In Portland even the arcades and cinemas serve beer, making it a dream if you're old enough to drink. Alternatively, if you're under twenty-one, Portland can seem like an adults-only nightmare. From concerts to omelets to roller coasters, the following joints provide options for all ages evening fun.
During its tenure, the Aladdin Theater has been home to both vaudeville and cinema. For the last forty years the Aladdin has played host to musical and comedy acts within its historical and opulent walls. Recently I sat in the first row of the balcony while Os Mutantes rose people from their seats and had them dancing in the aisles.
The Roxy boasts typical diner fare with an atypical amount of flair, twenty-four hours a day. Unlike most Portland joints, The Roxy doesn't serve beer, making it a welcome home to sober up after the bar, or a cool hang out if you weren't ever allowed in the bar in the first place.
If you responsibly--but still regrettably--use all your quarters on laundry, wait until the second Thursday of each month when a five dollar cover allows free play of all (ALL!) the games. Mash those buttons to your inner-child's heart's content.
More than just a bowling alley, Hollywood Bowl is also an arcade, bar, restaurant and karaoke joint. On the slower nights, Monday through Wednesday, bowl unlimited games for a single fee.
Part bar, part venue, part cafe, part art gallery Backspace triumphs with all ages shows that don't separate the big kids from the little kids. A great resource if you just arrive in town.
The Waypost is achieving the coffeeshop-as-community goal that other cafes often set, but few achieve. More than just a cafe, bar, or bistro, Waypost regularly hosts talks, including everything from political to literary, with the occasional trivia night for good measure.