Aalto Lounge & Bistro

★★★★☆
  • 3356 SE Belmont St

    Portland, OR 97214

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  • 503-235-6041

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I really wanted to give this place a half-star rating, but I guess they don't allow that. The drinks were fine, the atmosphere was nice in a chilled/loungy sort of way even if it is a little run down. But the service. Holy cow, it was bad!

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★★★★★

I really wanted to give this place a half-star rating, but I guess they don't allow that. The drinks were fine, the atmosphere was nice in a chilled/loungy sort of way even if it is a little run down. But the service. Holy cow, it was bad!

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Not the best first impression. They misplaced my husbands credit card but treated him like he was crazy when he insisted they had held it for his tab to remain open.By the time we got home, they called and said they did have it after all.We had to drive all the way back over there to get it. It was a drag, but at least the bartender was apologetic.

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★☆☆☆☆

Not the best first impression. They misplaced my husbands credit card but treated him like he was crazy when he insisted they had held it for his tab to remain open.By the time we got home, they called and said they did have it after all.We had to drive all the way back over there to get it. It was a drag, but at least the bartender was apologetic.

Pros: good vodka press

Cons: They cant keep track of credit cards. Rude staff.

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I hate places that can't read their own writing. Maybe I am out o place and don't know the current terminolgy. Besides that, it has always been hit-or-miss from day one for me. The best thing about the place for me was when awesome people I knew worked there. Other than that it is uncomfortable and I don't care for it.

1
★★★☆☆

I hate places that can't read their own writing. Maybe I am out o place and don't know the current terminolgy. Besides that, it has always been hit-or-miss from day one for me. The best thing about the place for me was when awesome people I knew worked there. Other than that it is uncomfortable and I don't care for it.

Pros: In a handy neighborhood

Cons: Very uncomfortable chairs

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Good music, good drinks, good food, and good service!!! Love the lime drop. Very casual atmosphere.

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★★★★☆

Good music, good drinks, good food, and good service!!! Love the lime drop. Very casual atmosphere.

Pros: Just about everything.

Cons: Parking.

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I like this bar, if you have too much coffee next door just grab a drink and relax in this tiny little space. The bartenders are cute and make great cocktails. Good place for a date

3
★★★☆☆

I like this bar, if you have too much coffee next door just grab a drink and relax in this tiny little space. The bartenders are cute and make great cocktails. Good place for a date

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I'd heard quite a few raves about the Aalto -- what a total disappointment! The place was filthy -- stained chairs, dirty tables and floors. Reminded me of Port Authority Terminal. We sat at a table for 20 minutes without so much as a glance from the staff. Wouldn't know whether or not the cocktails make up for the lack of service (since no one asked us if we wanted one), but nothing on the menu looked interesting, special, or unique enough to warrant sticking around. Add to that a bunch of unwashed, PBR swigging hipsters with ironic facial hair, trucker caps, and equally irritating attitudes -- it was like a bad version of the Hipster Olympics -- one where everyone takes themselves seriously. I'm not sure what the appeal for the Aalto is... perhaps it's something only the tragically hip understand -- and that's fine with me.

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★☆☆☆☆

I'd heard quite a few raves about the Aalto -- what a total disappointment! The place was filthy -- stained chairs, dirty tables and floors. Reminded me of Port Authority Terminal. We sat at a table for 20 minutes without so much as a glance from the staff. Wouldn't know whether or not the cocktails make up for the lack of service (since no one asked us if we wanted one), but nothing on the menu looked interesting, special, or unique enough to warrant sticking around. Add to that a bunch of unwashed, PBR swigging hipsters with ironic facial hair, trucker caps, and equally irritating attitudes -- it was like a bad version of the Hipster Olympics -- one where everyone takes themselves seriously. I'm not sure what the appeal for the Aalto is... perhaps it's something only the tragically hip understand -- and that's fine with me.

Pros: reminds you how much you appreciate hand sanitizer

Cons: dirty, no service, atmosphere

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The Aalto Lounge is a Dump. The place is full of cheap old garbage garage sale chairs "real trendy" its music is played too loud on speakers that are very poor quality. I know sound systems and I know theirs is very cheap. The drinks are ok but The service is poor. The attitude seems to be we are better then you. Look you are a bartender, make me a drink and take the toys out of your hole. The art they have on the walls is always like 4-5 hundred dollars? Who would pay that much money for scraps left on the side of the street tacked up on their walls. There is this one bartender who has a real problem with his self image. I think he thinks that he is more important than the monkey drink poorer that he is. Bottom line, Don't go to aalto because you will be disappointed.

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★☆☆☆☆

The Aalto Lounge is a Dump. The place is full of cheap old garbage garage sale chairs "real trendy" its music is played too loud on speakers that are very poor quality. I know sound systems and I know theirs is very cheap. The drinks are ok but The service is poor. The attitude seems to be we are better then you. Look you are a bartender, make me a drink and take the toys out of your hole. The art they have on the walls is always like 4-5 hundred dollars? Who would pay that much money for scraps left on the side of the street tacked up on their walls. There is this one bartender who has a real problem with his self image. I think he thinks that he is more important than the monkey drink poorer that he is. Bottom line, Don't go to aalto because you will be disappointed.

Pros: Location

Cons: Poor Service, Expensive drinks, Bad Menu, Nothing worth going there for. LAZY workers!

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I have been going to the Aalto for awhile, the bartender gives garbage service. He thinks he is really cool with his bandanna and tight tee shirts and tight faded black jeans. Just bought Two PBR's tonight and then when Leaving he said: You have to give me a tip, thats the way it works here. So I said: If you give better service you would get a tip. Thats your tip. Fact is he was bitching over about 50cents, and I WILL NEVER RETURN. NEVER. I will Tell ALL my Friends to NEVER go to the Aalto, so Guess what, YOU WILL LOSE MUCH MORE than you Ever thought. Fact is its a Tuesday night and The place was empty so he didn't get many tips and so he was taking it out on me and my friend, well Wake UP! Our Economy is in a Depression and your bar is A BROKE DIVE! Forget about all the TIPS I gave you in the past you ungrateful little Trick!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been going to the Aalto for awhile, the bartender gives garbage service. He thinks he is really cool with his bandanna and tight tee shirts and tight faded black jeans. Just bought Two PBR's tonight and then when Leaving he said: You have to give me a tip, thats the way it works here. So I said: If you give better service you would get a tip. Thats your tip. Fact is he was bitching over about 50cents, and I WILL NEVER RETURN. NEVER. I will Tell ALL my Friends to NEVER go to the Aalto, so Guess what, YOU WILL LOSE MUCH MORE than you Ever thought. Fact is its a Tuesday night and The place was empty so he didn't get many tips and so he was taking it out on me and my friend, well Wake UP! Our Economy is in a Depression and your bar is A BROKE DIVE! Forget about all the TIPS I gave you in the past you ungrateful little Trick!

Pros: some chicks

Cons: bad service, bad attitudes, dumpy, want to be trendy, tight black pants losers!

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Dj's spinning vinyl, a great beer and wine list, cute bartenders, outdoor patio and grub you won't feel guilty eating. This place is a neighborhood gem. I would not change a thing about it.

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★★★★★

Dj's spinning vinyl, a great beer and wine list, cute bartenders, outdoor patio and grub you won't feel guilty eating. This place is a neighborhood gem. I would not change a thing about it.

Pros: patio, dj's

Cons: hipster haven

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I love the aalto lounge. The bartenders are, for the most part, effective, attractive, funny, and smart. It's the only place I've been to in portland where a spectrum of people can all hang out comfortably. I can go there on dates, meet for business, or go by myself and run into people I know. Its not too hip or too fancy or too anything. Its my favorite bar in portland.

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★★★★★

I love the aalto lounge. The bartenders are, for the most part, effective, attractive, funny, and smart. It's the only place I've been to in portland where a spectrum of people can all hang out comfortably. I can go there on dates, meet for business, or go by myself and run into people I know. Its not too hip or too fancy or too anything. Its my favorite bar in portland.

Pros: atmosphere, staff, drinks

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"Come on guys, it?s a restaurant ? not a night club. "

Actually, no. The Aalto Lounge is a neighborhood bar/watering hole that happens to serve good food. Also, DJs start at 10 -- a time when people play and listen to loud music. Canby, who authored one of these reviews and the quote above, is a tool and he's offbase in his review. The bartenders are generally solid, nice and polite. They'll make a mean drink, but they're not babysitters or there to pamper you. Get over yourself. If you want a quiet place, go to the library.

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★★★☆☆

"Come on guys, it?s a restaurant ? not a night club. "

Actually, no. The Aalto Lounge is a neighborhood bar/watering hole that happens to serve good food. Also, DJs start at 10 -- a time when people play and listen to loud music. Canby, who authored one of these reviews and the quote above, is a tool and he's offbase in his review. The bartenders are generally solid, nice and polite. They'll make a mean drink, but they're not babysitters or there to pamper you. Get over yourself. If you want a quiet place, go to the library.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Stupid patrons that except people to cater to their every demand

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The folks at Aalto Lounge don?t realize that they are in the hospitality business. My two friends and I stopped by last Saturday night with intentions of sipping on some nice wine, nibbling on some food and catching up. Everything was going according to plan, except for the noise factor. We literally had to yell at each other just to hear one another. I went up to the DJ and asked politely if he would turn down the music ? just a tad. He was very gracious (at the time) and honored my request. But as soon as the song ended, it was back up again ? almost louder. A few more songs later, my friend went up and requested for the music to be turned down again; and once again the DJ honored her request. But you guest it?next song it was blaring again. We honestly felt that a 2-year old could behave more grown up. We told our servers of our situation, and well...not much sympathy on their part. Come on guys, it?s a restaurant ? not a night club. I know that profit margins in a restaurant are slim. Making sure your DJ is happy over your customers? Huh? Again ? you are in the hospitality business. Take care of you customers.

I worked for a Master Sommelier (not Certified or Advanced but MASTER) as his executive associate for over two years. I oversaw his high-end restaurant, his top-notched wine shop and his way-cool wine bar. What happened Saturday night was a text book example of how not to treat your paying customers.

[And before anyone starts rolling their eyes and saying, ?if it?s too loud, you?re too old? just remember that 30-somethings make a heck of a lot more money than the 20-something generation.]

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★★☆☆☆

The folks at Aalto Lounge don?t realize that they are in the hospitality business. My two friends and I stopped by last Saturday night with intentions of sipping on some nice wine, nibbling on some food and catching up. Everything was going according to plan, except for the noise factor. We literally had to yell at each other just to hear one another. I went up to the DJ and asked politely if he would turn down the music ? just a tad. He was very gracious (at the time) and honored my request. But as soon as the song ended, it was back up again ? almost louder. A few more songs later, my friend went up and requested for the music to be turned down again; and once again the DJ honored her request. But you guest it?next song it was blaring again. We honestly felt that a 2-year old could behave more grown up. We told our servers of our situation, and well...not much sympathy on their part. Come on guys, it?s a restaurant ? not a night club. I know that profit margins in a restaurant are slim. Making sure your DJ is happy over your customers? Huh? Again ? you are in the hospitality business. Take care of you customers.

I worked for a Master Sommelier (not Certified or Advanced but MASTER) as his executive associate for over two years. I oversaw his high-end restaurant, his top-notched wine shop and his way-cool wine bar. What happened Saturday night was a text book example of how not to treat your paying customers.

[And before anyone starts rolling their eyes and saying, ?if it?s too loud, you?re too old? just remember that 30-somethings make a heck of a lot more money than the 20-something generation.]

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Awesome daily 5-7pm happy hour for food. HUGE and yummy caesar salad for only $3 and delicious grilled tomato and cheese sandwich with herbs and a salad for $4. My boyfriend gets the real steak sandwich with salad for $5. You can't beat it! I think the drinks are a little spendy though, even on happy hour, but if you are looking for a hardy cheap meal this is the place to go.

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★★★★★

Awesome daily 5-7pm happy hour for food. HUGE and yummy caesar salad for only $3 and delicious grilled tomato and cheese sandwich with herbs and a salad for $4. My boyfriend gets the real steak sandwich with salad for $5. You can't beat it! I think the drinks are a little spendy though, even on happy hour, but if you are looking for a hardy cheap meal this is the place to go.

Pros: awesome food happy hour, non-smoking in the front part of the lounge

Cons: sometimes slow service

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This is a great place to go for happy hour, after a show, or anytime you want a relaxed atmosphere with great music, a good drink selection, smoking/non-smoking options and attractive servers. Just hip enough, but not so tragically hip that you can't bring an out-of-town guest or family member to enjoy a glass of wine. The outdoor patio is lovely in the summer, and the happy hour menu is very respectable.

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★★★★★

This is a great place to go for happy hour, after a show, or anytime you want a relaxed atmosphere with great music, a good drink selection, smoking/non-smoking options and attractive servers. Just hip enough, but not so tragically hip that you can't bring an out-of-town guest or family member to enjoy a glass of wine. The outdoor patio is lovely in the summer, and the happy hour menu is very respectable.

Pros: Location, Price, Service

Cons: Limited Wine Selection

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Great bar, great style, cool crowd without being too PDX hipster snobby, great place to gather with friendsd or roll solo

2
★★★★★

Great bar, great style, cool crowd without being too PDX hipster snobby, great place to gather with friendsd or roll solo

Pros: great aesthetic

Cons: smoking area stinks

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This Belmont bar/lounge offers a coffee-shop atmosphere in one of the most trendiest night spots in Portland. The drinks are the best in Portland, strong & potent - none of those watered down, rip-off drinks here. When you order just ONE drink, you'll feel it. The prices are well worth it.
It's also great to see all the mid-century authentic furniture.

PROS: Cool atmosphere. Good drinks.
CONS: Not much of a bar menu if you're hungry.

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★★★★★

This Belmont bar/lounge offers a coffee-shop atmosphere in one of the most trendiest night spots in Portland. The drinks are the best in Portland, strong & potent - none of those watered down, rip-off drinks here. When you order just ONE drink, you'll feel it. The prices are well worth it.
It's also great to see all the mid-century authentic furniture.

PROS: Cool atmosphere. Good drinks.
CONS: Not much of a bar menu if you're hungry.

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As stated in other reviews, I did not think that you had to know the staff. They were all very friendly and helpful. Great wine selection and possibly the best gazpacho I have ever had (I ordered 2 bowls!).

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★★★★★

As stated in other reviews, I did not think that you had to know the staff. They were all very friendly and helpful. Great wine selection and possibly the best gazpacho I have ever had (I ordered 2 bowls!).

Pros: Yummy Food, Friendly Staff, Good Music

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I think this is one of the best bars to hang out at in Portland. The ambience is kitchy-eames-wannabe furniture and a little-known back room area where smoking is allowed all the time. The music is usually enjoyable-I've often asked what they are playing. The drinks are definitely stiff and the price reflects it. Once you get to know the bartendars, you'll always have a fresh drink. I also enjoy the art shows they host. Definitely a cool place to "chill."

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★★★★☆

I think this is one of the best bars to hang out at in Portland. The ambience is kitchy-eames-wannabe furniture and a little-known back room area where smoking is allowed all the time. The music is usually enjoyable-I've often asked what they are playing. The drinks are definitely stiff and the price reflects it. Once you get to know the bartendars, you'll always have a fresh drink. I also enjoy the art shows they host. Definitely a cool place to "chill."

Pros: Great Atmosphere, Trendy, Back Room Smoking

Cons: No Smoking until 10, Have to know staff

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This is by far, one of my favorite places in Portland. The drinks are stiff and the staff is pleasant and unobtrusive. Not a fully stocked bar, but it does the trick.

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★★★★★

This is by far, one of my favorite places in Portland. The drinks are stiff and the staff is pleasant and unobtrusive. Not a fully stocked bar, but it does the trick.

Pros: Powerful cocktails, Friendly staff

Cons: Closed on Sunday

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Popular with local artists, writers and dramatists---the cosmopolitan types who recognize the place is named after the acclaimed Finnish architect of the 1960s, Alvar Aalto---the Aalto Lounge offers adult beverages, surprisingly tasty…

 

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