Nite Hawk6423 N Interstate Ave Portland, OR 97217
Located in: North Portland
BarFly's Review of Nite Hawk
The promise of an awesome vintage neon sign is belied by a poorly 'renovated' interior, now devoid of all traces of any past glory. Clean, comfortable, and spacious, but utterly soulless.
Locals say the breakfast is a reliable favorite.
Pool x 5, video poker, several flat-screen TVs broadcasting sports.
Getting to Nite Hawk
Checked AC in my serch and the Nighthawk poped up... NO WAY. fans on blowing the hot air around... But very good, just gonna be my winter stop!!
i don't know who this bob guy is down the list here but i want to find him and kick his ass. what a slimeball. i've been to the nite hawk a few times and the service was great. always great. i love this place it's almost as much fun as My Father's Place, probably next in line. the staff is always very warm and friendly. it's people like bob who are the problem. bob, you'll never be happy in life. i can't believe how much of a loser you are. if you wanted to have the staff suck your dick you should have realized you were in the wrong place as soon as you looked around you. there's a porn store down the street, you can probably find plenty of guys there who will pay very close attention to you and give you promp service as soon as you walk in. dick.
My girlfriend moved to the neighborhood a few weeks ago. I used to live in NoPo, but down off of Vancouver, near the 5th Quad. I never really hung out in this area being just a little too far to get to on foot (i'd rather not rely on the MAX, especially it doesn't run till beer-thirty).
Anyhoo.. Since we're respectable drinkers, we decided to skip around the neighborhood the DAY she moves in.
We fell in love with this bar. Most nights, when there's not pool league stuff, you can find a table to play at. The drinks are stiff and very fairly priced. TV's are everywhere. The grizzled patrons are friendly and often too sauced to know you're there. Perfect since this place could be filled with douchery, but IT ISNT!
We've been in there every night during the week just to see what nights are busier then others. So far, we've only had to turn around due to one night of a Pool Tournament taking over the space. No room for a group of 8. No big deal. We'll be back. For sure.
I went there tonight to shoot some pool. It is the only bar in the neiborhood that stays open till 2:30. They have 5 pool tables. I got prompt and very courtious service. I think the only drawback was no jukebox. Will definitely go back. Marlice Jackson
"I waited for 3 minutes" "that action took another 2 minutes" "fair service. timely service. good product. The NIGHT HAWK does not meet these minimum standards. One out of three is not good! "
You sound like an impatient fucking asshole and I would have ignored you as well. You're lucky they even let you loiter in there without buying a drink, I would have kicked you out of my joint for being such a petty douchebag.
I went in Tuesday nite 5/13 at 11:50 to watch some pool and have a beer. I waited for 3 minutes for the bar maid to close out a tab ($37 plus). This was at the bar parallel to Portland Avenue. I waited patiently for her to finish. Instead of serving me next, she walked past me(after i called her attention to my presence) to wait on a customer on the east bar( parallel to Iinterstate Avenue). that action took another 2 minutes. THEN she turned her attention to me, asking me what I wanted. I made a comment that 'I guess I need to be 250 pounds and black to be noticed'. I declined to purchace a beverage and went to a table and sat down. Around 10 minutes later the customer at the east bar came over to me and said 'I need to correct you---i am black and 270#'. I stayed until 11:30 and left. I am not a difficult patron to please. I do expect a level of service that is easy to attain. fair service. timely service. good product. The NIGHT HAWK does not meet these minimum standards. One out of three is not good! I will not be 'talking up' this place to others. I did not feel that my service was 'out of the ordinary'. I you like that kind of treatment, then THIS IS YOUR KIND OF PLACE!!
Made my date take me here because I dug the sign. Drinks and service were fine. Had some entertainment from a surly drunken regular who went off on his taxi driver. He told the Cabbie to go outside and "fucking wait" until he was "goddamn ready". Cabbie told him he could walk home and bailed. The bartender said that was the 5th time he'd caused a problem in 2 weeks, but he couldn't 86 him because the owner won't let him. Now if a customer consistently causes problems and disrespects the bar, the bartender should be allowd to 86 him, no matter how long he's been going there. The owner needs to be more considerate to his employees and back them up when they have to 86 people to maintain control of the bar. Now I have the impression that I can raise hell here all I want.
What you see is what you get. And I don't mean from the outside either. You walk into this place and you know what your getting into. This is an oldschool nopo bar. Most of the people you see in here have been drinking in this place longer than you've been able to walk and if your looking for some kind of atmosphere you probably don't have the right eyes for it. The Night Hawk's is this; decades of working class schmoes drinking hard and burning their lungs away with cheap cigarettes. Its palpable, and I go there because I know the liqour comes strong, and I know I won't be troubled by any fancy pants riff-raff. Mike, the bartender is a surly bastard, but thats exactly what I would expect from years of grinding broken bottles into anyone silly enough to fool with him or the rest of the staff. However its from his gnarled hands that the strong cocktails come from, and I'd be a fool to miss out on those, and so would you.
I have been to the Nite Hawk a few times since starting school a couple months ago. The drinks are very reasonably priced, taste great....and the service is usually great. Lots of action on the pool tables, and sometimes you have to wait to get on a vieo poker machine. One of the few places in NOPO to stay open until 230 am evry night. One of my favs....
I have never seen the BTs treat anyone poorly at the 'Hawk, and I've spent _way_ too much time there. Maybe it's different during the day, but the night staff is pleasant, if not very chatty.
The Hawk has almost no atmosphere (boring Snora Jones/Sting/Beatles on the stereo), but the drinks are cheap and strong, there's usually a pool table available (except until ~10 on league nights). Lots of different types hang out there, so there's never a "scene." It's just a long-time local watering hole w/ pool and OK diner food. Not a destination, but not a disappointment if all you want is a cheap place to drink w/ your buds.
SHITHOLE! This place has all the ambiance of a service station bathroom. They were in the process of freaking out at some guy who was smoking too close to the pool table felt as we walked in. Not just politely talking to him but freaking yelling at him. Then a person (kind of a grungy guy, but polite) who won a lot of money ($600) on Video Crack was treated rudely and bashed behind his back for only tipping $20! The drinks were shit and the grapefruit juice was nasty. When I mentioned it I too was severly chastised. I couldn't find a single redeeming quality about the Nighthawk. There may be one, but I sure didn't see it. Hint to the NH staff and owners... people who buy your drinks, play pool and play your lotto are the reason you can open the doors, try treating them a little better.
I've been twice, and was treated like absolute crap by the surly old bastard behind the bar. Seriously, I've never wanted to pull a bartender across the bar and beat his ass before running into this rude f*cker. Too bad- I live only a couple of blocks away and it should be my regular hangout. Oh well.
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