As Portland rapidly grows to accommodate all our new transplant friends and visitors, it’s time to take a look back and thank those bars that helped us get here. From classically weird to innovatively novel, these 17 bars have shaped who we are as people and as a city. They’re not necessarily the best bars in Portland. But they’re certainly the most important.
At barely two years old, this fancy, yet relaxed spirits library has proven to be an instant classic, and one of the finest whiskey bars in the country. Bar cart service has spread far and wide, and generated such a buzz here at home that waits can be up to three hours on peak nights for non-members to get in the door. Don’t want to cough up the dough for a membership or Hall Pass? Then just go like a pro and drop by on a Monday when it doesn't take reservations. Plus, the new Green Room has really taken the bite out of the wait. And yes, the wait is worth it.