Ambassador4744 NE Sandy Blvd Portland, OR 97213 Northeast Portland
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Considerably expanded to include two large karaoke rooms, plus a small smoking patio, in addition to the main bar. Regulars do frequent the bar 'round daytime (stiff drinks, pressured-water 'n granite design, more than edible food), and it's a popular choice for karaoke on the weekends, but The Ambassador's best appreciated late-night, and mid-week, when all the myriad charms are at play, and Franz Ferdinand and Belle & Sebastian needn't make the club private to host afterparties.
Ambassador's Happy Hours
|Monday||12pm-8pm $4 appetizer menu + drink specials until 8pm|
|Tuesday||12pm-8pm $4 appetizer menu + drink specials until 8pm|
|Wednesday||12pm-8pm $4 appetizer menu + drink specials until 8pm|
|Thursday||12pm-8pm $4 appetizer menu + drink specials until 8pm|
|Friday||12pm-8pm $4 appetizer menu + drink specials until 8pm|
|Saturday||12pm-8pm $4 appetizer menu + drink specials until 8pm|
|Sunday||12pm-8pm $4 appetizer menu + drink specials until 8pm|
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Let me start out by saying the food is great. Service is touch and go. You have a 50/50 shot of getting a decent server. I was there over the weekend and I didn't end up happy. The hostess wasn't watching the door, so when a server finally caught up with our party we were snively asked for our ID's and shown to a table. The KJ's rotation was screwed. I bribed him 5 bucks and waited. I didn't expect to be up next, but when a dozen singers went by, and then repeat singers they lost a customer for life. There are MUCH cheaper, friendlier, cooler places to go in Portland. When I first started going there a few years back when I turned 21 it was okay pretty fun, now it's not as busy for obvious reasons. Hello Alibi, or pretty much any other bar when I'm on the eastside.
My girlfriends and I go for karaoke at the Ambassador at least once a month. The KJ is gracious and puts up with our boisterous group, and the waitresses are fabulous. They always remember us and are really great about figuring out weird drink orders. When we broke a glass with half a rum and coke in it, our waitress brought back a full replacement for free. The first half hour of karaoke is dead (at least when we got there that early)--mostly the KJ filling in the empty stage--though once it got to be 9:30, you started to have to wait because of the parties. We usually go during the week when everyone's out front and can embrace the hilarity that is the bubbles and smoke machines that they've got going on, but the smaller room is fun when you want to sing more and wait less.
The karaoke crowd is always fun. Everyone gets into it--singing, clapping, and dancing along.
We went last night, and discovered that they have NOT had had free Happy Hour hors d'eouvres in about TWO YEARS.....
I am writing in response to "scorned" as I was the waittress their tab was transferred to at the end of the night (not the one mentioned). I am not making any claims as to the statements of my co-worker but I can say that these people were drinking for 5 hours at our bar making the 11 tangueray and tonics barely over the 2 drinks an hour required to get buzzed and, no offense meant here, but he was a big guy. I can drink that much and I'm an average sized girl. THe $140 tab also included many drinks they had bought for their friends. It is kind of funny that they mention being warned about the price of the drinks in the same review as they are complaining about their "insane" bartab. These people were also rude. I had them for the last hour and they couldn't remember drinking their drinks, argued about empty glasses being removed, argued about switching from straight shots to mixed drinks (after having 3 shots in less than an hour) and then argued about the bill. I got their waittress and the bartender to talk to them. They threatened to call a lawyer which meant I had to stay an extra hour after work going through all of the drink tickets to find theirs and verify that they were the only ones drinking those drinks. The customer is not always right when the customer is drunk and the fastest way to appear drunk is to argue with the staff and if you appear drunk, by law, we are not supposed to serve you, so I hope the next poor waittress just cuts you off instead of trying to let you have a good time. And for the earlier person asking about Kevin the KJ, he works friday and saturday at the ambassador.
The Ambassador, a bar of the future from the point of view of the 1980s. Normally, one of our go to bars due to the convenient location and not bad food, although the lack of Guinness on tap is a constant sore point as is the truck stop rivaling condition of the restrooms. After last night, however, our group shall never return. Our waitress (Elizabeth? Tall skinny woman with glasses.) was exceedingly rude the entire evening. She started it off by calling our friend "Baldy." I assume she was trying to be funny, but it was a bit early in the evening and for all she knew he had just recovered from chemotherapy. After that, she told us after two Jaegerbombs that we were at risk of being cut off and "you know those are $9 apiece, right?" The absolute kick in the teeth, however, was at the end of the night when our friend was served up with an insane bar tab. They claimed that he and his wife had consumed 11 Gin and Tonics and 8 beers, for a grand total of $140. Now, unless you're a pretty spectacular alcoholic or the bar is impressively watering down the drinks, there's no way you're going to drink 11 G&T's and still be coherent. We tried to point out that there must be some mistake and that his name, being exceedingly common, had perhaps been confused with another patron. The response? "Well, he looks pretty drunk to me." Thank you, Breathalizer Beth, we had no idea that a person of your talents was serving us beverages all evening.
The pork fried rice we ordered was pretty awesome. Karaoke there is fun, except for the fact that swearing on stage will get you an instant end to your evening. But, if you have a thick skin, can watch your tongue, and possess skills as an accountant to keep track of your own bill, by all means visit The Ambassador. You will not find us there again, however. Last night was the noodle that broke the Strega Nona's back.
To the person wondering about kevin. He is at ambassador now. I am not sure what days but he usually does the back Karaoke. I would try on friday or saturday and he would probably be there. The bass is a great place to go for karaoke, drinks, and just having a good time. I love Amelia, Heather(I am so sad she is leaving), Crystal, Jenn, Lokahi, Dee, and everyone else they are really great.
The Bass is a fun place to go if you love karaoke, if not then you should not be there. They have always had a pretty good wait-staff there but it really seems like it has improved lately especially with the addition of Dana. He always has a smile on his face, is very prompt with our drinks and food, and always makes us leave in a good mood. The only downside to this place is the drinks are way over-priced!! Other than that, the food is good, the karaoke is great, and the service like I said is wonderful!
I've been going to the Ambassador for a few years and I love it! Amy and Erin always take good care of us! The drinks are strong as hell and the food is pretty damn good. The Po-Po Platter is a sure bet with a bit of everything! The KJs are super sweet and fair. No amount of sugar will get your song bummped up! Sit at the bar and you'll have new friends in no time!
been an irregular at the galaxy for, well EVER... Once you understand the rotation rules it is the only place where you wont see the DJ playing favorites. Too bad for the DJ's tip jar, once people realize that their tip wont get them up any sooner.
I really do miss Kevin who was the DJ there on weekends for awhile- he was my fave. Anybody know what happened to the guy?
Song selection is HUGE. Dance floor in front of stage, pro lighting, smoke machines make you feel like a real rock star. The staff are extremely cool and always on the ball. The KJ's can be a little annoying at times, but they deal with a lot of crap, so it's to be expected. Usually a mix of hard-core singers and more casual parties, but the crowd is always encouraging and involved. Don't go on a Friday or Saturday (the wait to sing can be excruciating) - Mondays and Tuesdays are the least crowded. The food is hit-or-miss. The drinks are strong and reasonably priced.
What a change to that place. They completely changed the outside, even adding a space heater on the front steps. Inside, the bar looks nice now with all the granite, the water feature, the aquarium, and the plasma tv's. I've gone there on and off for about four years and Amelia has always been there as a bartender. She's always on top of things, nice, and the drinks are good. The karaoke is mixed. There's the regulars who sound like semi-pros, and there's the tone-deaf singers from bachelorette parties and birthday parties you tolerate because they look good and are having a good time. The drinks aren't cheap, but the pours are pretty good.
I've been to Ambassador about five times now. Different times and days. The bartenders have been really nice and remember my name and little details. Plus the crowd is good. Just about anyone at the bar will strike it up with you. Most of all the karaoke is taken serious. For poeple watching Saturday was good but busy. For karaoke I liked Thursday and Friday and in the door around 9:00. It was more laid back. Good drinks, plus the food portions were huge.
I went on a Sat. Night around 11:00pm, hoping to get maybe two songs in for the night..........NEVER HAPPENED!! Let me first say, the Service was great. But when I finally got to sing my first song it was after 2:00am. Most everyone had left by that time, I even had to sit thru a song that the girl stopped singing, and the song just ran to the end anyway. WHAT A WASTE OF TIME!!!!!! Some people sang twice, before I even went up once. Let me also say that everyone seemed to be having a good time, but I felt a litle out of place, like if I wasn't a regular I wouldn't be able to sing. Everyone was very nice and when I did sing... everyone was very supportive and friendly. The advice I would say is if you REALLY want to sing......Maybe go on a different night, when it's not so busy. I might try it again on a different night and see what happens???
what you may not know is that because of portlands lovely hipster population pbr sales here in our beautiful city are sweeping the nation. that's right. sweeping the mutha fuckin nation. you probably know this, but less than 1 yr ago you could buy a pbr at all these places for the most 2bux. it's a sad time in p-town my friend. a sad time. anyway, portland, oregon is driving pbr sales through the roof. i believe we are numero uno in the u.s. for pbr sales. therefore, our wondrous establishments can charge 3+bux because they know all the cool and trying to be cool kids will buy. may i suggest you go somewhere else? maybe try yourself some xv action. 1buck pbr from 4-8. good jukebox. good food. plus, do you REALLY wanna hang out at the ambassador? oh my god, or chopsticks?
The MOST expensive PBR I've ever had- $3.25 for a 12-ounce bottle? I can't believe anyone gets away with those kinda prices in this town. No way I'll ever go back there- I'd rather go to Chopstix, and I hate that place.
Ambassador has been completely remodeling inside and out. I wEnt inside for the first time in a while and it's nice--lots of granite and marble, plasma small screens, and dark ambiance later at night. I keep going back now. Amy, Erin and Yvonne are all great bartenders. The karaoke is hit and miss mostly depending on who comes in on what nights. Nice.
Naively, I always thought karaoke was a fairly simple matter . . . step 1) turn in your name and selection; step 2) utilize a little patience; step 3) rock the house; step 4) never EVER write "Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman" as a selection. Au contraire! There are apparently a plethora of convoluted rules and regulations about being in proximity to acquaintances while singing, mixed doubles on the mike, touching the mike, etc. Perhaps you could offer a tutorial so that everyone is clear on the extensive ordinances. Or hey, maybe you could just post laminated "dos" and "don'ts" of karaoke around the joint, just like the food items on the menu!
The Ambassador had quite an extensive song list, and quite a few people in ling to sing! The KJ is on the ball but doesn't have much personality- he's definitely not there to socialize. The services and drinks were pretty good but I wasn't too impressed with the food (well, the one appetizer I had). A friendly supportive crowd cheered each other on.
"Well hello ambassador!", i say aloud as i teeter in late night after a good bowl session at the hollywood (right down the street). The air is thick with Marlboro and American Spirit blow off - i know 'cause i'm a former Camel guy. Karaoke is in full swing. Large belt buckled women with a NW twang in their voices as they sing along to "Friends in Low Places". I'm thinking to myself, "i've been lower". Nonetheless, the atmosphere is heady, the beers are pabst and food is subpar, but perfect at 1:30 - 2:00am with a pre-hangover setting in. Try it, i dare you. I caught myself saying, "this place fucking ROCKS!!!" as we were leaving. i don't remember thinking that the next morning.
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