According to the 2010 census, 10,000 Portlanders listed their employment as "Artist." As such it remains exceedingly competitive to feature your work at high end galleries, such as Froelick or Gallery 903, but relatively easy to display and sell your work at cafes, restaurants, and bars around town. The bonus: most of the following places don't take a commission from each sale.
Bella Faccia offers one of the most unique and tasty vegan slices in town, but the flavor doesn't stop there. Try the Pollo on the patio.
Billy Ray's, the go-to neighborhood bar, lives up to its dive status: flowing PBR, a lot of broken stuff, and liquor stuffed in the back.
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.
Sip on cans of PBR or Rainier shoulder to shoulder with Portland's leather-clad best while watching local metal bands hesh it out on the other side of the red velvet curtain. Happy hour 3 to 7.
Here's the tip with Amnesia: if you normally drink 3 beers, only have 2 beers here. Despite the listed ABV, even the cider will mess you up.
It's decent breakfast on the weekend, but you'll soon learn why there's not a line. Order the huevos rancheros with tortillas on the side.
Each morning a friendly barista will offer you up some of the best beans in town. For a cheap treat--ask for the day-old bagels.