For all the literature classes you skipped in college because you were too hungover, here’s your chance to make it up. Get edumacated while eating crepes, drinking wine, and reading eclectic magazines you’d subscribe to yourself if only you were that intellectual—in one of Portland’s hippest and most relaxing wine bar cafes, located right in the heart of one of the city’s funkiest little neighborhoods.
If you aren’t feeling social, read a magazine, the cafe has almost 100 periodicals for your browsing pleasure, so you can pick up a Paris Review, Gastronomica, Wallpaper, or Believer and get a dose of culture with your glass of Grüner Veltliner and Henry Miller (proscuitto, mushrooms, and mozzarella crepe).
The Press Club resides inside what looks like an old garage along SE Clinton Street, with cement floors, peach colored walls hung with local art, a smattering of outdoor tables to relax at and catch the sun, and a tiny little bar in back where regulars hang out and chat with the staff on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Have your Tobias Wolff and eat it too–the acclaimed author is immortalized here in a delicious crepe filled with mushrooms sauteed with shallots and mozzarella, as are many of his literary brethren–the Ernest Hemingway sandwich pairs roasted turkey with walnut pesto, roasted red peppers and provolone on a fresh baguette.The wine list is excellent, and always features a $5 glass of the house red or white, a good choice for the starving novelist. The lemon water and paper napkins to scribble your brilliant thoughts on are free.
If you aren’t feeling social, read a magazine, the cafe has almost 100 periodicals on the wall at any given time that are for sale and/or your browsing pleasure, so you can pick up a Paris Review, Gastronomica, Wallpaper, or Believer and get a dose of culture with your glass of Grüner Veltliner and Henry Miller (proscuitto, mushrooms, and mozzarella crepe).
Or just slip a Real Simple or Motorcycle Magazine inside a copy of Utne and pretend you’re cultured for the benefit of the cute professorial type sitting with his/her laptop across the room.
Atmosphere: Artsy little neighborhood cafe with a relaxed vibe and a ton of great magazines.
Outdoor seating: Several tables are set up on the sidewalk outside in fair weather
Best Seat: All inside tables are great, although I love sitting outside at a sidewalk table
Noise Level: Hushed-Normal
Bring the Kids: Yes
Bathrooms: Yes, all the way to the back, far right corner
Parking: Free and plentiful on Clinton and surrounding streets
Cocktails: Full Bar
Beer: Yes, a dozen domestic and European beers $3.50-$6, English ciders $4-$6, Lambic framboise and peche $7
Wine: Yes, an excellent wine list--sparklies, whites, roses, reds and dessert wines by the glass $5-$13, half bottle $10-$24, and full bottle $18-$70
Teetotalers: Hot chocolate, Izze's sodas, Aranciata & Limonata
Tea: Hawthorne Tea Merchants
Vegetarian Friendly: Yes
Vegan Friendly: No
Good for the following occasions: Dining Solo, Casual Date, Out With Friends
Wi-Fi: Yes, free
Deals: Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm Liquid Lunch: 2 cocktails and a cup of soup $12
Tue: 1/2 priced glass pours on open wine bottles from 6pm-close
Free movies on Sunday nights at 9 pm