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).
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 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.
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