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“WINGS!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whiskey Soda Lounge

Whiskey Soda Lounge
Ranked #350 of 4,238 Restaurants in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Bar, Thai
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
NYC
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395 reviews
324 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“WINGS!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

They serve the same wings as Pok Pok without the wait. The drinks are good and they even have outdoor seating. Great place to wait for your Pok Pok table!

Visited January 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Baltimore, Maryland
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Really!?!?”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 11, 2014

So admittedly my group of over 40 ladies was not the typical group heading into this "acclaimed" restaurant. We were going for the wings as they were recommended by friends and family. I have to say the service we received was deplorable. It was timely but there was a clear disdain for our group from the get go. Were we not the right customer group? Too touristy? Whatever it made whatever attempt we made to enjoy the food a difficult task. We ordered a steak item from the menu. When it was delivered to our table, one of us asked if it came with Naan bread as we thought we saw that on the menu. The waiter obnoxiously offered "No it was not Naan bread and if you want me to walk down to the Indian restaurant down the street maybe I could get some for you". Confused and taken aback I picked up the menu to read Naam on the menu with this item. I wasn't familiar with Naam spice so my brain probably read Naan but couldn't the waiter have figured out my confusion and cleared it up without being so obnoxious.

I wish I could say that this interaction was the only snub we got during our time at this restaurant but as one of my group members stated, it was like they were behind the bar sneering at us and making fun of us for absolutely no reason. If you ever experienced the "Elaine" scene in Seinfeld when she goes to the nail salon and she knows they are talking about her but can't figure out what they are saying - that's the experience we had here!

Get over yourself and if it is the twenty or thirty something group that you want as your customers...next time put it on the door! Stay away if you are a mature foodie or even if you want to be respected by waiters.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Gotta Get Back to this Spot.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2014

Pok Pok is not to be missed. BUT when you have to wait for a table shuffle across the street to the Whiskey Soda Lounge. The drink menu is unbelievable and the chicken wings are to DIE for. Plus, Portland has THE friendliest locals and you can chat them up at the bar.

Visited July 2013
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Portland, Oregon
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157 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Waiting for Pok Pok”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 21, 2013

Located across the street from Pok Pok, a great place to wait for a table. We wanted to try the vinegars. Our party of four each tried a different one and it was really different. The flavors seem strange, but they all worked. Also had the famous wings and we weren't disappointed. Pok Pok called when the table was ready and the waiter brought our bill. Very convenient and with a limited menu gets you in the mood for the main course.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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143 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“They have Ike's wings”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

We wanted to try the wings at Pok Pok after hearing soo much about them. But after waiting in line t the hostess stand for 10 minutes we were told there was a 2-2.5 hour wait! Wow! They said we could wait at the Whiskey Soda Lounge so we headed over. After squeezing 3 people into a two top we realized everything we wanted to to was here!
We had 3 orders of wings (an order is big enough for one person as a meal) along with an order each of Miang Kham (really spicy but good) and Jin Tup Roht Dii (just ok).
The wings were great, the table was silent and we were glad we got to try them. Would we have waited 2.5 hours for them at Pok Pok....probably not. Plus the waitress told us we could call ahead and order the wings to go if we wanted....what?! This is happening before we leave.
The mango alexander and tamarind whiskey sour were good drinks too.

The cons were that our waitress seemed super busy, so getting her attention as hard. Plus th dinning room is dim. We needed our cell phones to read the menu because there is really not a lot of light.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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