Eat dinner at an infamous PDX pop-up
If you’re looking to impress your date, go to one of the hottest tickets in town, a pop-up. You might not be able to secure a ticket to a spot like Langbaan, which will be booked out for months, but dinners at places like Han Oak, Mae, or Verdigris make for a fun, if overly-indulgent, date night.
Pancakes rule. Especially when you’re making your own inventions on a hot griddle with a Bloody Mary at your side. You can choose from five batters, a laundry list of fixins, and toppings like goat cheese, caramel spread, and syrup of course.
Go drinking and get a healthy dose of science with OMSI After Dark, a 21+ event that offers fun specials like a bourbon and bacon night. The museum's exhibits will also be available to explore and play around with… with no children in sight!
Fun fact: The Spanish Coffee is not, in fact, from Spain, but rather from this vintage Portland restaurant. They’re $11.50 a pop, but they’re also filled with Bacardi 151. It’s worth it alone for the ice-breaking pyrotechnics as they literally light your drink on fire.
Catch some cheap -- or free -- stand-up
There’s plenty of stand-up comedy in this town, and much of it is actually, surprisingly good. Some of it is free! Like It’s Gonna Be Okay, every Monday night at East Burn. And for series like Lez Stand Up, the seats might be cheap, but the jokes aren’t; these places screen their performers well, so you won’t have horrible acts thinking they can get a laugh by being like, so edgy, right?