Goodfoot Lounge2845 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97214 Southeast Portland
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While the basement booths and dancefloor should be left to the breakdancing cliques and those eagerly wobbling booty to the hip hop/reggae/world beats - especially summers, when the absence of ventilation creates an entirely different sort of funk - separate entrances help keep the largish beer hall upstairs patchouli-free.
Straightjohn neighborhood residents treasure the games and pool tables and micros (organic, natch), and an attractive element mills about most weeknights seemingly unaware the Bonfire lies just down the street. Monthly art shows high on the trippiness quotient attract, so to speak, great buzz.
Nice art-filled smoker ghetto/hallway in upstairs bar.
Goodfoot Lounge's Happy Hours
|Monday||5pm-7pm $4 menu 5-7pm|
|Tuesday||5pm-7pm $4 menu 5-7pm|
|Wednesday||5pm-7pm $4 menu 5-7pm|
|Thursday||5pm-7pm $4 menu 5-7pm|
|Friday||5pm-7pm $4 menu 5-7pm|
|Saturday||5pm-7pm $4 menu 5-7pm|
|Sunday||5pm-7pm $4 menu 5-7pm|
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Thought I would take a moment to mention a few things... While I cannot speak for employees (past or present) who have given either good or bad customer service, or whom have wronged or righted someone, I can however, speak for me!
I can tell you that this bar is not for everyone. Isn't that the case for all businesses though?
I suppose you would have to come in and give it a try? I cannot think of another way to approach that, other than to be blunt and honest.
I feel that the past few years have had their ups and downs but that the past 12 months (in particular) has found this bar with a fantastic staff, each of us working hard to provide a good experience for those folks who do decide to come in.
Again, this is MY personal feeling - as I strive to give the best service I can every time I work.
Let me convey a few tidbits for those who care to read this:
Upstairs: We have pool tables (they're not top-notch, but we've got 'em), three pinball machines, beer, booze, food, art on the walls (monthly rotating art shows that tend to support local artists). One of the best smoking spots (you can drink, smoke and be out of the elements/under a heated space) and a Free jukebox. We're not mixologists, the drinks are basic and generously poured.
Downstairs: Bar with booze and beer (same beers on tap downstairs as upstairs). Music every night but Sunday (there is an occasional Sunday show). Monday's are always open mic night. Friday nights are always DJ Dance Nights. There IS VENTILATION... an AC unit and system of fans (including an exhaust fan) try their best to cool the joint off. There's between 100 and 275 people DANCING. It gets hot, sweaty, and such (including body odor - we can't control that one, it'd be weird to ask people to bathe). If you don't like the heat, to dance in it, or have a sweat phobia, I would advise you to NOT come downstairs!
For folks who get a bit miffed about when bands start, I want to perhaps offer this bit of advice... I guarantee that in the past 8 to 10 months we will always tell you when the doors open. 9 times out of 10 its going to be 9:00PM.
I have never been to a venue where music starts when the doors open. If you have, please let everyone know!
The doors sometimes cannot open at 9PM sharp. Bands that play downstairs are not all local bands - there are bands from all over the nation, many of whom are on tour.
Because of this... the doors might open later.
We're working hard to make sure that the doors never open later than 9:00PM - but - music may start anywhere from 9:45 to 10:00 PM. We have worked tirelessly with bands in the past year to ensure that they start by no later than 10PM.
As far as the poor service goes, I do apologize. I'm not going to make excuses for people, nor will I try to sugar coat it. I would hope that you may read this and if the only reason you steer clear of the goodfoot was because of bad service, you may reconsider stopping in again?
A review of sorts. So, I wasn't impressed with all of the Goodfoot staff. There are 2 entrences to the place. One up stairs which is basically a huge pool hall. Kinda cool. Other is downstairs where the concerts play. Concert door was locked when I arrived. Guy upstairs said the show was delayed, not sure till when. I order a drink, play some pinball and its now 45 mins after show supposed to begin.
No notification that the band is ready. I ask the bartender if band is ready. He throws up his hands and says, "Don't know or care." I say, "Obiosuly I can't take my drink OUTSIDE to go check, he ays NOPE. I'm frustrated and decide screw it, I'm leaving. I tell the door guy i'm leaving; Band and Goodfoot lost out on a customer from me. He says, the door is open now, but band still not ready. Ugh. Ok, i'll check it out. I have wasted this much time & energy.
I go in, order a drink and chill for a bit. Cool location to see a band play. Too bad i've had somewhat of a negative experience so far, i'd have definetly gone back if things had gone well. Another 30 mins or so, the band comes out. But by this time, i'm just frustrated. Its like 10:30 or so and i'm just not in the mood now. Band was supposed to start at 9.
I was expecting a somewhat percusion dominated band. (Based on what I read) And no drums at all the first couple songs. Lots of drums around, but I guess that was for later. I was just frustrated and not into it, so I left. I'd probably go check them out again sometime. We'll see.
The Goodfoot is a really great bar! I've been dancing in the basement there for over 3 years and on a Friday Soul night the place takes on the dreams of those who have grooved there...I enjoy the friendly service and staff who remember you. The crowd is always diverse and strange but lovable. Tonight, we wondered in on a Monday and though it was barely recognizable, it was still a place that echoed good vibes. I also love the art, for it's fascinating, surreal and cool.
I've been a regular at the Goodfoot for 7 yrs now but wouldn't be if I didn't enjoy the the bar, the beer selection, the staff, the service, the food, the decor, the layout, the art, the way I'm treated there and the overall good time I always have there. I have watched it become pleasantly popular and grow to accommodate that popularity without losing any of the fun and friendly vibe that it's known for. When it's quieter it's nice to hang and enjoy the ambiance and when it's hopping it's "yahoo! Glad I'm at the Goodfoot"
If you wanna to shoot pool all night you can and people do cos there's 4 beautiful tables.
Want a table for you and 10 of your friends? No Problem.
Want a cozy booth for you and a friend to chat all night? There are plenty of them.
Wanna play pinball? Sure thing there's 3 machines! Are the machines any good? They are loved and admired by the Crazy Flipper Fingers (Portland Pinballistas) and are the only 3 of their kind in Portland.
Want to see some current, cool, crazee, classy art? They got it! and it's yours to buy too!
Yeh but I also want something nice to eat? They've got a fine menu including the best (I mean the BEST chicken strips in town).
And then I want to see some live music! Take a few steps downstairs.
Do I have to smoke outside on the street? Nope, they've got a nice open air room with heat lamps to keep it all pleasant.
Does that handsome, funny, friendly,Scottish guy hang out there? Oh you mean Martin..... Fridays at 10pm without fail at the bar.
So no gripes at all? None really......except the jukey could do with some updated sounds
It's a good bar other than the fact that there's a meathead who works upstairs. I was there for a birthday party of a friend and when we clapped and said happy birthday, all of which took about ten seconds, we were told to be quiet in a very rude way. Shortly after this happened a friend at the bar said he overheard "meathead" bragging about how he tells people to shut-up. A If you look up "d!ck" in the d!ck-t!onary, you would see this guy's face.
I just checked out the first part of the Monday night open mic and it was pretty cool. They had the drums, guitar amps and a B3 Organ set up for my friend's band to play. They also had a sound guy who recorded the set for them. They definitely should have been allowed to play for more than 20 minutes, but i guess that's the policy. People were still smoking in the little smoking section which annoys me, but i guess that will be done soon enough.
Well, I've typically enjoyed the ambiance at the goodfoot and last night was no different. Drinks were good, service solid, and we left feeling ok. However, after having some conversation outside of the goodfoot with a couple of buddies, the experience was entirely different.
With no warning whatsoever, we were told to "get the fuck out of here" by a typical portland pretentious douche bag. I completely understand that it is late at night, but to our view (by our, I mean 3 guys that work in the industry) there was no one to actually disturb. That is OK, we can understand, but these guys made accusations of us talking "trash" about the employees there. I did my best to clear the air, proclaiming that we at no point had issues with the service or any employee. As I tried to rectify this, I was told repeatedly to "get the fuck out of here".
I truly wanted to make sure that there were no hard feelings and that we had NO problems with any employee there. "Manning up" with profanity laced declarations is probably an effective tactic to use against an unruly patron, but I as my friends can attest I was trying to reach out to the employees. Sure, my buddies and I only tipped like 40%, and sure they never said a word about loitering outside of their establishment previously (of course, I can't imagine that these 7 or so employees were doing anything productive inside at 4 or in the morning, hmmm?), but I wouldn't mind a little bit of common decency and honesty when dealing with an establishment like this.
Once again, I understand that we were out late on a street in front of "your" establishment. All you had to do was say, "hey guys, could you take this conversation somewhere else, please?". I don't walk into your bar with my demands yelling "get me a fucking drink, now!". No, I ask politely and say thank you. I suggest you give me the same respect as someone who helps you pay the rent.
I had not been to the Goodfoot in close to 3 years I suppose. They had just started featuring booze...which consisted of about a half dozen bottles on a shelf on the back wall of the bar. Well, the shelf is still there and the selection has not expanded! This is not the place for booze drinkers wanting anything more exotic than shots or a gin and tonic.
Place has decent pinball, a bit more crowded on Fridays, downstairs was a no go all together though.
Ahhh...the Goodfoot. A great place to go for decent beer, a nice game of pool, and some kick ass fucking art. I've been thoroughly entertained on many an occasion at the Goodfoot for the past couple of years - when I moved back into the neighborhood a few months ago, the Goodfoot is where my disposable income went to. My local place - MY spot. Not anymore, though. I have a fucking bone to pick with portland - all you goddamned motherfucking scenesters and hipsters and pretentious fucking nitwits who think rude service is good service - FUCK YOU. Its called a fucking GRATUITY for a reason, you fucking illiterate shitheads. I got kicked out of the Goodfoot after years of patronage because one bartender was so fucking rude to me that I didn't tip a fucking cent - an incident that has only happened once before in my life. And I, my reading devils, am an EXCELLENT fucking tipper - because I work in the service industry and know what its like to work for tips. Here's the secret, fucktwats - you actually have to WORK for a fucking tip. Just because you work as a server does not mean you are entitled to extra money for no reason. Now don't get me wrong - I tip everyone, even if its only somewhat kind of decent service. If you mess up my order, if you take a long time, if you forget this or that or the other - I'll fucking tip you anyway, because you are still doing your job. What I absolutely will not tip for is some fucking bitch of a bartender yelling at me because she's too fucking stupid to remember my last name, then slamming the pay-tray down in front of me because she thinks her fat-ass is too cool for school to treat me with anything other than contempt. If you want my fucking money you greedy, self-absorbed whelp of a human being, you have to at least pretend to be nice. So no - I didn't fucking tip you because I was not grateful for the way you treated me, you sorry excuse for a fucking bartender. So when I moved upstairs with my friends because you suck my hairy ass, you - like the whiny bitch you are - ran upstairs to tell them not to serve us because we didn't tip. I hope you're ugly face is worth it to the Goodfoot, because you just lost the business 7 regulars who really, really like beer and art. Lets do the math...in an average night, I drink 5 or 6 beers. My friends drink much, much more being avid alcoholics. In any given week I will patron the Goodfoot 4 times. If we each drink on average 6 beers, that's 42 beers a night, 294 a week. At round'about 3 bucks a pop, your insolent behavior, based off of ONE night, lost the Goodfoot almost a thousand dollars a week in patronage. In sum: Rude service = customers not grateful, = no tip (if its REALLY bad service, which it was; otherwise its just a low tip). I will take my thousand-plus buckaroos and spend it at your competitors, thank you very much. What I think is funny is that the management and/or owners who endorse this behavior - did you go to business school, or are you just playing with daddy's credit card? because that is one BAD fucking business model, my friend.
me, laughing when you go out of business
I have been going the Goodfoot for years now, and the worst thing I can say about it is that every once in so often a crowd of douchebags and their counterpart girlfriends decend upon this place as if they're the first to have heard about this unique and colorful pub/lounge. Whenever I'm out around town I hear CK1 wearing tools say things like, "Yeah, we're going to the Goodfoot. It's supposed to be DOPE." Unfortunately this means the occassional Hair-Gel-and-High-Heels mass migration that crowds out the regulars, and creates a very surreal vibe in the joint. And for the record, no, you cannot get a gaddamn Mojito here. What you will find, however, is pleasant service, decent selection of whiskey, great local/touring music - though a bit heavy on the jam band sound-, cheap pool with house rules set up to create quick rotation, and the best neo-soul funk dance night in the whole of PDX (skip the first Friday, though, as it is often lame at best). Bonus: They support local art at the Goodfoot, which even if you hate you'll be intrigued by. Show 'em a sample of your work... they might display it! My favorite bar in the metro area by a landslide.
I went for Open mic on a Monday $1 and there are some very talented musicians playing here. Good vibe and comfy atmosphere downstairs with many booths and its own bar. Upstairs the pool tables were plenty busy. I don't know if I'll try the food here but I'll return for the hip open mic scene.
upstairs if you want to chill and play pool, downstairs if youre in the mood for a live show. some local microbrews on tap, and delicious chicken strps. doesn't get any better than that.
I would like to start with the person that is by the door..he was totally rude to my friends and I. The fries were burned and the full of oil. We went out dancing and then came back to our table and find out that our half way drinks were gone..bartenders will pick up the drinks...plus they were totally rude. They do have nice pool tables.. But it's too bad that their customer service skills were so poorly.. My friends and I are not coming back to your place ever again. I got to meet the manager too..he tried to ignore what's going on..it was a joke..
Although the 'foot is my favorite bar, I have to ask where all the hot smokin' chicks have gone. A few of them used to wander in for a game of scotch doubles. Now, they've apparently been crowded out by chain-smokin' dudes whose knuckles are red from gripping the cue too tight, boaging in on the free pool. Why is this oral fixation so rampant in the beer counter culture? Oh, and we need some new CDs on the juke.
And I mean the shit in the best way. It's one place where the neighborhood vibe is all good, the customers are laid back, staff are nice to you and very cool. You can play free pool all evening (till 9:00), eat cheaply and drink good beers. I've been there dozens of times and never had a bad experience. Don't look for the pretty shiny people, though - this is not where you go to snag!
If you want space (lots of it), fantastic art on walls that changes periodically, free pool, free jukebox music, low lit lighting, comfortable atmosphere, good Happy Hour, good prices, fun people watching, and all n' all have a super time....this is the place to be on Portland's Eastside. Reasonably good selction of grog (incl. organic micros). They even have a downstairs lounge that lines up some pretty good 'live' gigs. All in 1 building. It's "A Keeper"!
THis place has the best vibe in all of portland, you can be a downtowner or a greshamite and feel comfortable at this joint. They also select really good beer from local brewers and the big folks. not to mention the friday nights that rock out with dj magneto and the breakdancer crew. lots a funk and hiphop
best live music venue in p-town . when i'm not coaching football ... i'm at the goodfoot rockin' out & dancin' in my sandals ! This a great/affordable place to have a friend buy beers . get your groove on at the goodfoot .
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