At each bowling center, balls hurtle down smooth, polished lanes as LCD screens keep track of scores and shimmering party lights illuminate the faces of determined bowlers. After lacing up some slide-enabling shoes and clearing the gutters of deciduous pins, bowlers set their sights on toppling 10-pin clusters. Carpets bedecked with psychedelic swirls lead to shelves stocked with neon-colored balls, which proffer their pin-busting talents to bowlers of various sizes. Fingers can warm up by mashing buttons in an arcade full of entrancing video games or bench-pressing french fries at the onsite grill and pub.
The Portland Chamber Music Festival, which has been broadcast on NPR and has received two Aaron Copland grants for American contemporary-music performance, is a community-based organization that brings nationally recognized, classical-chamber-music professionals to the Portland area. Part of the Summer Concert Series held in the air-conditioned confines of the Abromson Center, this August 13 concert will serenade eardrums with the rich stringscapes of Beethoven's Viola Quintet , the most memorable five-piece since the human senses formed a Grandfunk Railroad tribute band. Composer Lee Hyla, chair of music composition at Northwestern University, will introduce his Amnesia Redux for Piano Trio, and the sonic shindig concludes with a cochleae-rousing performance of Faure's Piano Quartet in C Minor.
In a mezzanine area flooded with natural light from arced windows, cardio machines stand alongside free weights and strength-training equipment, ready to help exercisers combat calories and stress levels. Instructors, meanwhile, inspire participants to reach their fitness goals during group fitness classes set to upbeat music, while instructors promote a stronger mind-body connection with styles ranging from Yoga, Booty Barre, and Pilates. For more in-depth work, guests can work with trainers certified by the likes of the National Strength and Conditioning Association?and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. The crew also includes registered nurse Maria Glad, whose 12-week and 12-month wellness programs complement the club's fitness activities.
Staffers at the organic, raw-food juice and smoothie bar stand by to whip up a healthy and satisfying snack after workouts, while vapor from the locker rooms? sauna and steam room loosens muscles.
Styxx is a relaxed restaurant with an elegant decor and classic American dishes. None of the fare at Styxx is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Find the perfect vintage to complement your meal — Styxx offers a fine selection of wines, beers, and beyond. The restaurant frequently features a DJ, so visitors can treat their ears to some of the best beats around town. Those who enjoy dancing can make their mark on the open floor. Between the music and the crowds, expect noise levels to reach upper limits at the restaurant.
Interested in eating out over the weekend? Keep in mind that the restaurant gets swamped on Fridays and Saturdays, and service may take longer than expected. No need to gussy up for a trip to Styxx, where patrons dress for comfort and fun. Throwing a big party? Count on Styxx to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Typical diners should plan to spend about $30 per person on Styxx's moderately priced fare.
Visit The Armory Lounge for some true American comfort food smack dab in the middle of Portland's Downtown. Low-fat foods are not on the menu at The Armory Lounge, though, so plan to indulge a bit. Toast your evening out at The Armory Lounge with a glass of beer or wine from their lengthy drink list. The Armory Lounge is great for big groups, and diners favor its private room for important events. Unwind on a budget, and enjoy happy hour's low-cost beers and simple eats.
The restaurant can fill to capacity on the weekends, so don't forget to call ahead to reserve your table. Call The Armory Lounge for catering if you have a big event coming up.
There's nearby street parking available as well as a valet service.
The menu at The Armory Lounge is reasonably priced, with most items costing less than $30. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at The Armory Lounge, so come by whenever it fits your schedule. No need to sweat your schedule — the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
Catering toward the non-conformist, Novare Res Bier Cafe serves coffee in Portland's Downtown district. Put the diet on pause when you visit Novare Res Bier Cafe — there are no low-fat menu items. Novare Res Bier Cafe also offers a full bar with a variety of beers, wine, and cocktails to complement your meal. Little ones are just as welcome as their parents at Novare Res Bier Cafe. Ideal for large groups, Novare Res Bier Cafe will make sure your party feels anything but cramped. For comfortable outdoor service, Novare Res Bier Cafe sets up a seasonal patio.
Weekend diners may find themselves waiting for a table, as Friday and Saturday nights tend to draw a crowd.
Guests take to street parking at Novare Res Bier Cafe's Canal Plaza spot.
Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark. The menu at Novare Res Bier Cafe includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner — stop by for your favorite meal.