Quality Inn Downtown Convention Center
431 N.E. Multnomah
Portland, OR 97232
Phone: (503) 233-7933
Fax: (360) 282-6133
Bars & Cafes
A typical American sports bar is what you can expect as you walk in through the doors of Spirit of 77. Red brick walls surrounding a room completely furnished in wood, adds to the casual and simple ambiance of this bar. This place follows a schedule of sport broadcast, from basketball, baseball to football, every fan will be pleased. Watch your favorite game on their huge high-definition television screen, while sipping on any of their draft beers or wine. They offer light fares of salads, wings, burgers and sandwiches to accompany your drink. This energetic space is ideal to spend a fun evening with friends or family.
Street-side service awaits at this Northeast Portland cafe. The building has housed a few restaurants in recent years, but this place seems to have found a home here. Inside, you will find 15 or so small tables and large windows. For breakfast, the chef's Whim Waffles of the Morning with fresh fruit make a great start. For lunch, try the light and tasty vegetarian sandwich with avocados. Entrees such as the chicken saute picatta are larger and sure to satisfy. There is also a decent selection of local draft beers and wines like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. A friendly little joint on Broadway street, be prepared to meet up with an eclectic mix of localities who love to hangout at Milo's City Cafe.
Grand Central serves up a great loaf of bread, but the gourmet deli food is the real draw here. You will not find a variety of cold cuts, but you will find lots of salads, veggies and dips to complement the fresh bread. You can even order beer and wine. Save room for dessert; the trendy eatery also bakes up wonderful sweet treats. The bakery has a deli-style dining area with a self-service watering jug. Large glass windows provide a good view of the adjacent Irvington Market.
Taking the concept of vegan food and dining to the next level, the award-winning Blossoming Lotus has made such an impact on Portland's dining scene, that making the lifestyle shift for Portlanders has become a much easier and even an enticing affair. The nationally acclaimed restaurant firmly believes in the virtues of healthy cooking and offers an all-organic menu of world fusion specialties. The menu spans global specialties and has influences from every region from Europe to Asia. There's also a selection of raw food preparations. Dietary requirements are exceptionally well catered to. The restaurant offers a well-stocked bar with organic beers, wines as well as a selection of cocktails. Food has received critical acclaim and has changed many perceptions about good tasting vegan food. The restaurant has also released a series of books on vegan cooking and lifestyle that have become an instant hit. Food is available to go and the catering service is perennially popular. Check website for more.
This cool Mexican cafe and bar is popular affair with locals. The food is tasty, the beer choices are numerous and it is the only full bar in the area. An enchilada/tamale combo plate with rice and beans is plenty of food. Thirsty patrons will appreciate the selection of beers in the bottle and on tap. Drink specials offer serious discounts. There is a garden-like atmosphere inside and tables on the sidewalk outside. You are likely to see a regular crowd at happy hour.
It's a restaurant for all intents and purposes. In fact, in congruence with many Portland eateries, the food is spectacular as well as herbivore and omnivore friendly. For the quality of the food, presentation, and size of the plates, the prices aren't too bad, and the location is easily reachable by train. Burnside Brewing Co. is all about beer. From participating in and hosting beer festivals all over the city to holding college beer appreciation parties for returning students, there is no doubt that beer is a fundamental benchmark in this pub. Enjoy a holiday festival, Super Bowl, or just a dinner with friends and no one will leave disappointed. -Cathryn D. Blue
The selection at Kir Wine Bar is composed mainly of European varieties, and sipping on them in such a cozy atmosphere is always a wonderful experience. The wines on offer are not necessarily the same two days in a row, but what is guaranteed is that you will be offered something fantastic. In addition, there is a menu of small plates like cider-braised pork belly, pan-fried Oregon shrimp cakes and more.
Don your dancing shoes and take a trip back to when big bands ruled the music scene. Red velvet curtains, rich wood grains, and dancers of all ages contribute to the unique atmosphere. Dance to such favorites as swing, salsa, ballroom and tango, usually with at least one live band a week gracing the stage. Attire among the more serious dancers tends to be fairly formal, but dress as you like. Lessons are available during the hour before the main dance. Also you can hire the venue for any event from weddings to fashion shows and corporate parties to concerts.The venue hosts live performances such as the Wanderlust Circus, Swing Dance Festival and more. Check out their website for more details.
Once a Victorian-era home, this upscale restaurant is hidden in an otherwise uninviting neighborhood. Wear comfortable shoes, keep your valuables with you and you will find local, organic ingredients crafted in high style. The rich atmosphere is a fine accent to their uniquely wrought American fare - offered here as sumptuous vegetarian fare that omnivores rave over. Pasta and wild-caught fish entrées are also finely seasoned and presented, though many locals visit repeatedly for the incredible desserts. Service can seem leisurely after 9p, but the wine list and innovative cocktails will keep you entertained. Jazz musicians sometimes accompany romantic weekend meals.
Whether you are a late-night bird or a chirpy morning person, this music venue cum restaurant located within the Jupiter Hotel premises welcomes you to its diverse services. Doug Fir Lounge was especially created to display the talents of the musically inclined. The interiors are classy and comfortable. The restaurant with its breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night menus takes care of all your hunger pangs. A first class sound system boosts the performance energy, keeping the guests asking for more. And in case you don't want to drive back home, step into the adjacent hotel. With all these features in store, no wonder this young lounge has gained quick popularity.
Torro Bravo offers a variety of traditional Spanish tapas and some tapas inspired by the ingredients found in the Pacific northwest. You can start your night munching on olives, almonds and perhaps chorizo and manchego cheese on country bread. Move on to some seared scallops and then try the lamb braised with pepper and served with dumplings. Remember that tapas are traditionally small portions, so you will be able to sample many of the restaurant's dishes. Don't forget to order a pitcher of sangria to complete your dinner.
This charming little coffee shop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard just east of the Willamette river is a great place to start a day or meet with friends. The space isn't large, but its intimacy creates an atmosphere of comfort among patrons and staff. Most of the characters one would spot at Gold Rush Coffee seem to be like family. Everyone brings their own unique coffee mugs because like free refills and discounts exist for customers who do so. The WiFi is free, but when it's crowded, one may find it difficult to find a seat or an electrical outlet. Oh, and the food is simple and great! -Cathryn D. Blue