You will recognize Greek Cuisina (404 SW Washington St, 503/224-2288) by the large purple octopus on its roof. This place is a full-blown Greek experience. If you are in the mood for some dancing, plate-smashing, and all-out audience participation, come here. Greek Cusina has two parts: the downstairs restaurant and the upstairs bar/dance floor. For all the excitement, head upstairs. You will be charged a small cover (when we were there, it was under $5), but it is well worth the expense. Arrive around 8:30pm on a Friday or Saturday night for the Greek entertainment. You will experience a Greek conga line, belly dancing, plate-smashing, and a liquor-drinking contest (any audience member may volunteer for the owner to pour liquor above his or her head. Whoever can drink the most in one pour is the winner). The owner even lifts a restaurant table up using nothing but his teeth. By the way, we cannot figure out how he does this, since he does not touch the table with his hands or his feet, and there is no tablecloth on it. See if you can figure it out. If you want to be dragged onto the floor to participate, sit in the front section. There is a good chance you will be recruited by the staff. If you just want to watch, stake out a seat in the rear.
The crowd is mixed here from 20- to 40-somethings, from bachelorette parties to an older crowd. Everyone participates. Once all the Greek entertainment is over, the crowd normally dwindles down to the 20- or 30-something group, but of course, there are exceptions! At this point, the Greek party gives way to a dance floor with live band or DJ. The dance floor can get a little crowded here, but it is a lot of fun. If you have the energy later in the evening, stick around. Food and drinks are affordable: think typical mid-range priced Greek food (pitas, gyros, and burgers with fries are all around $8 to $10). Show up a little early on Friday between 3-6pm for $2 appetizer specials, and stay for the entertainment. Greek Cusina is highly recommended. http://www.greekcusina.com/