Food & Drink

Introducing the Bar-Car: Portland's first-ever streetcar bar map

Published On 06/18/2014 Published On 06/18/2014

Unlike some cities (*cough* Seattle *cough*), our public transportation system is so good, you don't need a few drinks in you to actually use it, but wouldn't it be even better if you did? Yes! That's why we've replaced each Portland Streetcar stop with a watering hole that's within easy walking distance... or at least we tried (apparently you can't get a drink anywhere near OHSU's Schnitzer Campus... sorry!).

Anyway, see the whole map here, and get the deets for every stop below.

N/S Line

SW 10th & Clay: West Cafe

SW 10th & Jefferson: Virginia Cafe

SW 10th & Yamhill: Momo’s

SW 10th & Alder: Pépé Le Moko

SW 10th & Stark: Clyde Common

NW 10th & Couch: Blitz Pearl

NW 10th & Everett: Life of Riley Tavern

NW 10th & Glisan: Coppia Restaurant & Wine Bar

NW 10th & Johnson: Hotlips Pizza

NW 10th & Northrup: The Fields Bar & Grill

NW 12th & Northrup: BridgePort Brewpub

NW 14th & Northrup: Chipotle

NW 18th & Northrup: Paymaster Lounge

NW 21st & Northrup: Joe’s Cellar

NW 22nd & Northrup: Casa del Matador

NW 23rd & Marshall: Nob Hill Bar & Grill

NW 22nd & Lovejoy: Santa Fe Taqueria

NW 21st & Lovejoy: Bar Mingo

NW 18th & Lovejoy: Slabtown

NW 13th & Lovejoy: On Deck Sports Bar & Grill

NW 11th & Johnson: Low Brow Lounge

NW 11th & Glisan: Rogue Ales Public House

NW 11th & Everett: Tilt

NW 11th & Couch: Deschutes Brewery

SW 11th & Alder: Jackknife

SW 11th & Taylor: East India Co. Grill & Bar

SW 11th & Jefferson: The Rookery Bar

SW 11th & Clay: Rogue Hall

SW Park & Market: McMenamin’s Market Street Pub

SW 5th & Market: Nel Centro

SW 5th & Montgomery: Cheerful Tortoise

SW 3rd & Harrison: Murata

SW River Parkway & Moody: Portland Sports Bar & Grill

SW Bond & Lane: Little Big Burger

SW Lowell & Bond: Frank Wine and Flower

SW Moody & Gaines: Rilassi Coffee House & Tea

CL Line

NW 9th & Lovejoy: Yama Sushi & Sake Bar

2nd & Weidler: Stingray Cafe

NE Grand & Weidler: Devan’s Pub

NE 7th & Halsey: Stanford’s

NE 7th & Holladay: J Cafe

NE MLK & Hoyt: Spirit of 77

NE MLK & Burnside: Rontoms

SE MLK & Stark: Produce Row Cafe

SE MLK & Morrison: La Merde

SE MLK & Taylor: Bunk Bar Water

SE MLK & Hawthorne: Duff’s Garage Bar & Grill

SE MLK & Mill: House Spirits Distillery

SE Water / OMSI: Theory Eatery

SE Grand & Mill: Harvester Brewing Gastropub

SE Grand & Hawthorne: White Owl Social Club

SE Grand & Taylor: Gil’s Speakeasy Tavern

SE Grand & Belmont: Dig A Pony

SE Grand & Stark: Slow Bar

NE Grand & Burnside: B-Side Tavern

NE Grand & Holladay: Red Robin

NE Grand & Multnomah: Charley’s Restaurant & Bar

NE Grand & Broadway: Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant and Bar

NE 2nd & Broadway: Reverend Nat’s Cidery and Public Taproom

NE Broadway & Ross: Upright Brewing

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1. Pépé le Moko 407 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

Star bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler helms this speakeasy. In typical fashion, the door is mostly unmarked, but you’ll know where to go once inside, as it's right down the stairs and underneath Morgenthaler’s other famous bar, Clyde Common. Within this dark haunt you’ll find the best Long Island you’ve ever had, plus creative bar bites like Hawaiian spiced peanuts.

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2. Clyde Common 1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

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.

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3. Blitz Pearl 110 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

This sports pub (other outposts in NW and Ladd's) serves up tasty bar eats and screens just about every game/match imaginable, from the NFL to UFC.

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4. Life of Riley 300 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

With savory bar eats and plenty of drink specials, Life of Riley has that down-home divey feeling you're looking for in a cozy neighborhood sports joint.

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5. BridgePort Brewery & Brewpub 1313 NW Marshall St, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

Bridgeport Brewery & Brewpub features six of its most popular beers on tap, as well as a mouthwatering selection of gourmet twists on pub classics such as the Bridgeport Burger and Cuban pork sandwich.

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6. Casa del Matador Restaurant & Tequila Bar 1438 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 (Nw Portland)

With killer eats like grilled, stuffed jalapenos and oh so much more, this resto and tequilary will satisfy your Mexican cravings, with outposts in NW and EastBurn.

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7. Santa Fe Taqueria 831 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 (Nob Hillalphabet Dist)

Grabbing a bite at this taqueria means chowing down on food that got its origins in Puebla, Mexico from the Cordoso family. For over 20 years, that has meant Aztec Calendar dip, blue-corn chicken, enchiladas and flautas.

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8. On Deck Sports Bar 910 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

On Deck, the most upscale sports bar in the Pearl, has taken bar food to a whole other level, eschewing just simple burgers and sandwiches in favor of more refined plates, including a PNW Waldorf salad, an 8oz. flatiron steak, and shrimp or chicken skewers. Don't worry though, they've still got a ton of great burger/sandwich options, like pulled pork, a BLTA, and a fried egg-topped burger.

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9. Low Brow Lounge 1036 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

Located in the Pearl District, this dive bar is true to its name. There are no frills here, just cold beer and solid bar snacks.

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10. TILT 1355 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97217 (Pearl District)

Tilt's self-proclaimed blue-collar cuisine is surprisingly more upmarket than you'd think -- the best handcrafted burgers in Portland are fresh beef patties on three-layer buns with global inspiration like the Carne Jefe with avocado and jalapenos and the pastrami-based Koolakofsky. Hand-carved sandwiches and homemade pies are made in-house and offer up an experience somewhere between a diner, a dive bar, and a five-star bistro.

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11. Deschutes Brewery Portland Public House 210 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Nw Portland)

Drop in to sample the 18 varieties of beer on tap, as well as the selection of seasonal and experimental brews created onsite. You can also bring your own growler and fill it with your favorite hoppy beverage, although there are growlers for purchase if you're not already cool enough to own one.

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12. Jackknife Bar 614 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Sw Portland)

A sixty-foot hotel bar in the heart of Downtown? A dozen little spots to tuck yourself into and not be seen? A digital photo booth? Jackknife Bar is rocking that, plus artisan 'tails, of course.

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13. Rookery 1331 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 (Sw Portland)

Located on the top level of the historic Ladd Carriage House, the good people at The Rookery, located just above Raven & Rose, concoct masterful cocktails and delicious food. This spot feels like an exclusive hideaway where the staff selects single-barrel spirits specifically for each individual drink. This means when you order a Sazerac or a mint julep, you’re getting the best possible whiskey for the cocktail.

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14. Spirit of '77 500 NE Martin Luther King Junior, Portland, OR 97232 (Ne Portland)

Complete with old-school gym accoutrements (including a working scoreboard!), Spirit augments traditional sports bar trappings with indoor bike parking, a line of hoops-shooting games, and a menu sporting old Topps cards and featuring killer mastication-creations like a burger enshrouded in sourdough known as the 'Frisco Melt, also what chicks and a few gym teachers in SF do every time Tim Lincecum shakes out his raven locks. Me-ow!!

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15. Rontoms 600 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

A covered patio and fire pit bring a cabin-like ambiance to this event venue and bar in East Portland. The rustic and cavernous space is decked out with mid-century modern touches, but peep the outside patio area: you have two (count 'em!) options for wine-ing and lounging. One is covered, has a bar, and serves as a music venue during the summer, and the other is a sprawling wooden deck filled with bamboo.

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16. Produce Row Cafe 204 SE Oak St, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

Since 1943, Produce Row -- then just a breakfast cafe -- was slinging incredible eats to the people of Portland. And although the past 50 years have seen changes of ownership and intention (it was once a pub), today the Eastside Industrial venue has found harmonious success as a gastropub, known for both its creative American menu and beer/spirits combos. Stop by to enjoy a bite in Produce Row's sprawling back patio, open all year round.

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17. House Spirits 2025 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Hawthorne Dist)

A distillery that houses spirit tastings, spirit gurus, and spirit cocktails that'll keep you feelin' good.

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18. White Owl Social Club 1305 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Hawthorne Dist)

A bar, restaurant, and music venue all rolled into one, White Owl Social Club is typically brimming with west-side hipsters, young suburbanites, and... pups! That's right, this Buckman spot is dog-friendly, boasting a Wednesday Yappy Hour, when dog owners are treated to drink specials, their furry friends are treated to, well, treats, and there's even a show-and-tell that brings pooches in from shelters for playtime and possible adoption. No matter when you stop in, you'll find excellent craft cocktails and plenty of scrumptious bites like jalapeño poppers, brussels sprouts, and burgers in both vegan and bacon-cheddar varieties.

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19. Gil's Speakeasy 609 SE Taylor St, Portland, OR 97214

Everyone should listen to Prince's advice, and Gil's grilled cheese does: Tillamook cheddar and cream (cheese), you on top.

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20. Dig A Pony 720 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Pony was conceived after the owner's band stopped performing and a pal suggested opening a bar, which just opened at Morrison and Grand with a windowed wedge concealing a surprisingly huge riverboat saloon interior with a massive 60ft-long horseshoe bar, original 1917 mosaic tiling, and a "minimal if non-Beatles feel"...wait, so this is a Beatles bar or something?

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21. Slow Bar 533 SE Grand AVE, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Onion ring-topped burgers. Crispy fries drowning in melted cheese. Smoked bacon and onion wood-fired pizza -- the upscale branding and polished interior of this East Portland hangout might have you believing it's a snooty bistro, but what this place really delves out is glutenous American favorites. While menu items like ahi tuna salad and white wine fondue keep this place's image intact, most know to go straight for the house burger or bbq pork sandwich with their specialty cocktail.

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22. Reverend Nat's Hard Cider 1813 NE 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97212

Reverend Nat's is a cider bar boasting a tasting room, plus cider styles that truly run the gamut, including both dry and off-dry options. With a mind for sustainability, these guys are using local apples from Willamette and Yakima Valleys.

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23. Upright Brewing 240 N Broadway, Portland, OR 97227 (N Portland)

NoPo's Upright Brewing is a brewery that specializes in farmhouse-inspired beers with roots in France and Belgium, although they're all made with PNW ingredients and a local twist. In house they have a tasting room where you can sample various drafts & bottles, take a case home, and watch Blazers home games.

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