Every Day • 5PM-1AM [give or take]
first off, i dont see how anyone can hate on Michelle, she is my favorite bartender of all time, no joke. if you dont think she’s funny, ok get over it. but she is only ever ‘less nice’ to the people actually being a$$holes. i know, because i’ve been there many times, and yes, she does not take any sh!t. thats why the majority of us love her.
anyway, i love the snug, and only wish i did not move farther away or i would still be going weekly! dont change a thing, and for the few gripers out there, they are the extreme minority, as the snug is always packed any day of the week, and with happy people. cheers!
I didn’t even know this place existed!! Based on the feedback, I’ll be in tonite!!
I’ll be sure to talk to Michelle and get her side, but already, I can tell your account is a bit exaggerated. You mentioned that she was a “saggy tit bitch.” Sorry Babe, but her tits stand at attention like two tall, proud marines. You’re suspect.
I did not have a good experience last night at the snug and was completely disgusted at the bartender. I was with a friend who ordered a drink and I went to use the ladies bath room. While in the bathroom I was rudely interrupted by a loud banging on the door. I told them I would be a minute and a couple of seconds later she continued to bang on the door. She announced herself as the bartender and told me to hurry up and that she was on her break. I told her I was going as fast as I can and she said come on your a girl. First off what the heck is that supposed to mean, secondly she continued to bang on the door. I told her if to use the men’s room if she had to go that bad because I was already going as fast as I could and I had just got in there when she started banging on the door. When I left I gave her a dirty look because she was rude to me. She started to run her mouth to me and I walked back to where my friend was sitting. After she finished using the bathroom she loudly and obnoxiously started talking smack about me two the two tables besides ours and told other patrons I said things to her I never said and called me four eyes because I wear glasses. She told me I needed to leave and I told her I would in just a minute. She kicked both of us out. After being fed up by her behavior of making fun of my glasses and lying about me to other patrons I called her a saggy tit bitch. We left the bar.She did not have to physically force us out. As we were walking down the street we found out she had called the Portland police department on us and accused my friend of assaulting me so they stopped us to make sure I was safe.We knew it was her because the officer told one of us that she had called. I told the officer what had happened at the bar and he let both of us go. I work in customer service myself and I have visited this bar previously without any issues from other bartenders. was very upset from this experience . As someone who works with people regularly I found her to be incredibly unprofessional, obnoxious, and rude. I cannot say she is a good asset to the snugs team after my encounter with her last night. I would have never treated a customer as poorly as she did me. On my way out I told her that I would be reporting her to someone higher up then her who worked there.
If this is true, I truly apologize. I have a very firm and clear policy of the bartenders NEVER commenting on tips – good or bad. I have asked her about this incident and am awaiting her side. That being said, Michelle hasn’t had a cigarette in four days. If she was more surly than usual, I imagine that the lack of carcinogens coursing through her lungs is the reason. It’s a miracle you made it out alive! There’s that!
I had a really bad experience at this place. When I first walked in the bartender was spewing the word fuck everywhere, which alright that’s cool, do what you want. However when my friend and I specified what kind of drinks we wanted, she replied with “two shit drinks coming up”. I wasn’t very keen on her being rude so when she asked for the 5 dollars each, I chose to give her no tip, just the 5 dollars. Out of that she made a huge scene, raising her voice, asking me if I were going to tip her over and over again. I shrugged at her, it was pretty obvious why I didn’t want to tip. Next thing I know I sit down and can hear her yelling about me not tipping her to people at the bar. I’m pretty sure I heard the word bitch fly out there. Not impressed, at all. I was having a pretty bad day and thought that would be a place to have a nice drink but it turned out completely the opposite. Environment, yes. Bartender, no.
[Moderator note: Barry's just kidding about the food...it's recherché at best]
A great place to eat. Food is devine, especially my favourite the filet steak.
Everyone that works here are so friendly, and the customers are always smiling as a result! Next time Im in Maine Ill be down for my desert and bacardi
My very best wishes to Margaret and the crew.
Thanks! And you’re in luck as our debilitating laziness prohibits us from changing.
p.s. I wanted to quickly point out (to any city officials who happen to be reading this) your typo. You must have meant “blogs” instead of “dogs” as everyone knows its wildly illegal for dogs to be in a bar.
Love this place! Dogs, Guinness, The Ramones, and the hottest barmaid on the planet. She can keep loving on me all she wants. I’ll be back! Don’t change a thing.
What a refreshing post about those fucking minors. Back in the day when I worked at the Underground, we had this kid who had been hanging out at the bar for about a year. He had an ID. Nothing about it seemed fake. Then he tells us that he loves our bar so much that he’s going to have his birthday party there. We welcome him with open arms and even decorate it for happy hour. He arrives, his friends arrive and then his parents arrive. Then his cake arrived. It said, “Happy 21st!” I was like WTF???? You’ve been coming in my bar illegally for a year? Are you fucking kidding me? So I kicked him out and barred him. His parents asked me why and I told them. They were appalled that their kid had the audacity to pull something so stupid. His dad said, “Serves him right kicking him out.” Funny thing is, his parents stayed and hung out. A few of his friends bolted out the door when I went off on him for his fake ID. Most of them never returned. I grew up in the bar biz and it is atrocious the amount of responsibility is put on the bar owner and the bartenders. No responsibility on the patron at all. Get too drunk and fall outside? Sue us. Get too drunk and drive home? Sue us. Don’t take any fucking responsibility for yourself, just blame it all on your bartender. Oh yeah, and tell us all of your problems too. Those fucking minors should have been arrested and the fucknut twat of a mom should have been smacked. My parents would have snatched me bald if I went into a bar underage on a fake ID. That woman should not be allowed to reproduce anymore. I think that all bars in Portland should share a Fake ID/Minor facebook page. You can all log on and post pictures of people you kicked out for being underage. Why not? Okay, I’ll get off my soap box now.
Just want to say that I love this bar.. every time I go in there the bartenders have been funny, welcoming, and charming. And I love the fact that you called out that minor. eff her and her mother. <3
The bartender with all the tats seems a little unbalanced, delusional and narcissistic. I think I love her!
OK, so I move to Portland to reinvent my self (again) and wind up at a dark little pub on Congress and Washington. There’s a coven of witches at the front table who’ve just finished their performance art piece at the cemetery across the street, a group of cougars gathered around the banquette discussing their latest conquests and a collection of lawyers, doctors and school teachers at the bar quaffing flavorful brews and plotting to form a medical marijuana LLC to corner a market that will set them free. Behind the bar is a sultry lady with exotic tattoos in all the right places who’s twinkling eyes say, “I could make you howl like a mad dog,” but you know she could take your head off with a sideways glance if you get out of line. Finally, as if in a Fellini movie, I stumble into the men’s room and look up from the toilet to find a chalk board upon which is a joke, written in Latin and making fun of Greeks. This is the Snug. Aptly named. I feel like I’ve finally found my way home.
No, unfortunately dogs are not allowed in The Snug.
When you say that “Children are welcome so long as they are accompanied by a parent and are kept on a leash.” do you mean human children, or are the rumors I heard about the Snug being Portland’s only dog-friendly pub actually true?
Sorry I’m late to this party but I welcome “Sarah” to come in on a Saturday or Sunday when I’m working. I would be happy to flirt with her unmercifully.
Sarah, make sure to bring your boyfriend so we can make HIM nice and jealous.
I assume the bartender in question is Michelle. Here’s the thing…that’s just Michelle being Michelle. Trust me, there is no one she dry-humps more than my boyfriend, so I’m sure the scenario you describe is accurate. However, this is a performance Michelle puts on for EVERYONE…not just YOUR boyfriend. The following may sound Dear Abby-ish, but perhaps you should stop blaming Michelle for your insecurities and start being a more trusting partner. You could try participating in the pageantry. Michelle does not discriminate. The ladies of The Snug are just as enamored with her as the men. If this advice doesn’t help, then you could always come in on Mondays when Sully is working…although, he has been known to get a little frisky with the men too. I’m just saying.
The bar is lovely but I would appreciate it if the female bartender would stop hitting on my boyfriend while I’m sitting right next to him. It’s really obnoxious and it’s made me really uncomfortable everytime I do go in there.
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