Portland is famous for its food-centric culture, so there’s no denying that residents and tourists are pretty well fed. However, in addition to the myriad restaurants and bars, quality grub also extends itself to entertainment halls. Here are five music venues that offer quality full course menus, beyond the standard pub fare and nibbles.
Doug Fir Lounge
A popular southeast music establishment, this rustic chic spot is a great place to catch a drink and a bite to eat before a show. There is a restaurant-style seating area in addition to the lounge, and menu items range from smaller plates, like chicken tacos and steak bites, to entrees, such as burgers and sandwiches, smoked salmon linguini and quinoa with vegetables. The concert space is downstairs, and also has a full bar. Be sure to check the event calendar often, as Doug Fir Lounge regularly features some top notch artists.
Mississippi Pizza Pub
This family friendly pizzeria serves up some of the best pies in Portland, with vegan and gluten free options available as well. The music lounge is complete with tables and booths, so you can dine during a live show, which is a great perk. The lounge also includes a full bar in the back. Just be sure to get there early as it tends to fill up fast.
Alberta Street Pub
A remodel of the former Public House, Alberta Street Pub is a classic neighborhood restaurant and bar that also houses an adjoining concert hall with a killer sound system. An extensive list of rotating draft beers, craft cocktails, and a full dinner menu make it an ideal place to linger before catching a show. All food is fresh and made from scratch. Vegan and gluten free (though limited) items are available as well.
Wilfs Restaurant and Bar
In the mood for some jazz? Featuring local jazz Wednesday through Saturday, this family owned restaurant first opened in 1976 and and proves itself a time-tested music and fine food establishment. In addition to the pricier dinner menu, there is also a Casual Bar Menu that samples, well, less fancy grub such as pizza, sandwiches and baked cheese fries. Jazz shows include a cover charge.
Black Water Bar
Opening in 2015, Portland’s first vegan heavy metal punk bar has all the traditional bar food, only it’s entirely plant-based and super fresh. Even carnivores would be pleased with the homemade burgers, sandwiches, and chili “cheese” fries, to name a few. The club regularly hosts rock shows, so it’s best to check the calendar beforehand to see what’s going on. The stark interior provides the right setting for some good old hard rock.