Portland >Bars & Clubs > Goodfoot Lounge
2845 Se Stark St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.519332 -122.636329
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Kerns
This was originally posted on June 29, 2008 - I'm not sure why someone removed it. As we have never received an apology for the inexplicable conduct of the management (Jason), my review stands. As of 2013, we have yet to return to The Goodfoot, although we have indeed found plenty of other venues to work with.
My wife and I recently moved our web design/audio engineering business to Portland, and I was excited to find a place that hosted the kind of music as some of the groups we had been working with in the Midwest.
On Sat. 6/28, we went to record a live set by a band that was playing in the venue, and I set up a mic stand on our table in front of the stage. The sound person came by and said the manager would have a fit if he saw my stand there, and I explained to him that it was secure, I wasn't worried, it couldn't hurt anyone, and I'd be happy to assure his manager personally that there would be no problem.
Then the manager came by and started yelling at us, not letting me get a word in, and swore at my wife and I, which is when I decided we should probably leave. Of course he only refunded us for the admission we paid, not for the drinks we had just bought - perhaps they needed the money? The bottom line was that apparently we had picked the "wrong table" to sit at - he claimed that everyone would want to set their drinks on our table, and we couldn't have our own things sitting there. If that was the case, why not put a sign there saying "Don't sit here! For dance floor use only!" or something.
On the other hand, his presumption that we couldn't have been fine with dancers setting their drinks on our table was amazing. I'm in my fifties, and we've been amongst festival crowds and nightclub patrons in much larger venues for many years, and have never had any problems with other patrons. Literally, I mean - NEVER.
This man's attitude was a first, in the past thirty years I've been working with audio in public venues. While most people we've met since we moved to Portland have welcomed us to the city, this venue - by letting this individual represent them to the general public - sent out quite a different message. Fortunately, I've been finding plenty of audio work in other venues, so hopefully the artists we work with will play somewhere else.
Goodfoot is a fun place to play pool, see art or a show. Maybe not particularly to dine, but their drinks are reasonable and the outdoor smoking area is pretty spacious. I always feel at home here.
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