No need to stay inside or sit on a barstool. The following places invite folks to enjoy Portland even when the rain falls down ten months out of the year.
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.
With a permanent collection including Warhol and Mapplethorpe, and ever-rotating exhibits profiling fashion, photography and movements of different eras, the Portland Art Museum beckons constant return visits.
If a 100 different routes and over 150 boulder problems don't draw you to the PRG for an intense workout, maybe the yoga and pilates classes will.
Interstate Lanes can get wild with Cosmic Bowling on Friday and Saturday nights when the pins are glow-in-the-dark, the light shows are stunning and the fog machine is on full blast. The Lanes can also be more mellow, such as on Tuesday afternoons and Sunday mornings when games are only $1.
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.
Avalon, like a Ground Kontrol for kids, offers plenty of amusing nickel games that swindle your coins, but also better deals on full-fledged arcade games such as Terminator shoot 'em ups and Taiwanese auto racing.
Walking through this strange collection of gore and kitch is like touring the mind of a madman, though more likely that of Ted Burton than the Unabomber. They also sell ice cream!
Located inconspicuously in the Rialto's basement, the Jack London Bar does something different with evening entertainment and a liquor license. Regularly hosting author talks, the bar also has a packed calendar of Portland history discussions and tap dancing classes. And they're open to new ideas -- just ask.