A library for whisk(e)y
For those who love whiskey as much as Diedrich, a stop at the Multnomah Whisk(e)y Library, with 2,000 bottles lining its walls and a staff with intimate knowledge of them all, is a must.
“It’s my favorite whiskey bar of all time,” he says. “They have the sickest collection of whiskey, including some stuff I’ve never seen in my entire life. They have a cart they push around to make you cocktails tableside. It’s literally like a library, except instead of books, there are bottles.”
Even the decor leans into the library concept, with a sliding ladder to retrieve top-shelf bottles and seating in cozy leather chairs. While non-members generally have to wait in line for a seat, a $25 “Hall Pass” allows visitors to make a one-time reservation.
A place for pre-dinner martinis
Diedrich calls Expatriate, a bar/lounge with a menu of “drinking snacks” from Beast chef Naomi Pomeroy, “an awesome restaurant that does great cocktails and badass food.” While he is a huge fan of their brunch and sake program, the one thing that keeps him coming back again and again is the martini.
“I’m a sucker for a martini. A perfect martini is how I like to start dinner,” he says.
What does Diedrich’s perfect martini consist of? “Two ounces of a London dry gin that’s big with juniper and citrus, one ounce of dry vermouth, a dash of bitters, and a lemon twist.
“I can have two to begin -- three might be going overboard -- but two before dinner is amazing. It kind of gets you going and helps you forget about your day before you move onto dinner and wine.”