The following restaurants and bars are accommodating to after-office happy hour meetings or small birthday celebrations, at both ends of the budget.
Montage, the cornerstone for Southern food in Portland, remains a popular, affordable, fast yet fancy favorite. Montage can easily accomodate large groups, but if you're flying solo, and don't want to wait, head next door to Le Merde. There you can sip cocktails at the bar and still order off the Montage menu.
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.
While by definition Lardo refers to "a type of salume made by curing strips of fatback with rosemary and other herbs and spices," I think it may also refer your new nickname if you visit here more than twice a week. Even the juices on the vegetarian Rapini sandwich drip down your hands in the most deliciously, succulent way.
Around since the birth of Alberta's gentrification, Vita Cafe can credit its hearty vegetarian and vegan fare at affordable prices for its longevity. Kids eat for only one dollar every day between 5 & 7.
Tater tots have become a Portland institution, but Tilt reworks this food icon from scratch, with fresh potatoes, cheese, and breading that rivals hush puppies. And then there's the Parmesan (and dill!) fries!--and we haven't even gotten to the burgers yet. Just go there now.
Blitz Bar, with its two levels, has two distinct personalities. The upstairs is a bright sports bar, more in-laws-appropriate, downstairs is more college-kid foosball fun. You pick.
A proper neighborhood dive with ocean murals that fool no one, Maui's offers stiff drinks, free pool (Weds), pinball, and Blazers games.
Tabla stands apart from other Mediterranean bistros, not only for its dedication to taste and presentation, but for their private dining room. Tabla accommodates small groups of six to fourteen in its elegant, private dining area for absolutely no rental fee or purchase minimum requirement.
There's nothing on Luc Lac's menu that disappoints, that's for certain. Less certain is Luc Lac's Asian street food ordering system. After walking in, head straight to the register and order your drinks and food. You may or may not be seated right away. Don't worry. They'll give you a number and deliver your drinks. When a table opens up they'll find you and your food will arrive at the table moments after you do. If you're coming with a big group, bring cash to alleviate any frustration at the register.