Hidden Portland: Secret Spots

Portland's Best Basements, Back Rooms, Attics, and Hideaways

Here are some of the city's most out-of-the-way spots to eat, drink, or just be mysterious.

12/21/2018 By Kelly Clarke, Ramona DeNies, Margaret Seiler, and Benjamin Tepler

Coooooooch

Why Is Couch Street Couch Street?

A product of the Great Renaming of Portland streets, Couch has an unexpected vowel sound. There’s a reason, and it’s not just to play spot-the-tourist.

12/21/2018 By Daniel Couch

Best of the Year

Portland Monthly's Top Longreads of 2018

Tonya Harding. Wolves vs. dogs. Zombie-filled video games. Greg Walden. Quaker sex cults. Here are 12 of our best in-depth stories from the past year.

12/13/2018 By Portland Monthly Staff

Hotel Openings

Woodlark Hotel Now Open, Just in Time for Kolaches and Winter Cocktails

Woodlark is two hotels in one, plus a downtown outpost of Good Coffee, a history-heavy cocktail bar, and—finally!—Doug Adams's Texas-style meat palace, Bullard.

12/12/2018 By Ramona DeNies

Slow Burn

The Hottest Gift This Holiday Season Is a Robert Mueller Devotional Candle

Let us pray to our Patron Saint of Plea Deals.

12/11/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Sports

They Want to Build a Baseball Stadium in Northwest Portland. Here's How It Could Look.

The Portland Diamond Project reached a significant land deal with the city for the Terminal 2 site on NW Front Ave. And the renderings include a mystery gondola.

11/29/2018 By Marty Patail

Travel

10 Grand Lodges of the Pacific Northwest

For every season, there’s a dream destination.

11/20/2018 Edited by Ramona DeNies By Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, Amy Martin, and Kelly Clarke

The Shakedown

Good Riddance, 2018

We size up the year that even tried to take away your La Croix.

11/20/2018 By Marty Patail

Comedy

Portlander Katie Nguyen Will School You in Funny

The 30-year-old comedian, a high school teacher by day, tells it silly but straight.

11/20/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Word of Mouth

These Portland Chefs Are Trail Blazer Superfans

Leather Storrs and Alec Morrison are nuts for Rip City.

11/20/2018 By Karen Brooks

Gift Guide

Terrariums to Tiny Pies to Woke Tees, Your 2018 Holiday Gift Guide

We've got locally made presents for everyone on your list.

11/20/2018 By Eden Dawn

Strategies

How One Jewish Writer Learned to Love Christmas (Kinda)

But don't take her anywhere near Peacock Lane.

11/20/2018 By Rebecca Clarren

Signal Boost

Happy 50th Birthday to KBOO Community Radio

After a half century, the community nonprofit is still powered by volunteers.

11/20/2018 By Catherine Johnson

PDX Index

Can Portland's 911 Call Center Step Up Its Game?

Here's a look at the numbers.

11/20/2018 By James Stevens

Gaming

Magic: The Gathering Players Take Over the Oregon Convention Center

The tournament, set to draw thousands of attendees, proves that this classic nerdy card game is here to stay.

11/20/2018 By Sam Pape

Light a Fire 2018: Best New Nonprofit

This Portland Nonprofit Transforms Homeless Youth into Filmmakers

At Outside the Frame, street kids take charge of their own stories.

10/17/2018 By Rebecca Jacobson

Light a Fire 2018: Most with the Least

At Portland's Q Center, the Fight for Queer Rights Is Far from Over

In the age of Trump, the community center is more important than ever.

10/17/2018 By Eden Dawn

Light a Fire 2018: Keeping Us Healthy

This Nonprofit Supports Portland's Sex Workers

From trauma support to career coaching, the Cupcake Girls help those in the sex industry or affected by sex trafficking.

10/17/2018 By Sydney Dauphinais

Light a Fire 2018: Inspiring Creativity

Open Signal Brings Education, Access, and Equity to Media Production

The media arts center is out to amplify voices that often go unheard.

10/17/2018 By Marty Patail