For the chefs and mixologists at Pink Rose, inspiration is all around. Regional ingredients dominate the menu, which features Carlton Farms pork, Painted Hills beef, Draper Valley chicken, Tillamook cheddar, and Rogue Creamery blue and swiss cheeses alongside other local delicacies. These lend freshness and local character to comforting dishes such as buttermilk fried chicken served atop a malted waffle, mushrooms stuffed with manchego cheese and house-made beef chorizo, and the Rose Burger: a Painted Hills beef patty loaded with bacon, tobacco onions, and dijon aioli, sandwiched by a Fleur de Lis potato bun.
There's a loungey vibe in Pink Rose's dimly glowing, subterranean dining room. Dangling Edison bulbs act as guide stars in a wood- and mirror-clad space lined with banquets that invite long evenings?although the large street-level patio might have more pull when the weather's good. Bartenders spend their evenings pouring drafts of Oregon and Washington beers and mixing specialty cocktails. The occasional entertainment is as locally sourced as the food, including sets from popular DJs and dramatic readings of the area's municipal codes.
Duke's Country Bar & Grill brings the flavors of sizzling Southern and Southwestern cuisine up north, sating diners with juicy, marinated sirloin steaks, slow-cooked barbecue pulled pork, and hulking burgers topped with fried onion rings, pepper jack, and bacon. Sports fans can watch football and basketball on six 32-inch plasma TVs and two 50-inch screens, fueling their game day fervor with fried chicken tenders or nachos slathered in salsa and bacon black beans. Guests can also pair sizzling chicken enchiladas and saucy smoked pork ribs with frosty draft beers and potent specialty cocktails while enjoying the grill's regular schedule of entertainment, including monthly line dancing and twice-weekly karaoke. Additionally, in the bar's spacious music venue, throngs of concert-goers cheer as guitar-wielding troubadours take the stage in front of a wall-sized American flag and perform rousing anthems of country music and heartland rock.
Extending from a handsome red-brick wall, the hardwood bar of Harvey's Comedy Club shimmers under the glow of hanging lamps and backlit stained-glass windows. There, guests can grab a drink, then nestle into a nearby booth to dig into the tasty menu of pub grub, or head to the show-room floor to hear the antics of nationally touring standups. Guests can also visit the Hoyt Dining Room for a package including a meal, validated parking, and admission to a show.
When he's not whipping the youth soccer players of the Portland Timbers into shape, Waterfront Fitness's owner Jason Bell heads to the city’s riverside parks to shape up everyday citizens with rigorous athletic drills. He and his team of qualified instructors convene beneath Portland's sky during all but the coldest months, incinerating calories during one-hour boot camps held every morning and evening. These sessions include activities such as strength circuits, Interval training, games, and box fit, which features high-speed punching drills and cardiovascular throwdowns beneath the boughs of mighty park trees. The trainers also provide general and sport-specific personal training for exercisers in search of an intense, highly personalized regimen to build muscle or burn fat.
It's a timeless scene: a man in a suit masterfully navigates the ivory keys of a Mason & Hamlin grand piano on a small stage, its Plexiglas lid illuminating the hammers as they delicately pad along the strings. On stools gathered around the instrument, a couple dines on braised filet mignon, and a bit farther back in the softly lit, intimate venue, a waiter carries a tray of gourmet cocktails. Every night, Ivories Jazz Lounge & Restaurant sets the stage for world-class jazz players and the culinary stylings of chef and occasional ice sculptor Art Trafton. The menu is loaded with supper-club classics such as beef au poivre, mixed grille, and a diverse selection of pastas. The bar stirs up similarly comforting signature drinks, among them the alpine with peppermint schnapps, whipped cream, and hot cocoa. Around dusk, ensembles that often include founder and master pianist Jim Templeton take to the stage with a blend of improvisation and standards. Nightly events range from jazz collectives to blues players, and occasionally depart from the jazz-club template to feature standup, poetry, and workshops on topics ranging from music to jazz-style stage-diving etiquette.
Named for the famed German soprano, Lotte Lehmann Concert Hall pays homage to a wealth of musicians during its slate of concerts. Throughout the year, the USBC music venue welcomes gospel choirs and symphonies to its stage, as well as wind ensembles that double as the venue’s air conditioning system.