The Know2026 NE Alberta St. Portland, OR 97211 Northeast Portland
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Artfully grungy neo-dive regularly presents a diverse array of entertainments, including film screenings, karaoke, live music (mostly of the hard rock and indie varieties), deejayed dance parties, monthly art openings. and the occasional gay night.
Textbook alternative twenty-something crowd - tatts and piercings abound. Good-humored and good-looking staff. Low to no cover, usually.
Caveat: No free beer backs, but a full-size beer of any kind is only $1 with shot purchase.
$1 select doms, $2.50 well, 4-7pm Monday-Friday, and 3pm-7pm Saturday and Sunday.
Monday: SIN ($1 select doms, $2.50 well w/ OLCC card) and guest DJs, 9pm-close.
Tuesday: EyeCandy video DJ dance party, 9pm-close.
Wednesday-Saturday: Live bands.
Every second Thursday: Dirtbag (queer dance night!)
The Know's Hours of Operation
|Monday||3:00pm to 2:30am|
|Tuesday||3:00pm to 2:30am|
|Wednesday||3:00pm to 2:30am|
|Thursday||3:00pm to 2:30am|
|Friday||3:00pm to 2:30am|
|Saturday||3:00pm to 2:30am|
|Sunday||3:00pm to 2:30am|
The Know's Happy Hours
|Monday||4pm-7pm $1 select doms, $2.50 well, 4-7pm|
|Tuesday||4pm-7pm $1 select doms, $2.50 well, 4-7pm|
|Wednesday||4pm-7pm $1 select doms, $2.50 well, 4-7pm|
|Thursday||4pm-7pm $1 select doms, $2.50 well, 4-7pm|
|Friday||4pm-7pm $1 select doms, $2.50 well, 4-7pm|
|Saturday||3pm-7pm $1 select doms, $2.50 well, 3pm-7pm |
|Sunday||3pm-7pm $1 select doms, $2.50 well, 3pm-7pm |
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This place sucks a fucking rotten dildo. These brain-dead rocker morons don't know the first thing about running a bar. It smells like a porta-potty. In the summer it's blazing stuffy hot because they are too stupid to know how to install an AC. They only serve bottled drinks because the servers are too stupid to know how to serve mixed drinks. the clientele reek to high heaven. The music is almost always god awful metal head crap. And the bar-tenders get real nasty and jealous if you strike up a conversation with a girl they wanted to fuck. They will make fun of your voice, crank up the music so loud there is no way you can hear each-other, and talk shit about you when you leave even though they know nothing about you. Oh and by the way, it is the number one place to get ruffied. I think the bar-tenders are even in on that because how else does someone get it into your drink without ever being seen? They are that dumb. I wouldn't put it passed them.
I got a couple strong drinks, heard live music, and saw they were playing fight club on their tv. I can dig it.
The Know bar works fine for us, a decent sized stage in a room off to the side w/ a bta PA system than most small venues. easy-going BT's, so don't be in a hurry. set up to handle sloppy fun, so don't wear any clean clothes on a weekend nite.
You know, I've really given The Know a chance. It's a place I would normally feel comfortable at and they have a decent booze selection. However, the service is about as bad as it gets. And not just "ignore you b/c we're lazy" bad - it's like roll their eyes at you because you're not wearing some ironic hipster/rocker t-shirt bad. EVERYTIME I've been there, I leave feeling like this place pretends to be WAY cooler than what it really is: a bar with a crappy pinball machine and a stage with shitty entertainment. Frankly I'd rather walk down 2 blocks to the Alleyway Bar where they play good punk and the bartenders are cool AND friendly, instead than deal with a bunch of douchebags in a YMCA leather vests and chicks who dye their hair black and shout "Rockstar!" at any given moment.
I have seen many shows here. It is a weird but good show venue, divided in to two rooms, one being the bar area with booths, the other being where bands play with less seating. The place has just the right amount of lighting, and the pinball is a plus. It sounds like they have liquor now, which is A+...about time! The staff has always been low-key and friendly, no pretense. A laid back kind of place to have a few beers, which is rare on Alberta now.
My band, Night Pipe, played this bar. The sound guy was helpful and the drinks were cheap (and free for the band). Thanks.
stopped in for the first time in a while. has changed alot from the days when Josh first opened the place but i like it. cool BTs. pool table had a few obstructions though.
This is my favorite place to drink on Alberta. They only serve beer and that's kind of a drag but it has a way better atmosphere than any of the other places on the strip. It feels more like a coffee shop than a bar...what with all the art on the walls.
The bar back there, sorry but I can't think of his name, is a fucking riot. He has this real gravely voice and an abundance of energy. He'll always give you a Hi-Fi after he grabs your empty beer bottle and will then say something you can't understand but oddly enough it makes you feel more welcome.
The show's there are good too. The high ceilings make for good acoustics and the theater stage is fun for bands. There's not a lot of seating in the room the bands play in so people have to stand up which can result in more dancing and fun.
There's only a few small TV screens there and they pretty much show only Cartoon Network so drinking by yourself there isn't that bad.
As with all Alberta Street, this is no less a part of its novelty. It's perfect for a quick cheap buzz with a group of friends before visiting the art along the street. The atmosphere is rustic (some of the furnishings are just plain exhumed). It is seriously a very small bar with a refrigerator full of Pabst for a buck or two. The staff is awesome, and yes, I do recommend it if you are in the area for the sheer "good god" of it, (because it's fun).
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