About Light Bar

Q: What is Lightbar?

A: Lightbar is Portland’s first café bar that combines the benfits of therepeutic lighting with a European style bistro ambiance. Our décor is open and spacious, emphasizing natural elements, clean lines, sustainable materials and natural light. Our menu includes café fare and coffee drinks along with beer, wine and craft cocktails. We also do a fun program of music, performance and education along with art, especially work that celebrates or plays with light.

Q: How late are you open?

A: We open from 7:30am until 11pm Sunday through Wednesday and 7:30am to 2:30am Thursdays through Saturdays.
Note: We are closed

Q: Are you a café, or a bar?

A: We’re a bit of both, much like cafes you find in Europe, where you can get a cup of coffee and a pastry, or a sandwich and a beer, in addition to a full selection of cocktails. You should feel just as comfortable hanging out with a latte and your laptop, having lunch with a friend, or catching a couple of drinks after work.

Q: Do you serve alcohol?

A: Yes! In addition to our menu of craft cocktails, we also serve beer and wine.

Q: Do you serve coffee drinks?

A: We proudly brew fair trade, single source bean from renowned Portland roasters Coava. We can make you an espresso drink or fresh brewed cup any time of day. We’re especially looking forward to spending the summer drinking our cold-brewed coffee, with coffee ice cubes!

Q: Do you serve food?

A: We do. Our chef is Randy Hopkins, who has created a light, seasonal menu of health-conscious cuisine with ingredients sourced locally whenever possible. Our menu will also feature many gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options.

Q: Do you have WiFi access?

A: Our network is extra fast with plenty of bandwidth for all of our customers.

Q: Can I bring my kids?

A: You can, and you should! Lightbar is fun for everyone. Our kids menu is packed with energy and low on sugar. Also, we will have special events for kids and families, check back soon for our calendar.

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: Lightbar welcomes well-mannered pooches until 6pm at staff discretion. After that, at times it may get louder than advisable for a pet. Please understand that, while you know and love your animal friends, others may not be comfortable with all their behaviors; a staff member may ask you to move your dog outside if other patrons are disturbed.

Q: Can I bring my cockatiel?

A: At the moment Lightbar accommodates only well-behaved dogs before 6pm. Please leave
other pets at home.

Q: Can I bring my piranha?

A: At the moment Lightbar accommodates dogs only before 6pm. Please leave other pets at
home, especially vicious flesh-easting fish.

Q: Is there entertainment?

A: Lightbar will be host to a wide variety of artists, from acoustic folk-acts to cutting-edge digital media producers. The interior acoustics have been finely tuned to accomodate a crystal-clear sound while keeping volume levels comfortable.

Q: What is light therapy?

A: Clinically speaking, light therapy is the use of controlled light spectra to improve a person’s physical, emotional or mental health. Recent research reveals that people who live in northern climates especially can experience problems related to lack of sunlight due to short wintertime daylight hours and heavy cloud cover. Regular cycles of daylight at lower latitudes or during the northern spring and summer months inhibit the brain’s production of the sleep hormone melatonin. When daylight is reduced, Melatonin production increases, causing greater drowsiness and lack of energy. Over extended periods of time during the Winter, this effect can come to resemble symptoms of depression.

Fortunately, this problem is easily corrected through the use of full-spectrum lighting fixtures and light therapy devices which supplement the full spectrum light naturally provided by the sun’s rays. Unfortunately, this type of lighting can be expensive, and a lot of people are still unaware of what a difference it can make in their health and their moods. Lightbar is the first place on earth where full spectrum lighting and light therapy boxes are available to the public in a elegant, casual environment with food, drink, art and entertainment throughout the day.

Q: What is S.A.D.?

A: Seasonal affective disorder, or S.A.D., is an emotional condition also sometimes known as the Winter Blues. It can range from mildly annoying—loss of energy, irritability, poor sleep, poor concentration—to serious—feelings of hopelessness, withdrawal and despair. It particularly affects people who live in northern latitudes with short daylight and heavy cloud cover in winter. Used clinically, light therapy has been proven to counteract the effects of S.A.D.

Q: Do I have it?

A: Only a licensed mental health professional can tell you for sure whether you are suffering from S.A.D., but if you are suffering from irregular sleep, poor concentration, irritability, or
feelings of hopelessness, isolation or despair, you might want to consult a physician to find out what’s going on.

Q: Don’t I need a medical prescription?

A: No prescription is needed to visit Lightbar. Of course, if you’re experiencing serious mental, emotional or health issues you should consult a doctor immediately. However, if you just need a fun place to stop in, relax and enjoy a break from Portland’s sometimes gloomy
weather, Lightbar is just the place for you.

Q: I have a very sensitive [insert anatomical term]; will your lights irritate it?

A: These are standard, commercially available light-therapy lights. They do not emit UV
radiation. However, if you are concerned, please consult your doctor; we are not medical
professionals.

Q: Can I purchase light therapy devices from you?

A: Yes. We offer a variety of light boxes and other light therapy devices in our sales area during the day. Just ask a barista or server for assistance, and someone will answer any questions you may have about which device is right for you.