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Metal and punk themed bar and live music venue from Black Water Records. Serves vegan pub food including sandwiches, subs, nachos, and fries. Open Mon-Thu 12:00pm-12:00am, Fri-Sat 12:00pm-1:00am, Sun 12:00pm-12:00am.

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90 Reviews

First Review by AbolitionistDrumGirl


Points +644

29 Aug 2023

Blackwater forever

I used to work here. Blackwater is more than a place to get food. It's a manifestation of punk, of anti-establishment. The food is excellent and the owners are excellent. My go to is the French dip, it's my standard that I compare all other vegan French dips to.

Pros: Punk as [censored], Always excellent food, Fast and friendly service



Points +219

19 Aug 2023


Omg. This place has amazing food and great cocktails. I also love punk, so the aesthetic also appealed😄


Points +1445

05 Jun 2023

Metal vegan

We had the chikn sandwich and a burger. We liked the fries and the potato salad a lot. The burger was housemade and ok and the chickn sandwich was a little dry but good. We liked the mystery packs in the vending machine though! I’d give this place 3.5 stars if I could.

Pros: Vegan place , Cool vending machines, Excellent potato salad and fries

Cons: Chikn sandwich was a bit dry, It’s a bar - so it’s dark inside


Points +64

16 May 2023

Yum yum yum

Such kind service, very helpful with my food allergies, and the food was DELICIOUS! We had the Cheeze Burger and Buffalo Sandwich and omg the buffalo curls were everything. Best meat alternative I had in a long time. Can only recommend this place!

Pros: Buffalo curls , Helpful staff , Queer friendly


Points +343

02 May 2023

Just ok

I thought it was kind of bland. I was pretty disappointed.


Points +288

22 Apr 2023

Super yum!

We were in town for the coffee expo and this great spot was walking distance from convention center. Had the nachos, western burger, and pretzels. Everything was great and the cranberry juice came with refills!

Pros: Good food, Well priced, Magic box vending machine!


Points +218

18 Apr 2023

Hell's yea!!

Love the vibe of this place & bar food was so damn good! Good music & they have some good beers on draft too. We had the nacho tots & Patty melt & they were cooked well. Very tasty & will be back!

Pros: All vegan, Good music, Great beer


Points +824

04 Apr 2023

Good food, good vibes

Their nachos & tater tots were amazing.

Updated from previous review on 2023-04-04


Points +220

31 Mar 2023

Yes please

Punk rock, vegan food, and drinks???

Updated from previous review on 2018-11-01


Points +674

14 Mar 2023

Ok food, interesting vibes.

We got a few things. Honestly, the Cesar was a little lackluster, and my sandwich could’ve been better! But I hear they have Mozzerella sticks, and that’s very exciting. In a pinch late at night I would go here again😄

Pros: Vegan bar

Cons: Small


Points +84

05 Mar 2023


Food is good, has that old school goth vibe

Pros: All vegan , Good decor for us goth/punk/alt people, Allows minors during certain hours


Points +3911

28 Jan 2023

Black Water Fodder

I ordered the brunch special--Beyond chicken fried steak with country gravy, hash browns, and scrambled JUST Egg with cheddar. It was heavy, but enjoyable--like the music being played.

Tip: Park on a side street to avoid parking fees.

Pros: all vegan, big portions, animal videos on TVs


Points +67

26 Dec 2022

Great greasy bar food

If you need a delicious burger, big greasy pike of fries, some wings, fried pierogi, etc., this is the place to go.

They have a severely underrated brunch that is never crowded. Do yourself a favor and check it out.


Points +59

Mostly Veg
21 Dec 2022

Delicious Bar Appetizers

I'd recommend just getting a bunch of appetizers, as they're all great. I loved the Mac and cheese and the buffalo wings!


Points +175

12 Dec 2022

Vegan Punk Bar

Had the soft pretzels , the mustard was horrid haha but the cheese was alright

Nice decor

Pros: All vegan 😍


Points +335

13 Nov 2022

Always awesome

I'm pretty sure I've left a review before but HC wants more! I've been here a billion times and have tried the entire menu throughout the years. Everything is awesome. I miss the choose your own adventure brunch but the brunches are still amazing. The new mozzarella sticks aren't as deadly hot as the old ones, though I liked the house made (deadly hot) cheeze better. Regardless, I will continue coming here, eating the new mozzarella sticks, and everything else, as long as I can ❤️

Updated from previous review on 2022-11-13


Points +4108

09 Oct 2022

Cool dive bar

Cool dive bar with great vegan food. Portions are big and hearty. Friendly service

Pros: All vegan , Cool vibe , Friendly service


Points +51

08 Oct 2022

I love the vibes and the food is top notch.

The plant based vegan food was and still is some of the best burger and fries I’ve had anywhere in the Portland area. The local beers and mix of drinks along with some amazing appetizers makes this place a gem!

Pros: Everything is vegan, Its real good, Do you drink


Points +129

28 Sep 2022

A highlight of our trip!

So glad we got out of downtown to try out Black Water! The Philly sandwich and Mac n Cheeze were delicious, with a good portion for the price. The fries were similar to McD’s. The overall atmosphere is fantastic if you’re at all into punk. I wish i could’ve caught a show there! Black Water Records (just a few blocks away) was also really cool.

Pros: It’s punk, It’s vegan, It’s cheap!


Points +36

01 Sep 2022

Chili Cheese Please

Their chili cheese fries are out of this world! The bleu cheese dressing seems homemade and is excellent. We ordered delivery so I cat speak for the official location, but the food travelled well.

If you have a sensitivity to black beans, avoid the burger patty.

Pros: Cheese sauces/dressings A++


Points +163

24 Aug 2022

Dem wings

Went twice during my stay in Portland, the wings are a must. Also had mac and cheese and Philly cheese steak, latter was very tasty and huge portion. It’s great!


Points +437

23 Aug 2022

Great food, good vibes

We went for lunch and had burgers and fries -- massive portions! The beer was great and the music, too. I would definitely recommend this place.

Pros: Good burgers, Excellent beer, Good portions


Points +28

21 Jul 2022

The chili cheese fries!!!

Burgers are great. Wings are phenomenal. But those chili cheese fries keep me coming back!! We eat here regularly, sometimes in house, sometimes pickup and eat at home, but always happy with our food. The "chicken" sammie is super delicious too. Good selection of beers on tap if you're eating in. Friendly and helpful staff. Bring your vax card because they check but that's awesome because it makes eating in a lot more comfy knowing everyone is vaxed.

Pros: Great burgers, Good atmosphere

Cons: Smaller place


Points +457

18 Jul 2022

It’s a winner

Excellent food, good beers on tap. If you’re looking for a place in the Hungry Tiger vein, this is your spot—and all vegan to boot! Also obviously it’s a great thing that they require vaccinations, like just about every place in the city. Is that even controversial?


Points +115

20 Apr 2022

No regrets

This was a pretty nice place with some real punk vibes. When going here I new it would be a bar style restaurant and the food was exactly what I expected for that. Out off all the things I would say the Mac and cheese could have used a little more flavor or sauce. Felt like it was just missing something.
Also ordered the vegan wings and they had a good taste, but slid right off the sugar cane “bone” so had to eat each one in one go.

Over all the burgers were good and I would def go back again.

Pros: All vegan, makes life easy, Some items fully made in-house., Lots of options

Cons: Little pricey for the style of restaurant.


Points +20

12 Apr 2022

Best Vegan Place in Town

Best place in town. Philly Cheese Steak = Amazing

Cons: None


Points +50

14 Mar 2022


Arrived around 3/4 with a few friends for food and drinks, the atmosphere was v chill, decor was beautiful and dark. The food was super delicious and the drinks were impeccable as much as they were creative.

Pros: Photo booth and vending machine , All delicious vegan options, Decor and atmosphere

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