Kennedy School5736 NE 33rd Ave Portland, OR 97211 Northeast Portland
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Tourists in Los Angeles are inevitably shunted to a film studio, New York has the Empire State Building, San Antonio the Alamo... We take out-of-towners to The Kennedy School.
It may not be among Portland's most famed landmarks, but few things better symbolize the city's commitment to both education and drunkenness than this middle-school freely given to the McMenamin Brothers for bar reclamation.
Bars, rather - the mixology tutorial of The Cypress Room, Detention's smoking in the boys room decadence, the Honors Bar fresh-squeezed libations, Theater Bar's pricey beer and cheap flicks. It really was a school just a generation or two ago, but I'll guarantee the martinis have improved.
There's a movie theater. There's a soaking pool. It's like, endlessly hospitable.
Kennedy School's Happy Hours
|Monday||4pm-6pm $.75 off wells, $3.15 pints 4-6pm|
|Tuesday||4pm-6pm $.75 off wells, $3.15 pints 4-6pm|
|Wednesday||4pm-6pm $.75 off wells, $3.15 pints 4-6pm|
|Thursday||4pm-6pm $.75 off wells, $3.15 pints 4-6pm|
|Friday||4pm-6pm $.75 off wells, $3.15 pints 4-6pm|
|Saturday||4pm-6pm $.75 off wells, $3.15 pints 4-6pm|
|Sunday||4pm-6pm $.75 off wells, $3.15 pints 4-6pm|
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Good food, comfy atmosphere, and I love that you can walk around with your drink. The drinks are a bit over priced but I must say, they made my vodka crans quite strong :)
Lookseehere, kiddoes, don't go to this place looking for great food or happy hour. It's all about the Detention bar and the cheeep movies on comfy couches, as previously mentioned. Sure the beer costs a bit more than it's worth, but I'll take the K-skool, with it's decent and moderately-priced snacks over any creepy overpriced 1st run theater any day, especially as it's an easy bike ride for east-sy-eee-ders.
I wanted to inform everyone that Kennedy School has just opened "The Boiler Room bar". This is just that. They have converted the school's old boiler room into yet another bar/restaurant. It is multi level & has great decor. I would recommend checking it out. I plan on going back again soon. FYI they have great coffee drinks! Much pricier than my normal watering hole but it was expected.
Dokter, Katrina and Goldie all kick ass! The place can be stiff but the staff is ok with guest "cutting loose" and having a good time!
The Tofu scramble rocks, but everything else is $hit. Service is crap, drinks suck. I will not go there anymore:)
I have walked by the Kennedy School so many times. I love peeing there! There are lots of people there watching who just paid way to much money for weak drinks! My parents only go to watch movies... Sometimes when I am tied up out front this nice guy Jason comes up and pets me. I like him!
I feel like I am in hell when I have to be at Kennedy School. If you like bad food and really lame atmosphere this the place to be.
I used to go to KS at least 5 times per week. Varied beer and food , even martini experience. No more. The new staff around there sucks. I will now never go back.
All and all the Big K sucks. The food is an over-priced letdown. One of the hotel staffers is a stupid hipster snob. The soaking pool used to be free if you lived in the neighborhood and then it cost two bucks and now its free again for locals but they raised the price for non-neighbors: LAME. The two redeeming qualities of this McDrinkery are the $3 movies and the detention room. Note to self, if the couches are full, cheap movies suck. If the dentention room is crowded go find a good looking bush or some fluffy shrubbery to drink in.
By far the best spot in the joint. No families wander in there and a kick-butt wood stove to warm by in the winter. The room is tiny and sells cigars if you forgot yours. Love the exposed gas flame at the bar to torch your smoke by (and the tall, stretched feel of the room).
I'm bi-curious. Would Kennedy School people think I'm weird if I wore my shirt in the soaking tub? I haven't done anything but smooshed bugs and played one game of kickball (before realizing I hate people who play kickball) in the last 28 years, so as you may have guessed, i like to keep my pecs under wrap... i just hope it doesn't scare away any cute boys!! but i don't think kennedy school is a gay bar... otherwise...ALL IN THE TUB!!!
Curious about the Kennedy School. Is it a gay bar? "mmm, get lost in the steam"... sounds great...raspeberry lemonade too?!
this is a great place to have a soak on a cold night . just grab a buddy and 1 towel and let the relaxation begin ... sit back order a pitcher of raspberry lemonade 'n just talk . good times . thanks kennedy school!! ;)
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