If there are two things Portland is really, really good at, it's drinking coffee, and... um, well, drinking. It also turns out that we're pretty good at combining the two, as evidenced by this list of PDX's best, and completely seasonally appropriate, coffee cocktails. Drink 'em in...
The 8 best coffee-based cocktails in Portland
Raven & Rose (address and info)
Nominated by David Wondrich as one of the best bars in America, Raven & Rose offers a classic Irish coffee that features Spella espresso, Irish whiskey, brown sugar, and whipped cream. Add in a warm fireplace, leather seats, and a TV that’s almost always playing sports and you may never want to leave.
Nostrana (address and info)
The Affogato-Corretto is a dessert and a cocktail at once. A twist on the iconic summer affogato, Nostrana's bar manager features Amaro Bràulio to give the edible drink a nice depth. The Alpine herbs utilized in the fermentation of the Bràulio -- juniper, wormwood, gentian, and yarrow -- convert the affogato into a delectable winter indulgence made, in part, with Spella espresso.
Huber’s Cafe (address and info)
The quintessential Portland drink (we invented the darn thing!) starts with a splash of 151 in a glass rimmed with sugar that's torched until it is caramelized, then it's topped-off with Kahlúa and coffee. And whipped cream. You know you want one.
Bart & Art’s Cosmic Coffee
McMenamins (address and info)
There’s one in every neighborhood
Made with McMenamins' Phil Hazelnut and Edgefield Coffee liqueurs, the sweet vanilla and caramel notes of the Oregon-grown filberts complement the toasted coffee flavor. Bonus points if your local spot has a fireplace.
Departure (address and info)
It may not be a hot coffee drink, but sipping on this stunner fifteen floors up in the swanky confines of Portland’s sweetest rooftop restaurant is guaranteed to keep you warm during the holiday season. Made with ginger liqueur, bourbon, Stumptown cold brew, and their house-farmed honey for added depth and complexity.
Clyde Common (address and info)
Of course bar maven Jeffrey Morgenthaler has a cocktail on this list! His concoction, made with Canadian Club, brown sugar, allspice dram, black walnut liqueur, coffee, and thickened cream, raises the bar for coffee cocktails everywhere.
North 45 Pub (address and info)
North 45 takes on the Spanish coffee by making it a bit more... well, Spanish, thanks to some Gran Gala, Kahlúa, 151, coffee, a flamed cinnamon-nutmeg sugared rim, and whipped cream.
Genie’s Cafe (address and info)
Genie’s is famous for its incredibly thorough collection of house-infused vodkas. They elevate their spiked coffee game with a vanilla- AND coffee-infused vodka, Irish cream, hazelnut liqueur, and finally coffee.
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1. Raven & Rose1331 SW Broadway, Portland
2. Nostrana1401 SE Morrison St, Portland
3. Huber's Cafe411 SW 3rd Ave, Portland
4. Departure Restaurant & Lounge525 SW Morrison St, Portland
5. Clyde Common1014 SW Stark St, Portland
6. North 45 Pub517 NW 21st Ave, Portland
7. Genies Cafe1101 SE Division St, Portland
Housed within a historical landmark, Raven & Rose serves upscale comfort food and a nearly overwhelmingly large wine list. The beautiful dining room is inspired by the Irish and British countryside, as does the menu. Take dining to the next level by experiencing a bison cheeseburger paired with a craft beer you can't pronounce.
Nostrana is an Italian restaurant in residential South East Portland that features classic Italian food made with simple ingredients from long-standing recipes. It's also a quality spot for their wine list, dessert menu, and special happy hour deals. Plus, it's the birthplace of the Negroni Social, an industry costumed gala, which inspired the creation of Negroni Week, Nostrana is Portland’s capital of the negroni.
Located in Historic Oregon Pioneer Building, Huber's -- Portland's oldest restaurant, founded in 1879 -- really takes the cake for old-school flare and modern-American cuisine. Here, guests can enjoy a traditional turkey dinner, fresh seafood, pasta, and Huber's signature Spanish Coffee, which is prepared tableside with a bit of pyrotechnics.
Located in the Nines Hotel, The Departure serves authentic pan-Asian cuisine -- such as sushi, dim sum, and kushiyaki, along with vegan and gluten-free items-- and creative cocktails in a scenic, double balconied setting with a great outdoor seating area and sweeping views of downtown PDX. Try the Tasho Macho, the venue's longest-surviving drink, which is an Asian fusion take on the Moscow mule.
Clyde Common's rocking Prohibition era-themed cocktails are crafted by top-notch mixologists, plus this spot also offers European-inspired eats in its casual space Downtown. The trendsetting tavern has communal tables and small plates. Snack on truffle popcorn while you wait for your Heavy Petting cocktail, made with vodka, quinine syrup, lemon peel and grapefruit.
Everything about North 45 takes its cues from international travel, up to and including its name (a reference to the resto's location on the 45th parallel). Perhaps most famously, the Conquistador makes Spanish coffee a bit more... well, Spanish, thanks to some Gran Gala, Kahlúa, 151, coffee, a flamed cinnamon-nutmeg sugared rim, and whipped cream. It's also got one of the best patios in NW Portland, with a small interior that belies the larger backyard, and a cozy back patio with a TV for Timbers games, and its own bar, so you won’t miss a moment.