Pink Rose Brings a Bit of Portland to the Pearl
You step off the streetcar on the intersection of 13th and Lovejoy. On a summer night, you might hear live music playing from the corner, emanating from just beyond a steel sign with the words “Pink Rose” cut out. A few steps west on 13th street you discover a metal gateway that reveals two paths. Descend the stone steps to discover a plush underground bar and restaurant, or ascend the stairs to join the people watchers dining on the patio. A server approaches with a smile and you remember the feeling of being at home. Congratulations. You’ve found The Pink Rose.
The Pink Rose Restaurant & Lounge is one of the hidden gems of the Pearl, an intimate venue known only by savvy Portlanders or by NOLO (North of Lovejoy) locals. Have you heard of it yet? You may have already found yourself here bantering over cocktails and desserts while a notorious local DJ plays at the turntables. Or you may have been brought here on a date, an upscale community bar chosen for its comfortable, intimate, and classy vibe. It’s the casual ease of a place where you can smoke cigars on the patio with a fire for ambiance that makes you become a regular. You might know it to be a great alternative spot to watch a sports game away from the shoulder-to-shoulder jam of a sports bar, a place where you can occasionally spot the Blazers coaches and players coming in for bite of their “Best-In-Town” burger. Or perhaps you’ve been here after following up a recommendation for their famous brunch menu with the bottomless mimosas. Locals swear by the place, and say that its homey and authentic style “Brings a bit of Portland to the Pearl.”
A pink rose can vary from light blush to dark sexy crimsons. Like its namesake, each visit to The Pink Rose brings an experience that is shaded a bit differently from the last. Those who’ve come for their popular brunch might not know of their quality dinner options with original dishes and cocktails, and vice versa. If you haven’t yet been for brunch, you’ve got to try tucking into “The Stack,” a house scratch biscuit with gravy, waffles, eggs and cheese. If you’re coming for the evening, you might start with a charcuterie board while you mouth whiskey flights on the patio and end or sip house-aged sangria in the cool underground lair of the bar below.
Read more about The Pink Rose and my one on one with owner Adan Keller and Chef Kacey. Listen to a sample of the live music by visiting www.chitchatchew.com/pink-rose