Tube18 NW 3rd Ave Portland, OR 97209
Located in: Northwest Portland & near Downtown Portland - Visit Website
BarFly's Review of Tube
Sleekly stark art-bar Tube went double-wide a while ago, warming up considerably with the spread. Deejays are the usual entertainment, but Tuesdays nights see full bands stuff themselves into the turntable space. Terrific staff, easy on the eyes, efficient and affable, all around.
Bright-eyed twenty-something crowd is generally of the smart, cute, and well-humored variety - like a fashion spread in Blender. If you're over 35, you'll feel like a dirty old man or woman, but there's nothing wrong with looking, right? Vegan bar menu served late.
Wednesdays: SIN $2 well with OLCC card.
TV x3, Megatouch x1,
HOURS: 7pm-2am, Monday-Saturday
Tube's Happy Hours
|Monday||$2 Tall Boys, $3 wells & food menu 7pm-10pm|
|Tuesday||$2 Tall Boys, $3 wells & food menu 7pm-10pm|
|Wednesday||$2 Tall Boys, $3 wells & food menu 7pm-10pm|
|Thursday||$2 Tall Boys, $3 wells & food menu 7pm-10pm|
|Friday||$2 Tall Boys, $3 wells & food menu 7pm-10pm|
|Saturday||$2 Tall Boys, $3 wells & food menu 7pm-10pm|
|Sunday||$2 Tall Boys, $3 wells & food menu 7pm-10pm|
Getting to Tube
I have been to this place numerous times and I was usually not disappointed. The size of this venue makes the music and dancing very intense, since you're literally surrounded by speakers that are blasting right in your face. However, I think some of the bartenders do not even deserve to work there. Yesterday, I came up to the bar and tried to order 2 waters (!) and a beer for a friend. I stood there with a 20 dollar bill in my hand so the bartender could see that he didn't even have to deal with a debit card. He on the other hand, used his excellent judgement and decided to serve a group of people that clearly stood behind me in the line. I first ignored this fact, since it can happen from time to time. I did not get upset until the moment when he served 2 other groups and individuals that again clearly got in line way after I got there. Since I was not in the greatest mood last night, I got pissed off, yelled at the bartender, telling him what I wanted without waiting for his attention. I guess he must have been really important, because he just FLIPPED ME OFF and decided to continue his excellent work. Dear bartender: You are an individual probably working minimum wage that has minimal education. I bet that you have the vocabulary of an Amazonian hunter and I hope you absolutely hate your job. But here's one reminder: your ONLY job is to serve the customers in the order as they arrive. You are not there to entertain, make people happy, or even have a conversation with them. You are simply a tool that opens people's beer cans and hopes to get 1 dollar tips out of it. Therefore, if I was your owner, I would strongly recommend you to not to flip off your customers next time, because they are the only reason why the club that you work at still exists. There are plenty, and I really mean plenty, of people that would be very happy to take your job for even less money. You are in no way special and therefore do not deserve to be treated in such way. I think you were lucky that I was not a crazy dude on steroids, because if I was I'm sure that the anger that got hold of me would have made me to give you a severe blunt force trauma with a single punch. Europeans have a tendency to do that when they get disrespected like that. I'm sure you can talk to your manager so he can explain the basic rules of this business to you- the customer is always a priority, they are always right, and you help them and serve them with a smile on your face regardless of how much you dislike them. There should be no prioritizing of certain customers, since you never know who might order what- a single person could be ordering drinks for 4 of his buddies while a group of people might be asking for paper towels. I would highly recommend avoiding the bar while this person is working there. He looks like he's had AIDS or leukemia in the past; dark, balding hair, hitler-like comb-over, and I believe tattoos and glasses. Otherwise it would be a cool venue to go to. Cheers!
I'm not a hipster by any means. In fact, I had never even heard of this bar when I went there, so I am totally surprised now that I read all of these super mean reviews!
My friends really wanted to check out this place, so we went. It was before 10:00 pm, so the drinks were dirt cheap. I ordered some top shelf alcohol and the drink ended up being only like $4! I was also happy that they had vegan food options. Since I am allergic to dairy, I'm always elated to be at a restaurant/bar with vegan food. So in my book, the place gets points for that, too.
Yes, the bartender was a hipster type guy who looked like he hadn't shaved or washed his hair in a while, but he was super nice to me, because I was super nice to him. What a novel idea, right? I can see how someone like that probably gets a lot of crap from, "the drunk and beautiful," because of the obvious reputation the bar has, and is probably just sick of it.
As a non-hipster, I was not bothered or stared down by any other patrons. Though, catty stares don't usually register on my radar, as I just don't give a shit.
Hey idk what everybodys deal is. I had a great time always do. Majority of ppl are jackasses to bartenders. Maybe they'll figure it out one day why their drink sucks. A good dj spinning the tunes and I'm moving. don't give a shit who's in there it's Friday night and I worked all week I'm gonna get down.. it's dancing time Yours truely tecate
Cheap drinks...not so much dancing when I went but overall super chill vibes. I'm deffinatly not hipster material but I didn't get shit from anyone for being my volcom hoodie loving self. Fun place to kick back with friends at. I would probably visit again...
Yep, this is probably the bar I've spent the most time at since getting laid off. Before 10pm it's ridiculously cheap and chill. I remember going there way back when it looked like a giant cigarette and was one of the smokiest, worst ventilated, most cramped bars in Portland. It was still cool. And the people who work and drink there are sexy as hell.
Get over yourselves haters. Jealousy is never in style.
Visiting from Orlando, FL and immediately knew that this was my Portland bar. Granted, it was a Monday night...not too crazy packed....I didn't have to wait for a drink and they were cheap and strong as fuck.
i don't care about hipster or scene or whatever else you wanna label this bar but straight up the best PDX DJ's are at this bar which is what keeps me coming back
This bar used to be my favorite place to drink and dance and see lots of kids I know on a regular basis. Now it's the overflow from the dixie and that atrocious bar dirty across the street. Stinks like suburbia. It's still fun on an occasional week night. But I certainly avoid it on the weekends.
is everything that has gone foul in portland in the past decade. I won't use the 'H' word since it seems to be losing its clout, but fucking a people, you moved from whatever midwest/california town you originated in to PORTLAND, OREGON not New York City, not Los Angeles, OREGON. then again you probably know maybe 1 or 2 Oregonians who actually live in your precious little 'art' enclaves. I love the 'cute outfit' comment almost as much as the san jose douche bag's self-aggrandizing assessment of the city I grew up in. Oh well, chances are both of you have moved to Brooklyn or Austin by now anyway. It will be interesting to see what all this bullshit turns back into once the PDX 'Cool' bubble has burst, maybe N Vancouver & Killingsworth will become a Black neighborhood again, maybe the lofts in "The Pearl" will turn back into warehouses and no one will fucking ever call it by the made-up name "The Pearl" ever again...I don't hate newcowers or outsiders in general (my folks were immigrants to both the state and the country), I hate a paticular kind who try and make my HOMETOWN into their little alterna-lifestyle playground before they settle down, have kids, move back home and metamorphesize into shiny new yuppies. hooray for spoiled Americans!
I loved Tube, and went there frequently (and tipped well, might I add) until I started noticing what an asshole the door guy is. First he was a dick to me once, then the next weekend he was a dick to some people in line in front of me for NO reason! Hmmm, a door guy with an asshole complex: how stereotypical and unimaginative. I'm sure I can find a place where the employees won't be pricks to me for no reason.
I am in love with TUBE because it does not pretend to be anything other than what it is: a bad ass bar. There is a specific attitude that goes along with being bad ass so just embrace it and have fun with it or leave. The first time I went to TUBE it was a tiny little hallway with assorted chairs and tables crammed in wherever there was room. It was extremely sultry and the bar had more personality in its light fixtures than most have in an entire building. This remains true today. A few years have gone by and the space is larger but still proudly represents the patrons that TUBE originally opened to serve. You might not like everyone, that's your prerogative, but I have shown up dressed in a variety of styles and haven't had any trouble. I've always had fun and nobody has spit on me or tried to light me on fire for not looking hip enough. So, if you go to TUBE, go as yourself and you'll be fine. The bartender was an asshole once? Who cares...get over it...we all have our moments and some are better than others. Why not try going back again sans defensive attitude before trashing a local bar that is doing its best to stay true to this city. The vegan tacos are a deliciously cheap treat with just the right amount of spice and the price is always awesome for drinks. Regardless of if you're an accountant or an artist you will be inspired to find yourself at TUBE...or at least just have some cheap and dirty fun!!
Tube is great. Cheap drinks + good dancing = heaven.
I am NOT a regular at Tube, but I have never received poor service or failed to have a good time there. If you're not having fun, you're doing something wrong.
Want friendly/good service? Be friendly/good to your bartenders.
How to have a good time at Tube (or any bar for that matter):
1. Smile. You can't have fun if you're not feelin' it. Plus, everyone knows that hipster douchebags can't smile, so if you're not smiling...
2. Greet the bartender. "Hey, how's it going?" is preferable to "Uh... like, what's ur cheapest beer?" Don't forget to smile.
3. Order politely. "Think I could get a couple tallboys of Hamm's? Thanks." or "I'll have a screwdriver, please." Mind your p's and q's, and don't forget to smile.
4. Start a tab or tip in cash. Don't forget to smile.
5. Get out on the dance floor!
pick a cute outfit? i didn't know that entailed wearing dirty clothes with purposeful rips and shreds in strategic places, looking like i raided a freebie bin outside some slum house and putting on the most important accessory of acting like i'm better than everybody else.
I'm so sick of everyone bitching. Who's the whiney one now? If you don't like smoke, don't go to a bar. If you don't like crowds, don't go to a bar. If you don't like waiting for a drink, don't go to a bar. If you don't like "hipsters" don't go to a bar. You only call them that cause you couldn't pick out a cute outfit if your life depended on it. The people who complain and say they "won't be going back" are the ones wye don't want back anyway. Here are a few tips for customers.....
1.don't be rude, and we won't be rude.
2. realize that you're not the only one on the planet. other people have been waiting too. there's only one or two of us and 50 to 200 of you. do the math.
3. always, always tip. even if it's just out of spite. you're drinks will be better next round. unless you want to move to short-pour city. -
cheap drinks and cheap food, good music and dancing. mhmm tube is a cool place to get all of that. no one should be intimidated about the people at tube, who cares, yeah they're good looking but they're still people. if anyone stares you down just give them the look of, "bitch who you think you're looking at!"
Full of phoney hipsters. Music so loud you can't talk to anyone. The bartender I encountered was a douche and looked like he hadn't bathed in a week. I came at happy hour. I asked for a screwdriver. I got orange juice with a hint of vodka. I asked him if he could add more vodka because it was really weak (believe it or not, i've encountered bartenders that have no problem doing this). He said, "No, it's fine, IT MUST BE YOUR TASTE BUDS." WOW... I wish i worked a customer service job where I got to talk to customers like that. That's ok. No tip for him, nor will I ever be going back, and on top of it, i'm posting this review everywhere I can. Not that it will matter. Hipsters will always go there. But maybe I'll save a few down to earth people the trouble.
tube is pretty fun during the week, tuesdays are the best. Its a good place to meet interesting people. Fridays through sundays suck though cause it turns into every other bar. And you might as well go to Dirty. My only problem with Tube is that it just seems like a majority of the people there are trying soooo hard to be cool that they've forgotten how to have a good time. Stop being so goddam insecure, get out of your corner and have fun!!!!!! oh and mr dj, please, please, please stop playing so much hip hop.
Hmmm yes I think hipsters. Its funny they are taking over the whole damn city. Not really a problem, but some of them need to check their cali attitudes. Um hello I have been here my whole life and the hipsters that have been here too their whole lives are cooler then you. Anyways. Its allright. Hipsters are just trying to be like us old skool ravers and they need to learn to use those turn tables.
Ps. I like hipster fashion and music. Most are fine, but a lot have attitudes for no reason.
Go do some coke!!
I'm a regular at the Tube and the BT's have always been sweet to me even though I'm a Macy's/Forever 21-wearing "square." What's with people thinking there's some kind of hipster dress code required to walk in the door? Yes, sometimes the other patrons can be a pain in the ass, but they back right down if you return their glares. I'll hang out wherever I please and enjoy the late happy hour, thank you. Now let me get this straight; You prefer drinking with frat boys at the Dixie, but you're concerned about STD's at the Tube?
The Tube is the best place for drunking dancing at 1:30 in the morning. In fact, it's one of only maybe two places where you will find non-Frat kid drunken dancing at 1:30 in the morning anyway. If you've sampled the food or spent enough time with the bartender to find out whether they're jerks or not, you're probably not the target audience for the tube anyway.
Don't go expecting anying too impressive on a packed busy night where the vibe is pretty much controlled by the crowd in there. If you want to experience the place for what it's worth go in earlier. Clarissa the bartender is super friendly. Their food menu is delish but they've started scrimping on their portions of vegan cheese slices.
(Kyle's Note: Ash, CAPSLOCK sweetheart. Move your pinky 5/16 of an inch and push it.)
Like four years ago while living in Chicago, I started hanging out with girl who lived in the suburbs and was really funny and smart. She came to visit me in the city and I brought her around some of my friends. The next day I discovered that she made a post on Craigslist's Missed Connections calling my friends a bunch of "hipsters retards".
See what this girl really meant to say on her retarded internet bash was: Hay! I live in the suburbs and four years from now, my date from last night is going to describe me as funny and smart, and not hip and confident and that makes me so mad!
Obviously, not everyone hanging out in Tube can be described and stylish and confident...they get the ocassional "funny and smart" person too..I fucking love it there!
ok, so maybe i shouldn't generalize. perhaps not ALL of the bartenders at tube are douches, but the only one i had dealt with was. i mean, straight-up, real class act douchebag. here you go, a verbatim account of our interaction:
me: what's the cheapest beer you have? him: uh.. hamm's. tallboys. me: alright, two of those. (he brings them from the fridge 8 feet away.) me: oh, im sorry, i actually need two TECATES. sorry. him: ARE YOU SURE?? me: yeah..? him: YOU SURE YOU DON'T NEED A MINUTE TO THINK ABOUT IT???? me: uh, yeah. him: that'll be 5 DOLLARS. (gives me the beer, i hand him a fiver.) him: do i even get a tip after that bullshit you just pulled?? (i throw a dollar in his face and walk away.)
inexcusable. maybe that's part of the tube's whole shtick. actually, i think it is. so just know that before you go and encounter a raging asshole at the bar.
I keep thinking of all the fucking going on in the little milk room that tried. Why is every vision of The Tube milky white with viscous flow? I came there to drink; I got heroine bitches instead. Fuck you, Tube.
I was there last night too. I had no problem with the BT. The DJ was good and actually met a few semi chilled people
I went in last night with a group and won't be going back.
The good: the DJ was surprisingly good. He had broad taste in music and played a wide selection of nice hip hop, electronica, and rock cuts with a minimum of trainwrecking.
The OK: ambiance was decent. The crowd was somewhat more diverse than most downtown clubs. The male/female ratio seemed stacked against the men.
The ugly: Listening to the homeless-looking bartender whine at 120 decibels about how "livid" he was about not getting decent tips out of the packed bar. He also has the proud distinction of serving my friends the weakest fucking drinks I've ever had in Portland.
I don't expect bartenders to be my cheerful slaves, and everybody has a bad night, but I do fucking expect to receive my 16 well-deserved beers with a minimum of shitty attitude and drama. I also expect my drinks to contain at least one full shot of the appropriate hard alcohol. If you hate your job and aren't up to these simple requirements, then get a fucking shave, take your first shower this month, and get a new job that conforms to your expectations of reality. Meanwhile, I'll be in a bar that conforms to my expectations, and, as always, I'll be tipping the bartenders nicely.
Ha Ha! That's exactly the same thought I had last time there. Place smelled like a barnful o' goats. Wait a sec.. that's not exactly fair to the goats.
This bar is decent, however the patrons aren't fans of showering. The place stinks like a locker room after ten pm. hipsters galore.
Welcome to Portland. i agree with Matt ... the Tube is okay. i like the BTs but i always feel a little out of place there.
Tube is ok. Dude--suprised you were able to type that review. Would have thought you had broken your arm patting yrself on the back.
i just moved here from San Jose, CA. I'm sick of certain people talkin' shit about hipsters. Get off it. So a crapload of Portlanders ride bikes and have vintage handbags. Whatever. Would you rather they wear business suits? who cares... Really people, you don't realize how good you've got it here in PDX. Maybe it's my newness to this area, but this so far is my favorite bar. I love how comfortable it is. The cheap swill is rad (I'm currently broke so this helps.. i usually am a beer snob, but oh well)
In San Jose, we have 1, yes one, good rock venue. A million people live there (mostly suburbanite-computer-saavy types) and cool bars are very hard to come by.. The only ones I can think of there are the Caravan, Rock Bottom, Cinnabar, and maybe a couple others. I've already frequented about 6 or 7 bars in Portland that blow all of those out of the water..
Anyways people, just be happy you have a ton of great artists and musicians (myself included) flocking to this area. It is a burgeoning scene and I am overwhelmed to be w/ my people. I'm glad I moved...
Now to the naysayers, I expect a lot of shittalking about my post here, but I don't care. Just trying to show you how good you've got it.. The Tube rocks, and I'll be going back there very frequently. And p.s.- I'm not a smoker, so that aspect of the place kinda sucks for me.. but oh well. I pay the price to be w/ neet people.
Tube is the most fantastic bar in the universe RIGHT THIS SECOND. In a month or two, it will suck but RIGHT NOW it ROCKS. Go there before no one cares.
i love this place. others may not. it is the kinda place you can go by yourself, try and get a spot in the corner and people watch. it is also a cool place if yo have a group of friends but you have to hit it up early cause when it gets late there is no room. the drinks are o.k. the bartenders are hot. and the music is usually good.
Not sure how the evening ended, but I certainly had a great time before the blackout bugs overtook me. Good drinks, a bit pricey, but I managed to party like I was back in the midwest there. Not that many places will put up with me in that state. Kudos to the TUBE! Sorry for whatever I broke...
I have to say, this place has the best mix of tunes playing every time I stop-in.. Even on a Tuesday night. Tuesday spins: Smart on their part. "Too cool?" Come to think of it, there are always a wealth of hip, scene and fashion conscious people in there each time I've visited. That's ok with me though. Doesn't hurt my ego at all. Besides, I just ignore stuck-up blow-f***s to their face anyway.. Hahaha.
Seriously, I recommend the place to those that want to visit an LA club like The Burgundy Room, Vine Bar, The Ecco etc. The music is the way similar, the people look great (for the most part), the drinks are on the strong side, and you have to wait in a line to use the restroom!?!?!
When Tube first opened my boyfriend and I went in to check it out. It was futuristic, sleek and new but the bartender was horrid and offensive so we never went back. Years later we decided to start out our night there for a London-themed birthday party (get it? The tube?) and although it is no kind of environment for a birthday cake and I believe the ceiling is being held up by duct tape, the bartenders were perfect gentlemen while still maintaining a required underground edge. I was hesitant to lay my fork on the table, but the music was great and the atmosphere set the stage for a night of debauchery reminicient of a recent trip to our favorite city across the pond. Thanks guys!
Been here on two occasions, which were drastically different experiences. The first time the bar was about as "scene" it can get in Portland...packed to the max with 20-somethings in vintage tees and black sunglasses who smoked cigarette after cigarette. Could hardly breathe. Even the smoker who accompanied was bothered by the amount of smoke overtaking every atom of this place (it's rather narrow and closed-in.) The other time, the crowd was sparse, no one was smoking, good music, people just hanging out talking to friends. I'm not sure which one is the norm...But I will not go back for fear of reliving my first experience with the Tube again.
they changed this place up and now there's no rockin bathroom. now how are all the trying too hard to be rockers gonna blow blow up their noses? i'm sad.
last time i was here, the dj was playing some heavy metal and thrashing to the beat. his hair kept getting stuck in the turntable and making it skip. he didn't care, he just rocked on in his girl jeans while occasionally checkin himself out when he thought no one was looking to fix his hair that's not supposed to be fixed. come to think of it, all the dudes were doing that. good thing i have a observant eye to catch these fuckers.
These days it's a much friendlier staff. DJ's are ecclectic, spinning soul to goth to post-punk and hip hop. cheap drink specials.
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