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Review – Pepe le Moko (Portland, OR)

Visit Date: March 15, 2018

407 SW Tenth Ave

Portland, Or 97205

Pepe Le Moko

Getting in

Pepe le Moko is a pretty awesome little bar.  And I do mean little – it seats a maximum of thirty-four.  Thirty-four people who don’t mind getting in each other’s personal space.  The bar is hidden away around the corner and down a flight of stairs underneath the Ace Hotel in downtown Portland.  Before you head down the stairs (I recommend making a reservation), you enter through a door that sits next to an oyster shucking station and a hostess stand. If you have a reservation, or if there is space, they will take you down the flight of stairs to your table. Continue reading →

Review – The Jupiter Hotel (Portland, OR)

The Jupiter Hotel

800 E Burnside St

Portland, OR 97214

Location:

The Jupiter Hotel is located on the East bank of the Willamette River in Portland, OR.  By car, it is about a 5 min drive from the Pearl District and downtown.  You can walk to Powell’s bookstore in about half an hour.  We never used the public transportation to get around, but I can recommend Lyft in Portland for speed and value.

There are lots of great restaurants and bars nearby that you can get to in minutes.  While you might not be in the heart of Downtown or the Pearl District, you also aren’t that far away.  And there are *plenty* of excellent food options nearby (Le Pigeon is right next door). All in all, it is a great spot to be in if you’re looking to explore Portland. Continue reading →

Review – Douglas Fir Bar (Portland, OR)

Douglas Fir Bar, Jupiter Hotel, Portland OR

Visit: March 15, 2018

Web: Douglas Fir Lounge

800 E. Burnside St

Portland, OR 97214

Review:

The Douglas Fir is part of the Jupiter Hotel and serves triple duty as an event venue, bar, and restaurant.  There is a seating area in the restaurant for minors, but be warned it is adults only in the bar area.  This seems to be a common theme throughout Portland – everywhere we went had signs saying where minors were permitted.  Considering the overall theme of the hotel, as well as the more adult nature of the lounge itself, this makes sense.

The interior is made is reminiscent of a log cabin inside.  Lots of golden wood and glass.  To the left of the entrance is where you will find the restaurant.  Anna did not make it in to eat at any point during our trip since Portland is great for food.

The beer selection is heavy on local beers (a plus in my book) and features a good selection of liquors as well as some pretty nice sounding craft cocktails.  My wife went for a glass of wine, while I went with a Deschutes NWPA.  The price was good (happy hour) and we were waiting for a friend so it was a good spot to spend some time.  I particularly enjoyed the punk music playing while we were there.

While I admit to not having spent much time there, I enjoyed the beer I had and the atmosphere.  From observations going to and from our hotel room at the Jupiter, I don’t doubt the place gets rowdy.  That being said, the menu sounded good and on another trip, I wouldn’t mind giving the Douglas Fir a shot for food if we didn’t want to wander far.  Decent beer selection of microbrews and booze though looked a bit high on some things.

Pros:

  • Location if you are staying at the Jupiter
  • Good Happy Hour deals
  • Beautiful decor

Cons:

  • A bit loud inside
  • Awkward seating in the bar area
  • definitely gets rowdy when there is a band playing