I had my rant about how we should not let the busybodies and Church Ladies of the world ban everything that carries some statistical amount of danger. Now it's all academic: the smoking ban is here. Let's look at the upside. As a non-smoker, there are a lot of pubs and bars that suddenly seem more inviting to me.
Topping the list, of course, is the Horse Brass. When Carla and I were on our way over there January 2 to enjoy its smoke-free splendor -- by the way, it was packed that night -- I was shocked to hear my own dear wife say that it would be her first visit to the Horse Brass. She's all for the smoking ban. I think she might be a Church Lady: look, she even drinks her Caldera Smoker's Stout in front of the Brass' stained glass.
Some other places that are likely to get more of my business post-ban:
- Moon and Sixpence
- Langano Lounge
- Hawthorne Hideaway
- Basement Pub
- Pub at the End of the Universe
- Nine Muses
So I ask you, Dear Reader: What are some other good places in Portland that are now worth it for a non-smoker to go to?