Portland >Virginia Caf�
This super cozy old school Portland bar right on the streetcar line has booths, cheap drinks, and friendly service-- everything you need--PLUS the most magnificent deconstructed nachos.
A watering hole for locals for nearly 100 years. It's low key and certainly not fancy but rich with Portland memories. In 2008 the Cafe literally did a pub crawl with owners, staff and patrons moving bar stools by hand to their new, current, location after the block that originally hosted the Cafe was sold. Dum Dum suckers in rocks glasses dot the top of the well worn & loved bar. I've found they make excellent and tasty swizzle sticks!
Love the happy hours~. I love the Virginia Cafe. I've been drinking here for about 8 years. Saturdays and Thursdays are the best days for happy hour--with $2 well drinks I can get in my whiskey and cokes or bloody mary's and not empty the pocket. I haven't eaten here much, but the fried zuchini/mushroom dish is huge and very greasily delicious. I've had friends who chow down on the huge burgers tell me how great they were. I'm there for the drinking. It's a bit of an odd vibe (decoratively) but they always play good music (t-rex, peter murphy, iggy pop... all in the same cd changer!). I'm split on the staff. There are a few great servers (and the ones that remember your drink get props), and a few that I wish would go work for the snobby bar their attitude reeks of. Overall, recommended, especially if you need a regular haunt.
Great happy hour!. A friend and I came here to check the menu on a Saturday night for dinner and drinks and some ladies sitting outside told us that all mixed drinks were $2-4! Of course we went it right away (it was only 8:15 and the Saturday happy hour is 8-midnight.) There wasn't much for me to eat (veggie who doesn't eat cheese) so I had a gardenburger, but it was good and filling. The drinks were the amazing part! $2 bloody mary! $3 martinis and cosmos! $4 Long Island's! We drank til midnight and had a great time ~ our waitress was wonderful and sparkly and super nice! I'll definitely be back!
The V.C.. A nice dark place with a friendly wait staff. Good happy hour! You can get really loaded and they won't mind. As long as you respect the staff.
Smootchie Contestants.... Hey, I cannot believe more of the audience didn't pick this little cutsie place right around the corner from the PDX living room! The annual "Lip Print Contest" happens there, and they have some of THE BEST Dirty Martini's for your buck!! It's a cozy atmosphere and service is great. Come on Potland, where'd you go on this one? Too good for your own "elders"?
* I'm in love with Virginia *. great service, coke refills like you wouldn't believe, friendly, great music, cozy, great BLTs. overall a very comfortable place to be.
Great burgers - not so great prices. Came here for lunch the other day and had a GREAT burger. Very tasty. My only complaint is the prices. My boyfriend got a relatively small salad and it cost $8...and he said for the taste, it definitely wasn't worth it. I suggest going during happy hour, when there is a super cheap menu (burger and fries for less than $4!!).
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