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I love a good night out after work. Now that we don’t have kids at home, we can do it any night of the week! Yet I’m always scratching my head trying to decide where to go. Do you do that? So annoying to forget the name of that place you wanted to try…..
3356 SE Belmont St., 503-235-6041, aaltolounge.com. 5-7 pm daily.
Best deal: The $2 full-sized Belmont Jewel Cocktail—a mix of bourbon, lemon, pomegranate juice, and orange blossom water. It goes great with your $2 grilled cheese sandwich.
Ash Street Saloon
225 SW Ash St., 503-226-0430, ashstreetsaloon.com. 4-8 pm daily.
Best deal: Pabst is $1.25. Dare to get the burger for just $3 more.
2108 NW Glisan St., 503-224-7919, bartinipdx.com. 3:30-6:30 pm, 10 pm-close daily; all day Monday.
The Gorgonzola-brie fondue is the best, and it’s easily shareable. Skip the $6 cheeseburger, but definitely get the $3 mashed potatoes in a martini glass, served with a wedge of brie. Drinks are half-price during happy hour, which is most of the hours Bartini is open. Expect sweetness and possibly a flower or sprig of mint; but at $4 apiece, these drinks seem to say what your best friend would. Treat yourself, girl—you deserve it! SOPHIA JUNE.
632 E Burnside St., 503-233-3113. 4-7 pm daily.
Best deal: $1 tallboys.
3357 SE Belmont St., 503-232-1998, belmontsinn.com. Drink specials 11 am-6 pm, food specials 3-6 pm daily.
Best deal: Quesadillas—cheap to make or order. $3 gets you bean and cheese, $5 a loaded Southwestern.
118 NE 28th Ave., 503-235-2794, beulahlandpdx.com. 4-7 pm daily.
Pabst is $2, crafts are $4 and wine is an improbably cheap $4. Combine any of those with 6 wings for 6 bucks and you’re probably ready for the Timbers game to start in the side room. But my favorite item on the menu is a rotation of house pickles for $3. Because pickles.
2045 SE Belmont St., 503-232-3227. 4-7 pm daily.
Best deal: $6.50 happy-hour nachos will feed you and a friend.
2521 SE Clinton St., 503-235-0203, dotscafeportland.com. 2-7 pm and 11 pm-1 am Monday-Friday.
Best deal: $3.50 wells, $3.50 select craft brews, $4 nachos.
735 SW 1st Ave., 503-224-0800, dragonwellbistro.com. 3-6 pm Monday-Friday, 9-10 pm Friday-Saturday.
Best deal: A $3.50 Sapporo draft and an order of the garlic spiced chicken wings work just fine.
The Fixin’ To
8218 N Lombard St., 503-477-4995, thefixinto.com. 2-6 pm Monday-Friday.
Best deal: The Down and Out—Hamm’s and a shot of Old Crow—is $4. A large Rotel and chips, like a nacho you dip yourself, is $5.
435 N Killingsworth St., 503-287-5658. 3-7 pm daily.
Best deal: All is cheap, and at happy hour it’s 50 cents cheaper. Plus, you know, $3 corn dogs and fries.
410 SW Broadway, 503-228-7222, imperialpdx.com. 2-6 pm Monday-Friday, 3-6 pm Saturday-Sunday; late night 10-11 pm Sunday-Thursday, 11 pm-midnight Friday-Saturday.
Best deal: $5 Vieux Carré. And then another one. And the $4 liver pâté.
426 SW Washington St., 503-228-3669, kellysolympian.com. 4-7 pm daily, 11 pm-1 am Sunday-Thursday.
Best deal: Just get the mac-and-cheese balls. They’re $5.
215 SW 6th Ave., 503-688-5952, littlebirdbistro.com. 2:30-5 pm (6 pm at the bar) Monday-Friday, 10 pm-close daily, all day Sunday.
Best deal: Don’t tell, but that $5 burger is actually a $14 burger in disguise.
835 SW 2nd Ave., 503-222-0047, luclackitchen.com. 4-7pm daily.
Best deal: The cream cheese wontons, shrimp spring and crispy rolls, and a chicken salad is a four-course dinner for $9, and a $4 Kostritzer Schwarzbier is a rare treat.
417 NW 21st Ave., 503-228-6614, facebook.com/mbar.portland. 6-8 pm daily.
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Best deal: It’s possible to get a decent, well-selected glass of wine for $3 at happy hour. That can be said of…nowhere else.
3508 N Williams Ave., 503-282-1611. 4-7 pm daily.
Best deal: The $2.50 wells are, uh, worth it.
Mi Mero Mole
32 NW 5th Ave., 971-266-8575; mmmtacospdx.com. 2-6 pm Monday-Saturday.
Best deal: Seriously, a $4 margarita with $5 nachos is gringo paradise. MATTHEW KORFHAGE.
725 SW 10th Ave., 503-478-9600. 3-8 pm daily.
Best deal: $3 wells! Beer is for chumps.
My Father’s Place
523 SE Grand Ave., 503-235-5494, myfathersplacepdx.com. 4-6 pm and 10 pm-midnight Monday-Friday, breakfast special 6-10 am.
Best deal: A stiff gin and tonic and a $2 pulled-pork slider with fries. Only $5 poorer, and the day already feels much different.
5403 NE 42nd Ave., 503-288-8080, nepo42.com. 3-6 pm daily.
Best deal: The $6 Evinrude Special (Evan Williams Green Label and Old German tallboy), plus the $6 OG Dog (a ginormous frankfurter wrapped in a sturdy potato bun and slathered with jalapeño relish, homemade sauerkraut, and a house mustard itself steamed with Old German). Area dives may offer their own variations for one-third the price, but Wilde had another quip about cynics who know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Night Light Lounge
2100 SE Clinton St., 731-6500, nightlightlounge.net/home. 2-7 pm Monday-Friday, 3-7 pm Saturday-Sunday, 11 pm-1 am daily.
Best deal: The $6 nachos, which look about a full foot high and are layered hot with guacamole, jalapeños, green and red onion, pico de gallo, sour cream and black olives. Wash it all down with a $1.50 pint of PBR.
5008 SE Division St., 503-546-9973, northbarpdx.com. 3-7 pm daily.
Best deal: $1 PBR all day Tuesday, and $5 margaritas every day at happy hour from the bar’s slushie machine.
1020 NW 17th Ave., 503-943-2780, paymasterlounge.com. 2-6 pm daily.
Best deal: $7 burger and fries, $4 Sauza.
Rae’s Lakeview Lounge
1900 NW 27th Ave., 503-719-6494, raesportland.com. 2-6 pm daily.
Best deal: $1 High Life, $1 Rainier, $1 mimosa, $3 biscuits.
7819 SW Capitol Highway, 503-246-9097, rennersgrill.com. Noon-1 pm power hour, 3-6 pm, midnight-2:30 am daily.
Best deal: The bartender we talked to swears by the $6 triple-drumstick deal. We mostly just swear after drinking too much.
1125 SW Stark St., 503-227-5887, scandalspdx.com. 4-8 pm daily and all day Sundays.
Best deal: $1.50 Pabst is cheap anywhere.
5532 SE Center St., 503-445-6649. 3-7 pm Monday-Friday.
Best deal: $1 pint of Olympia and $3 for so many fries.
830 NE 42nd Ave., 503-287-5800, spareroomrestaurantandlounge.com. 3-6 pm daily.
Best deal: Come on Tuesday at 5 pm, and get meatloaf and a PBR for $6.25 total.
639 SE Morrison St., 503-232-5553, star-bar-rocks.com. 4-8 pm daily.
Best deal: Tot’chos and a pint of Pabst, together at last for a mere $6.
1932 NE Broadway, 503-288-3333, swiftloungepdx.com. 4-8 pm Monday-Saturday, 4 pm-2 am Sunday.
Best deal: The Old Couple, a tallboy of Old German with a shot of Old Crow for $4.
28 NE 28th Ave., 503-232-6652, tapalaya.com. 4-6 pm daily.
Best deal: $6 wings, $3 martinis.
223 SW Yamhill St., 503-295-6613. 10 am-4 pm, 4-7 pm Monday-Friday.
Best deal: A pint of Pabst and a quaff of cheap whiskey for $3 total.
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