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Swag Bag

Swag Bag

A fun new app turns the Pearl District into a scavenger hunt for great deals at shops, restaurants, bars, and other neighborhood businesses. The Pearl District Business Association recently partnered with the fast-growing local marketing and advertising technology company SWAG’R to launch an app that aims to revolutionize the way consumers and businesses throughout the

Tea Refresher

Style, simplicity, and the joy of boba tea Having served its first drink in early December in a bright, minimalist space inside the sleek Cosmopolitan tower, the already wildly popular Tea Bar (1055 NW Northrup St, 503-227-0464, continues to solidify Tanner Springs Park as one of the Pearl’s focal points. The south-facing floor-to-ceiling windows

What happens in Vegas comes to Portland!

Holsteins Shakes and Buns Set to “Beef Up” Portland’s Burger Options with their new venue in the Pearl District. Holsteins Shakes and Buns (1139 NW Couch Street, 503-616-4321) is bringing their creative burgers and signature boozy milkshakes all the way from glitzy Las Vegas to the heart of the Pearl with an opening planned for May 1st.

Grape Finds

The joy of discovering wines you never knew you loved When it comes to wine, you might call Alex Marchesini and Kelsey Glasser true citizens of the world. Sure, they’re ardent fans of Oregon and Washington wines, but Northwest labels make up only a small part of the eclectic inventory at Thelonious Wines (516 NW

Perfect Pairings

Within an easy, scenic drive of several acclaimed winemaking regions, Portland has become an undisputed wine mecca. Many Pearl District restaurants and bars specialize in showing off the city’s wine riches. Here are four spots that oenophiles shouldn’t miss, along with suggested wine-and-food pairings. Salud! –Andrew Collins CERULEAN WINE BAR & BISTRO 1439 NW Marshall St,

Sunday in the Pearl with Andy

Writer Kay K Tacke embarks on a wine-filled afternoon with her winemaker brother and Pearl resident Andy Lytle, who shares his favorite sips along the way. We start our ramble by heading west from Andy’s waterfront Pearl abode. A little backstory on my brother: he lives close to the refurbished Albers Mill building, home to

Winter Warm-Ups

Any well-crafted drink can stir the spirit. But there are certain beverages that speak especially to our sense of warmth and well-being, melting the chill of a winter evening, or perhaps offering the truest complement to a delicious cool-season dish—we’re thinking of the blistered-crust pizzas at Oven and Shaker, or the black mussels with Old

Beer Back

BrewCycle Portland now has its own first-rate nanobrewery You could easily stroll by Portland’s smallest craft brewery without noticing it—that is, until you witness a 15-passenger covered bicycle emerge from its garage-like entrance. Siblings Chris and Andrea Lins operate BrewCycle Tours on Flanders Street, using the space as the departure point for the spirited pedal

Brix & Mortar

A modern take on a classic neighborhood hangout With a warm, handsome interior that strikes a pleasing balance between intimacy and expansiveness, Brix Tavern (1338 NW Hoyt St, 503-943-5995, sets a welcoming mood for just about any social occasion that revolves around food and drink: happy hour with a few friends, brunch on a

Soccer Meets Spaghetti: The Passions of Piazza Italia

Modeled after an old-world Italian neighborhood osteria, festive Piazza Italia (1129 NW Johnson St, 503-478-0619) looks almost a little out of place on its block of contemporary condos. In fact, it’s a terrific example of Pearl District diversity: the charmingly informal eatery draws an eclectic, all-ages mix of locals and tourists, sports fans and power brokers, and gourmands

Soul Train

Sophisticated dining, smooth jazz, and the old-world charm of Union Station keep Wilfs on the right track. It’s 4:30 on an unseasonably warm spring afternoon, and the small crowd gathered around the convivial bar at Wilfs Restaurant (800 NW 6th Ave, 503-223-0070) is typical for this time of day: a few passengers waiting for the southbound

To Your Health

Celebrating art, community, and vintage cocktails at Santé Bar The Pearl’s art scene has thrived over the years due in no small part to the culture of partnerships and collaborations between local artists and business owners. Harnessing the neighborhood’s creative strength to great effect is the North Park Blocks’ Santé Bar (411 NW Park Ave,

Grab and Go

With autumn upon us, it’s back to our busy work and school schedules, but that doesn’t mean we can’t eat well. Here are four spots that offer tasty, well-priced takeout meals. by Andrew Collins World Foods 830 NW everett St // 503-802-0755 // Look to this gourmet emporium with a decidedly Mediterranean spin for boldly flavored


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