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SEMpdx SearchFest 2013 Preview

SearchFest is upon us. Friday February 22nd will bring us another excellent SearchFest. Here’s the Amplify team’s preview.

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The Sessions We’re Looking Forward To

 

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Ben’s Tips for Things to Eat, Places to Drink, Stuff to Do

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Restaurants

Pretty much everything here is near either the conference hotel or the official SEMpdx after-party on Friday night. There’s some crossover with the “bars” list below.

Dinner

  • Clyde Common: Some people find it to be a little loud – but I like the vibe. The food and drinks are top notch. Close to the Governor (SearchFest)
  • Little Bird: French spot from the fine folks at Le Pigeon. Only a couple blocks from the after party.
  • Gruner: “Alpine” (German) cuisine. Close to the Governor (SearchFest)
  • Davis St. Tavern: “New American” food. Late night menu available as well. And it’s a block away from the after party.
  • Urban Farmer or Departure at The Nines Hotel… The architecture is nice to look at and so are the patrons… and wait staff.
  • Jake’s Grill or Jake’s Famous Crawsish: these spots are 2 blocks apart from each other and they’re both great. Close to the Governor (SearchFest)
  • Portland City Grill: Hard to go wrong with a 30th floor view. Close to the after party.
  • Raven & Rose:  New hot spot – make a reservation. Downtown.

Late Night Happy Hours (Food)

Need another cocktail (or three) and some food? Here’s a few good spots to get a late night happy hour menu.

Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch/Snack

Bars

I tend to lean towards cocktails… and good ones at that. These spots will have good beer and wine selections as well. Except Ground Kongrol and Scooter’s.

  • Clyde Common: (Downtown) Located in the Ace Hotel, it’s more of a restaurant than a bar, but the cocktails are excellent and it’s full-on PDX.
  • Ground Kontrol: (Old Town) Video games and pinball with your beer
  • Teardrop Cocktail Lounge: (Pearl) Fancy cocktails
  • Scooter McQuade’s: (Downtown) For the truly hardcore. Clear drinks and Jell-O shots for everyone! Go ahead, you won’t regret that in the morning.
  • Imperial (Downtown): Great restaurant as well…
  • Raven & Rose (Downtown):  The Rookery = the upstairs bar = some old-school cocktails
  • Kask (Downtown): Tiny little lively spot adjacent to Gruner. Extensive and adventurous cocktail menu and mixologists who take their job seriously

Things to Do

  • Portland Farmer’s Market: It’s the last weekend of the smaller winter version
  • Director Park: Close to Pioneer Square but a little classier
  • Powell’s City of Books: Remember books that you actually bought and held in your hand? Here’s an entire city block of them.
  • Go wine tasting: The Willamette Valley is home to the best Pinot Noir and it’s close to PDX. You can be at a winery in 20 minutes.
  • Oregon Zoo: It’s a short MAX ride away from downtown. We have a new baby elephant named Lily.
  • Portland Saturday Market: It’s like Seattle’s Pike Place Market but nowhere near as good. Sorry folks but that’s the truth. It is great for people watching though.
Ben Lloyd

About Ben Lloyd

Ben Lloyd serves as Principal at Add3 and manages the agency’s Portland office.  Ben got his start in SEM way back in 1999 – when there was like, 15 search engines and Google was barely a thing. Prior to Add3, Ben had founded Amplify Interactive in 2003 (which was acquired by Add3 in 2013), and hasn’t looked back since. Ben likes lots of stuff like golf, pinball, food(ie), booze/beer/wine – in that order, etc. Mostly – he likes doing that stuff with his friends. Ben is also co-founder of SEMpdx. Connect with Ben on LinkedIn