So you've just moved to Portland. Or maybe you've been here for years, perhaps, unlikely as it is, since you were born. But you still haven't explored everything there is to do in town. For such a little city, there's a surprising amount to do here. To help you out, we've developed this bucket list of the things you need to do in Portland before you die (or, more likely, move away to escape skyrocketing rent costs).
There's a Stock Market-Themed Cocktail Bar in Hong Kong
Try and hit every brewery in town. Claim you can totally do it. Fail with honor.
41. Remember that the sun exists
So do flowers and full days and hope and puppies.
42. Watch porn with a crowd
Sure, Hump! Film Festival started in Seattle, but it's definitely been fully co-opted by Portland. Just don't say that to a Seattleite.
43. Sing your heart out
Don't worry, no one will realize you don't know a single word of "So Much for the Afterglow;" they're either too tipsy off Jell-O shots at Chopsticks, or too distracted by the naked woman next to you at Devils Points Stripperaoke.
44. Watch the sunrise from Mount Tabor
Where better to do some morning yoga than on an active volcano?
It’s a brisk Tuesday night. You’re at the bar with your friends, a pint of an obscure, locally brewed IPA in your hand. Depeche Mode and AC/DC are taking turns blasting on the speakers. It just so happens there’s an entirely naked woman performing feats of incredible athleticism in front of you, and you’re throwing down the better part of your day’s wages. It’s just another night out in the Portland strip club scene, which -- despite the wild protestations of other writers -- is hands down the best in the country. Skeptical? Keep reading, dear reader.
From Los Angeles to San Diego: Every Pit Stop You Need To Make Along The Way
With zero humidity and palm trees in the rearview mirror, cruising down the Pacific coast to San Diego from Los Angeles is summer. Of course, LA traffic can make it less cruiseworthy and more bumper-to-bumper. But with authentic taquerias, whale watching, and iconic surf breaks, there’s a quintessential SoCal pit stop just about every mile of the ride to distract you. Here’s seven summer getaways you can easily hit on the way to San Diego -- just don’t forget the sunscreen and a swimsuit.
Portlanders Get Brutally Honest on What They Really Think of 'Portlandia'
Weird things happen when life begins to imitate art. Just walk in on a bunch of dogs smoking and playing poker and you’ll see what I mean. As principal as weirdness is to everyday life in Portland, Oregon, not everyone in this once-sleepy Pacific Northwestern enclave believes Portlandia is art in any way, shape, or form. For a number of residents, the popular IFC sketch comedy show is a grating nuisance at worst and a catalyst for the current gentrification crisis at best. Portland just happens to be rife with the kind of hippie-meets-hipster subculture that’s low-hanging fruit for sardonic one-liners about endless brunch lines and overzealous food co-op employees. Can the blame for Portland being on the fast track to becoming a twee, overpriced, NIMBY-ist hellscape akin to San Francisco possibly rest entirely on the shoulders of creators Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, can it? I had to find out. My methodology? I spoke to a random smattering of locals -- both transplants and natives -- to give us their take on what gives behind the backlash. Let’s take a look.