I've been hitting a few eastside places lately that are a bit divey, but have decent to good food, average or better beer and spirits.
15 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
This place has a whiskey club and decent dive bar food and happy hour. They're more of a beer and a shot sort of place. They won't make you a decent Manhattan for instance, but they've got a fair selection of spirits and a few decent beers on tap. They do a pretty good dinner style breakfast (opt for the pepper bacon). On Saturday and Sunday they have a bloody mary bar. They have a wheel to spin to see if you get a free meal. Happy hour food is pretty basic and acceptable. Breakfast is available all day.
The place still has a coating of tar and nicotine from the days of smoking inside. There's also an outdoor patio.
8105 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
Phone number(503) 255-0049
11:00 AM to 2:30 AM Everyday
One of the best places near 82nd Ave to get a beer. They've got a live feed of the taplist on their webpage. They have monthly beer events. Decent selection of spirits. Better than average bar food. I like the gumbo and the oyster po' boy. You can also order sushi from the place next door. Daytime vibe is quite different than at night. It's pretty laid back in the evening. Lot's of food and beverage industry folks hang out here.
2809 NE Sandy Blvd
8:00 AM to 2:30 AM Everyday
This place does a pretty good cheap breakfast. Burgers are just OK. Good selection of beers and spirits. The service is friendly and efficient.
Sam's Hollywood Billiards
1845 NE 41st Ave
Portland OR 97212
Hours Mon - Sat: 7am-1am Sun: 9am-1am