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The Best Dive Bar in 25 Portland 'Hoods

Published On 10/21/2015 Published On 10/21/2015
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1. Low Brow Lounge 1036 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

Located in the Pearl District, this dive bar is true to its name. There are no frills here, just cold beer and solid bar snacks.

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2. Ash Street Saloon 225 SW Ash St, Portland, OR 97204

With live, local music seven nights a week, a long happy hour, and two spacious patios, this Portland dive has something for everyone.

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3. B-Side Tavern 632 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Ironically, what was once an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting space is now a casual, partly outdoors hangout for drinks.

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4. Hanigan's Tavern 2622 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

Also known as "The Vern," this unassuming dive is a sight for sore eyes. Yet, it has charm as it doles out cheap PBRs and constantly puts off fixing its very dilapidated sign.

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5. Slim's Cocktail Bar & Restaurant 8635 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

Their steak and PBR specials make this place one of the best dives in Portland.

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6. Sandy Hut 1430 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232 (Ne Portland)

Sandy Hut may have been around for just short of a century here, but that doesn't mean things haven't been shaken up a bit. The dive changed hands and got cleaned up in 2015, and while the bar's character remains (there is still an old-time feel with Al Hirschfeld caricatures and wood-paneled walls), it lost some (but not all) of the grime and got an expanded menu. Joining the burgers and cheap beer you know are crab leg specials and Polynesian-inspired cocktails.

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7. Space Room Lounge 4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215 (Hawthorne Dist)

With all-day breakfast options, plus a full bar, this divey restaurant-bar-combo with an inexplicable outer-space theme serves up delicious eats and libations in Hawthorne. If you're really looking to blast off, order their Purple Alien, a mutant concoction of lemons, grape vodka, grape juice and 7-Up.

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8. Blackwell's Grub 1815 NE 41st Ave, Portland, OR 97212

In addition to hosting bands and other live entertainment, this Hollywood district dive is known for its cheap drinks and great apps. The jalapeño poppers and mozzarella sticks are highly recommended.

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9. Yamhill Pub 223 SW Yamhill St, Portland, OR 97204

It may not be the most beautiful bar, but their dirt cheap PBR pitchers will make you want to stick around.

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10. Back Water Bar 835 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

Vegetarian/vegan restaurant by day, concert venue by night. Guests flock to this unique venue for healthy eating and great local music.

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11. The Know 2026 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Punk and metal bands perform at this very casual, affordable dive that serves bottled beers and offers pinball machines.

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12. George's Dancin' Bare 8440 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Pro tip: get the steak. But only after several beers.

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14. Lutz Tavern 4639 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97206

This place sis like something straight out of a Paul Thomas Anderson movie.

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15. McPeet's 4501 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213

This dive bar's above-average tap selection makes them one of our favorite Sunday-Funday spots.

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17. Gil's Speakeasy 609 SE Taylor St, Portland, OR 97214

Everyone should listen to Prince's advice, and Gil's grilled cheese does: Tillamook cheddar and cream (cheese), you on top.

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18. Mad Hanna 6129 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213 (Beaumont Wilshire)

This neighborhood mainstay is truly a Portland dive, having remained unaffected by gentrification and trends. And with clientele made mostly of locals, pool, board games, movie nights and creative -- but not refined or "upped" cocktails -- Mad Hanna is a PDX must visit. Also, here you'll find one of the city's best outdoor porches...and great jello shots with Pop Rocks!

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19. O'Malley's Saloon & Grill 6535 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR 97206 (Se Portland)

This gem of an Irish dive bar in FoPo makes thick focaccia-style slices to order at the bar, and is decked out with a foosball and pool table, video games, and pinball. The beer selection is impressive as well, and for the suds-averse, stiff cocktails and wine will have you reaching for a second slice in no time. Pro tip: have them throw it in for a few extra minutes to get that NYC crispiness, which otherwise eludes the doughy base.

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20. Thatcher's 7906 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

Probably one of the only dive bars in town that serves breakfast every day.

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21. Billy Ray's Neighborhood Dive 2216 NE M L King Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

This place is the gold standard for dive bars in Portland.

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22. Spare Room Restaurant & Lounge 4830 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 98218

Spare Room is a Portland dive in a converted bowling alley with two distinct bars and plenty of mystery shots to imbibe as you bask in saxophone tunes. Also available is standard American fare (for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), along with daily food specials, mixed drinks, and frequent live music.

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23. Joe's Cellar 1332 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209-1611

This is debatably Portland's favorite dive bar of all time. Nightly, regulars of all walks congregate at the long wood bar and order up comfort food, brews, and cocktails. There's also a pool table area in the back.

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24. Daddy mojo's cafe 1501 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212

This place is one of Portland's best-kept dive bar secrets.

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