Sunday 19th June 2011
Not unsurprisingly this pub is called the Sidebar as it is literally around the corner from its parent, the 5th Quadrant, and is described as a Tasting Room.
It caters for the drinker only, as distinct from the main pub which is a restaurant as well as a pub, as is normal. It also has a few beers that are not available in the main bar.
Here is the list, the last two (in capitals) were exclusive to the Sidebar. Heaven's Helles (5.3%), Sour Willy (4.5%), Kick Axe Pale Ale (5.2%), C-Note IPA (6.9%), BOURBON BARREL AGED LSD (8.5%) and CEDAR PROOF BELGIAN DUBBEL (7.6%).
I had a small glass of the Whiskey aged beer which was brilliant and another of Kick Axe which I hadn't had in the main bar, superb. There are also Lompoc beers to drink in or take away.
It's comfortable and relaxing, so it is surprising that the outside is so distinctive, see photo.
After this pleasant interlude I walked south to North Vancouver Avenue for the no 4 bus direct to Union Station.
Sidebar, 3901A, N Williams Avenue, Portland, OR. 97227. Tel: 503 288 3996
Open: Wed and Thurs 16.00-22.00; Fri and Sat 16.00-23.00. Sun to Tues Closed.
The frequent bus No 6 runs North-South along Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard from the City Centre. Alight at the NE Failing Street stop and walk five blocks west. The slightly less frequent No 44 stops outside and also comes from the city centre. Note that this route southbound is one block west. Bus No 4 direct to Union station runs along N Vancouver Avenue 3 blocks south and 1 block west.