Basement Pub 1028 SE 12th Ave., 503-231-6068, basementpub.com. This place has some great beers and some cheap beers, and neither will disappoint. A Pabst can will run you $1.50, but if you happen to find yourself in this mecca of micro brews, you're better off splurging for local options, like a $3.25 Full Sail Amber or Slipknot IPA. The "Big Ass Monday" special of 20-ounce beers at regular pint prices transforms the first night of the weekday into the best night of the week. While you're enjoying your beer, take in some of the understated ambience; the atmosphere is a bonanza for those with ADD, with a fish tank, pinball, board games, encyclopedias, a Dig Dug machine, and, of course, a generally easy-going clientele. If you're looking for liquor, though, you'll need to move on—the Basement offers only beer and wine.
Space Room Lounge 4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 503-235-6957. If Captain Kirk and Jane Jetson opened a bar together, there's a good chance it would look like the Space Room. Diner-style booths, flying saucers for light fixtures—it's as if you've stepped into distant-past version of the space-age future. The quirky decor, combined with good bartenders and rocket-fuel-stiff drinks, means this place is often crowded. If there happens to be a show at the nearby Mt. Tabor Pub, it can be nearly impossible to find a seat. To entertain the mix of 20- and 30-somethings, the jukebox features soul and lounge favorites. All in all, Space Room is a great spot to sit with friends and launch yourself into the stratosphere.
Devils Point Bar, 5305 SE Foster Rd., 503-774-4513. Oil lamps, red carpet, and soothing upholstery give Devils Point a haughty Hades feel. And in addition to the standard bar elements that you'll find here—pinball, pool tables, video poker—you will also find something less common: strippers. Monday nights include a fire dancer—and the flaming feats on display go well beyond the typical exotic routine. Sundays are Stripperoke nights, a no-cover free-for-all of amateur singing and nakedness. Regularly recognized as one of the top erotic clubs in Portland, Devils Point also features a small stage for bands, meaning you can see a crowd whose attention is tugged between dancing ladies and rock and roll. With strong drinks, a fun staff, and enthralling entertainment,
this is Portland's polestar for pole-dancing.
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