Pub at the End of the Universe4107 SE 28th Ave Portland, OR 97202 Southeast Portland
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Hidden midst an unassuming street, down the dead zones 'tween Powell and Eastmoreland, one doesn't just chance upon the Pub. There's no proper signage, and, since the actual name references comic sci-fi, one would assume the bar caters to the worst stereotypes of neighboring Reed College.
The almost-entirely-vegetarian cuisine, craft beers, and eccentric decor and impromptu design (something like the lived-in parlor of an uncle trailing hippie passions) draw their share of professional students from all around Portland, to be sure nearby Sellwood Bridge tempting a surprising portion of Lewis & Clarkers, but a steady flow of working men from around the area, frequent the pool tables and ever-busy dart boards.
Pub at the End of the Universe's Happy Hours
|Monday||4pm-6pm $3 micros, $8 pitchers 4-6pm|
|Tuesday||4pm-6pm $3 micros, $8 pitchers 4-6pm|
|Wednesday||4pm-6pm $3 micros, $8 pitchers 4-6pm|
|Thursday||4pm-6pm $3 micros, $8 pitchers 4-6pm|
|Friday||4pm-6pm $3 micros, $8 pitchers 4-6pm|
|Saturday||No happy hour info available.|
|Sunday||No happy hour info available.|
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Don't come here unless you're a complete hippy, and don't mind a dirty, gross atmosphere. Food is terrible and had three of us throwing up for hours. Drinks are insanely expensive ($7.50 for the smallest glass of whiskey I have ever seen.) The smell inside is awful and the whole place seems pretty dirty. I'd say definitely stear clear. If you like dives the ship ahoy is right up the street, and if you're hungry the cbar, yoko's, and shut up and eat are all way better options.
So I went here with the wrong expectations I guess. I figured that the name implied in some way that there may be something, anything having to do with Douglas Adams or his great series at this bar. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed myself. Great food, good beer, good atomsphere. But aside from the name...nothing to do with HHGG. Why not name it Joe's dive bar or whatever. I mean at least have a drink called the PanGalaticGargleBlaster or a picture of Adams for Chirst sake!
I have adored this bar since the first time I walked in. It has fantastic micro-brews on tap that change regularly, Guiness[!] and cider [mmm..snake bites] and a friendly staff that serve killer food and drinks to a billiards loving crowd. My only complaint is that the seating/space is somewhat limited, so once in a while the Reed students can make the place far too crowded, but otherwise fantastic.
Went there to meet a friend for a friday night beer and stayed the whole night. They have a great selection of beers and OMG they have Mack n' Jack's! They decor is kinda swank, kinda dank with homemade furniture lined in wild animal safari skins and a red shag rug in the center room. There's like four different leveled rooms and a bar room. People were cool bartenders were attentive at the bar. The only downs to this bar are they have no liquor which is sad, and if you're not a smoker you will smell like one when you leave here, but they do have a rinky dink kitchen there next to the bar where I imagine they could whip up a veggie-friendly sammy or app to soak up all the beer in your belly. I'll be coming back here again.
To echo a previous thought, when I die I want my ashes sprinkled on the shag carpeting at the Pub. The unassuming exterior leads to quirky comfortable interior. Grab a beer and take some time to explore the terrain- the murals and posters- pool and darts- and the jukebox (think Woodstock). The selection of hard to find beers is mighty tasty. Almost entirely handpicked it sounds like Daniel personally knows the brewers of most. Just remember: order at the bar, make some new friends at the pool table, and play a little Janice on the jukebox.
Staff is friendly, pool tables, groovy vibe and the open mic monday nites is popular.
Worth checking out.
If I kick the bucket in Portland I want the wake to be held at the Pub. It was my first bar in Portland and has remained one of my favorites. While it's definately not the place for food unless you don't mind waiting a little bit (there's rarely more than one person working at a time and the priority is on serving drinks), the bartenders have never been anything but quick and friendly when serving up beer. There's a great selection on tap, relaxed atmosphere, and good music on the jukebox. Go in with a good attitude, order your drinks at the bar instead of waiting around for someone to serve you (you will be waiting for all eternity; there's all kinds of hidden nooks around the place and they will never find you), and don't get bent out of shape if the food at this proud and great dive bar is not gourmet quality.
Dravin: Special Olympics?? What the fuck. By the grace of God goes you. So shut the fuck up, you inconsiderate asshole.
The first time I went on a Saturday night, the bartender was friendly. I enjoyed both times how laid back the place was. The second time I went on a Friday right after work, a different bartender was a complete dick, either forgetting our drinks or blatantly refusing to get up to help us if we asked for it. If the guy is watching TV and you see lots of empty glasses and thirsty looking people, turn around. If the guy seems friendly and attentive, stick around.
this place was great. though I did find the clientele to be somewhat disturbing. this Matthew Modine nerdy looking fuck couldn't stop whining about ordering a gardenburger. a gardenburger! what kind of fag goes out to the pub to order a gardenburger!
Downright Awful! I brought a group of 4 to this place, hearing good things about it and all, but to our dismay this ended up being the biggest pile of shit place ever! Unbelievably, I attempted to order a gardenburger and the derelect behind the bar, which barely spoke english (I swear the guy was out of some zombie movie or some shit), told me, and I quote "When I get around to it. You might have to wait for the next guy to come on shift!" Yep, that's what this half dead mutated zombie told me! I can't believe it, and on top of all this..... the guy was slow as shit. They must have dug the bartender up from either an insane asylum or the special olympics! I tipped this tool for every drink and all I got was this fuckin negative review to write about it! Steer clear from this hell hole unless you like assholes treating you like shit and not giving a rats ass about business!! Damn zombie!
Went there once after watching a NW Dodgeball League game, and the servers were just as nice as the dodgeball folks were. Very laidback throughout most of the place, and definitely cool with trying too hard (like so, so many downtown bars). Might even try that "guys with skirts get HH prices" thing
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