The Candlelight is a great bar with a very diverse crowd (from the super old guy regulars to the young, hip college kids to the all-time blues folks and more) The staff is fun and friendly. You can dance, mingle, play pool, and catch some of Portland's best music. Definitely one of the best music venues. Sure, the bar can get smoky, but I bet there's a good time had by all. The Candlelight offers a great bar menu, too.
Pros: Diverse, Service, Music
Cons: Smoky, Crowded (is that really a con?)