Gold Dust Meridian3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd Portland, OR 97214 Southeast Portland
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BarFly's Review of Gold Dust Meridian
Betty Crocker's recipe for awesomeness: stick a bar in a mid-century accountant's office on the only strip of Hawthorne that lacks decent watering holes, add booze, an excellent happy hour (the "Trio" is a delight), and an attractive staff.
Aesthetically, the GDM is of the sort of minimalist mid-century mod that turns designheads, but sexed-up enough to make it extremely date-worthy.
Aside from couples in various states of canoodling, the usual gang of hipsters compose the bulk of any given evening's crowd.
Soloists may find this bar a challenge, as the short, awkward, reverse 'J' shaped bar isn't terribly welcoming.
Sidewalk smoking/drinking seating wraps around to the rear, with varying degrees of weatherproofing, along the way.
Gold Dust Meridian's Hours of Operation
|Monday||2:00pm to 2:30am|
|Tuesday||2:00pm to 2:30am|
|Wednesday||2:00pm to 2:30am|
|Thursday||2:00pm to 2:30am|
|Friday||2:00pm to 2:30am|
|Saturday||2:00pm to 2:30am|
|Sunday||2:00pm to 2:30am|
Gold Dust Meridian's Happy Hours
|Monday||No happy hour info available.|
|Tuesday||No happy hour info available.|
|Wednesday||No happy hour info available.|
|Thursday||No happy hour info available.|
|Friday||No happy hour info available.|
|Saturday||No happy hour info available.|
|Sunday||11am-2am $1 off tap beer, wine, and well drinks + $5-7 menu|
Reader ReviewsAdd your own review or comment
Not sure if at 35-45 our group was too old for the staff at Meridian but what an uptight group of assholes. We were 86'd because we went over to a table and talked with two women for 5 minutes. Just conversation...even said my wife was at the bar and it wasn't a "lets go to Angels"...just conversation. Walked back and a little munchkin doorman told us we had to leave....Swear to God, they said, "this is a place where couples come to talk and you aren't allowed to talk with anyone" Damn...Sorry Mini Me but you didn't have a shot with them anyway. Too bad they have really started to hire some tools because it used to be a great place. LOTS of better joints in town...We should have just gone to Star Bar to begin with.
I have an absolute rule: no drinking and driving. So I usually end up walking, bussing, or taking a cab (when it's raining and/or I'm feelin rich). GDM is much to far to walk too from my place, and it takes three transfers on the bus. But MAN! I wish I lived in this neighborhood! I would be there all the time! (Wait, maybe it's a good thing I don't live within walking distance?)
The place is clean as a whistle, the servers are helpful and friendly, the space is cool, comfortable, and fun, the drinks are stiff, the music is great. I can't think of a single complaint! My *only* suggestion to them: new signage. The logo and sign outside are hard to read. But really?! Who cares?
Based on results maybe gold dust is a lesbian bar but I ain't got no game so what do I know. Oh wait.. I know that Meridian is super duper fun, the staff is friendly and good looking and the patrons are, for the most part, always down for having a good time. The seasonal menu is top notch and prices are reasonable. Sure.. the hipster contingent is sometimes noticable but they move when asked nicely. The bar fly review, besides being illegible, is totally inaccurate. Singles, couples, young and old you won't find a more welcoming lounge on Hawthorne. Pool sharks beware though because the table belongs to me! Grrr.
Upon first impression I thought it was quaint, well decorated, and very classy. Nancy Sinatra on the jukebox, I was greeted by a very nice gentlemen who promptly brought water and gave us details about their very decent happy hour menu. The waiter suggested I try a brown ale they had, and I ordered the mac and cheese and some artichoke dip. Every thing I had was delicious, and I walked out having only spent 10 bucks. I give it 5 stars all around, I will definitely be taking my friends here.
I love this place. The mid-century modern space is v. pleasant, the service is v. good despite the fact that the wait staff are attractive and hip (which usually means that the service sucks), the drinks are cheap and the mac & cheese is the best in Portland.
I'd peeked inside this place during the daytime once, and it piqued my curiosity. It seemed to promise the kind of friendly, slick cocktail bar that my grandad might have enjoyed in his youth.
I didn't stop in that day, but after seeing a write up in Willamette Week recently, I was reminded of it and furnished with the exact address.
This is a fun place that has a nice energy and vibe from what I could tell. The architecture and design of the space is remarkable. It could almost be a cousin to the Doug Fir basement bar, only slightly more streamlined, more subtle and brighter.
There was a country band playing on the Wed. night I went, and there was no cover. The band was great and a pleasing surprise to happen upon. I forget their name, but the singer had a June Cash reminiscent voice. They also covered one of the slower, sadder songs by the Pogues, which was very well done.
The fun quotient balanced out any high falutin' airs. Cool place. Good date spot.
I have lived on the strip for 15 years and many things have come and gone. I must say that aside from the space room of 1993 this is the very best place to hit hawthorne in some time. swanky booths, stiff drinks, and the easiness of meeting new friends, this place is rad! happy hour till 8pm, and outdoor seating??? I havent really been to other places since this opened.
The Gold Dust Meridian is just an ok bar. The patrons seem to be there to party hard (and loudly) and it lacks the classy atmosphere it is trying to pull off. It is not non-smoking as indicated here, but seems like it should be. It has great potential, but it lacks that certain something.
Relaxed jazzy atmosphere with very attentive staff. Comfy booths, bar table and dining tables. Not a large space, but pretty good. Can get loud, not that smoky, small portions of food, good drinks. All in all, I'll probably go back.
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