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New bar in Portland owned by Modest Mouse’s frontman

Generally talking, a brand new bar opening in Portland isn’t precisely massive news – it occurs on a regular basis. But when the bar proprietor is a well-known native indie rocker…properly, let’s simply say tons of individuals are out of the blue speaking about a spot referred to as Poison’s Rainbow. The new bar was dreamed up and began by Isaac Brock, frontman for Pacific Northwest-based indie band Modest Mouse (Good News for People Who Love Bad News; Strangers to Ourselves).

Poison’s Rainbow, Portland. Image by Becky Ohlsen/Lonely Planet

In an unscientific survey performed this week, half a dozen individuals advised Lonely Planet some variation on “yeah, everyone’s been asking me about that place.” The buzz began properly earlier than its opening in mid-March, and now guests to Portland can lastly go test it out for themselves.

The new bar is producing fairly a buzz in Portland. Image by Becky Ohlsen/Lonely Planet

The bar replaces a well-loved dive referred to as the Red Flag, which anchored the booze-and-food-heavy Northeast 28th Avenue for ten years earlier than being pressured to shut in early 2017 after a considerable lease enhance. In its new incarnation, the area has been streamlined and glossed-up a bit, with neon-lit, minimalist seating areas, a lot of kitschy artwork, a vivid inexperienced bar and elaborate chandeliers. Brock masterminded all of the décor, together with a number of the chandeliers and several other dioramas he constructed that are actually behind the bar. Rejected concepts for the bar’s identify reportedly embody Missionary Position and Trash Panda.

Sicilian-style pizza. Image by Erika Desroches / FOAP/Getty Images

The meals comes from Ranch Pizza, previously a weekends-only meals cart with an obsessively devoted native following; its thick, Sicilian-style sheet-pan pizza comes with a facet of home-made ranch dressing, an thought some love and others have declared a criminal offense towards nature. (Ranch Pizza can also be set to open a brick-and-mortar restaurant of its personal in Northeast Portland this spring.) Poison’s Rainbow isn’t what you’d name a dive bar, however it’s actually accessible; pizza slices begin at $Three.50 (€2.84), beer is $Three-6 (€2.43 – €four.87) and cocktails all value $10 (€eight.11) or much less (Brock invented a few them himself).

344 NE 28th Ave., open 3pm-2am Monday-Friday, 11am-2am Saturday & Sunday.  

Words: Becky Ohlsen




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