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Oct 19, 2010 03:10 PM

locations downtown for a no-host bar-ish gathering and a tasty dinner for a group?

Hey Portlandites! Portlanders? whatever.

I am very excited to be going to Portland next week for business purposes. This is a one nighter, mid-week sort of thing. If it were me, I'd spend all my time trying food carts [and checking out all the places in my Food Lover's Guide to Portland] but alas, the rest of the group wants to eat in a real sit-down restaurant. They also want to go some place for drinks--a no-host bar with tasty appetiser sort of thing.

So I am looking for ideas for both sorts of places. We will be located roughly SW 4th and SW Main. I think everyone is okay with walking---a number of people will be arriving by train.

Thank you!

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  1. I think it might be Portlandians.

    I am not sure what you mean by a no-host bar. Could you please explain?

    5 Replies
    1. re: Fydeaux

      How can anyone answer this without knowing how many people you are talking about? 5? 10? 35? Average per person dinner price you are looking for?

      Do you want to set up a dinner for the group or do you just want a place that can handle the size of your group and you'll order off the menu?

      And why wouldn't a regular bar or happy hour do?

      Seriously, jenn, not enough info to even suggest a bar...come on back and let us know...

      1. re: JillO

        wow! I've been on chowhound for YEARS [back in the dates before chow] and can't recall ever getting my head bitten off so thoroughly for asking a question...I thought portlanders were supposed to be friendly. .... were it not for petebuick, my enthusiasm for the trip would be waning.

        1. re: jenn

          I'm hoping JillO was just having an off moment. I was shocked by her response too, and want you to know that we Portlanders are generally lovely!

      2. re: Fydeaux

        A "no-host" bar means you pay for your own drinks.

        1. re: jenn

          Well, I'm still not sure what you mean, but no matter. Portland is a wonderful city and I hope you enjoy your visit.

      3. Sorry for the hassle your getting Jenn. Question seems perfectly clear to me. No host bar means a place where it's easy for people to just head up to the bar and buy themselves.

        Nel Centro is a nice option. For something a little more expensive, the Healthman fits the bill, and another place that would probably work well for you is Park Kitchen.

        When you're in the mood for the carts, head over to the 5th and Stark pod and try the Schnitzelwich.

        And again, apologies for your first responses...I think it might be Portlanders...

        Park Kitchen
        422 NW 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

        Nel Centro
        1408 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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        1. re: petebuick

          I didnt think I was being confrontational; I just dont know what was meant by a 'no-host bar'.

          1. re: Fydeaux

            I agree I was also a bit confused by the "no host bar" question. I would normally assume when someone is talking about a "no host bar", it is in reference to holding an event at a restaurant/bar or something of the sort.

            4th and Main is on the Max route, so you can basically hop on the Max and go most places. Along the Max line you've got tons of choices, like Davis Street Tavern and Ping are both good for drinks and appetizers in Old Town/Chinatown. Or Saucebox is along the way on Broadway. Or you can walk into the Pearl (from a Max stop) where you'll also have tons of choices like Ten01, Fenouil, among others. So, it really depends on what you're looking for. All of these are good for drinks as well as sit down dinners.

            900 NW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

            214 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

            Davis Street Tavern
            500 NW Davis Street, Portland, OR 97209

            1. re: midorimonsta

              I forgot about the Max. Yes - If you're up for a slight bit of adventure, hit the Green Line and get off at 6th and Davis and, yes, the Davis St. Tavern is a wonderful place for food and drinks. Also Ping, although space is limited at Ping.

              You are now totally armed with fabulous ideas!!!!

              1. re: petebuick

                thank you. why do you say that getting off at 6th and Davis would be an adventure?

                I think we have reservations for a small split off group for Ping.

                1. re: jenn

                  Veritable Quandry might work too. The bar space isn't big though - so you might want to check on capacity depending on group size. I think it will be closer to your location.


                  Sorry the initial responses weren't more hospitable - hope your trip is great.

                  1. re: MyNextMeal

                    VQ has a "private" room downstairs that seats around 10. Pazzo's also has a wine room (or at least used to -- it's been a few years!). Also, Typhoon at that Hotel Lucia has (or, again, had!) a separate room right by the dining area. All decent or good food that would suit a variety of tastes.

                  2. re: jenn

                    It's just a little sketchy in that neighborhood. Not dangerous, mind you, as I've never heard of any violent or personal crimes being committed. There are a lot of homeless, druggies, transients, etc. there, as this is the social services section of Portland. At 6th and Davis you'll see a whole lot of homeless folks converging around the Sisters of the Road Cafe. Again, not dangerous, but depending on who you are, it might make you feel a little uncomfortable.

                    Nevetheless, I do think Davis St. Tavern, at 5th and Davis, is absolutely perfect for what you're looking for.

                    Sisters of the Road Cafe
                    133 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209