WHY HERE: Set on a corner and shaped like a triangle, Sandy Hut has served the neighborhood since 1923. While it has been cleaned up a bit, this dive's super-friendly staff still pours stiff cheap drinks (read: $8 cocktails) and serves up surprisingly tasty food. Some claim it's the best brunch in Portland.
WHY NOW: Having undergone a somewhat recent renovation under new ownership, the bar hasn't really changed much. You can still play music on the jukebox, drop some quarters in the pinball machines and belly up to the bar for some good cheap whiskey with some folks who, in a way, look like they've been hanging out since 1923.