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1036 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.527169 -122.681930
Monday To Saturday From 03:00 PM To 02:30 AM
Neighborhoods: Neighbors West - Northwest, Pearl
Bonified Attempt to be Trendily Non-Trendy? Expensive Drinks Limited Selection – I've never actually seen a place try so hard to appear to be somewhere it's not. Lot's of people wearing $100 t-shirts attempting to look "low brow". I came here expecting cheap drinks and I was wrong, $14.50 for two drinks is pretty steep when I can get the same two drinks down the road at a trendy pearl bar for $9.00. Worse yet, the place was full of smoke and my friend lit up a clove cigarette. He was told to put it out! Apparently they're not allowed in there, but there was no sign stating this. We went to the corner, finished our drinks and headed out to one of those trendy "high brow" bars with lower prices and less pretentious people.
Best Dive Bar – What can you say about the low brow but ultimate dive bar! It's full of people, beer, fried food and smoke. These are the reasons we love it! The staff is great and the pups and tots are the best in town. If you love a good dive bar you will fall in love with the Low Brow!!!!
Dark and funky, this lounge successfully counteracts the Pearl District's high-brow tendencies. – In Short
The sign by the door reads: "Black Russians? Yes. Black turtlenecks? No." A glass brick wall turns out to be made entirely of Jagermeister bottles. Young partiers kick back, surrounded by funky thrift store lights, black walls and lovingly mounted vintage beer signs. A full bar and a good selection of beers--on tap and in bottles--attracts service-industry employees who need a break from the chichi restaurants where they spend their working hours.
Old Dive becomes New Dive. I miss the Old Dive. – 07/17/05 - The Low Brow Lounge used to be an unassuming cheap place to have some beers and hot dogs. A nice little dive with no attitude. Everyone welcome as long as they can pay. Now that the Pearl is gentrifying it's become somewhat pretentious in its attempts to remain divey. It's developed a snobby attitude about how it's a working class bar. Oddly enough it seems to be changing into the kind of place it proclaims it isn't. I still like it and it's still relatively cheap, but just wonder where it's going. _______________ _________________________ ________________________ ___________________01/06/08 - Returned there a month ago and found that's it even more trendily non-trendy. If you really want a bar with no pretensions instead of this self-loving pit, try The Life of Riley a few blocks away. For what you're paying the food is 1,000 times better. And the service is actually happy to see you.
User review by julie_anderson – LB is a great place to go afterwork for a drink and just chill. I highly recommend their chicken quesedillas!!
needs work – Do they ever clean? The smoke is way overkill, and the non-smoking is setup like an after thought. Also, a bad attitude is not cool anymore.
Get with the times.
Downtown Haven – I LOVE the low brow (I own no skateboard or maryjanes). It is becoming a bigger part of the "scene", but it's still oh-so-very-nice to have a chill place to drink a beer and eat good bar food. The staff seems down to earth. The place is comfortable. Even though it's been getting more crowded on the weekends, it is still much less crowded than most downtown bars. Plus, all the suburbanites go home early anyways.
Top Notch – what more can you say. Good eats, cold beer. I mean tater tots, last time you could find them this good was in the high school cafeteria.
Low Brow ... in the Pearl? – Low Brow stays true to its name by remaining a dark, grungy hangout in the middle of the Pearl district.
My only complaint would be the smoke, but that's a problem at every Portland bar.
Believe it or not, LA is more progressive than Portland on this front, having banned smoking in public bars. It is REALLY nice.
No tv for sports? YIPPIE! – reading the last comments made me think of another reason to love this bar- no sports on tv! thank you , thank you , thank you.... it was early evening, so there wasn't a crowd or smoke, but it's nice and dark...being from out of town (and employed by different -small bar gets too popular- ourselves) we chatted it up with the friendly bartender a bit....great use of jager bottles! can't wait to visit again...
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