The Spare Room

The Spare Room Portland Dive Bars Steven Shomler

The Spare Room

Quadrant – The Spare Room is located in Portland’s Northeast Quadrant.

Address – 4830 NE 42nd Ave Portland, OR 97218

Our Experience

We almost drove right past it, not because it is tiny, but more because it is a weirdly nondescript monstrosity. But inside, it hits all of the right notes!

Dark and dingy with the lingering aroma of bleach in the air. It’s a cavernous space. There’s not one but 2 bar areas; one traditional with a modest sized bar with bar stools and the obligatory poker machines, the other cozier with sofas and chairs in front of a fireplace.

There are booths and tables scattered within a vast space with a stage that appears it may have hosted strippers at some point in the past (though the pole is no longer in evidence). Posters about the place advertise musical acts and karaoke. And tucked off to the side is a room with pool table and full-sized shuffleboard with a small fireplace and seating area.

Full bar, just 3 taps with PBR and bud light occupying 2 of those. The efficient kitchen with titty posters visible through the pass through puts out a full menu including turkey dinner with all the fixins’!

The best part! Breakfast is served all day! Our server proclaimed their bacon is the best in town. We were appropriately reserved in our judgement, but turned out she was not wrong.

They also have $5 breakfast and lunch specials that were a good deal. Hopefully the last supper velvet painting on the wall won’t be prophetic for our meal.

Is it a destination dive bar? No, but it is a solid locals dive with cheap and good eats. Dive bars serving breakfast are rare gems.

Plus, you could bring your kids, if so inclined, as it is technically a bar and a restaurant. Not sure if that is a selling point or not, but there you have it!

Cheers!

Kc is me &  Steven Shomler

 

Below Are Photos From The Two Visits We Have
Made So Far to The Spare Room Dive Bar

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What Is A Dive Bar

Portland Dive Bars

What is a Dive Bar?

A dive bar has character.

Usually on the seedy side. It’s gotta be dark, somewhat sticky, smelly and has at least one vinyl seat repaired with duct tape.

You will not want to drink from the glassware without verifying your immunizations are up to date. Service must be surly but never scary.

Kitschy theme or name optional, but often awesome.

A good dive bar makes you feel like you are getting away with something (like sneaking away from work to disappear into a matinee; not that I have firsthand experience with that mind you …)

You feel safely anonymous but also known or maybe recognized as kin. There is no social strata in a good dive bar – we are all one.

Bonus if they serve breakfast!

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Inspired By Her

 

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Inspired By Her

Steven Shomler and kcisme AKA Diana Prince had their first ever date at a dive bar…

She loved dive bars and so did Steven.

The idea of this project began rattling around in Steven’s head and exactly 8 days later he bought the domain PortlandDiveBars.com

On the eve of their one-month anniversary, Steven and kcisme had a very meaningful date at yet another Portland dive bar. Right there during that date, which was going very well, Steven decided that he would turn Portland Dive Bars into a real project.  And his partner on this project would be the magnificent woman he was with, who enjoyed dive bars as much as he did.

Fast forward to January 2019 – Steven and kcisme are engaged and they are thoroughly enjoying doing this project together.

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About Portland Dive Bars

Portland Dive Bars by Steven Shomler

About 

Portland Dive Bars is a passion project that celebrates and highlights the great dive bars we have here in Portland, Oregon.

The contributors are local writer “kcisme” AKA Diana Prince, and Portland Author Steven Shomler.

Eventually this project will be a book, until then look for Steven and kcisme to publish articles here about the Portland dive bars they visit!

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Railside Pub

Railside Pub Portland Diver Bars by kc is me and Steven Shomler

Railside Pub

Quadrant – The Railside Pub is located in Portland’s Northeast Quadrant.

Address – 5301 NE Portland Hwy, Portland, OR 97218

Our Experience and Observations 

Is it open? Hard to tell since the only vehicle parked in the lot was a hearse, but we venture in anyway.

What a hidden gem! Perfect size, cozy but not claustrophobic.

Clean without the acrid smell of industrial strength disinfectant. Lighter than most dives, but acceptable. Foosball and pool table. A few video poker machines unobtrusively lined up against one wall (what is it with Portlanders and video poker anyway?).

Delightful bartender named Ash who made us feel welcome (will need to check out her Danse Macabre Gallery sometime at Hollywood Vintage).

Turns out this little joint makes a whole lot of tasty food, much of it housemade.

Ash steered us toward the French dip and so glad she did! Prime rib and grilled onions piled onto a grilled roll with au jus and REAL horseradish on the side (by request).

The meat (from Gartner’s just down the street) and au jus are made right there on site and were super tasty. Came with an enormous side of perfectly fried tots for an excellent value.

The jalapeno poppers were awesome and again, giant order. We couldn’t even finish them, and that’s rare!

The day we were there they had 3 craft beer taps and one cider tap.

Smallish, well-worn bar. Protected smoking shelter out back.

 

Our Recommendation 

Railside is most definitely  a destination dive bar! Head out that way as soon as you can!

Cheers!

Kc is me &  Steven Shomler

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