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15 SW Second Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720445.522790 -122.672328
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Old Town - Chinatown
For bar food I will have to give them credit for their cajun mac and cheese (plus bread)! They also have $2 PBR's and trivia on Wednesdays sometimes.
One half of this venue is a lounge with small groupings of tables, chairs and couches. No table service, you'll still have to wait at the bar for drinks. The other half is a very intimate dance space that is usually packed. A mix of top 40 and R&B.
The bouncers are violent, irrational racists!
They refused my friends African American boyfriend entry, because he was "wearing too much blue". He was wearing a blue plaid shirt over a white skater tee! Meanwhile, they allowed numerous caucasians in who were wearing plaid and/or blue. We pointed this out to the head of security, who responded by yelling at my friend. He then shoved her when she asked for a supervisors name and number. Beware!
We came in Sunday evening, looking for drinks , appetizers , burgers.Pros: your bar has a great vibe.Love the masses of candles.Cons: your bartender/ waitress " Meggan C." is horrible .She was on a rant about quitting her job, she was snotty and extremely unprofessional .So unbelievably rude, that we had appetizers and 1 round of drinks and left. Forget more drinks and burgers....sad really because your food was great. Nasty ,ranting,unprofessional bartenders are bad for business. I will never go here again and strongly recommend that nobody else does.
The Entire "Security" Team Needs to be FIRED – I once loved going to bar xv. That has changed, however, as I have had two horrendous experiences occur at this venue, courtesy of the bouncers.
A little about myself...I am a 5'4", 110 pound, 22 year old female, who likes to (and knows how to) have a good time.
The first of these awful experiences resulted in my being dragged through the club and thrown - literally - out the front door. I still have the scars on my knees from this encounter and I had bruises on my arms from the bouncers' manhandling me. What did I do to deserve such treatment? Well, one of the bouncers hated everything about me...he didn't like the way that I was dressed, the way that I was dancing, and the way that I was interacting with other people. I was wearing a lacy top with a tight black bra on underneath. Every single time that my top shifted and exposed a piece of bra, the bouncer came over to harass me. Keep in mind that my top was lacy...so my bra was already pretty exposed. Thus, it was unnecessary for the bouncer to get so worked up about it. After the bouncer came up to "warn" me several times, I got tired of his attitude, and went up to him to tell him that he needed to stop bothering me. Instead of being professional and talking to me in a levelheaded manner, he flipped out. He called one of his buddies over and they picked me up and threw me to the ground outside. It was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life...and was especially sad because I once loved this bar.
The second experience was a few weeks later. I had come to the bar a few times after the first incident, and the bouncers hadn't assaulted me again, so I assumed that they were behaving now. I was wrong. I was celebrating my 22nd birthday with a group of friends. We were all having a good time and weren't bothering anybody. A busboy approached my friend (I was dancing with her) and told her that she/we needed to tone it down. A busboy?! Seriously? We ignored him because we didn't see anything wrong with our behavior. I don't think any of the patrons thought that we were doing anything that was out of line. We weren't naked, making out with each other, etc. A few minutes later, the busboy returns with some bouncers, grabs my arm, tells me that he's tired of my sh*t and that I need to leave. I was flabbergasted and asked him what the problem was. He told me that my friend was stealing wallets. I told him that he was wrong, and that my friend had taken no wallets. His accusation was completely fabricated and had no merit. He had nothing to say when I asked him for proof...apparently, he just accuses people of absurd things as a way to justify kicking them out. As I was being escorted to the door, I asked the two bozos for their names (so that I could talk to the owner of the establishment about them) and they refused to answer. They told me that my friend and I were NEVER welcome back.
So...I'm never spending my money at this establishment again. I'm really pissed off about that, because the male bartender makes the best whiskey sours and the tattooed female bartender makes an amazing drink called a 'Baby Lola'. It's her concoction, so I can't get it anywhere else.
I am considering contacting the owner and/or manager to tell them about my experiences. The bouncers that they hire don't seem to know how to use their brains. They're completely illogical and can't even answer a question. I wonder how these men sleep at night. Does it make them feel good to assault young women? Does it make them feel important?
Always a great time! – We have been going to XV for years and Love it! Always great music, Dirinks and Friendly Staff. We have never had a problem! Great thing is you don't have to pay an outrages cover to enjoy a good night out like other clubs in Portland.
Ran my card 4 times for one tab. – I went to XV and had a pretty good time, until the next day I looked at my credit card statement and they ran my card 4 times. Once was a duplicate and the other two who knows where they came up with the numbers. Without thinking I didn't ask why I hadn't gotten a receipt from the bartender. I'm about to go down and request to see my signature on the receipts. We shall see if they resolve the problem. I hate when bars mess up tabs like this, its just irresponsible.
Awful Bartenders, and a bouncer who I have witnessed commit assault on two occasions – I have never posted a review on Citysearch before, but my experiences at bar XV have been so terrible that I had to warn others. The bouncer here belongs in jail or in a martial arts studio, because he can't hold back the anger, which anyone can see oozing out of his pores. He has a look of disgust and rage as you enter, and is waiting for a small incident so he can snap and beat somebody up. Roughly a year ago my girlfriend was asked to leave for no reason other than it was 2 AM. A simple request but a very rude one as the clock struck two. My girlfriend confronted the rude bartender and in no time bouncer had his arms around her from the back and ripped her drink out of her hand. He then pushed her violently out the door. Ok, so fast forward to a year later, two weeks ago. I said I would never come back to Bar XV because of this incident but it was a friends birthday and a year later. What do you know? Same bouncer, same bartenders. Bartenders even ruder than before. A few minutes after I get there a man is asked to leave for "groping the waitstaff" . I was standing near him at that bar for the past fifteen minutes. No such event had occurred. The man was intoxicated and taking up prime real estate at the bar, and hence the bouncer is called over. He begins provoking the man and leading him towards the door. The bouncer is in his face practically asking for a fight. Eventually the man slaps said bouncer in the face. Now this I agree is way out of line. But a bouncer is supposed to deal with this in a lawful and professional manner. He is not a police officer. Instead the bouncer immediately deals a precison strike to the mans face as he is trying to run away, then pushes him through the door. Then bouncer is nowhere to be seen for the rest of the evening. Long story short, this place doesn't respect it's customers. They are treated like they are worthless and not needed. So take your business elsewhere. Especially if you dont want a beating.
NOT PROFESSIONAL – I DECIDED TO HAVE MY BIRTHDAY PARTY HERE AND WE RENTED OUT THE LOUNGE AREA FOR $100. THE ENTIRE TIME I HAD TO KEEP TELLING PEOPLE WHO WERENT WITH MY PARTY TO LEAVE. THE STAFF WAS VERY RUDE TO OUR PARTY. I HAVE BEEN TO MANY BARS THAT TREAT PEOPLE WITH RESPECT. THIS PLACE DID NOT. IF YOU ARE PLANNING A PARTY DO NOT PLAN IT AT BAR XV. YOU WILL BE VERY DISSAPOINTED.
False advertisement, ruined the bachelorette party! – Sure, it claims to be a no smoking bar, but it's not. Don't be fooled. We called them a week before to make sure that they were a no-smoking bar because we wanted to have a friend's bachelorette party there and we have pregnant friends who can't be around smoke. They told us that they were a non-smoking bar, so we reserved a booth for 15 of us. When we got there, the whole place reeked of smoke! Then, I saw someone smoking and mentioned it to the waitress. She said, "yeah, sometimes we let people smoke here." Right, sometimes, and there are ashtrays on every single table!!! It completely ruined the bachelorette party and our pregnant friends had to leave! I will never go there again, they royally upset me.
Gave Away my Credit Card – I went there last week with a group of people, bought one drink and left my tab open. Got a disturbing phone call, family emergency, had to leave right away - in my upset and hurry, I left my tab open and my card at the bar. No prob, I thought, it'll be there tomorrow, I can go retrieve it, right? WRONG - the bartender actually took my card over to the group of people I was with and GAVE IT TO THEM, after only asking if they knew my first and last name. Well DUH, of course they did.
So, two days later, I get my card back - thank God these were nice considerate people, if they hadn't been they could have run up $1,000's of charges that I would have had to dispute, cancel the card, and go through all that hassle of waiting 1-2 weeks for a new one. At the very LEAST. At worst I could have been a victim of identity theft and fraud. But did the bartender think about this? NO.
I have worked in the nightclub and bar industry in Portland for 2 years, and EVERYWHERE I have worked has this policy: open cards left at the end of the night get charged an automatic 18% gratuity and put in a file in the office. In other words, they are HELD ON TO, not passed out to random patrons like candy. Not so at XV. If they have a house policy of doing this, all I can say is, they are going to be sued sooner or later, but I have a feeling it was just the bartender's BONEHEAD move.
Not good, XV. I like your atmosphere and the fact that hardly anyone goes there anymore, but you need to FIRE the bartender who is passing out credit cards. Thanks to him, I had to drive 2 hours in Beaverton traffic to retrieve my card - and I count myself lucky that that is ALL I had to do.
If you must go here, do not trust any bartender or staff with ANY of your personal ID. NOT GOOD XV! Hire smarter people!
Best cocktails – Marcell makes thee best cocktail I have ever had! And he knows every drink under the sun. See him up for happy hour!! And good dj on weds nights
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