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Tube exemplifies everything I love about Portland. Where else do bars serve vegan bar food?? My favorite thing to do is buy myself a vegan donut at VooDoo Donuts a block away, then have it for dessert AFTER whatever I eat at Tube. The only drag is that smoking is allowed inside so if it bothers you, you have to get there early. I haven't stayed for the DJ yet but I hear they play a fantastic mix of music.


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Tube got a new food menu! I love this bar and I have been eating here for years. Anyone who feels insecure about eating here because of all the "hipsters" is just that: insecure. There's not much I can do about that except recommend some self-confidence therapy. The staff here is amazing and the regulars are all really nice and fun. If you can get over your own stereotypes about kids into fashion you'll find they're like everyone else: some people are nice some people are assholes. Sounds like life in general. Tube updated it's food menu to include an awesome cold pasta salad (vegan) and vegan spaghetti and meatballs. They also make their own goddess dressing, chipotle veganaise, and marinara sauce. If you haven't eaten here in a while you should check it out again. They've been under new ownership for over a year now and are very vegan/veggie friendly. Sometimes the smoky-ness of the bar sucks, especially late at night.


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I had to write a review for this place because I saw that the other reviews here seemed kind of negative, and I've always had a great time at the Tube. True it is a hangout for the striped-shirt, lacquered-hair hipster types, but there are a lot of fun people who go there too and great food. I've only been a couple times.. once on my 21st birthday and once a couple weeks ago..but hitting their happy hour is one of the smartest things you can do. Vegan ham and cheese sandwiches- $2, as well as a vegan hot dog (which I don't prefer, but some people do) and $2 well drinks as well. I managed to get tipsy and full of good food for $10, and that included a tip. The bartender we had was really pleasant and chatted with us. If you want to spend a little more, their vegan meatball sub is top notch as well, i think it's like $6 or 7, all their sandwiches rock, actually.


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I went to this place specifically b/c I heard it was vegan-friendly and was pretty excited about sittin' around and enjoying the atmosphere.

It was a pretty hip place, and I had a good drink. But, maybe I'm just not hip enough or I didn't look like I belonged, but I never got comfortable sittin' at the bar. I was hoping for some down to earth folks that I could have a couple of drinks and have a good time with. Sadly, most folks gave me a once over and a disapproving or questioning look before going back to their drinks.

The problem is that I expect this at A LOT if not most of the bars in Portland. I expect people to look at me and determine I'm not hip enough, but I tend to think that vegan-friendly usually tends to be more open-minded and laid back.


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I had to rate Tube a 5 - a 10 for the kick-ass vegan ham and cheese sandwich I had, a 0 for the lame attitude of the staff. We showed up on a sunday evening, about 9, the place was empty and we asked if they were still serving food, to which they replied "yes" we proceeded to have about 8 folks show up, a good 5-6 of us ordered food, all of us had multiple drinks. After I paid the bill, the bartender pulled me aside and told me that "they really did a lot for us, and not to come in again expecting to get food on a busy night, becuase they lose money when people are eating, taking up space for people that could be sitting and drinking" of course, this was after I'd already paid and tipped. So, beware... the food is amazing, the service was adequate, the staff just plain sucked.


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This is the hippest bar I've ever been in. Granted, I don't go to many bars, none of them hip, so perhaps my sample is skewed. But the decor was very sleek, polished. It would have almost seemed cold, save for the mixed, down-to-earth crowd and very nice bartenders. The place was a little smoky, but my hatred of cigarette smoke is why I don't go to bars much. (If only this bar had been non-smoking.)

We didn't order this, but apparently the bar specialty is a PBR-tini (Pabst Blue Ribbon mixed with whisky and lemon), which you can get really cheap (around two bucks). I got an excellent Cosmopolitan, which cost me $9.50 when ordered with Grey Goose vodka. Perhaps I should have tried the PBR thing. :)

I didn't order any food, though I was tempted by the veggie dog or vegan meatballs. I'd definitely recommend this place. Very fun!

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