Hello, 7 of us are planning to visit Portland over the independence day weekend. All of us went to school together and this is a sort of an annual trip that we take where we have awesome food and drink ourselves silly while catching up! Most of us live in NYC and SFO so ideally we like to experience stuff that's not available to us. Portland being the microbrewery capital of the country will fit nicely :) I am still in the process of reading up on old posts and have a ton of stuff, from bars (Teardrop, Apex, Coalition, Clyde Common's, etc), restaurants (Pok Pok, Le Pigeon, Tasty N Sons, Castagana, etc.), coffee and food trucks to narrow down but I wanted to get some advice on what would be the ideal location for us to stay? Given a choice, we'd like to stay as close to everything as possible, esp. the bars and what we're looking for is more Pat O'Briens that say a Death and Co. so more lively, casual, crazy than mellow, grown up places that most of us go to usually. I was thinking Pearl or Downtown but wanted to get some expert local advice. Also, I did not really come across this while reading old posts but what is the live music scene like in the good bars and pubs?And, once I'm done with my narrowing down of places, I'll seek some help with my dining itinerary! Thanks a lot!