Matador (CLOSED)1967 W Burnside St Portland, OR 97209 Northwest Portland & near Southwest Portland
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BarFly's Review of Matador (CLOSED)
Alas, our beloved Matador closed its doors on Friday, September 12th, 2014. A note from the owner, Casey:
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that this Friday September 12th will be the last night of business for The Matador. Thank you all for the years of good times and laughs. Come down for one last call and say goodbye.
All my best-
"I know you got soul
If you didn't you wouldn't be in here"
The Matador (1971-2014)R.I.P."
BarFly's last review of The Matador is preserved for posterity, below.
After the merest of 40-year tenures, Matador remains a red-light, white-belt, old-wood Cadillac on the West Burnside drag, a dive bar as iconic as the velvety toreadors adorning its walls. Pool at the bar’s two tables still costs a throwback two bits, the jukebox is stacked with punk (sans the post) for the daytime off-DJ moments, and the low-rent beer pitchers remain low-rent despite rising property values in the abutting neighborhoods.
It’s recently changed hands, and by way of refurbishment local roller-derby and cock-opera impresario Jeffrey Wonderful found a hot-pink, heart-shaped porcelain sink to spectacularly complement the men’s room’s altar-like urinals with half-hearted symbols of love. Daily, you can still take advantage of some of the most heavy-handed well-drink pours in town while appreciating some of the Brit-foppiest DJs.
The Matador remains one of the most generous dive joints around, with some of the best and saltiest fries, not to mention equally salty blue-collar regs crowding the long rail until the evening surrounds them with tourniquet-tight pants and hair that runs the whole gamut from rocker to rockabilly.
Never a cover. Pool x 2, plenty of video crack, and a stand-up punch bag boxing game.
NOT to be confused with "Casa del Matador" a chain of semi-upscale tapas bars that's opened a couple of Portland outposts in recent years.
Opens at 3pm, daily.
12-7pm $3 Wells, $1.50 PBR, every day.
Matador (CLOSED) 's Happy Hours
|Monday||3pm-7pm 12-7pm $3 Wells, $1.50 PBR|
|Tuesday||3pm-7pm 12-7pm $3 Wells, $1.50 PBR|
|Wednesday||3pm-7pm 12-7pm $3 Wells, $1.50 PBR|
|Thursday||3pm-7pm 12-7pm $3 Wells, $1.50 PBR|
|Friday||3pm-7pm 12-7pm $3 Wells, $1.50 PBR|
|Saturday||3pm-7pm 12-7pm $3 Wells, $1.50 PBR|
|Sunday||3pm-7pm 12-7pm $3 Wells, $1.50 PBR|
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Alas, one of my favorite drinking institutions with the most incredible saavy grit has closed after a couple decades of sweet vice! Imagine a sensibility where Bladerunner meets the bar of Tatooine in Star Wars and that was Matador. Gawd, gonna miss Lara and Rebecca... sorry to see you all go. Thanks for the legendary memories! *sniff*
very cooooool ! As in an eeriness. If only the mystery of all the dead people could spill out from between the cracks in the walls. My friend spent an evening at the Matador several years ago. Inexplicably, he left the place, drove to the Vista bridge, and jumped off. They shoveled up his brains off the street far below. Another friend walked out the front door and was killed by a passing car. Boris Karloff would dig the place so it is a really cooool place to die !
That bar is so clean which contrasts with the seedy inked up types that lurk about grooving to the mind numbing tempo of the juke box. You could eat off the floor! It is like a hospital OR. I would eat a meal out of the urinals. It is a sanitized paradise, but the people seem like zoned out ego cases.You should be wary of poseurs. A+ clean
I have been here time and again and will continue to be. The Matador is my hands down favorite Portland bar. Friendly, relaxed environment, CHEAP strong drinks,sweet bartenders, cool people, fun music, live music or DJ about every night and NEVER a cover charge, photo booth, games, books....everything you could ever want. You can choose to dance with the small crowd that gathers around the DJ booth or just relax and sit quietly or shoot pool for $.50 a game. If you aren't down with the Matador than get outta town. A true Portland treasure. I applaud you Matador.
The grand dames, Laura and Rebecca, have gone widening the field for all you man hungry babes out there, but be careful of the manthers who prey upon budding cougars...we still serve the best drinks in town and I even give free banjo lessons.
Got an issue? Get a tissue. You awesome banjo players sure are sensitive. If I see you at Matador holding a banjo, if I can get past all the groupies, I'll buy you a Whineken. You should write a song about all the pain this has caused you.
I think you ought to censor cross talk between respondents...why would you publish one and not the other ? Unless, that is, you have a motive for skewing the facts and that makes your site a bit useless and political doesn't it ?
great place to meat people for a stiff one. I especially enjoyed the blonde bartender, Rebbecca...she was more than accommodating as were Ellyn and Amanda. They all were so kind I wanted to take them home and serenade them with my banjo.
my first legal drink was at the matador 17 drinks later i did my first legal stummble home i've been stumbling home from this bar for many a year since.
god bless the matador!
To me it's much like being in my living room with a reveling festivity round the clock. It is so clean I would eat off of the floors...It isn't so much a bar as it is an experience. The girls are some horny little devils and the music they play stays in my head for days...I wish that I could live there.
I'm from Clearwater, FL and have many friends who live in Portland and had nothing but good things to say about the place. My lasting impression of The Matador is the enourmous urinals. Thats my thing. I'm all about the pissers. I could have camped out in the thing. Awesome.
I like this place enough to keep going back. I always meet a few women (even got in the photo booth with some), the beer is cheap, the drinks are stiff, and for the most part people are nice there. However, its a total divebar aka shithole. I stayed too late, it was closing time and they turned the lights on and its a dirty ass bar.
So if you are up for a little more rowdy crowd its a decent place. Last nite I got to see a guy have to be carried out of the bar after he puked all over the bathroom floor and stall, I saw a woman pretending to stand up piss in the mens urinals, and had some woman's thick ass on my lap.
I am not from Portland, I am a Brazilian guy who lives in Georgia, and I Think the matador the best place ever.........beer is cheep, pool is cheep, nice people............ I JUST LOVE IT...........
yeah.... anything goes at this bar. iv'e seen mike piss on the tables and i puked on the floor once right were i was sitting. needless to say. i couldn't make it into the bathroom... with the new owners though, i'm sure they cleaned the atmosphere up a bunch. GREAT people work there and also the regulars. i'd know. i used to be one! CHEERS!
Last Thurs night there was a great DJ at the Matador, I never got to tell him, but he was playing great stuff. The Shangri-Las' "Train From Kansas City" was a sweet closer for the evening. No, I'm not some ghost pimp for this guy, he really did have great taste, great enough that I noticed it from the bottom of a deep well of jack & coke.
Actually it was some old drunk slut's dog who kept coming up to me and trying to sniff my crotch when I was shooting pool. I'm pretty sure service dogs are trained. And on leashes.
Service animals are allowed in bars and all public places for that matter. It is against the law (federal) for the barhelp to ask what the diability is. Federal law always supercedes the State regarding rights to people with diabilities (visible or not). They can only ask if it is a pet. They can however require it be leashed. I know this because I own a bar and had to deal with some issues due to this type of thing. Service animals can be for invisible conditions such as medic alert dogs that alert to the presence of a medical condition.
I know its an s hole but I keep going. Mostly to have some drinks before baseball games to avoid the pge park prices. Usually a free pool table as well. Barmaid is strange but nice. But yeah, they totally overserve and its gross and with dog piss (isn't against health code to have animals in bars?)
some of u may know who is writing..so let me say hello to everybody who´s ever been to the matador.. most of the times i liked it cuz most of the girls who work there rock! some of them are a little fucked up but isnt the same old thing? The Matador isnt the cleanest place and one special doorman isnt always in his best mood nevertheless he is a lovely guy . the owner´s sick.. but it was always funny to chill at the matador.
greetings to the italian girl alex to dager .(damn)..brooklyn...susi.. . charlie.. amber.. destiny.;)..ranch dressing ..lol ... ginger of course! .. my littel phillipine girl from the bitb. ;)
There's just about always a good pool game to be had (bring your skills), The DJs mix up the genres and crowd is pretty diverse.
One of the best dive bars around. Some of the stiffest drinks ever served. Almost to strong (if thats possible). Bartender chick is a bit odd..sniff...sniff..., but seems to be nice.
by far the rudest doorman/server/visor-wearer I've ever encountered. If I weren't such a wuss, I'd waylay him after he got off work, then do something painful & unwholesome to the bastard (probably incorporating his namesake hat). but seriously, folks: unless you dig abuse and sitting at tables that have been routinely cummed upon, then he and this bar are not worth putting up with.
I regular the Matador on an almost nightly basis. The drinks are stiff, if ordered from Laura, the beer is cheap, the tables are decent, and the music is always rockin'
The crowd is friendly, and drama free, despite the many "cliques" that have developed.
The food is so-so, I try not to touch it too often.
All in all, one of the more comfortable bars in Portland.
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