Guys, if you are going to take your girl friends out, take them someplace classy, not to Boiler Room. This place is awful. And ladies, if you are desperate and want to go somewhere with immature and drunk guys that are only there to get smashed and hit on you or show off, this place is for you.
In fact, after two visits here, I've decided to come online and write a review, something I never do, only because this place is so classless.
Overly crowded. Finally got to get a drink from slow bartenders and signed up to sing karaoke. I went to use the restroom and there was a girl puking in the men's room. There were a few immature guys outside mocking her, yelling mean things at her even as she was walking out. Total jerks.
I saw a group of guys standing in the middle of the bar. Some other guy tried to get through but these guys wouldn't move out of the way. Finally the guy was squeezing through and I saw one guy start pushing him, as if these guys were looking to fight.
The people here just seemed tense, impatient, and egotistical.
Overall, the service was awful, and the crowd was classless, and just one big meat fest. One guy karaoked Kings of Leon's ""Use Somebody"". I'm very forgiving, but this was the worst karaoke I've ever heard. No one clapped for him except me and my buddy, and I noticed the crowd was occasionally rude to the singers.
A couple weeks later... I had a group of friends from out of town. We were eating dinner at Kell's, and they wanted to Karaoke. Unfamiliar with Portland, the only place I knew of was Boiler Room. Maybe it was the fact that I was one of the only guys in my group of friends or that I wear glasses and don't look like some 20 year old smug frat boy, but the bouncer looked at me, after all my friends had gone in, and said, ""I dunno about you"". Excuse me? After my previous experiences with all those drunks, and this guy isn't going to let me in now? I told him I had just shown up, and that I'd like to go in, but needed to use the ATM. He seemed to chill out for the time, and let me inside to use it. While I was in the middle of using it, he grabbed me by the neck from behind, pulled me outside, and threw me into the little tree outside, saying ""You're done here"". Luckily, no one used the machine and I didn't lose any money, but he definitely should not have done that.
Totally ridiculous. Since I hadn't drank anything here and wasn't intoxicated, I thought maybe he had me mixed up. I called a friend of mine who came outside, and I tried talking to the bouncer. I just wanted to know why I was thrown out like that. He promptly got right up in my face, and started cussing and threatening me. Unfortunately we soon decided to leave, having our money taken at the door and our night spoiled.
I should have learned my lesson the first night, and shouldn't have assumed that somehow my next experience would for some reason not be as bad.
I've been to plenty of bars in cities around the northwest, and this was by far the most unfriendly and unprofessional waste of time I've seen in my life. I've never been confronted by a bouncer like that in my life. What is his job there anyways? I might go back and deal with their crap and not buy anything if my guy friends ever want to go back there, but I would never take any ladies back here.
If you take your girlfriends here, they will get hit on by sleazy guys, and you just might get thrown out instead. No wonder there are other negative reviews online. Sheesh.
Hey Portland, please boycott this place. The management should read the negative reviews showing up and deal with their mean and antisocial staff, especially that angry boar of a bouncer that was working the front door the night of 5/28/10.
Pros: Reminds you that even the biggest a*holes can get employed.
Cons: Unfriendly staff, high prices, immature crowd, long waits...