The Twilight Room, AKA The T Room
A close associate and U.P. grad highly recommended this stop and we were not disappointed.
HUGE place, looks like it has been expanded multiple times over the years to accommodate its loyal clientele that appears to be a mix of UP students, garden variety barflies, regular folk and families (kids allowed in certain spaces during limited hours). Lots of dusty tchotchkes, collegiate stuff and 3 pool tables, plus, you guessed it, video poker machines! A big mix of high/low tables, a smattering of sticky barstools and a gorgeous patio (WAY too nice for a dive bar).
Full bar, a few craft taps, lots of cheap drink specials (I partook of the $9 shot of tequila and tall boy Tecate), BUT, wait for it, they have a slushie machine!! Like the 7-eleven variety from your childhood, but made better with booze.
The food menu was pretty extensive for a Dive, predictably leaning heavily toward fried items, but big portions and affordably priced. We enjoyed the scarily large chili dog with crispy tots and a side of jalapeno poppers. That’s some good stomach lining food right there to protect your tummy from the dastardly effects of a big night out.
Quadrant: North Portland
Address: 5242 N Lombard, Portland
Happy Hours: 3-6pm Sunday through Friday
Full kitchen: Yes
Jalapeno Poppers: Yes
Outdoor Seating: And how! Beautiful and dog-friendly
Distinguishing features: The patio, good specials, good value