Portland >Food & Dining > The Galaxy
909 E Burnside St, Portland, OR | Directions 9721445.523089 -122.656627
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Kerns
That's odd. – My experience at the galaxy was awesome. I have been in on several different nights and met most of the staff, they seem genuine. I noticed a large, eclectic group of people everytime I go there and noone is turned away because of how they look. I think people are crazy to badmouth the staff at the galaxy. I recomend it to everyone. Give the girls a chance.
Worst Cheaseburger I Have Ever Had... – I actually like this place. Everyone knows the owner is a punk and he makes his staff's lives miserable...but the truth is that this place is fine. However, I did eat their cheeseburger tonight...and I feel like I swallowed a slippery frog. I can feel this frog kicking and clawing away inside my stomach!! I only bought it because it was cheap, but the truth is that this was the worst cheeseburger ever grilled up in the history of existence of FOOD!! I saw they got Dirty Dinning'd on FoxNews...and it shows. If you go there have fun, tip the DJ, and remember...never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, EVER...eat their hideous cheeseburger. It has taken years off of my life. I would rather be addicted to nicotene than even consider eating their cheeseburger again.
Rude Staff – I too found staff to be incredibly rude, especially toward those who may dress/look different than their other regulars- A shame, as I initally thought the place looked cool and the chinese food looked tasty.
Best American-Chinese place in PDX! – And they have karaoke! I love this place, the bar is great, the food is good (really great when you have been drinking) and they have a great karaoke DJ. I love to come to this place after seeing a show at Doug Fir.
Good KJ, good rotation, fun crowd on weekends, just meh on the food – The reviews referencing a female KJ are old. The KJ there now is a man, a very nice one. They use the rotation method to keep everyone circulating and I've been able to sing as many songs as I wanted each time I've gone. Friday and Saturday nights are definitely the busiest, with the bigger crowds really going crazy in support of the singers (call and response lines, singing along, dancing etc.) It's a really fun time on the busy nights and a really good opportunity to sing A LOT on the slow nights. Food is just OK. Waitresses are great! We've been back twice and we're already "regulars." Enjoy!
Quit whining, people... – I enjoyed The Galaxy. I've only been there once, and it was on a Saturday night. It was fairly busy, but we were able to get a table up front, and we had an attentive waitress. I sing karaoke 4-5 nights per week at various bars around town, and I was actually quite impressed with the KJ at galaxy- so I don't know what you guys are complaining about! While the bar was full, my 3 friends and I were able to sing 3 songs EACH, and we got there after 10. We did not tip the KJ more than a buck or two at the end of the night, so it wasn't like we "bribed" her. FYI-on a Friday/Saturday night, you can plan on waiting 1-2, even 3 hours to sing a song at ANY karaoke bar... not just Galaxy. Galaxy also has an excellent song selection, and the crowd was fun and upbeat.
Galaxy - E. Burnside – I highly advise out-of-towners that like to sing kareoke to stay away from this bar. The KJ has no rotation...If you show up at midnight and tip her a $20....she'll take your money....but she probably wont let you sing (because there are "too many singers in front of you - aka - the 20 people who have already sang, but didn't tip because they are her regulars and she will put them ahead of you regardless" ) ...she'll pocket your tip and let someone who has already sang 3 or 4 times go up before you...If I was a regular there, I'd be there every weeekend becauase I'd be able to sing. I worked in the service industry for 10 years before owning my succesful bar (out of town - Eugene) and I will tell you that we thrive on our regulars..but we ALWAYS give the newbies a spot...ESPECIALLY when they take care of our our KJ and / or bartenders (In this review, I'm not talking about the KJ alone, the bartenders were unfriendly, slow, and poured extrodinarily weak drinks)...we take care of customers new and old...and The Galaxty does not. If you like kareoke, when you're only in town for the holidays...this is NOT the bar for you...even if you waste your money tipping the KJ, she wont put you up...I strongly advise you to look into other spots...Chopsticks is awesome...and they have a great rotation (P.S..Galaxy is the ONLY kareoke bar that I've EVER heard of that doesn't have a rotation) that they're regulars agree with, because everyone gets a chance to sing...especially with tipping, but either way..you'll get you're chance..same with Suki's on 4th...I love regulars, don't get me wrong...but I've learned that if a bar wants to strive, you let everybody enjoy themselves...take care of those that take care of you...I lived in Portland for many, many years, and I would NEVER, never ever reccomend this bar...
I AM NEVER GOING BACK!!! – I went to the Galaxy for my birthday with a big group of people. The place was dead until we go there. We submitted our requests for karaoke. I waited TWO HOURS and never got to sing the song I requested. When we asked the DJ, he informed me that because I had danced and sang into the microphone on someone else's song, my name went to the bottom of the list - yes he actually reprimanded me for having a good time! You could tell that the DJ really enjoyed his "position of power." The only good thing I can say about The Galaxy is that it is across the street from the Doug Fir. IF YOU AND YOUR GROUP OF FRIENDS ARE IN THE MOOD FOR A FUN NIGHT OF KARAOKE DO NOT GO TO THE GALAXY OR YOU WILL BE DISAPPOINTED!!!
Galaxy – I went there for lunch, and found that the food was decent for americanized chinese food. The prices are fair for a ton of food. If you are looking for cost per quantity, this is the place. It looks as though it could be a pretty fun place to karaoke if you are into that sort of thing. I didn't give it a five because of the dive bar atmosphere it had, and it didn't give the impression that it was trying for a dive bar atmosphere as opposed to like the Sandy Hut or the Tillicum of old.
So many other places are So much better – I've been to the Galaxy twice. Second time I was smart enough not to eat the food. I would say my main complaint is the speed, or lack of, service. I've been there when it is packed and I've been there when it is average (some booths were empty and no one was standing to get a spot.) Both times meant there was about 20+ minute wait to get service. Worse is that each server has a specific table and if you get a slow one everyone around you will be served way ahead of you. The last time our server spent more time refilling water glases than taking drink orders. The food is low on the list of why people go there and it shows. I had sweet and sour...something. The meat was still cold inside and the corn syrup sauce on the outside was room temp. If you are fond of Chinese-sish food and karaoke I would reccomend Chopsticks or anything really.
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