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Portland's Cocktail Bucket List: The 50 Drinks to Try Before You Die

Published On 03/16/2016 Published On 03/16/2016
Clyde Commons' Barrel Aged Negroni
Clyde Commons' Barrel Aged Negroni | Andy Kryza/Thrillist

Whether it's at a dive bar or cocktail bar, brew pub, or strip club, or a fine dining restaurant with a full bar and artisan cocktail program, going out and getting drinks is an integral element in the fabric of Portland. There’s always something new and exciting to try, so we’ve rounded up 50 standouts from the horde of boozy beverages you can find in this city. Here are the essential drinks of Portland; don’t try them all in a single night.

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Fino Countdown

Rum Club

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Buckman

Rum Club is famous for, unsurprisingly, its daiquiris, as well as its cocktail-lounge-in-a-neighborhood-dive atmosphere. But the best drink is the Fino Countdown, an enticing and complicated mix of rums, sherry, syrups, and spices. There’s good reason that it has stuck around on the menu so for long, and it’s not just the Europe reference. Might as well grab one of those daiquiris while you’re here, too.

Zombie Punch

Hale Pele

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East Broadway

With so many fun, inventive, and kitschy cocktails at Blair Reynolds' amazing tiki joint, Hale Pele, it’s hard to pick just one. The Mai Tais are the best you’ll find in town, and you can’t go wrong with the Hurricane, either. But the Zombie Punch, a deceptively potent mixture of rums and juices, wins out. There’s a good reason it’s called a zombie and limited to two per customer. Sip on one and listen to the sounds of the volcano on the wall erupting.  

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Bye & Bye

The Bye & Bye

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Alberta Arts District

The Bye & Bye has a great cocktail program alongside its surprisingly good vegan menu. But who wants to pay $11 for a 3oz drink with your jerk tofu bowl? The eponymous drink is made with peach vodka and peach bourbon with lemon, cranberry juice, and soda, and you get 32oz of it for only $8. It’s not the fanciest drink on the menu, but it’s the best bang for your buck.

Face Plant

The Knock Back

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Alberta Arts District

At this Alberta Arts watering hole, it’s simple: a shot of Fernet-Branca and a full pint of Kinda Dry cider from Portland Cider Co. The two pair exceptionally well; drink them side by side, or drop the Fernet into the cider. A couple of those are guaranteed to "get you started," promises the drink’s namesake.

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Boot Strap Buck

La Moule

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Clinton/Division

The future of Kask might be up in the air, but La Moule owner Tommy Klus has brought a few of the cocktails over to his new spot for mussels and Belgian beer. The Boot Strap Buck is a wonderful variation on a Dark 'N' Stormy, with Cruzan Black Strap Rum, lime, ginger beer, demerara, and a dusting of freshly grated nutmeg.

Happy Hour Vieux Carré

Imperial

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Downtown

The Vieux Carré is already a fantastic drink, and Imperial, the new(ish) spot from the famous Vito Paley, makes them predictably well. They’re made in batch, on tap, and only $5 during happy hour. A couple of these and you’ll think you’re in the French Quarter listening to a local jazz group. Don’t miss the $6 happy hour burger while you’re there.

Pepe Le Moko

Amaretto Sour

Pépé Le Moko

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Downtown

Yes, an Amaretto Sour, and one that’s actually good. Jeffrey Morgenthaler opened his posh, underground lounge Pépé le Moko with a menu full of reviled drinks, and put a spin on each to make them not only palatable, but downright delicious. His Amaretto Sour is bolstered by overproof bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and an egg white. Also try the Grasshopper while you’re here.

Well Respected Man

Bang Bang

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Beaumont-Wilshire

From the owners of Aalto Lounge comes Bang Bang, a place for Thai curry bowls, snacks, and a cocktail menu with the same high quality as Aalto. The Well Respected Man is like a nutty Manhattan -- a lovely mix of rye, Punt e Mes, and Nocino. Try it with the wings; they’re some of the best Asian-style chicken wings in the city, and they’re gluten-free.

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Real Good Gin & Tonic

The Liquor Store

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Sunnyside

Not all gin and tonics are created equally; the one at The Liquor Store, a bar whose name has led to many confused conversations, is evidence of this. Tonic syrup and soda are used instead of generic tonic water, and the drink is garnished with juniper berries and hibiscus flowers, which slowly infuse the drink as it sits in between sips.

Barrel Aged Negroni

Clyde Common

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Downtown

Another Morgenthaler drink, this is the one that ushered in the habit of bartenders aging their cocktails. It’s gimmicky, sure, and makes it easier for the bartenders to make big batches that can then be stirred and poured, but it’s worth it. The age mellows and blends the drink for a perfect Negroni.

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Bloody Mary Bar

Holman's

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Kerns

Think your Bloody's are better than anyone else’s? Prove it at the Bloody Mary bar at Holman’s, a classic Portland dive, every weekend. It provides the ice and vodka (obviously, you’re not pouring that yourself), and you get to assemble your own mix from the massive selection of tomato juices and spices. It’s an obvious way for the busy brunch bartenders to do less work, but it’s no less fun for it.

Broder

Aquavit Bloody Mary

broder & broder nord

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Clinton/Division & N Interstate

Speaking of Bloody Marys, yours are not better than the aquavit-based Bloody Mary at the Scandinavian brunch spots broder and broder nord (the latter also serves dinner). Let’s face it, vodka is boring, and aquavit is delicious, lending itself to a savory/spicy Bloody Mary exceptionally well.

Super Premium Vodka Flight

Kachka

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Eastside Industrial

OK, so not all vodka is boring. Kachka, the place with the best dumplings ever, has a staggering collection of vodkas, and features a number of flights meant for sipping or shooting. If you’re ordering a flight, you might as well go all-in and get the Super Premium and see how quickly you can knock back $30 worth of vodka. Nasdrovia!  

Multnomah Whiskey Library

Old Fashioned

Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library

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Downtown

The Whisk{e}y Library is the best place in Portland for whiskey fanatics, with a massive, er... library of whiskey. You can order any whiskey you want as an Old Fashioned (and haven’t you always wanted to order a $300 Old Fashioned to “impress” someone?), but the one on the cocktail menu is perfect as is. If you’re not sitting at the bar, a whiskey librarian will roll a bar cart over to your table or seat to make it.

Spanish coffee

Huber's

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Downtown

Spanish coffees are, shockingly, not actually Spanish, but originate here in Portland! Huber’s, one of the city’s oldest and most cherished restaurants, was the birthplace of the drink, and still puts on the best show when you order one. We love our booze with a side of pyrotechnics.

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Cocina Especial Margarita

Nuestra Cocina

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Clinton/Division

Who says Portland doesn’t have good Mexican food? Lots of people, but they’re wrong. Prove them so by taking them to Nuestra Cocina. Even if they’re stubborn enough to not like the food, they’ll have to admit that the Cocina Especial Margarita, a spicy and zesty take on the drink featuring chile árbol-infused tequila and muddled fruit, is fantastic.

Laurelhurst Market

Smoke Signals

Laurelhurst Market

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Laurelhurst

Smoke Signals has been on the menu for many years now, having established itself, and the steakhouse’s cocktail menu, as truly innovative. The most notable aspect is the ice: melted with hot smoke, then refrozen to maintain that smokiness, it’s then combined with rye and pecan for a delicious, singular cocktail.

Fireball and PBR

Devils Point

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Foster-Powell

You can get Fireball and PBR at any dive bar in PDX, but at Devils Point -- the original rock 'n' roll strip club -- it’s always on sale. Any thought of how terrible Fireball might be will dissipate the moment one of the incredible dancers takes the stage. It wouldn’t be an essential Portland list without a strip club!

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Charred Orange Wood Alaska #1

Trifecta Tavern

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Eastside Industrial

A lot of bartenders are turning to kitchen techniques to craft inventive drinks, but bartender Colin Carroll at Trifecta may have found the most creative, and labor-intensive, way to make batched cocktails yet. The Alaska #1, with gin, Yellow Chartreuse, and sherry, is infused via sous vide with orange wood charred in the kitchen’s ovens. Luckily, it’s not just ridiculous, making a complex, smooth, botanical libation.  

Kingpin

Bit House Saloon

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Eastside Industrial

Bit House Saloon was Portland’s most popular new bar of 2015, with its hip-yet-welcoming, cozy atmosphere, enthusiastic staff, and great drinks. The Kingpin was added early on and has remained on the menu, recently joined by the Killgrave to continue owner Jesse Card’s tradition of nerdy names. The drink is nuanced and rich, but balanced: smoked fig-infused bourbon, Hennessy, Nocino, sherry, and walnut bitters.

Raven & Rose

Mint julep

Raven & Rose/The Rookery

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Downtown

The bartenders at Raven & Rose and The Rookery (the upstairs bar) excel at making the classics, and the best example of this is their take on a mint julep. It’s not available in winter. But during the summer, it’s the best mint julep in the city, due mostly to the Knob Creek Single Barrel Reserve bourbon, at 120 proof, that's been personally selected by the bar staff. That, and the perfectly crushed ice and gently expressed mint, with a fine mist of absinthe for aromatics.  

Kentucky Blackbird

Swift Lounge

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Lloyd District

Swift Lounge is famous for its Mason jar drinks, the best of which is the Kentucky Blackbird. Bourbon, mint, peach, and lemon in a Mason jar = fun. You can order it in the “sissy” size of 16oz for $6, but why do that when you can order a 32oz “fatty” for only $2 more? Just make sure you don’t have to drive.

Hazel Room

Robert Palmer

The Hazel Room

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Hawthorne

The Hazel Room is a not-so-hidden hidden gem on SE Belmont. It was originally intended to be a cocktail bar and tea house, but now operates as one of the best brunch spots in town, with tons of tea-based boozy drinks. (It collaborated with Townshend's Tea when it started distilling its own tea-based spirits.) Grab the Robert Palmer, a boozy take on an Arnold Palmer, and a refreshing way to start your day.

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Bottled cocktail

Interurban

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Mississippi

Interurban is hard to pin down; more than any other place in town, it strikes a balance between bar and restaurant. Many of the cocktails here come straight from classic recipe books, like Savoy, and those drinks were often made in large batches for multiple drinkers. So grab a bottle of cocktails for the table for a classic drinking experience.

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Gin and tonic

Victory Bar

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Clinton/Division

The Victory Bar, a hip spot in SE covered in faux-communist memorabilia, gives us another gin and tonic. This one is made with house-made tonic water, as well as house-infused hop gin. The result is a surprisingly rounded gin, with the hops adding a floral sweetness rather than the expected bitterness. Enjoy it while watching some inspiring propaganda and bizarre music videos on vintage TVs, comrade.

Bartender's choice

Angel Face

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Kerns

It took Portland a while to do what many other cities have done, which is to have a cocktail bar without a drink menu. At Angel Face, the sister bar to Navarre, you can either ask for a specific drink, or just give the bartenders a list of adjectives you like in a cocktail. "Sweet." "Tart." "Bitter." "Alkaline." "Acerbic, yet coy." Whatever your pleasure, the bartenders can probably figure it out for you. They like a challenge.

Driftwood Room

Portland '85

Driftwood Room

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Downtown

Everyone’s favorite hotel bar for adultery, the Driftwood Room in the Hotel Deluxe specializes in sparkling cocktails. The Portland ‘85, named for the city and year of my birth*, is made with pear brandy and pear liqueur, both from Clear Creek, and topped with champagne. It’s the perfect drink for an amorous encounter.

*this is conjecture, and almost certainly false

Draper Daiquiri

Barlow

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Downtown

It’s a well-documented fact that cocktails served in nitrogen-chilled glasses simply taste better, and it’s not all just fanfare. All the drinks at Barlow are solid, and served in a cloud of liquid nitrogen, but you can’t beat a well-made daiquiri, which is what the Draper is.  

Aalto Lounge

The happy hour trio

Aalto Lounge

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Sunnyside

Aalto has one of the best happy hour deals in Portland, as well as one of the most chic mid-century Scandinavian designs. The HH menu has remained constant for years, centering on three cocktails: a spicy vodka/pineapple sour, a cucumber-lavender gin highball, and a bourbon drink with lemon and pomegranate. They're great especially because they’re only $2 each. Might as well get one of each, and grab a $2 grilled cheese sandwich with tomato soup while you're there. Just be sure to tip nicely.

Werewolves and Vampires

Produce Row Café

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Eastside Industrial

Produce Row Café, though renovated from its once-seedy glory, is a Portland institution, responsible for much of the beer culture we take for granted these days. And while it didn’t invent the beer and whiskey combo (boilermakers have been around for at least a century), it was the first in Portland to specifically pair beers with spirits.

Expatriate

Sundowner

Expatriate

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Concordia

We’re not sure whether this is named after the legendary Boulder, CO, bar that’s the stuff of dive bar legends -- probably not, considering that if you walked into that glorious shithole and ordered a mix of mezcal, dry-and-sweet vermouths, pamplemousse, and absinthe, they’d look at you funny -- but either way, this thing’s delicious, especially when paired with wonton nachos.

The Nathan Jr. 

The Nest Lounge

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Sunnyside

Like the proverbial phoenix, The Nest burned down and rose from the ashes in a new spot, a renovated house on SE Belmont. There, you can play board games, ping pong, and pool, participate in trivia nights, and drink The Nathan Jr., a mix of New Deal Vodka, lime, soda, and Emergen-C. Get your vitamins while you drink! It’s unclear whether or not that will help diminish your hangover, but it can’t hurt.

Teardrop Lounge

Piña colada

Teardrop Cocktail Lounge

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The Pearl

Daniel Shumaker and his staff at Teardrop were pioneers in the Portland cocktail scene, and the bar remains relevant today. Its impressive, and impressively large, cocktail menu rotates regularly, making a single drink tricky to pin down, but we went with the piña colada. As TCL reshaped the cocktail scene in PDX, so too does it reshape the piña colada. You’ll be looking forward to it all year until it reappears in summer.

Piggy Back

Hamlet

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Downtown

When you have a bar that specializes in fancy ham and cocktails, of course you need to put the two together. Thus, a shot of prosciutto and mezcal joined forces to render the pickleback irrelevant.

Purple Alien

Space Room Lounge

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Hawthorne

Because sometimes you need to risk diabetic shock and drink a fishbowl containing lemons, grape vodka, grape juice, and 7 Up. And when it happens, it’s best to do so in a pitch-black room with only a black-lit mural of Mount Hood to narc on you for caving in.

Smallwares

The Sake

smallwares

Address and Info

Beaumont

Jo Wares is a master of messing with Asian influences and convention. She made General Tso’s chicken into an amazing sandwich, after all. So if her joint’s going to make a variation of a Pimm’s cup with sake, well, you just trust that it’s going to be good.

Drinking Tobacco

Shift Drinks

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Downtown

A buddy at Willamette Week turned us on to this drink, and we’re pretty into it because it sounds cool, and this is a bartender’s bar, so it feels extra cool when you sound cool. It’s a strong vermouth. Get it, and then whatever else you want on the menu that you’ll probably enjoy more, but won’t feel as insider-y for ordering.

The Alibi

Mai Tai

The Alibi

Address and Info

Overlook

Oh, whatever. It’s probably Kool-Aid and well liquor. But guess what: you’re about to sing the “Thong Song” to a room full of strangers, and that free Hawaiian buffet isn’t going to get any fresher. So maybe order two and get to work.

Mystery shot

Spare Room

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Cully

When in a gigantic former bowling alley/dive bar where the KJ blows a sax as you sing, you behave accordingly. That means rolling the literal dice and taking the mystery shot, which comes out of a bottle shrouded in a paper bag that corresponds with its number. It might be Amaretto. It might be butterscotch schnapps. It’s most certainly liquor that’s gone south. And it’s incredible.

Pudding shot

Mad Hanna

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Roseway

Mad Hanna is one of the few dives that's managed to keep its Old Portland feel, aided by the fact that it's filled with true locals instead of bespectacled hipsters. And yes, this shot is exactly what you think it is.

Oven and Shaker

Pepper Smash #2

Oven & Shaker

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The Pearl

One of legendary bartender Ryan Magarian’s best concoctions sounds like a bucket of nonsense: mint, aquavit, lime, maple syrup, and yellow pepper juice collide in a glass. But it’s a damned revelation, hitting every note in between sweet and spicy with alarming ease.

Dharma Drinks

Foster Burger

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Foster-Powell

$6. A shot of well whiskey and a tall boy. Now you can endure the clashing of loud music and kids while you hork down a double Foster.

"The boob drink"

Mazatlan

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Downtown

So... look, we have no idea what’s in this thing. It might be horchata and vodka. But there’s definitely whipped cream. And you’ll eventually want one after a night of karaoke and gigantic Dos Equis, because it’s served -- as all milk-based cocktails of dubious origin should be -- in a mug shaped like a boob. A boob that has a hole in the nipple. It’s classy like that.

Bunk Bar at The Wonder

Sidepipe

Bunk Bar Wonder

Address and Info

King

Oh, nothing. It’s just Bunk’s famous frozen margarita with a tiny Corona in the side that drains into the slush as you drink it. You know. Just something perfect.

Squirt and Vodka

My Father's Place

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Buckman

My Father’s Place is the quintessential Portland dive/diner, open from 6am - 2:30am every day, giving the closing crew just enough time to clean up before the openers come in. Go grab a Squirt (on tap) with vodka to work off the hangover you earned here the night before, along with some greasy diner breakfast food, available all day.

Brown Derby

Pope House Bourbon Lounge

Address and Info

NW Alphabet

The Brown Derby is an oft-overlooked bourbon drink, but an essential classic. Pope House is an oft-overlooked whiskey bar, but it’s one of the best in the city. Go grab the former at the latter. During happy hour, it’s only $5, perfect for a summer sipper on the patio, or a winter happy hour in the old manor house.

Departure Portland

Tasho Macho

Departure

Address and Info

Downtown

The Tasho Macho is the longest-surviving drink on Departure’s cocktail menu, from when the restaurant first opened under Ron Acierto (it’s his drink). It’s a spicy, Asian fusion-inspired take on a Moscow mule, and best sipped on one of the balconies, looking out on one of the best available views of Portland.

PDX Sour

The Box Social

Address and Info

N Williams Ave

The Box Social is a romantic little spot helping to gentrify the North Williams area with style. All of the drinks here are made with aplomb, but since this is a Portland list, go with the PDX Sour. It's a riff on a Brooklyn sour, with Buffalo Trace bourbon, lemon juice, egg white, maraschino liqueur, and caramelized pineapple with a red wine float.

Tijuana Speed Ball

Slow Bar

Address and Info

Eastside Industrial

Portland’s legendary Slowburger will slow you down. That’s why you need a coffee-tinged tequila cocktail as a chaser. Or two. It’s a pretty big burger.

Cumin Centipede

The Observatory

Address and Info

Montavilla

Montavilla is the new hip/not hip rapidly growing part of Portland, rubbing up against 82nd just east of Mt Tabor. The Observatory is one of many great bars in the small neighborhood. There, you can find the Cumin Centipede, a savory mix of cumin-spiced tequila, bell pepper, cucumber, and cilantro with a salted rim.

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Alex Frane is a Portland native who still loves his city. He writes about its food, drink, and bar culture. Follow him: @franiacdrinks.

Thrillist senior food and drink editor Andy Kryza contributed to this report, then tried to make out with it.

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1. Rum Club 720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97206 (Buckman)

This place, as you might've guessed if you saw the name, is all about the rum. They've got nine specialty rum-centric cocktails, but if rum's not your thing there's always the nine other cocktails mixed with different liquors. The menu of pub grub features classics such as Braised Short Ribs and the Shrimp Cocktail. The casual vibe makes Rum Club a "dive cocktail bar," if such a thing exists.

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2. Hale Pele 2733 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232 (Lloyd District)

You might be a landlubber, but there's no reason you can't pretend to be a pirate and taste more than 50 different rums from all over the map, earning monikers that were previously reserved for guys with birds on their shoulders. Hale Pele in the Lloyd District rejects your average tiki cocktails and instead adopts more inventive cocktails. Don't forget to order the Zombies, which are so strong they are limited to two per person.

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3. The Bye and Bye 1011 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 (Ne Portland)

Described as a hipster bar this restaurant serves up Southern style vegetarian dishes. It's open late so it's great for stopping by for a late "healthy" meal. Try out the brussel sprout bowl or the meatball sub—all vegetarian of course.

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4. The Knock Back 2315 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 (Ne Portland)

At this Alberta Arts watering hole, cocktails and upscale bar food join in holy culinary matrimony to present a casual yet upscale bar experience. Extra fancy pub grub selections include plays on classics, like pesto scotch eggs and tempeh reubens, which pair harmoniously with all your favorite cocktails and craft drafts.

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5. La Moule 2500 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

La Moule is a Division/Clinton Belgian restaurant specializing in mussels, and also doubles as a killer cocktail bar. This relaxed spot has a great happy hour with tons of carefully-crafted creative cocktails on the menu, but in terms of food, we suggest ordering a bowl of mussels with the fries right on top.

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6. Imperial 410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR (82nd Ave)

Imperial restaurant, located in the historic Hotel Lucia, is owned and operated by Chef extraordinaire Vitaly Paley. This spot has a modern bright interior, and all the food is dishes made with local ingredients. The menu's combination of new and traditional American cuisine can be paired with any of Imperial's fine wines, specialty cocktails or draft and bottled beers.

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7. 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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8. Bang Bang PDX 4727 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213 (Beaumont Wilshire)

If everything and everyone got along as well as curry and cocktails, then the world would be a peaceful place. Also inebriated and satiated. Bang Bang keeps us coming back for the early and late happy hour with $2 skewers and house cocktails like the mezcal-based Roberto Burns.

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9. The Liquor Store 3341 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Functioning as a venue space for artists and musicians, The Liquor store carries over artistic sensibilities over to its bar and food offerings: expect special cocktails, punches, and your standard grub food served with a restaurant touch.

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10. 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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11. Holman's Restaurant 15 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Kerns)

Around since 1933, this unpretentious hangout delivers straightforward cocktails alongside pub food. Stay entertained with pool, ping pong and Buck Hunter while tossing back cheap drinks from the Daily Specials list. You can also become a member of the Whiskey Club by working your way through Holman's entire whiskey list. You even get a plaque engraved with your name and hung on the wall! More of a brunch drink kind of person? Try your bartending hand by crafting a personal Bloody Mary at the build-your-own bar.

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12. Broder Cafe 2508 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202 (Se Portland)

Established in 2007 -- and the older sibling of Border Nord -- Broder is a small, Scandinavian eatery/bakery specializing in breakfast. European eats like pytt i panna (hash), lefse (Norwegian potato crepes, with various filling options), and köttbullar (Swedish meatballs) can be found here. Your move, IKEA.

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13. Bröder Nord 2240 N. Interstate Blvd, Portland, OR 97227 (Ne Portland)

Although Broder Nord -- and offshoot of Broder Cafe -- may only have 12 tables and limited bar seating, they make the most out of it by serving up delicious Swedish fare and an array of adult beverages that are worth waiting in line for. Be sure to stop by for brunch or their Friday smorgasbord dinner.

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14. Kachka 720 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214

This Russian eatery is brought to you by the team behind Oven & Shaker. Lots of knickknacks litter the area while lace curtains allow just enough natural light in to not feel dark. The menu has plenty of hearty fare, and of course, vodka.

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15. Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library 1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

If you're a whiskey fan, Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library in Portland is worth a trip. One of the best whiskey bars in the country, it has more than 1,500 whiskeys stacked along a huge brick wall, and in true library fashion, they're accessible by a sliding ladder. Roaming bartenders serve drinks from bar carts, and they know more about whiskey than you ever will, so trust them. You can buy a membership to the semi-gentlemen's club to reserve a table ahead of time, otherwise you'll have to wait a few hours for a seat on peak nights with the rest of the non-members. You can always buy a one-time "Hall Pass" to skip the line though.

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16. Huber's Cafe 411 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204 (Sw Portland)

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.

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17. Nuestra Cocina 2135 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Se Portland)

Owned by a husband and wife team, Nuestra Cocina isn't your average Mexican restaurant. The couple behind it take a high-end approach to the cuisine and succeed wildly, offering up authentic, delicious dishes like stuffed chilis, barbecued lamb, and grilled Mexican prawns. If your preferences still lie with a certain 'Mexican Grill,' at least do yourself the favor and check out the Mole Room at Nuestra, where you can take private cooking classes from head chef and co-owner Benjamin Gonzales.

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18. Laurelhurst Market 3155 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

Whether vegetarian or carnivore, Laurelhurst Market is bound to have a dish you'll love. The restaurant and butcher shop works with local farmers to provide patrons with the best Portland has to offer, which includes the restaurant's French fries. Laurenhurst also mixes incredible cocktails, so be sure to indulge in the variety of creative libations.

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19. Devils Point 5305 SE Foster, Portland, OR 97201

Melt winter's cold heart in the cozy confines of Devils Point, where you can sip upstanding cocktails while warming yourself by getting extra-close to dancers performing weekly fire shows, before they provide backup-shimmying during Stripparaoke, at which you can presumably only sing “Money,” “For the Love of Money,” and “Money, Money, Money.” Oh, and “Sussudio," because that’s just a great song.

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20. Trifecta Tavern & Bakery 726 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Trifecta Tavern and Bakery is a fancy and stylish Eastside eatery where prime steaks, grilled flatbreads, and artisanal cocktails rule the menu. Fresh baked bread and fresh churned butter accompany every meal, which includes daily specials, wood-oven pizzas, and other snacks. Warm cocktails and an impressive wine list are also at your service.

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21. Bit House Saloon 727 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

Bit House Saloon is 150-seat space made of old brick, dark wood, and brass that serves up eclectic pub fare and delicious and inventive cocktails made by experienced and wildly creative bartenders. The team has a select number of single barrel whiskeys (and other spirits) that can be ordered in flights of various tasting sizes, from ½oz to Old Fashioneds. Bit House also houses a supply of affordable whiskeys, all of which can be ordered as a half-pour.

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22. Raven & Rose 1331 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 (Downtown)

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.

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23. Swift Lounge 1932 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232 (Lloyd District)

Swift Lounge has got a weekly line up of shows, a "Hangover Brunch" on Saturdays and Sundays, plus cocktails like the Diesel, which's made with bourbon, root beer liqueur, and walnut bitters. Stop by for a sissy or fatty cocktail (small or large), served in one of Swift's widely-appreciate mason jars.

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24. Hazel Room 3279 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

The Hazel Room is a not-so-hidden hidden gem in Hawthorne. It was originally intended to be a cocktail bar and tea house, but now operates as one of the best brunch spots in town, with tons of tea-based boozy drinks, like the Robert Palmer, a boozy take on an Arnold Palmer, and a refreshing way to start your day.

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25. Interurban 4057 N Mississippi, Portland, OR 97227 (Mississippi Ave)

A partnership between the dudes behind Toro Bravo and Prost, Mississippi's Interurban straddles the line between bar and restaurant, with a great cocktail program and full dinner menu. Outside is covered during the winter, but in spring, the roof is removed, exposing the entire back patio for sunny happy-hour drinking. The place evokes a cozy feel with rich wood and leather chairs. If you come with a group, consider ordering the bottled cocktails that are perfect for sharing.

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26. Victory Bar 3652 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202 (Clintondivision)

The high quality and variety of burgers and beers have put this Richmond bar on the map, even in a beer and burger haven like Portland. Venison burgers, corned beef, and five different spatzles, give this popular spot a quirky menu that works well with the creative cocktails they serve.

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27. Angel Face 14 NE 28th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232 (Kerns)

The colorful, distinctly French boozer in Kerns fits about twenty or so people. Take a seat at the marble bar top and enjoy a simple but smartly prepared cocktail. You won't find an actual cocktail menu, but rather a list of spirits... take your pick, and the bartenders are sure to serve you up something expertly prepared.

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28. Driftwood Room 729 SW 15th Ave, Portland, OR (Downtown)

Sure, 007 is cool, but he could use a bit more adventurous drink order, don't you think? How about "shaken, then hit with a piece of rum-soaked fruit that's set on fire?" Well that's exactly the kind of thing that you can get at this Hollywood-themed bar in Downtown Portland, where they're serving up a number of delicious cocktails, bottled & draft beers, PNW wines, and bar bites that include crab cakes, BBQ pork sandwiches, and wings.

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29. Barlow 737 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

Trying to bring a little swank to the Downtown area, Barlow succeeds in many ways. The most telltale? Using liquid nitrogen to chill the martini shells before tossing the boiling liquid near unsuspecting guests, with a wow factor unseen at any other area establishment. Guest can also enjoy sophisticated small plates in 1920s-themed digs.

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30. Aalto Lounge 3356 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

This sleek wine and cocktail bar, named after Finnish designer Alvar Aalto, is decked out in mid-century Scandinavian furnishings. It also has one of the best happy hours in Portland, with a menu that has remained constant for years. It centers around three cocktails: a cucumber-lavender gin highball, a spicy vodka-pineapple sour and a bourbon option with pomegranate and lemon. Go during happy hour for discounted libations.

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31. 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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32. Expatriate 5424 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211 (Concordia)

Arguably one of Portland's most popular cocktail bars, the bartenders at Expatriate are professionally trained mixologists who, in addition to perfecting the classics, have a knack for creating custom or experimental drinks. And in addition to these carefully-crafted concoctions, the bar also offers a menu of refined bar bites. The Prohibition-era vibe is evident from the gold and red decor that is way more sexy than kitschy.

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33. The Nest 2715 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

Despite a fire that burned down its original location, the Sunnyside revival of this bar/lounge is more popular than ever. With board gams, ping pong, pool, and trivia a-plenty, there's always something going on. In addition, an outdoor patio makes sipping on the Nest's creative cocktails that much more enjoyable.

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34. Teardrop Lounge 1015 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

Located in Portland's Pearl District, the Teardrop is a quiet and inventive cocktail lounge, creating original drinks with specialty liqueurs, syrups, digestifs, vermouths, bitters, and tinctures. The impressive drink menu, paired with a number of upped/casual appetizers, are the makings of a great night out. The atmosphere is a mix of night club and chic, so anyone will feel comfortable sipping drinks at one of Portland's first cocktail bars.

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35. Hamlet 232 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

The team behind Pearl's brought us this ham and cocktail concept. Lots of ham, actually, imported from all over the globe. It may not be the first combination you'd think of for a restaurant speciality, but have a shot of prosciutto and mezcal before you knock it. Picklebacks suddenly feel so irrelevant. The space has an L-shaped copper bar and leather banquettes along the wall, allowing you to socialize with other patrons over meat-centric plates or cozy up with a drinking companion.

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36. Space Room Lounge 4800 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215 (Hawthorne Dist)

With all-day breakfast options, plus a full bar, this divey restaurant-bar-combo with an inexplicable outer-space theme serves up delicious eats and libations in Hawthorne. If you're really looking to blast off, order their Purple Alien, a mutant concoction of lemons, grape vodka, grape juice and 7-Up.

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37. Smallwares 4605 NE Fremont, Portland, OR 97213 (Beaumont Wilshire)

Smallwares serves inauthentic Asian cuisine one small plate at a time. Inauthentic as in take your expectations and turn them on its head. With fare like chicken lollipops and pork skin ragu, there's no better place to get your weird bar food on. For a slight return to normalcy, hit the bar for your choice cocktails, beer, and wine.

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38. Shift Drinks 1200 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

Shift Drinks is a self-proclaimed "professional drinking establishment," a watering hole for local bartenders and service-industry folk who know what to look for in a good cocktail. The menu boasts a number of inventive (rotating) mixed drinks, several types of beer and wine, and season food specialties. The menu can get a bit noisy, but the great menu and the sophisticated vibe of the bar makes up for it.

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39. The Alibi Restaurant & Lounge 4024 N Interstate Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (Overlook)

There's something magical about The Alibi, a karaoke tiki bar in Overlook where bachelor and bachelorette parties converge over a shared love of Mai Tais, poorly sung Neil Diamond, and free Kalua pork. Guests have been partaking in the frivolity since 1947...so hop on the band wagon (or conga line), house-made infusion in hand

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40. Spare Room Restaurant & Lounge 4830 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 98218

Spare Room is a Portland dive in a converted bowling alley with two distinct bars and plenty of mystery shots to imbibe as you bask in saxophone tunes. Also available is standard American fare (for breakfast, lunch, and dinner), along with daily food specials, mixed drinks, and frequent live music.

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41. Mad Hanna 6129 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213 (Beaumont Wilshire)

This neighborhood mainstay is truly a Portland dive, having remained unaffected by gentrification and trends. And with clientele made mostly of locals, pool, board games, movie nights and creative -- but not refined or "upped" cocktails -- Mad Hanna is a PDX must visit. Also, here you'll find one of the city's best outdoor porches...and great jello shots with Pop Rocks!

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42. Oven and Shaker 1134 NW Everette, Portland, OR 97214 (Pearl District)

This huge pizzeria has rows upon rows of seating, serving up artisanal pizzas by the ovenful every day. The menu includes an option to buy a six-pack of beer for the kitchen staff, an option that you might just take part in after tasting your custom 'za. Also, be sure to pair your pie with one of Oven and Shaker's inventive cocktails.

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43. Foster Burger 5339 SE Foster, Portland, OR 97206

Foster Burger's menu is a la carte, starting with poutines that begin with the basic (gravy and Beecher's cheesecurds), then moving onto specials like the Arleta with roasted chicken and peas, the mushrooms/onions/garlic Woodstock, and the belly/bacon/pastrami Clinton, plus awesome happy house drink specials.

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44. Mazatlan Mexican Restaurant 2050 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205 (Sw Portland)

At this small chain of Mexican restaurants in Portland, you'll find your satisfyingly standard helpings of fresh Mexican fare, like enchiladas, chile rellenos, and chorizo burritos. The full bar similarly comes through with house margaritas, Dos Equis, and cocktails.

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45. Bunk Bar 1028 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97124 (Buckman)

Draft beers, imported cans, and house drinks like the Iceberg (a pint of beer topped with a shot of frozen Marg), pair superbly with the mouth-watering sandwich creations perfected by the guys at Bunk. Expect varied creations like the braised lamb with house chorizo or roast beef sandwich with caramelized onions.

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46. My Father's Place 523 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

This classic, old-school dive bar with spacious booths is known for Portland comfort food -- think all day breakfast, hot and cold sandwiches, and a variety of quesadillas -- that'll keep you coming back night after night. And if that doesn't do the trick, good booze and good company will.

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47. Pope House Bourbon Lounge 2075 NW Glisan, Portland, OR 97209 (Nob Hillalphabet Dist)

While the Pope House near Italy has a garage full of sweet-ass cars, this one has guns on the wall and real-deal bourbons like Jefferson’s Reserve Very Old Very Small Batch and Parker’s Heritage Collection 27yr. You can also savor its own Four Roses Single Barrel Private Selection, aged over 10 years, by joining the unadvertised Bourbon Derby tasting club, a concept you really have to tip your hat to.

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48. Departure Restaurant & Lounge 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204 (Downtown)

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.

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49. The Box Social 3971 N Williams, Portland, OR 97277 (Ne Portland)

The Box Social in Portland is cozy and intimate, which makes it the perfect place to get romantic with a date. Even though the bar itself is small, it is rarely crowded. The cocktail list holds a mix of classics and originals, which are all made with aplomb. For a great deal, head to the Box Social during happy hours (they host an early and a late one) for deals on both cocktails and small bites.

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50. 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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51. The Observatory 8115 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215 (Montavilla)

Not to be confused with the landmark/museum, THIS Observatory serves upscale dinners, quick lunches of the sandwich and salad variety, and signature cocktails that offers fresh and fruity takes on your go-to classics.

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