Off Day Eats

Life’s not fair. Not every girl/guy can marry a rich, gorgeous French champagne maker, not every cow can be a Wagyu, not every melon can be a Charentais, and not every day can be Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. Sleepy Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays can be hard on a 7-days-a-week diner-outer, especially when your favorite spots are closed. So, either use Under The Table’s Restaurant guide to find a delicious destination with open doors, or, take advantage of one of these fine establishments’ fun off-day incentives. Because sometimes, one man’s day off is another man’s treasure. Or, rather, another man’s all-day happy hour, pub quiz, ribfest, tea party, pastapalooza or restaurant rooftop garden tour.

Sunday

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Bazi Bierbrasserie

Fancy footwork and Belgian ales take front and center at this Hawthorne Belgian beer bar, where Sundays mean all day happy hour, so you can get your fill of Bacchus Flemish Red Ale and Flemish frites, on the cheap.

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Ciao Vito

Sunday supper’s in the bag–just schlep the entire family down to this popular Alberta eatery, where all night happy hour touts no fewer than 18 tapas under $10, from grilled octopus and Tortilla Española to polenta with pork sugo.

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Cocotte

Happy hour never ends on Sunday and Monday evenings at this darling Concordia bistro…well, until they close at 11, that is. But until then, gorge on $3 pickled vegetables, $5 rillettes and $8 boudin blanc burgers.

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Cruzroom

Take your mind off the impending work week with creative cocktails, tomatillo and chilis-braised pork and tempura zucchini tacos, and fine flicks like Police Academy 2 and One Crazy Summer, which start rolling at 6pm.

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El Gaucho

Even a low baller can be a high roller at this lux downtown steakhouse’s all night Sunday happy hour, where delicious deals are served in the swanky bar and the cigar lounge until 10pm.

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Kenny & Zuke’s Deli Bar

Catch a Sunday double feature from the comfort of your cafe table at this North Portland deli-bar. Movies start at 6pm, and late night happy hour starts at 8pm, which means discounted drinks to wash down your pastrami cheese fries.

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McMenamin’s Back Stage Bar

Sundays mean free pool and shuffleboard at McMenamin’s seven-story tall Back Stage Bar, a dark and secrety be-muraled speakeasy hidden behind the Bagdad Theater screen.

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Pix Patisserie

Crook your pinky and lift a cuppa to sleepy Sunday afternoons, the perfect opportunity to savor a full formal tea at this swanky little Kerns tapas bar/dessert lounge–crustless sandwiches, macarons, Earl Grey and all.

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Portland City Grill

Slept through church, brunch, and that yardwork date with your grandmother? You still have a chance to do something worthwhile today–PCG’s iconic 30th floor happy hour runs from 4pm until closing.

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Sapphire Hotel

Depending on your mood/date/circumstances, sip a Nina Simone, Floozie or You’re Not My Real Dad cocktail at this sexy Hawthorne lounge as live jazz bands play from 8-10pm, then stay for late night happy hour.

Monday

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Academy Theater

On Double Feature Mondays, watch two movies at this charming Montavilla theater for just $6, which means more moola for Flying Pie Pizza, microbrews, ice cream, and of course, popcorn and Sour Patch kids.

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Acadia

My favorite thing about this cozy Irvington Cajun/Creole cafe is the peanut butter pie, but if you want something more savory, Monday’s Cheap Eats Night showcases six $10 entrees like Cajun Jambalaya and Blackened Catfish.

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Bar Mingo

It’s always a coup to get that dress/book/car/condo you wanted at 40% off, and you’ll get the same buzz from Bar Mingo’s Monday sale–40% off all bottles of wine. Kind of makes Mondays worth it.

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Hokusei

Fish lovers in the know consider this one of Portland’s finest sushi spots, so what better use for your Monday evening than to take advantage of their all night happy hour? It’s all the usual delicious sushi suspects, but 15% off.

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Hot Lips Hawthorne

Visit the Hawthorne Hot Lips Pizza location on Mondays, when all three rotating taps are but $2 a pint all day long. Get a slice of seasonal pizza and a Ruby Jewel ice cream sandwich too, then hang out on their parking lot patio.

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Ken’s Artisan Bakery

Come Mondays, this buzzy Alphabet District bakery stays open for pizza night, baking the exceptional thin crust pies that fuel nightly lines over at eastside sister eatery Ken’s Artisan Pizza.

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Living Room Theater

Every show in this plush downtown luxury theater is just $5 on Mondays and Tuesdays, and they’ve got a full bar and restaurant, so plan to arrive early for a pre-show happy hour (4-6pm), or stay afterwards for a cocktail or two.

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Mississippi Pizza

Every Monday night, this neighborhood pizza place hosts Bingo & Bourbon with Brian Perez starting at 8pm. It’s as promised–bingo, bourbon, and of course, plenty of hot pizza (with lots of gluten free options too).

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North 45

If it’s a game day, and I’ve heard Mondays have something to do with games in certain seasons, you’ll want to hunker down at this convivial NW Portland bar, the TVs are always on and happy hour runs all night.

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Pix Patisserie

On “Magnum Mondays,” this beloved Burnside tapas bar/patisserie’s extends a sweet deal–get 15% off any of their 35+ 1500ml bottles of wine and champagne all night long. Plan special occasions accordingly.

Tuesday

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Academy Theater

Thank the Academy for its generous Two for Tuesdays special–buy one ticket to a show, get a second one free, which means more moola for Flying Pie Pizza, microbrews, ice cream, and of course, popcorn and Sour Patch kids.

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Cascade Brewing Barrel House

Visit this merry Buckman pub on Tap It Tuesday, when new barrels are tapped and tasted at 6pm. If you’re not content just to watch and duck, get in on the Tapper Club action by signing up to be either a tapper or a holder.

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Concordia Ale House

On Two Dollar Tuesdays, this popular beer bar helps you expand your beer horizons with a selection of 22 bottled beers for only two dollars each–the list spans everything from Sessions to Dead Guy Ale to Kilt Lifter.

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Living Room Theater

Every show in this plush downtown luxury theater is just $5 on Mondays and Tuesdays, and they’ve got a full bar and restaurant, so plan to arrive early for a pre-show happy hour (4-6pm), or stay afterwards for a cocktail or two.

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Noble Rot

If you ask nicely, this Kerns wine bar’s staff will give you a tour of their magical rooftop garden Tuesdays at 5pm, well before you can get tipsy enough to be a liability. I hope. Stay after for happy hour and stunning views on the patio.

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Podnah’s Pit BBQ

All-you-can-eat rib fans, Tuesday is your day. Whole racks are $20, half racks are $10, and quarter racks are $5, and since you’ll need something to wash all those ribs down with, draft beers are $1 off.

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Por Qué No

During these cheery taquerias’ daily happy hour, tacos are 50 cents off from 3 to 6 pm, except on Taco Tuesdays, when they are discounted all night, which gives you plenty of time to sip a few Pacificos on the lively patios.

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Saraveza

Venture into Saraveza beer bar’s adjoining “speakeasy”, aka the Bad Habit Room, for Tuesday night Quizaveza, a boisterous pub quiz with music, pasties (the food kind), treats, cash prizes, and exclusive Russian River drafts.

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St. Johns Theater and Pub

If you’ve been thinking you don’t get out to St. Johns nearly enough, this grand old McMenamins theater has an incentive for you–come Tuesdays, take advantage of the pint of beer, burger and a movie deal for just $11.50.

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Three Doors Down

It’s happy hour all night long at this popular Hawthorne cafe, where you can make a mighty meal out of cheap eats like the Bibb lettuce salad, croquettes, lasagna of the day, and zuppa de mare, plus $6 Manhattans.