One half of this venue is a lounge with small groupings of tables, chairs and couches. No table service, you'll still have to wait at the bar for drinks. The other half is a very intimate dance space that is usually packed. A mix of top 40 and R&B.
Eat, drink and be stylish at the center of downtown's club scene..
Lively groups of well-dressed bar hoppers mingle in this large bar featuring exposed brick and low lighting. Seating is plentiful, but wise visitors arrive early to grab cozy couches and take control of the jukebox's playlist, which includes music ranging from Ella Fitzgerald to the Velvet Underground. Specialty drinks like the Naughty Girl Lemonade and the Green Envy are tasty and pack a punch, but the handful of beer and wine selections are cheaper.
Thanks for a good time. I wanted to thank the server working that night because he was the only server, but managed to be prompt and quick considering a full bar. I rewarded him with a $5 tip at the end of the night and thanked him for the good service. I liked his recommended Amster Light and would definitely go back for the good service and drinks! There are also some pretty interesting spaces to hang out with friends.
One suggestion.... XV should become a cigar bar. Seriously, there really isn't one in Portland right now, and it is a very popular format in most cities. The ambiance and the set-up would make it a perfect fit. The Brazen Bean and Kell's and really the only competition in this arena, and both are way too constrictive on their guests to succeed. Just a thought...
#10 best singles scene in the nation??. Then where are the ladies? Without them, there is no singles scene. Each time I have been back, it seems to be more of a sausage fest then the last time. And the ones that actually do make it here have been exceptionally lame. Like most new PDX places, they either become too trendy or die trying. This place was great when it opened a couple years ago. Decor cool, atmosphere excellent, then through no fault of XV's the hoards of idiots started showing up. There are a few pluses though. It has one of the better jukeboxes in Portland (not to be rivalled by the now defunct Players Club). Bartenders and service has always been top notch. Plus they know how to mix a mean drink. Keep it up guys! You are the only reason I come back to this place.
great tunes, brews, & even movies. Grabbed a brew or two there after work and I was shocked to see that they had a projection screen in the back room where they were showing recent DVD rentals. This was great. I Got to watch a movie while I snacked on a lamb kebob, and threw back a few Chimays. A perfect night indeed. I didn't have to leave my seat to get another beverage because they kept a close eye on the level of my drinks. The staff was fun and not pretentous, and they did their jobs well. The other side of the bar had some great techno/electronic dance music playing. I came back the next night with a friend and he loved it too. The jukebox has a varied and enjoyable selection of music. It just needs a dance floor and a DJ!!!
Drink Delay. Right after work on a weekday should be a wonderful time to visit XV--and yet the time and effort required to obtain a beverage to take the edge off the day might just prevent me from trying it again. After waiting in two lines (ignored at the bar) and changing tables to try (in vain) to get server attention, we finally wrangled a round of drinks. It took 45 minutes (!), and made me shudder to think how inefficient it would be like later, when the real crowd arrived. On a more satisfying note, the drinks are well-thought-out (and powerful) and the appetizers unique and share-able (avoid the bland and doughy samosas and go for the yam fries).
Fifteen Reasons I miss XV. So I just moved away from Portland to the depths of Spokane, Washington - and I have to say that of all of the places in Portland that I miss, I miss XV the most...why? I'll tell you... 1. The decor 2. The drinks - I'd give anything for a "Kentucky Kooler" or a "Naughty Girl Lemonade" right now. 3. The staff 4. The crowd . 5. The music - 6. The sofa 7. The chair. 8. The matchbooks 9. The food 10. YAM FRIES 11. Location 12. Location 13. Location 14. The Price 15. THE TOP REASON I MISS XV - There isn't anyplace like it
Irish muppets. XV is a cool bar but right now you have all these irish guys in town. And they are all hanging out at XV. They hug the bar like randy bulls just waiting for a babe to say somthing and they are all over her.Girls if you want Irish bulls, then XV is the place to be. O and watch out for the one they call they call the kerryman i heard hes a riot when he is twisited.
Dark and trendy. Although it took forever for the server to take our order, it didn't really matter as our group had plenty to look at. The restaurant is dark and trendy. The low lighting makes everyone look good and I can see how this place could be a great pick-up place. The frou-frou drinks were a bit pricey, but unique. The food was ordinary and reasonably priced. I'll be back.
Ahi Tuna Salad to DIE for!. I've been to XV several times. As a seasoned "East sider", I rarely find myself driving to the West just to eat or have drinks after work. However, on many occasions I have taken out of town guests here. Happy Hour is great with $1 off everything. The menu is quite appealing (i miss the goat cheeze pizza though), and as said before, the Ahi tuna salad is so good it made me moan. It's located in the heart of the "Barmuda Triangle" which makes it convenient to switch venues for a change of scenery. The waitstaff is what you make it, as with any bar in Portland. Nice to them, nice to you. Very dimly lit, but if you're having a bad hair day or need to drench your hangover with a bloody mary it's perfect!
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