and straining out the liquid, producing calming effects on the imbiber. Slurp down a lulling libation such as the powerful Hawaiian Isa, which emanates a mild gingery flavor ($4), or the Melo Melo from Vanuatu, a sweet serum so relaxing it could get a grizzly bear to hibernate in a crowded hotel lobby ($3.50). Pair a stress-subduer with a Hawaiian nosh such as the Pele sandwich with pan roasted turkey, Tillamook cheddar, and avocado surfing atop a ciabatta bun ($7). Or, sample the Chocolate Haupia pie, which couples sacchariferous dark chocolate and coconut custard with a nutty, macadamia-shortbread crust ($5).
Dante's Caffe Italiano offers the very best in live entertainment, including burlesque, Cabaret, and rock music. The facility provides everything that performers need to come in, set up and perform. Their stage is beautifully adorned with red velvet curtains and professional sound and mixing equipment is provided. Monitors, microphones, lighting and all other behind-the-scenes equipment are provided so that entertainers can set up quickly. A comfortable Green Room is provided for performers that includes a dressing room, lounge area, private bath with shower and a washer and dryer. Merchandise such as tee-shirts, caps and stuffed animals are sold on the website and inside the theater. Dante’s is open daily from 11am to 2:30pm and located at 350 West Burnside Street in Portland, Oregon. Visit the website to learn more or call 503-345-7892 to book your group.
The Crystal Ballroom & Lola's Room is one of the hippest and most energetic music venues in all of Portland. Established by the McMenamin brothers as a humble pub in 1974, news of the wholesome cuisine and quenching beers of theirs spread like wildfire. Nowadays, the McMinamin’s scope of activities has spread to include brewing beers, vinting wine, and opening hotels venues like the Crystal Ballroom. Even today, the food at the Crystal Ballroom and & Lola’s Room is often the go-to conversation topics of visitors weeks later. Their secret? Using produce farmed sustainably from their own farms, assembled by their own master chefs, and served in their fine dining establishments. When you control literally every facet of your product from start to finish, it’s no wonder that it turns out as good as Lola’s Room’s.
Do things a little different at The Foggy Notion. Drink some beers. Listen to some music. Play some pinball. Wait, was that skeeball? It is all acceptable and encouraged at the Foggy Notion. The North Portland lounge is a little ‘off the beaten path,’ but sometimes getting lost is a good thing. They have food at The Foggy Notion and a jukebox--that is, if there isn’t a band playing. The people there are nice, so you’ll be amongst good company. Might as well find a seat and get comfortable. Attention, tattoo fans: if it’s a Tuesday and you're inked up, they’ll even give you a free drink. The Foggy Notion is that place you don’t remember, but you never forget.