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Portland Nightlife

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250 N.W. 13th Avenue
Portland , Oregon
Tel: 503 226 3394

Bluehour isn't exactly the sort of spot you'd expect to find in Portland. The minimalist high-ceiling room is punctuated by massive floral arrangements; sparkling mirrors and high windows create a glittery effect; and a bar lined with shiny liquor bottles is set up along one wall, complete with white leather chairs and ottomans for prime see-and-be-seen lounging. This is Portland at its most trendy, and it attracts a fashionable young crowd who come to drink and socialize, as well as older couples looking for a New York–style night out. The food here is excellent—heirloom tomato and goat cheese salad, seared salmon in a red wine glaze, berry panna cotta—but the real draw is the bar, which starts hopping after work and continues late into the night.

Open Mondays through Fridays 11:30 am to midnight, Saturdays 5 pm to 1 am, and Sundays 10 am to 9 pm.

Bridgeport Brewing Company
1313 N.W. Marshall Street
Portland , Oregon
Tel: 503 241 3612

Portland is well-known for its obsession with microbrews, and there's no better place to try them than right at the source. Bridgeport Brewery is among the best of the local options, with a pub, bar, and full restaurant all housed within the cavernous building where the beer is brewed. With exposed brick and beams, this trendy Pearl District space caters to a variety of needs. A café counter at the entrance serves up lattes and baked goods in the morning, the ground-floor pub is suited to groups and families, and the main dining room serves ambitious pub fare, such as house-smoked wild salmon melt and shepherd's pie with stout-braised lamb. But the inviting mezzanine bar, with its high ceilings and spirited crowds, is the most atmospheric place to sample some of the award-winning brews (the India Pale Ale is an excellent choice). It's a popular spot for the clean-cut young techie guys who work in the nearby lofts and converted warehouses.

Open Mondays through Thursdays 7 am to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays 7 am to 1 am, and Sundays 7 am to 10 pm.

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Doug Fir Bar and Lounge
830 E. Burnside Street
Portland , Oregon
Tel: 503 231 9663

With bands almost every night of the week and a state-of-the-art sound system, this is one of the city's premier live music venues. Get here early to mingle with local indie music fans and enjoy a drink in the ground-floor bar, a sort of urban lodge with retro accents (gold beaded curtains dangling from raw timbers). On a warm summer evening, the casual outdoor terrace is packed. The vast, spare basement lounge was decorated by the same cosmopolitan lumberjack. But once you're down there, it's all about the music, which has included shows from hometown heroes like the Decemberists and Spoon. Doors generally open at 8 pm and the music starts at 9, but it's wise to get tickets in advance (order through Tickets West, Although the Doug Fir also has a restaurant, you're better off dining elsewhere. Plan ahead and book a room at the affiliated Jupiter Hotel—at the end of the night, you can tumble straight into bed.

Open daily 7 am to 2:30 am.

Lucky Labrador Brew Pub
915 S.E. Hawthorne
Portland , Oregon
Tel: 503 236 3555

Many die-hard local beer aficionados consider Lucky Lab to be the quintessential Portland pub. The microbrewery is housed in a cavernous old warehouse with exposed wooden rafters and a bar that extends almost the entire length of one wall. Sparsely decorated with paintings of the eponymous canines, this extremely casual pub serves up excellent pints and straightforward sandwiches to a loyal crowd. Beer lovers will want to sample a cask-conditioned ale (a process that results in reduced carbonation and increased flavor) or a beer from the nitro tap (which produces finer carbonation than carbon dioxide for a smoother taste). In good weather, locals kick back on the covered outdoor patio. Dogs, of course, are very welcome.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11 am to midnight, Sundays noon to 10 pm.

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Mint and 820
816 N. Russell Street
Portland , Oregon
Tel: 503 284 5518

In an industrial-chic space—exposed brick, high ceilings, a long, curving bar with towers of sugar-rimmed martini glasses—convivial groups of friends settle in at happy hour to sip pioneering mixologist Lucy Brennan's daring concoctions. Depending on the season, the cocktails might include anything from beets to cilantro to avocados. Some work better than others: The IVO, the house variation on a lemon drop, is made with vanilla vodka, which some might find a bit overpowering. But the Ad Lib, vodka with cilantro and lemon-lime, is unusual and refreshing. The Bella, with blackberry puree, vodka, and lemon-lime, is one of the most popular choices. You can order a full meal or simply graze on upscale bar snacks such as Vietnamese spring rolls, but the real point here is the fun cocktail list and the spirited ambience of the nightly happy hours.

Open Mondays and Tuesdays 4 to 11 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays 4 pm to midnight, and Fridays and Saturdays 4 pm to 1 am.

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Noble Rot
2724 S.E. Ankeny Street
Portland , Oregon
Tel: 503 233 1999

It may not look like much from the outside—a narrow red space simply decorated with rows of wine bottles—but therein lies its charm. Arguably Portland's most popular wine bar, Noble Rot exemplifies what this city does so well: It's quirky and unpretentious. But the wine here reflects a serious understanding of grapes, and the chef means business. (When Thomas Keller comes to town, he stops in here.) Dishes feature intensely flavored nibbles designed for grazing, as well as substantial dishes like pasta with hearty beef ragù. Many dishes feature produce grown upstairs in a rooftop garden, which guests can tour throughout the week. There is a broad selection of local wines and international labels, and extremely reasonable deals on tasting flights. Try to get a seat in one of the booths, or perch at the bar in the front room.—Updated by Colleen Clark

Open Mondays through Saturdays 5 pm to midnight.

Produce Row
204 S.E. Oak Street
Portland , Oregon
Tel: 503 232 8355

Part Parisian club, part New York speakeasy, this bar and café is a cozy warren of subway tiles and carved mahogany, copper taps and worn farm tables. Sundays bring bespectacled rock nerds and hip hop hipsters tearing up backyard dance parties or checking out local musical acts; most other nights, the vibe is decidedly low-key (think cozy tête-à-têtes in the softly lit banquettes). There's a solid menu of booze-friendly foods (free-range chicken fingers or cheddar and chèvre mac 'n' cheese, anyone?) as well as specialty beer-and-whiskey pairings. The vibe is always friendly, whether it's a rowdy weekend party or a chill weeknight with friends, and it's a great window into the city's laid-back drinking culture.—Colleen Clark

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