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Nov 1, 2010 02:26 PM

21 Birthday Happy Hour w. Friends/ Dinner with parents

So unfortunately for me my 21st birthday falls on a monday. So because a lot of my friends, including me, work and go to school during the week I was thinking about doing a happy hour downtown Portland.

Any suggestions would be great. I am very open to trying new foods and figured a happy hour would also be a fun way to explore my new beverage options with my friends who have all turned 21 also.

Before happy hour with my friends I was thinking a semi-early dinner with my parents since they keep asking me where I want to go. The only thing is I don't know since I don't know too much about the restaurants downtown. Again, I am open to trying new things and price doesn't really matter much.

Any suggestions are appreciated, thanks!

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  1. Ah - to be 21... As an FYI to someone new at this stuff, happy hours are usually early in the night (around 4-6) as a way to get people in the door after work, etc. In your case, you'll probably need to do dinner with the 'rents first, then do the drinks with friends after (probably missing HH, but that shouldn't really matter.)

    A couple ideas if you're set on staying downtown would be Departure if the weather is decent, Nel Centro, or Clyde Common if everyone's feeling adventurous. If you can venture out towards the Pearl or further NW, you might want to check out BlueHour, 23Hoyt, or teardrop lounge for some interesting cocktails...

    529 NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR 97210

    Clyde Common
    , Portland, OR 97201

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

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    1. re: Kazy Ctn

      Actually, there are lots of late night happy hours in this town, some start at 9pm, some at 11pm, and they usually run until closing.

      Some places offer two HH's one early, one late.

      True, there are way more early HH's than late ones around town, but they are out there...the service industry crowd keeps 'em hoppin'!

    2. Late night Happy Hours (usually 9pm or later until closing) worth checking out:

      Clyde Common
      Driftwood Room
      the Jake's (Grill and Famous Crawfish)

      Good site for this:

      What are you looking for as far as dinner with parents? Expensive and splurgy? Just nicer? Any particular kind of food?

      Clyde Common
      ten-01 (is the Pearl too far out of downtown??
      )Davis Street (is Old Town too far?)
      Gilt Club (ditto)
      Murata (is sushi/Japanese an option??)

      Less expensive:

      Carafe (French bistro)
      Karam (Lebanese, not fancy but very good)

      Clyde Common
      1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

      1. Happy Birthday Meghan!

        Check out the websites and menus for these 4 for Happy Hour and/or dinner. They're all open on Mondays (at least their websites say so). I listed the hours they do happy hour food/drink specials.
        Clyde Common (New American--HH 3-6pm)
        Nel Centro (Italian--HH 4-6pm)
        Urban Farmer (New American--HH 3-6pm)
        Andina (upscale Peruvian--HH 4-6pm)

        And these 2 for just Happy Hour:
        Saucebox (HH 4:30-6:30pm)
        Vault Martini (HH 4-7pm)

        I'm not sure if this aligns with your expectation for "downtown," but Andina and Vault are north of Burnside in the Pearl District. The rest are south of Burnside, and Nel Centro is furthest south (near PSU).

        Andina Restaurant
        1314 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

        214 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

        Clyde Common
        , Portland, OR 97201

        Urban Farmer
        525 SW Morrison St., Portland, OR 97204

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