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Dots Cafe
Today 12:00 pm – 2:30 am
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2521 SE Clinton St Portland, OR 97202
2521 Southeast Clinton StreetUSOregonPortland97202
$$Cafe, BarToday 12:00 pm – 2:30 am
Monday 12:00 pm – 2:30 amTuesday 12:00 pm – 2:30 amWednesday 12:00 pm – 2:30 amThursday 12:00 pm – 2:30 amFriday 12:00 pm – 2:30 amSaturday 10:00 am – 2:30 amSunday 10:00 am – 2:30 am
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Velvet paintings fill the walls of this hip lounge serving American eats, plus brunch on weekends.- Google
"Delicious late night vegan food."
"Notable for the velvet paintings and random celebrity pictures (Leonard Nimoy!"
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Zachary McCall
4 weeks ago
I love this place. Great Happy Hour Good Food Great portions. I would steer clear of the cheese fries in my opinion I'm pretty sure it was cheddar cheese microwaved on top of fries. Cease salad is dank, trio plate is good.
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Linn Davis
8 months ago
Great place with an amazing happy hour -- two beers and a giant bowl of hand-cut herbed fries the size of your head will set you back $5. Yep. You will wonder if you have wandered back to 1997 somehow. Plus there's a late-night happy hour from 11pm to 1am. I can't even begin to understand the commenter who says the look of the place was "off-putting" and hence won't be going back. Hah! What ridiculousness. Dots is cozy, cozy, cozy. And isn't more-hip-than-thou at all -- I run away from those places real fast. No, Dot's seems to attract the casual-looking local folks and friendly weirdos that populate most little neighborhood pubs. And those velvet paintings and colored lights? -- there's nothing hipster about that; that's just classic Portland. Remember the Velvet Painting Museum? Ah, I miss that place. (Also see: Space Room, the Roxy, Really Good Stuff, the Alibi, etc.) Dot's really just feels like a proper old-school lounge. A definite time-warp. Friendly servers, $1.50 PBRs at happy hour and an overall lack of self-righteousness should make it clear that you are not, in fact, in $200skinnyjeansland. (That's over on Division. Sadly.)
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Jennifer Olson
7 months ago
Always great but too much Sabbath/Ozzie lately. Need to go back to the hardcore roots.
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Michael Oneil
a year ago
We really like this place. It's dark, got good food, and friendly service.
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Joseph Cilio Rossi
7 months ago
still bummed about the lack of pool table. bring it back. i know you wont because the people that complain about it just do not matter to you, in a business kind of way. we have to go to clinton street pub instead. but they have this wall thing and shit that gets in the way. and they don't serve real cooked food. also it is a pain to order food and bring it over there. less of chance of impulse nachos or cheese fries. when i have to think about it i probably wont buy them. i have avoided at times giving you business just because i choose a spot in which i can share a pool table with a friend with a plan to drink lots of booze and greasy food. does this matter in over all things in life? no . is this a first world problem? yes. but it is my first world portland bubble problem.
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Bill Bauman
a year ago
I've been going here for longer than I want to admit. I love Dots. I love the Kitchen Sink fries. They hand cut their fries, cover them with cheese and more, then bake them. You go here for the fries or happy hour drinks. The other good is good, not bad, but it's all about the giant plate of delicious fries.
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Elly Winstead
2 years ago
I love hanging out at dots on a rainy week night. The atmosphere is fantastic, the food decent, and the drinks good. The company of friends in this low key atmosphere with all the velvet paintings is a unique experience.
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Xess Dx
3 years ago
It's late, you're hungry/bored/thirsty/frisky.... you need to satisfy that itch, and your regular haunt seems so.... tedious. Dots is your rescue. Tucked away in that little oasis on SE Clinton Street where you find the Clinton St Theatre, Nohos, and a few other joints, there's Dots, hip before the ironic moustache invasion, Dot's is what most of the dive bars in town wanna be. Is the food anything special? Not necessarily, but it is one of the better bars for veg heads, and it's not too shabby. Are the drinks amazing? No, but they're decent cocktails, and reasonably priced, and they have a beervana-appropriate beer list. Even the decor isn't outrageous, but it has more of a CB/GB feel than anything else, the Ramones, or David Bowie would have felt comfortable here in their heyday. Very convenient for cyclists, and pleasantly off the beaten track for partiers, Dots has remained itself, and that is cool. Worth checking out.
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