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6p - Midnight Saturday 18 July at East Burn!

We'll be in their "Annex" room, which is accessed through the back patio. We have the space from 6pm - midnight. Minors are officially welcome until 9pm.
posted by dersins to Portland, OR at 2:35 PM (67 comments total)

NB: we have a theoretical maximum of 45 people, so please update your status!
posted by dersins at 2:37 PM on May 8, 2009

After 9pm, minors will have to go home and drink alone.
posted by cortex at 4:54 PM on May 8, 2009

Don't worry, 3 hours is plenty of time to get a minor drunk, they don't have the tolerance of adults.
posted by Kattullus at 5:00 PM on May 8, 2009

At 9pm, the 16khz soundwave will start. I know I can stick around after that...
posted by mathowie at 7:59 PM on May 8, 2009

Hey mathowie, I live a few blocks from eastburn and you know I can provide the 16khz goods if you have caught my contributions to mefimusic.

Anyway yeah unless I get so injured I can't walk a few blocks I will be there.
posted by idiopath at 9:33 PM on May 8, 2009

According to the website, we get our own bath.

Also, their website is in desperate need of editing. Somebody has a hard-on for unnecessary commas.
posted by Caduceus at 10:03 AM on May 9, 2009

I am greatly looking forward to this.
posted by rtha at 12:49 PM on May 9, 2009

Me too, i may even have to hap back in to #mefi and catch up with some people before hand.
posted by sourbrew at 2:25 PM on May 9, 2009

I'm looking over Amtrak's schedule and I will most likely take the train down Saturday morning and back up sometime on Sunday. If other/another Seattle Mefite wants to do the train or carpool, I'm pretty flexible.
posted by silkygreenbelly at 7:49 PM on May 9, 2009

Also, just in case people were being wishy washy about possibly bad beer experience, July 17th - 19th is also the Portland International Beer Festival. It will be across the river in the Pearl District.

You know, in case folks were wondering about something else to do while in town.
posted by mrzarquon at 9:34 AM on May 10, 2009

Whatever, I have a prom to attend at 9 anyway.
posted by Corduroy at 11:12 PM on May 10, 2009

Excellent! Then you'll have somewhere to put the new lax morals we indoctrinate in you to use.
posted by Kattullus at 7:44 AM on May 11, 2009

Whatever, I have a prom to attend at 9 anyway.

Bring your date to the meetup!

If you never want her (or him-- I don't want to be heteronormative!) to never speak to you again, anyway...
posted by dersins at 10:45 AM on May 11, 2009

Just out of curiosity, does this mean we all go home at midnight, even though the bars stay open until 2:30? Or will there be some sort of afterparty? Or will we just get to invade the main part of EastBurn? These are urgent questions that must be answered.
posted by nonmerci at 1:36 PM on May 12, 2009

I think we're welcome to invade the rest of East Burn after midnight-- they just need to shut down the private space and tab at midnight. Did I mention that they have slot cars (free) and Skee-Ball (coin-operated) in the downstairs bar? There are also a wide variety of other bars in the neighborhood which could be appropriate for after-party. The Standard is close by and fairly large, Chopsticks is right up the street for your late-night karaoke needs, and there are a metric fuck-ton of bars on 28th.
posted by dersins at 1:54 PM on May 12, 2009

I say boo to Chopsticks III Express (very important to tack on this ordinal distinction) since it's sleazy and usually packed, but am intrigued by The Standard and this metric fuck-ton of bars you speak of. To be honest my knowledge of bars around East Burnside is pretty limited to Ron Tom's and the East End (I know), so lead the way, dersins!
posted by nonmerci at 8:29 PM on May 13, 2009

I'd nominate Beulahland as an after midnight place to go. They're open til 2:30 and carry liquor now. Also I may actually make it to this, so Kenny Liu I'd better see you there!
posted by efalk at 6:38 AM on May 14, 2009

Beulahland could work for an afterparty-- although it's sometimes too packed to move in there on Saturday nights, especially when there's a DJ spinning ska records and a bunch of SHARP skins skanking. Although that happens a little less often now that it's mostly just a hipster-kid bar. Other options in that hood include Holman's (good for greasy, disgusting late night food-- deep-fried mac'n'cheese nuggets with ranch sauce, anyone?), Red Flag (on the small side but pleasant), Chin Yen (as divey as divey gets in that neighborhood now that the original Hungry Tiger-- may it rest in peace-- is gone), Bonfire, Good Foot (kinda hippie-ish, but not terrible).... as I said, a metric fuck-ton of options.
posted by dersins at 9:53 AM on May 15, 2009

As much as I am excited about going to Portland for Saturday night, I certainly wouldn't mind seeing something around the area with some mefites either Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Any thoughts on what to do, where to go or who would be interested in hanging out pre- or post 10th Anniversary Party?
posted by silkygreenbelly at 10:22 AM on May 15, 2009

Beulahland is great, and they have pretty top-notch bar food, but it's definitely crowded and hipster-y. Bonfire gets a huge thumbs-down with me because of the incredibly dickish bartenders, Good Foot gets a "meh" but the rest sound good. I am partial to dive bars.

I will have a friend from out of town at the meet-up, so I think we would both be interested in hanging out pre- or post-party. However, I'm not the decisive type, so please don't look at me for activities, even if I am a born-and-raised Oregonian.
posted by nonmerci at 12:04 PM on May 15, 2009

The 18th is my birthday. So if I show up, I will be pretending it is my best birthday party ever.
posted by mimo at 9:01 PM on May 15, 2009

silkygreenbelly, I assume that some of us would end up hammering out the details of congregating the next morning afternoon to terrorise the town and show some of the nonresidents around.

The standards are usually Powell's, Hawthorne, Pittock Mansion, etc. Anything in particular interest you?
posted by geckoinpdx at 7:23 PM on May 16, 2009

Not only will I be there, but East Burn means I can drink and walk home. Nice.
posted by croutonsupafreak at 8:01 PM on May 17, 2009

From the website: The Annex features a kitchen, bath, high-speed wireless internet, along audio/visual capabilities.
posted by StickyCarpet at 10:18 PM on May 17, 2009

Just out of curiosity, I had a brief anonynmous chat with Matt, who is in charge of the internet at East Burn. He said it was a possibility that they would run a wired internet connection or two into the Annex room, he just needed some kind of mild assurance that the plan was not to hack into their credit card base.

But he said, "absoluety, we could work that out."

In case it turns out that the video chat is much better that way, which it might be.
posted by StickyCarpet at 12:13 PM on May 18, 2009

I can't believe not a one of you came to my meetup.

I hope yours rocked!
posted by Nabubrush at 8:58 PM on May 18, 2009

I can't believe not a one of you came to my meetup.

Alaskan time zones are confusing!
posted by dersins at 10:27 PM on May 18, 2009

You should probably just ignore that. In my defense, it's like sunny all the time here now and I got disoriented.
posted by Nabubrush at 8:44 AM on May 19, 2009

We'll likely be there for the whole weekend and are up for being shown about by the residents. We = rtha and myself.
posted by gingerbeer at 1:37 PM on May 19, 2009

Hey Seattleites, I just realized that our light rail system opens on 18 July. Is there any interest in a ride on the first day before the trip down to Portland?
posted by grouse at 8:37 AM on May 20, 2009

Anybody here know of where to get a gallon keg of Virgil's root beer? By Friday? But also for July 18th. There was a whole display of them at a Fred Meyer's in the South East, but it has suddenly disappeared!
posted by Corduroy at 1:51 PM on May 20, 2009

Bam! Got it.
posted by Corduroy at 3:48 PM on May 20, 2009

dersins: You mentioned at the top of the thread there is a theoretical 45 person limit. Since that limit seems to have been reached, what's the deal now? Is that it or is there still room?
posted by P.o.B. at 1:45 PM on May 27, 2009

Well, now, as the number of confirmed attendees has been slowly rising, I've pondered that very question myself. I've come to the conclusion that we may be safe for now. My experience with metafilter meetups is that pretty much every time a couple of people who say they're coming end up not doing so, for whatever reason. Add to that the natural ebb and flow of people arriving and departing at different times, and I bet we're safe 'til we hit the low 50's or so.

Of course, I could be wrong in which case this'll be an unmitigated disaster. Hooray!
posted by dersins at 1:51 PM on May 27, 2009

Some of us PDX meetup pros could probably manage some emergency annex meetupery nearby should there be a volume crisis, bleed off a dozen or two folks for a couple hours or something and keep in touch via cellphone re: status at the main joint.

Or the unmitigated disaster thing.
posted by cortex at 1:56 PM on May 27, 2009

It's about time a MeFi meetup brought the house down, literally.
posted by Kattullus at 2:23 PM on May 27, 2009

There's still the actual main floor bar right outside the back room plus the downstairs bar to overflow into.
posted by turbodog at 2:57 PM on May 27, 2009

I like the idea of a MeFi Emergency Satellite System. Now we need robots.
posted by AmberV at 11:33 AM on May 28, 2009

Robots? I'm on it.
posted by TwelveTwo at 1:25 AM on May 31, 2009

Still waiting for the robots. So much for "on it."
posted by dersins at 4:40 PM on June 2, 2009

As long as I have a robot pony to ride around on at the meetup I'm happy to wait. Take your time, TwelveTwo, take your time.
posted by Kattullus at 9:28 PM on June 2, 2009

There will be so many freakin' robots. Collective heads will spin.
posted by TwelveTwo at 11:12 PM on June 2, 2009

Just you wait, just you watch, just you dersins... just you.
posted by TwelveTwo at 11:13 PM on June 2, 2009

Is there anyway to start a new thread under the PDX section. I'd like to have a thread about sharing accommodations. There is no way I can stay up all night so at some point I will have to sleep. I'd like to see if anyone else wants to share a hotel room or their couch, but i don't want to get lost in another thread.
posted by silkygreenbelly at 12:39 AM on June 4, 2009

You can start a new thread here by clicking New Post at the top of the page. Just be sure to choose Portland, OR as the location if one isn't selected.
posted by pb at 8:22 AM on June 4, 2009

Ok. Turns out I'm going to be in PDX for this. So Goodbye Austin meetup, Hello Portland!
posted by fnord at 8:13 PM on June 16, 2009

Alright! All systems are go. I have plain ticket to Seattle for Bastille Day and I'll be scooting down to Portland for the meetup.
posted by Kattullus at 5:52 AM on June 19, 2009

Oh god! I made the plain/plane ticket typo in a thread containing cortex. I have doomed us all to punnery!
posted by Kattullus at 5:55 AM on June 19, 2009

Report to Punnery Sergeant Hartman, meat.
posted by cortex at 7:47 AM on June 19, 2009

Rapport, meet.
posted by dersins at 8:51 AM on June 19, 2009

There will be so many freakin' robots. Collective heads will spin.

I hope the normal Blue laws don't apply to this area because I'm going to suggest through a self-link that we may be able to help with the spinning robot heads. We have a couple of ideas for potentially interesting collaboration; if the organizers of this breadboard are down with it, I'd love to see what we could come up with together.

Bonus for me? Not having to ditch my own unfortunately coincidentally-timed project to meet up with a few mefites. Bonus for you? Um...drunk robotoids?
posted by SpaceBass at 9:01 PM on July 1, 2009

Unfortunately, work has conspired to make me unable to attend. Which bums me out to no end. Have fun storming the castle, kids.
posted by dersins at 6:49 PM on July 6, 2009

dersins. Dude. After all the work you put into this, and we can't even thank you (by pouring beer over your head and depantsing you)? That's terrible. Really. And you can't get out of it? Are they sending you out of town or something?
posted by rtha at 7:19 PM on July 6, 2009

If you were to be, say, kidnapped in front of witnesses by a motley crew driving a van, would that get you out of work?
posted by cortex at 8:22 PM on July 6, 2009

cortex, you are a genius.
posted by rtha at 8:35 PM on July 6, 2009

What about a Sunday brunch meet-up, dersins... could you make that?
posted by Kattullus at 6:33 PM on July 8, 2009

Local tech blog Silicon Forest has a Happy 10th post, but ends with the suggestion to attend the party at East Burn and a link to Upcoming. Are we cool with that? Are we at or above capacity on the room with RSVPs? It don't imagine hundreds of random people showing up, but an extra 20 people could make for a tight squeeze.
posted by turbodog at 10:02 AM on July 15, 2009

Ha, nice little write-up.

From the first response, the theoretical room maximum is 45, which we are already well over. If you assume a few of the "Definitely coming" parties will not be, and that a few of the "Maybes" do show to make up for the difference, it is already a squeeze.

I am guessing it is going to be crowded, but I doubt too many tourists will show up from this article. Who really cares, except for those already here?
posted by AmberV at 11:52 AM on July 15, 2009

There are plenty of bars in the area, too, so we can do some last minute overflow arranging if necessary. I imagine it'll all work out, though.
posted by nonmerci at 2:59 PM on July 16, 2009

Also, Sunday breakfast is a GREAT IDEA. Because a fellow MeFite friend of mine and myself will already be indulging in something delicious (hopefully the Cricket Cafe), but if we had a planned event to attend that could be really fun. Any takers? (I refuse to plan anything, but will attend pre-planned events.)
posted by nonmerci at 3:00 PM on July 16, 2009

dersins says there's a theoretical maximum of 45 people. There are 65 'yes' and 61 'maybe'. Will that be a problem?
posted by agropyron at 7:56 PM on July 16, 2009

Nah, we'll just get cozy and spawn relief pockets outside the room as needed.
posted by cortex at 10:24 PM on July 16, 2009

A couple of notes: First, I won't be bringing MeFi-themed baked goods to this meetup after all, for logistical reasons. Sorry! Next time, perhaps.

Second, if there's anyone who's traveling to/from the meetup by public transit and would like some company, feel free to MeFi mail me. I live in downtown Portland, and I'd be happy to help out-of-towners find their way around and navigate the transit system.
posted by velvet winter at 9:46 AM on July 17, 2009

There are 3 or 4 wicker chairs suspended from the ceiling on chains over a small raised platform in the front of the bar. Perhaps Matt and our MeFi betters could hold court there? Maybe knight someone or install people into the MetaFilter equivalent to the OBE.
posted by turbodog at 11:50 AM on July 17, 2009

I can no longer walk (temporarily, hopefully), and will not be able to make it. Have fun :(
posted by TwelveTwo at 7:44 PM on July 17, 2009

If anybody is curious about the eats, I just posted the menu in a new thread.
posted by cortex at 9:01 AM on July 18, 2009

Note to anyone who's interested: A few of us MeFites will be meeting at Powell's Books in the coffee shop area (World Cup, I think it's called) at 5:00 PM, and we'll be traveling over to the East Burn meetup together via TriMet (the #20 bus). If anyone else would like to join us, feel free!

I'll try to have a sign visible so you can identify us. So far there's me, solipsophistocracy, and spherical_perceptions.

If you jot me a MeFi mail to let me know you'll be there, I'll make sure to look for you. I won't have 'net access after 4:00, though.
posted by velvet winter at 12:28 PM on July 18, 2009

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