Econo Lodge Convention Center
305 N. Broadway
Portland, OR 97227
Phone: (503) 284-5181
Fax: (503) 287-9711
Bars & Cafes
Next to Portland's landmark train station, Wilf's is a venerable dinner jazz venue that has featured nightly performances for over 30 years along with high-end, sustainable dining. The dining room excels in creating memorable special occasion dinners. Jazz lovers will enjoy Tuesday nights with the Ron Steen Jazz Jam, starting at 7:30p. Professionals from near and far have been known to sit in Ron's world-class sessions. You'll find intimate seating and atmosphere in the jazz bar. Choose from a wide array of top shelf liquors and appetizers during happy hour after 9p.
This industrial age saloon has been a Portland landmark since 1905. While live music continues to play, a twist has been added. Now, if customers feel like indulging in cocktails or the famous McMenamins ales, they can consider renting a room for the night. The 11 remodeled guest rooms (with original porcelain sinks) rent for an unbelievably cheap rate per night; however, that does mean that you might encounter some of Portland's interesting spirits of its past. The extensive pub menu features the Reuben, McMenamins American Dip and many other delicious entrees and sides. Sidle up to the old-time bar and order a pitcher of brew, or get a Mason jar of beer to bring home!
The Tavern's Pub is one place where you can hang out with your neighbourhood buddies to catch a game and have a drink. This place is quite popular around its location because of it's tasty food and drinks. There are games that are always playing on their flat screens which you can relax and watch with a tasty burger. Their most popular dishes are their fries, nachos and burgers. The menu is put together by chef Jordan is well thought out for a bar. So when your around the corner, drop in to this cozy sports bar.
Torro Bravo offers a variety of traditional Spanish tapas and some tapas inspired by the ingredients found in the Pacific northwest. You can start your night munching on olives, almonds and perhaps chorizo and manchego cheese on country bread. Move on to some seared scallops and then try the lamb braised with pepper and served with dumplings. Remember that tapas are traditionally small portions, so you will be able to sample many of the restaurant's dishes. Don't forget to order a pitcher of sangria to complete your dinner.
Housed in The Secret Society, a building which dates back to the Victorian period, the Secret Society Lounge serves some fantastic cocktails in a wonderfully cozy atmosphere. With a capacity of just about 50, this lounge, with its vintage artifacts and lighting, tries to recreate the atmosphere of a bygone era, and it is not hard to be convinced by the illusion. Apart from cocktails, you are also offered absinthe, beer, wine and a food menu.
This charming little coffee shop on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard just east of the Willamette river is a great place to start a day or meet with friends. The space isn't large, but its intimacy creates an atmosphere of comfort among patrons and staff. Most of the characters one would spot at Gold Rush Coffee seem to be like family. Everyone brings their own unique coffee mugs because like free refills and discounts exist for customers who do so. The WiFi is free, but when it's crowded, one may find it difficult to find a seat or an electrical outlet. Oh, and the food is simple and great! -Cathryn D. Blue
If you're in the mood for Japanese cuisine, Yama Sushi & Sake Bar would be a great restaurant to pick. The chefs at this restaurant make use of the freshest possible seafood to craft creative lunch and dinner menus that are sure to please even the most discerning of critics. Apart from sushi, you get to gorge on scrumptious preparations like curry tonkatsu, chicken teriyaki, salmon misoyaki and more. No visit is complete without trying something from the sake list, which makes your traditional Japanese meal complete.
Enjoy coffee in pint glasses and sweets or bagels at this clean and charming neighborhood shop. The relaxing ambiance draws crowds that reflect the strange mix of the surrounding area. Punks, hipsters, new immigrants and old-time residents all coexist over good, strong cups of coffee. The darkened back room with brick walls and cool seats has a spacious, Old World atmosphere. Bagels and cream cheese and sweets costs a little over a dollar. Only cash payments are accepted.
The Ecotrust Café, part of the World Cup Coffee & Tea, is a specialty coffee roaster. This outlet works completely on an eco-friendly theme. The construction of the entire building is done with recycled materials or sustainable products. The fixtures and fittings too are of the same material. The Café serves only organic coffee and tea. Ecotrust Café has given a new dimension to the world of caffeine in Portland.
A typical American sports bar is what you can expect as you walk in through the doors of Spirit of 77. Red brick walls surrounding a room completely furnished in wood, adds to the casual and simple ambiance of this bar. This place follows a schedule of sport broadcast, from basketball, baseball to football, every fan will be pleased. Watch your favorite game on their huge high-definition television screen, while sipping on any of their draft beers or wine. They offer light fares of salads, wings, burgers and sandwiches to accompany your drink. This energetic space is ideal to spend a fun evening with friends or family.
Seres embodies the new age world of Asian cuisine. Their contemporary menu of Szechuan-American cuisine adheres to self-imposed quality factors such as gluten-free ingredients, locally sourced proteins and use of organic produce wherever possible. Whether dining in or taking out, Seres promises classic and familiar favorites of soups, fried rices, soups and noodles yet with distinct and potent flavor combinations. Serving food that good in every way makes this place quite the highlight here in Portland.
Dance the night away to the DJ's beats on the dancefloor surrounded by mirrors, with laser shows adding to the entertainment quotient. The absence of a cover charge and regular drag shows and parties make CC Slaughters even more of an attraction, and it comes as no surprise that it is one of the most popular gay nightclubs in the city. The Rainbow Room is a secluded enclave where the mood-lighting creates a relaxed atmosphere, and you can kick back with an Appletini to sip on.