Newly Single, New Neighborhood In PDX. Best Places?
October 25, 2012 10:37 PM   Subscribe

New Neighborhood in Portland OR! New to me, anyway. I could use some help! I now live downtown. What bars, pubs, etc, are great for a casual first date? I'm in my late 30s if that helps.

And as a secondary question, are there any great spots for actually meeting women?
posted by Mr Ected to Human Relations (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It would help to know what places you liked in your old neighborhood(s) and why.
posted by treblemaker at 10:42 PM on October 25, 2012

Yes, where in Portland.
posted by efalk at 10:46 PM on October 25, 2012

Response by poster: The funny thing is, I wrote that in my question but intentionally deleted it before posting because I thought I should make an effort to discover places I wouldn't normally pick. I was in an LTR and we went to the same places over and over. The new old Lompoc in NW (RIP!), the Blue Moon, the Laurelwood (at times when there were less likely to be kids). But I'm totally open to places that aren't like those at all. I'm new to downtown. Let's say I have a first date and we're meeting for drinks. I know about the Virginia and the Market St. Pub. Where else should I check out?
posted by Mr Ected at 11:01 PM on October 25, 2012

Response by poster: I feel silly even posting this question since I'm not new to Portland, but I never really went on dates downtown. I have a date next week and I kind of froze when she asked where I wanted to meet up. That's when I realized I really need to make an effort to find places that are good for the whole meet for a drink and get to know you thing.
posted by Mr Ected at 11:04 PM on October 25, 2012

Central, right around the corner from Voodoo Doughnuts, is great. My friends and I called it the secret bar, and used to go there for amazing cocktails. It can be a bit noisy, but would be great for a first first date.
posted by Specklet at 12:40 AM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

The Driftwood is mine and my husband's favourite bar. It is inside the Hotel DeLuxe and is great. They have really good food specials, drinks are great, and the bartenders are fantastic. It is casual and classy. I love it.
posted by source.decay at 8:06 AM on October 26, 2012

I like Valentines, and they often have music. Clyde Common can get pretty busy but they have really good food in addition to drinks.
posted by rabbitbookworm at 12:45 PM on October 26, 2012

2nding Valentines. Also, i have had several nice dates at Veritable Quandary; the evenings there are a bit quieter than the lunchtime zone.
posted by furnace.heart at 1:44 PM on October 26, 2012

Response by poster: I can't believe I didn't think of the VQ. The booths in the front are really great. I wish they had more of them. I love tall booths. I like a feeling of having a bit of privacy, especially on a first date.
posted by Mr Ected at 2:01 PM on October 26, 2012 [1 favorite]

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