Kells is probably the best place that I have been in Downtown Portland! Not too crowded but almost always has a lot of people in it! The live music is the best choice of Irish music that I have ever heard! Great food and service!!
My only dislikes is that it can be a little pricey and the Cigar/Smoking area is REALLY small and downstairs!
this place is located not far from waterfront park just off the tri-met max line (which is portland's quick, convenient and earth friendly rapid transit train). it's in the northwest part of the city which is for the most part trendy, cool and lots of things to do day or night. just outside of kell's is what we call the saturday market under the burnside bridge. it's where all the local artist come to do their thing which runs on weekends only during the months of march thorugh december. when you're done having fun ouside there you can step inside for an evening of good food, irish music and lots of fun. kell's is most popular for their music and cool cigar lounge in the downstairs part of the pub.
it's clean & the staff is funny & friendly... with an odd obsession of tossing coins onto the ceiling; i felt lucky that none of them fell back down & into my sheppard's pie.
There is one thing though.. it gets rather crowded and actually flows into the street during st. patrick's day. most of the large celtic bands hang out there with their handsome muscular legs under colorful tartan's. yeah... i love it!
but hey... for atmosphere and and lots of fun... kell's a sure bet. i still haven't figured out how they get the coins to stick.
If you love scotch wiskey, then you have come to right place. Kells has one of the finest selections of scotch in the city. This place makes you feel like you are at a neighborhood pub in Ireland with a pint of Guiness and good friends. The food is very good and the music keeps everything upbeat. Great place and great atmosphere.
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