On a recent visit to Hunt and Alpine, I drank an impeccable Green Eyes cocktail (gin, lime, green chartreuse, and egg white) and a throwback Bourbon Renewal made just for laughs, ate their popcorn laced with unicorn dust or whatever, watched a rainstorm pass, and looked around to see 30 other folks all doing the same thing, each of us with a blissed out, grateful look on our faces. Rightfully, Hunt and Alpine is now the Portland institution it has always deserved to be.
And to know its owners, Andrew and Briana Volk, is to love them. Andrew, who cut his teeth alongside famous bar person Jeffrey Morgenthaler at Clyde Common in the other Portland, has incredible cocktail creation skills. And Briana, who is also an accomplished, talented writer, is the beating heart of the joint, someone who makes it a priority to champion mental health and other important seldom discussed industry issues. All of this would be great but somewhat insignificant to this list if the bar they owned wasn’t excellent. But thankfully it very much is.