Portland is blessed with its fair share of bars. At times, the sheer volume can lead to decision paralysis, and you end up in the same dive bar next to your house you always go to (which is fine, really). But if you're eager to wade into the wider drinking scene that establishes Portland’s identity, welcome to Beverage Director: a collection of the city's best bars to be drinking in right now, from strip clubs to pubs, dive bars to cocktail lounges. We’ve particularly focused on those that provide an escape from the gray, rainy winters we have here in the Pacific Northwest. These are the best, most definitively Portland (and winter-friendly) bars.