Food & Drink

The best bar eats in Portland. Period.

Published On 10/23/2013 Published On 10/23/2013
Slow Bar
Bunk Sandwiches
Swift Lounge
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Drew Tyson
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1. Reel M Inn 2430 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

An ultra-dive full of down-to-earth locals in a stretch known for fanciness, Reel M pops out the best fried chicken in the city. The sizeable chunks take 30 minutes to cook, and when the bartender serves 'em, she'll give you instructions on how to eat them... including a stern "wait 15 minutes." Trust us, it's worth it.

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2. Swift Lounge 1932 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

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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3. Slow Bar 533 SE Grand AVE, Portland, OR 97214

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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4. Bunk Bar 1028 SE Water Ave, Portland, OR 97124

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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5. Yur's 717 NW 16th, Portland, OR 97209

A below-the-radar dive which has battled the glitz of Northwest PDX for ages. Yur's has got big pours to be enjoyed in their "Cave" area, featuring a 55" screen, surround sound, and cushioned couches.

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6. Whiskey Soda Lounge 3131 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Pok Pok’s Andy Ricker is the man behind Richmond’s Whiskey Soda Lounge, a whiskey-centric Thai bar specializing in aahaan kap klaem (Thai bar snacks) and kuaytiaw (Thai noodle dishes). The Lounge is across the street from its sister restaurant, and attracts crowds waiting to dine at Pok Pok as well as those just looking for a light bite (or a few orders of Ike’s Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings), whiskey flights, and Thai pop music. The beverage list -- whiskey focused as the name suggests -- is also inclusive a craft cocktail list featuring their house Som drinking vinegars and house-infused spirits. The vinegars are nationally acclaimed, and available on their own, with soda, and for sale by the bottle.

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7. St. jack 1610 NW 23rd, Portland, OR 97210

St. Jack is run by a former 23Hoyt chef and named for the man's encouraging grandfather (it's also an Americanization of "coquille St. Jacques", French for "scallop"). There is an elegantly-tiled patisserie with pastry domes and Stumptown coffee as well as a bistro side serving rustic continental fare. Snack on bones marrow gremolata and seared foie gras or, for something heavier, a whole roasted trout with lentils, arugula and brown butter vinagrette.