In case you haven’t heard, Portland is pretty hip these days. With folks from across the country and around the world coming to settle in the Rose City, it makes sense that the little metropolis’ topography would change. New skyscrapers, luxury condos and threadbare affordable housing units are popping up everywhere, ripping up or displacing beloved buildings and cultural landmarks as they go. So it is good to have a short list of bars that tell newcomers and the younger crowd the story of Portland from “back in the day.”
Below are the dive bars that reflect that lovable, quirky and dark character of Portland that we hope will remain steadfast for decades to come.