bars in Portland
im coming up very soon from LA...
got all my food choices down, but i forgot one important thing......nightlife!
any rec's for cool/fun bars, lounges in the downtown vicinity? ideally great drinks, good atmosphere and a mixed fun crowd.
i have no biases...irish bar, pubs, ultra chic lounges...whatever works!
I vote for Clyde Common, put yourself in the good hands of Jeffrey. I also like the bar food and vibe of Carlyle. Blue Hour is interesting. Be sure and do some tasting at local micro distilleries.
Clyde Common, Teardrop Lounge, Ten01 are probably the 3 requisite places. Departure is definately chic and modern and the IT place it seems right now. I just stopped in last night, and while I cant recommend the cocktails, I can say the food is good-great.
for sports bars, I would go to Life of Riley, The Agency, and OnDeck.
other cool spots that shouldnt be missed, in no particular order: Victory, Bar Avignon, Zilla(if you like sake), RonToms for the patio, the bar at The Ringside for that old school, rat pack vibe.
Portland is a great booze town, enjoy!
I wouldn't really put Clyde Common or ten-01 into a nightlife category as they are in restaurant bars. Both great, but I don't think you'll be hanging out there until 1am or anything.
I'd consider Horse Brass as well, assuming you're willing to head east of the river. Victory is good, as is Bar Avignon. The thing about Portland is that it's not a really late late-night town. Bars serve until about 2am but unless it's a weekend you probably won't find hoards of other bar patrons.
The Driftwood, Teardrop, ten-01, Clyde Common are all delicious and somewhat "ultra chic" for Portland. There are a million and one great pubs and wine bars too-- check out barflymag.com for short reviews and helpful info like happy hours. There are some knock-out happy hours in Portland.