We’ve compiled all the articles from the site along with tons of great illustrations from local artists into a fancy little perfectbound book, graciously published by Microcosm Publishing. Packed with valuable information for visitor and native alike in a durable pocket-sized format.
Now in its fourth edition (it started as a 16-page pamphlet) its 128 pages break down the grid by neighborhood with descriptions of good restaurants, thrift stores, bars, places to loiter, etc. (lots of etc.). This is not to say the Zinester’s Guide is like Citysearch (the idiot’s guide to being an idiot). Instead, it gets shoulder deep into history and local lore, reaching into the guts of its subject and pulling out a hot, wriggling, well-rounded argument as to why (fill in the blank) deserves your time. It also demystifies TriMet, bike events and culture, the public library system—basically anything you need to know as the new kid in town. (Of which there seems to be tons; the Zinester’s Guide was Powell’s’ retail bestseller in December and January. It’s now #3.)
— Adam Gnade, Portland Mercury
Longtime residents and visitors alike will love The Zinester’s Guide to Portland. The once 16-page pamphlet is now a 128-page book on its fourth edition, loaded with gems on how to have a cheap and amusing time in the Rose City (a.k.a. Bridge City or Stumptown). After a brief history of the city’s founding (it involves two men in canoe), you’ll find helpful transportation advice and a breakdown of the city’s offerings by location. Its exhaustive listings boast everything from arboretums to sex shops, vegan doughnuts to free museum passes, and dollar Pabst to the Mudeye Puppet Company. My favorite entry was for The Vern/Hanigan’s, which directs visitors to “look for the TAVERN sign with the ‘T’ and the ‘A’ burnt out.” The subtle charm and nuances will leave you wishing there were guides like this for every city.
— Elizabeth Ryan, Utne Reader
“Most printed guidebooks suck. Why not pick up one made by zinesters, for zinesters? The Zinester’s Guide to Portland is a print guide that lists not only zine-specific stuff to do in the Rose City, but gives info on cheap, free, interesting, cool, and underground things to do in town.”
“Visiting PDX and want to know the ins and outs of the city from people who actually live there? Then get this handy guide that is chock full of places that most non-natives miss out on. With an emphasis on the cheap and yummy, the guide is a perfect companion to your next outing in the Rose City. Beautifully designed and written.” -
— Tablet Mag