December 21st is going to be the longest night of the year, and it’s also going to be the Best Night of Your Life. Obviously, a night this epic (or any night, really) has to start with a sweet happy hour, so we've picked seven of the best places to score deals on everything from skewered chicken livers to the West Coast's best onion rings.
Gilt Club Chinatown Do: Order the handmade sea salt and vinegar chips; the 1/3lb Gilt burger; or any of the other solid happy hour options priced between $2-$6. Don't: Ask where this not-quite-as-seen-on-Portlandia-spot gets its chicken.
PaaDee Southeast Home to daily happy hours, the vibrant, airy digs are meant to mimic SE Asian outdoor dining (long communal tables and benches made of reclaimed teak, low stools illuminated by lights fashioned from birdcages... presumably because Nathan Lane simply shines in that film), and so is the food, as evidenced by street food-style stuff like skewered chicken livers seasoned w/ cilantro root.
The Observatory Montavilla The elegant, east of Tabor eatery will ply you with ginger sake mussels; garlic, parmesan & rosemary fries; and a sixer of PBR tall boys, all for under $20.
Luc Lac Downtown This dope downtown spot is a destination among industry types for two reasons: it's open late, and it serves cheap drinks. Get in on the latter during their 4-7p happy hour, during which, the purchase of a $4 beer or a $6 cocktail gets you access to a wide selection of $2 small plates and $3... ugh, salads.
Ringside Steakhouse Nob Hill Not just a dark, candlelit steakhouse, Ringside has a place in every hipster’s heart thanks to its incredibly affordable late night happy hour, which boasts things like onion rings (quite possibly the best on the West Coast) and real tenderloin steak bites, all available for a pittance.
3 Doors Down Cafe Hawthorne Pretty much every hour at this oft-overlooked bootfoodery is happy hour, so there's plenty of time to load up on stuffed cherry peppers w/ prosciutto & provolone; baked macaroni & cheese; and fettuccine in truffle oil & parmesan -- too much of which will make it hard to (Duck and) Run. Or exercise at all, really.
Pambiche Kerns Set in the brightest building in Portland, this multicolored Cuban restaurant is hard to miss, and the 2p happy hour is can't miss thanks to authentic empanadas, croquetas and frituras, and drink deals on sangria and a Cuban beer called Cerveza Cristal that you should definitely pop a few bottles of.