I’d been to the Red Star before for food, but honestly I hadn’t even registered that there was a wholly separate bar area. And it’s cute! And not crazy loud! These are all things of the good.
Also of the good: the signature Red Star cocktail. It’s basically a lemon drop with vanilla Stoli and raspberry liqueur. I say basically because those things together create this entirely new, entirely wonderful cocktail. NOM.
(I’d be remiss if I neglected to mention the french fries. They are delish. I don’t know what it is about Portland that makes restaurants offer so many different kinds of french fried goodness, but I am not complaining.)
Yum Factor: VERY.
Cute Factor: It’s a little more dark wood and grownups for my taste, but the flip side of that is that it was quiet enough to carry on an ACTUAL conversation, so: win.
Hangsies: None to speak of.
The Verdict: When I feel like a drink, this place will be at the top of my list.
See? I’m a trendsetter.