Portland has always been known for the arts. I feel like I type this sentence a lot. But, it’s true. Art of all kinds takes up permanent residence here and it’s not hard to see why, what with all of the natural beauty and the interesting array of characters that call this wonderful city home. One of the most popular and accessible arts in the city is live music and, one of the best places in the city to catch live music is at the Analog Café located at 720 SE Hawthorne in Portland.
The Analog Café, which promises a full bar, killer eats and live music, is a place all Portlanders should be well aware of—and it’s hard to miss. With the front entrance dotted by picnic tables and umbrellas, the concrete wall above the entrance is a colorful display of pseudo graffiti. It tells you that you are somewhere colorful, expressive and cool. It beckons you inside to see what wonders might await you.
Entering below the aforementioned concrete wall and marquee, it’s never a secret what’s happening at the Analog—and something I always happening. The bar fare goes a touch beyond standard, with pot stickers, house fires, gigantic cheeseburgers (using only grass-fed beef, of course), deep fried avocado and beer battered mushrooms—the Analog is a place to try something new or to comfort yourself with something familiar. The food is a touch pricey, but you’ll taste the difference.
The bar patrons and staff are friendly and attentive and whether you want to spend some time to yourself in a quiet corner reading a book or writing your thesis, or immerse yourself in the hub of activity, the Analog will cater to you.
But, it’s all about the music at the Analog. With a large stage, outstanding acoustics and plenty of standing space for optimal viewing, the Analog is a top venue to check out live music. From local acts to smaller national touring acts, the Analog brings in diverse artists to cater to the diverse crowds that hang out here.
My first time at Analog was when I saw Camp Crush, an up and coming local Portland act. I’d heard about the venue and I was already familiar with the band, so I knew it would be a great time to check it out. I as not disappointed. From the diverse and friendly crowd to the delicious food and the best Gin and Tonic I’ve ever had, The Analog had everything I look for in a venue. It’s in the heart of Hawthorne, so it’s super easy to get to, and well worth it. I hope to see you there. It’s one of the places that makes living in Portland, Oregon so great.