Grand Central Bowling Lounge's 12 lanes provide bowlers with all the entertainment they could ask for, but the bowling alley doesn't stop there. Grand Central is also outfitted with couches, HD projection screens, and computerized systems that keep track of scores so players don't have to. After a hard-fought game, take a breather at the bar and restaurant, where you can order up a burger and cocktail while catching the day's joust on TV. And don't forget to head upstairs before leaving; the second floor is stocked with classic arcade games, including pinball machines; Fruit Ninja; Batman driving games; four-way Pac-man; beer pong; Big Buck Hunter; Guitar Hero; ESPN Snowmobiling Multicade Classic Games; Dirty Drivin'; Skeeball; Pop-a-shot; air hockey; billiards; shuffleboard; and Operation Ghost.
This bar is so homey, it has a fireplace in one corner and it’s open mornings, serving omelets and chicken-fried steak. The house drag show even has a wholesome vibe. Put on by the Stark Raving Queens on the last Sunday of every month, it starts at 6:45 p.m.
Seasonal Fine Dining | Award-Winning Wine List | Acclaimed Garden Patio | Late-Night Bar Menu
Where to Sit: Hailed as "the prettiest garden patio in downtown Portland" by Frommer's, Veritable Quandary's flower-lined patio is an idyllic space for summertime feasts. If you wind up inside, try nabbing a seat near one of the dining-room windows, which overlook Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
While You're Waiting: Start mulling over the award-winning wine list. The restaurant stocks more than 200 bottles—plus 35 wines by the glass. This collection tends to highlight global varietals and wines from the Northwest.
When to Go: In addition to changing her menu daily, Chef Annie Cuggino crafts her local ingredients into an eight-course tasting dinner every Saturday at 7 p.m. (reservations required). Each course can also be paired with a glass of wine.
Inside Tip: Attention night owls: Veritable Quandary's culinary team cooks upscale bar bites from a late-night menu until midnight, and the bar itself stays open until the wee hours of 2:30 a.m.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Expand your collection of vinyl LPs, 45s, and 78s with a trip to 2nd Avenue Records (400 SW 2nd Avenue).
After: Rock out to live music—or show off your singing chops during weekly live band karaoke—at Dante's (350 W. Burnside Street).
With coloring books, board games by the dozen, and a ping-pong table, you’d think the food at Hobnob would be an afterthought. But amidst the games are some choice eats. Kids will like the popular mac and cheese, while parents will dig fresh-ground steak burgers with curveball toppings like peanut butter and pepper bacon.
Start with the beach, then add a disco ball, some tropical drinks, and Hawaiian-style barbecue. What you're left with is Splash Bar Hawaiian Grill, an island-themed restaurant that strives to create a spring-break vibe year-round. They complement this party atmosphere with DJs, flashing lights, and a tropical menu that stars kalua pork and coconut shrimp. The festivities get started after 10 p.m., but before that, guests of all ages are welcome to luau, play free games, and hunt for cursed tiki idols.