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Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Ore.
CC Image courtesy of aforonda on Flickr13/20

13. Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, Ore.

Before opening this ground-level restaurant and basement performance space in 2004, Doug Fir's architects had to evict the rats and other detritus left behind by a damaged former diner, punk club and parking garage. The cozily redesigned, wood-paneled room ("like Paul Bunyan's home in outer space," one local writer put it) is perfectly located in central Portland, less than a mile from downtown. Try the Eggs La Bamba.

Capacity: 300
Fun Fact: The Doug Fir is housed at the Jupiter Hotel, along with a tattoo parlor and a hair salon -- perfect for that multitasking scenester.

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