The Restaurant

Screen Door
2337 E Burnside St

The Bar

The Standard
14 NE 22nd Ave

The Scene

Once you find the Standard’s front door (we walked right by it twice), you’ll be greeted by corrugated metal walls, a tattered American flag, and the aroma of cigarettes long past. “Dive bar” doesn’t really do the Standard justice; “aggro-hipster purgatory” gets closer. Huddled near the giant Hamm’s bear (cool) and the wall of pinball machines (very cool), you’ll find young Pete Wentz wannabes wearing extreme comb-overs and ripe-smelling, ironic T-shirts. Don’t be frightened by the sneers. Just smile—it throws them.

The Drink

Your best bet lies to the right of the giant cracked-mirror mosaic: the taps.

The Wait

One to two beers, and a session in the photo booth ($3).
—Amber Villa-Zang

The Restaurant

Yoko’s Japanese Restaurant & Sushi bar
2878 SE Gladstone St

The Bar

C Bar
2880 SE Gladstone St

The Scene

C Bar is one of the rare watering holes that unite Portland’s urban tribes, from pinball-and-Pabst hipsters to wine-sipping fashionistas and the ponytailed neighborhood hippie. The Danish mod décor fosters a scene that is both casual and hip, and—refreshingly—not “sceney” at all. Relax under the dim red lights—which, let’s face it, make everyone look better—as the indie rock flows as steadily as the drinks.

The Drink

Prep for your sushi feast with one of six sakes, including Momokawa Pearl Nigori from Forest Grove.

The Wait

At supper time, you’re looking at 30 to 60 minutes—time to swallow at least one drink and, if you’re starving, a catfish corndog.
AVZ