Portland Meetup!
posted February 7, 2011 4:49 PM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Fri February 25 at 6:00 PM, Bridgeport Brewpub
1313 NW Marshall St, Portland, OR, USA (Map & Directions)
We're planning on visiting Portland to scout out areas we might move to, while we're there we'd love to share a beer with some of the local mefites. Our schedules are essentially wide open at the moment, we'll get in Friday - Feb 25 and depart Monday the 28th.
We plan on journeying throughout most of the area via car and foot - with a 3.5 month old this will likely mean we need a (several) drinks by the time we wrap up the day...or during the day. You get the idea.

In general we'd like to meet folks, so not knowing the area, we'll be staying downtown, have a wee baby with us who likes looking at things.
posted by iamabot to Meetup (53 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

What kind of place are you looking for?

There's a lot downtown - some things are even kid-friendly.
posted by device55 at 5:49 AM on February 8, 2011

Really any place that we can have a beer and that a wee baby won't be wholly out of place in, we usually gear towards pubs and breweries simply because you can get decent food and good beer.
posted by iamabot at 9:39 AM on February 8, 2011

We would definitely attend this. We did the same thing last February (scoping it out, talking with MeFites) to decide if we wanted to live here, so I feel like it's my duty to continue the recruitment.
posted by lhall at 9:59 AM on February 8, 2011

There are a few good places we could all meetup.

Close to downtown:

Bridgeport Brewpub
Deschutes Brewery
Tug Boat

The locals (that is MeFites) have met-up at each of these places.
Deschutes didn't work so well, but the other two worked pretty well.

On the eastside:

Green Dragon
Hopworks Urban Brewery

Each of these work pretty well, but tend get busy quickly.
Hopworks is out of the way, however.
posted by nickthetourist at 9:36 PM on February 8, 2011

I'll totally come to anything on Friday or Saturday.
posted by maqsarian at 10:25 PM on February 8, 2011

I also just remembered Produce Row, which I haven't been to in ages but is a fairly quiet relaxed place.
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:35 AM on February 9, 2011

Hmm thanks for the suggestions! Since it looks like there are a lot of downtown options maybe focus on that and hopefully it is easy for people to get to. (Also, it will allow my wife a convenient escape in case the little monster needs to go to monster jail).

Any objections to Tugboat Friday evening, say 6pm ?
posted by iamabot at 9:04 AM on February 9, 2011

Tugboat at 6 on Friday works for me.

posted by maqsarian at 11:36 AM on February 9, 2011

posted by Greg_Ace at 12:55 PM on February 9, 2011

I do like tugboat, but are we sure it's kid-friendly? I know it's a brewpub, but it feels more "bar" than "family pub" to me.
posted by dersins at 1:00 PM on February 9, 2011

Well, bar kind of works, the kid isn't really mobile. As long as they won't kick us out the kid will mostly be quiet and stare at mefites... If she scrobbles too much one of us will march her back to the hotel for a little R&R.

So is it too bar-ish ?
posted by iamabot at 1:02 PM on February 9, 2011

Of the places we've met up, it is probably the most bar-ish, yeah. It's pretty dark, and will probably get pretty crowded. I don't know the other places downtown, but East Burn and Green Dragon are both more pubby.
posted by maqsarian at 1:48 PM on February 9, 2011

Just found this Yelp page for Basement Pub, which might fit the bill. It's a couple blocks south of Belmont on SE 12th Ave, so pretty accessible to downtown.
posted by Greg_Ace at 2:46 PM on February 9, 2011

I should probably make this easier - We're staying at the Courtyard Marriott in Downtown
posted by iamabot at 3:04 PM on February 9, 2011

Bailey's Taproom could also work.
Just like Tugboat, it's close to the hotel.
posted by nickthetourist at 3:19 PM on February 9, 2011

I just looked at Baileys Taproom, but I'm unsure if they have food, and we're proposing to meet around foodtimish. We seem to have a problem of too many options!

Worse comes to worse, Jenn and the baby can stay at the hotel, which may happen regardless due to the vagaries of raising a 4 month old and flying on a plane for the first time...ever with her.
posted by iamabot at 3:22 PM on February 9, 2011

As long as they won't kick us out

Oregon liquor laws are weird. If the OLCC thinks your establishment a bar (rather than a restaurant) you're not allowed to have kids-- even tiny little infant beans-- in there at all, and you can (and often will) get fined.
posted by dersins at 3:59 PM on February 9, 2011

We seem to have a problem of too many options!

Welcome to Portland.

Conerning Bailey's and food, I can't seem to find any indication they serve any.
According to a couple reviews on Yelp, there is a taqueria next door.

So far, if we stick to the downtown area, Bridgeport Brewpub may be the best option.
Heading to east side will give us a few more.
posted by nickthetourist at 5:19 PM on February 9, 2011

Ok, I'm gonna fire away on this and choose the closest to the hotel and we can shift outward from there if needed or if people don't like the suggestion...or want to do lunch or...etc.

Friday, Feb 25, 6pm PST
Bridgeport Brewpub
posted by iamabot at 7:33 PM on February 9, 2011

I'll probably be there!
posted by spherical_perceptions at 7:49 PM on February 9, 2011

I am reasonably certain Bailey's is no minors at all times. I am 100% certain that they have no food, but you can get food from the taqueria delivered to you at Bailey's.
posted by turbodog at 8:54 PM on February 9, 2011

We should probably make reservations or something because Bridgeport on a Friday night is crazy busy.
posted by fiercekitten at 8:39 PM on February 12, 2011

Can do, will maybe make them mid next week if we can get a more accurate count ?
posted by iamabot at 11:06 PM on February 12, 2011

Bridgeport Brewpub (link above) is 21 and over only.
posted by neuron at 10:07 PM on February 13, 2011

I've been there with people with children before.
We sat in the main space, not the bar, and we had no issues.
posted by nickthetourist at 11:10 PM on February 13, 2011

Kids are totally fine at the Bridgeport in NW, I've taken my toddler aged twins several times and let them run free, annoying everyone there. I'm not going to be able to make it (twins, etc.), but if Bridgeport is too crowded the Lucky Lab on Quimby between 19th and 20th is just a few blocks away, and is generally way more manageable with both kids and large groups.
posted by togdon at 11:44 AM on February 14, 2011 [1 favorite]

I will do my best to be there!
posted by munchingzombie at 10:07 PM on February 14, 2011

Beer you say? Well...ok. I guess I'll come.
posted by Lutoslawski at 12:24 PM on February 17, 2011

Just confirming we're good to go on this, and will be trying to make reservations for a dozen folks for the designated time.
posted by iamabot at 8:19 PM on February 20, 2011


But seriously, we're good to go.
A reservation for 12 should be safe.
We can always squeeze in if necessary.
posted by nickthetourist at 11:00 PM on February 20, 2011

Ok, we're reserved, made it for 6:30pm under Patrick.
posted by iamabot at 6:05 PM on February 22, 2011

6:30pm reservation time because I figure it will take some time for a quorum to assemble, however we'll be there at 6ish.
posted by iamabot at 6:06 PM on February 22, 2011

You probably want to reserve for 18, to include the maybes. Even if they don't show up, people who didn't say yes or maybe can take their place. (We know you're out there lurkers.)
posted by fiercekitten at 9:48 PM on February 22, 2011

I thought about that, but not knowing the meetup portland crowd very well I was guessing it could be like the SF gang where we might have folks wandering in and out over the course of a coupe of hours?
posted by iamabot at 12:15 AM on February 23, 2011

Ok, Ill call tomorrow and try and up the reservation by 4-5, we included our 4 month old in our total, so there is a wee bit of room as she'll mostly sit on my lap and try to grab my beer glass. Or yours.
posted by iamabot at 7:47 PM on February 23, 2011

I think me and Secretariat will be there as well.
posted by cortex at 10:58 AM on February 25, 2011

I might be able to stop by this evening.

Bridgeport has a private room - if you call them again maybe you could ask if it's available.
posted by Prince_of_Cups at 10:59 AM on February 25, 2011

I'll probably get there by 7pm. Unless, y'know, it starts "snowing" again.
posted by spherical_perceptions at 12:27 PM on February 25, 2011

As it turns out, I have conflicting plans until 10 / 10:30 or so (I know you're all busted up about that), but if you all end up going somewhere afterward, drop a note in the thread and I'll try to catch up with you later....
posted by dersins at 12:47 PM on February 25, 2011

Hey so, here's an update: The reservation is for a party of 16 at 6:30pm, I was able to up it a bit, but we may have to just snag other tables/etc if the facility is cool with it.

They can only do one major check and then split it 4 ways, so if you gots the cash, please to be bringing the cash and I will settle the bill/etc.
posted by iamabot at 3:33 PM on February 25, 2011

I work in NW portland, so I'll be walking up towards Bridgeport with cortex a little after 5:30. I don't know if you noticed, but it's a little cold out- so it probably won't take us too long to get there... we might be a little early, more like 6 rather than 6:30.
posted by Secretariat at 5:07 PM on February 25, 2011

We're pretty good at sitting around drinking beer, though, so that's not really a big problem.
posted by cortex at 5:22 PM on February 25, 2011

On my way!!
posted by Lutoslawski at 5:25 PM on February 25, 2011

The stop-announcing voice on the streetcar kind of sounds like Majel Barrett Roddenberry. I hope that was deliberate.
posted by maqsarian at 5:59 PM on February 25, 2011

fiercekitten and I are enroute.
Should be at 7:30 or so.
posted by nickthetourist at 6:54 PM on February 25, 2011

Guys, thank you so much for the wonderful dinner, it was so nice to meet all of you. I am really sorry we had to leave when we did, it has been an extremely long (2) day(s) with the baby and we kind of pushed it just a bit too far.

If anyone ended up out of sorts or there was something left from the bill that someone had to cover please don't hesitate to memail me and we'll get it straightened out.

Thank you again!
posted by iamabot at 8:53 PM on February 25, 2011

Bill was totally fine, worry not. Very fun meetup, glad we could hang out with you guys. Enjoy Portland, after some sleep tonight hopefully.
posted by cortex at 10:37 PM on February 25, 2011

Cookie Pie... was totally not a pie. I feel the need to create something that actually lives up to that name.

Otherwise, good meetup. iamabot, let us know if you end up with further questions about the Portland area.
posted by Secretariat at 11:06 PM on February 25, 2011

Yeah, the cookie pie was pretty much as close to bullshit as something called "cookie" and "pie" could get without literally being a bull's shit in a skillet.
posted by cortex at 11:26 PM on February 25, 2011

Yeah, see now this would be cookie pie.
posted by dersins at 1:13 AM on February 26, 2011

We ended up buying girlscout cookies on the walk back to the hotel. They are all gone now.
posted by iamabot at 8:15 AM on February 26, 2011

I'm totally making cookie pie now.
posted by fiercekitten at 12:45 AM on February 27, 2011

I'm glad that the waitress didn't hear me order a second "cookie pie"; another one of those at the table may have been too depressing to bear. If I had any eggs, though, I would absolutely make dersins's legit cookie pie.
posted by maqsarian at 1:20 AM on February 27, 2011

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