Quick and Dirty in PDX-Night 4: The Gang's All Here.
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January 9th, 2009 – by: Reephboy
Six of us crammed into a tiny DaeWoo, somehow. Mandy took us to lunch. We met up with Lisa. Let's have a round of mimosas! Why not? It's Jullian's birthday and it's not like we have much planned for the day, really, just an all night pub crawl that will require as much of our energy and liver function as possible to get us through without early exits. No probs. Mimosas for all! Screw it, let's have another round.
Our bellies were filled, and Mandy was off to a job interview, so we caught a ride with Lisa to 23rd Avenue. Sarah was our guide. She'd grown up in Portland so we could only assume that she'd know what we could do to kill time around town until that evening.
Of course we stopped along the way. Had to check the flavors at some brewery that looked warm. No pictures. Sorry, forgot. No luck with the scratch-off lottery ticket either. So it goes.
Well, we found a bus stop to catch a ride the other side of the river and find our meeting place.
Bus dropped us off right in front of the joint we were looking for: Doug Fir. Nice looking place with a kind of log cabin feel to it. I mean really, it was built like a log cabin, yet it was fairly swankish.
Headed to the next place, can't remember the name of it.
Walked down the street then to The Slammer. Little bitty place. Buncha locals sittin' around mumbling. We doubled the number of patrons just our group walking in. Barely had any room for us. PBRs all around and break out the adult-themed Jenga. Cmon! I pulled one log out before I even knew the rules. Said I had to "grind a stranger". Bartender was cute, so I asked her. Liquid courage never hurts. The Slammer still had their christmas lights hanging all over. Made for cool ambiance, ya know? We took over the jukebox in every dive we dove.
Next place? The Green Dragon. We'd been wanting to stop this one since we'd seen it the night before when we were bowling across the street at Grand Central. What we'd seen was this old greenhouse looking zinc-made building with "Green Dragon" painted on the side. Well, I guess that place is only open in the warmer months. Had another warehouse looking building behind it. Piled all of us inside, and dang if the place wasn't BIG inside! Plenty of room for our type. Hell of a menu, too. I'll have a Belgian style. You know me. I like good flavor and with a little punch to it.
Last stop of the night was Roadside Attraction. This place was nice. They had a fire in a 50 gallon drum on the patio out front. Folks standing around warming and shootin' it. Now that's my kind of place. Inside featured several rooms and some rad decor. And what could be better than free pool and a free jukebox? I guess only free beer, but not much! Dang, they had some super duper tasty nachos, too.
We ended up back at the Bratwurst with far too many people to be dancing in a second floor apartment at 4 in the morning, but what the hell. Mandy had already broken into the 5 layer dip I'd picked up at Trader Joes.
That was a good night. Portland was a fun town. All we wanted to do was get together and tell stories and bad jokes. That's what we did, and we liked it.
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