Some friends of mine are in Portland this weekend and they're (of course) raving about the great bar scene. One comment that they made was that it was really nice to go out as a group and not be constantly harassed by a server. Does anyone have any comments on this matter? Even though servers here tend to be pretty friendly and competent (so my issue isn't with the servers themselves) it's like they're instructed to obsessively harass patrons. Thoughts? Does it somehow have to do with our liquor laws? Do managers think we like being harassed? Also, why does every freakin' bar in this city insist on playing obnoxiously loud music so that you can only talk to the person next to you and only if you yell? (I have read studies that indicate that people drink more when the music is loud.) At least they're all starting to sell great beer and you can actually get pretty good pub food at 11pm at a lot of places.