Food & Drink

The 8 Best Free Bar Snacks in Portland

Published On 02/05/2015 Published On 02/05/2015
Drew Tyson/Thrillist
Bar Vivant
Sebastian Davis/Thrillist
Courtesy of Paley’s Place
Lena Kim
La Cocina
Mediterranean Exploration Company
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1. Pix Patisserie/Bar Vivant 2225 East Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

At this Spanish-inspired bar and bakery, happy hour means buy a drink, get a free tapa of your choosing, and on Tuesdays it goes all night long. We think that Bar Vivant is one of the best wine bars in Portland, and we bet you'll think so too once you stop by.

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2. Saraveza 1004 N Killingsworth, Portland, OR 97217

More bottle shop than sports bar, Saraveza's Wisconsin roots mean their huge roster of craft brews gets paired with Cheesehead favorites (Nueske's meats, a housemade brat with Carlton farms pork) on game day, along with a schload of sausage and tasty pasties, because it can get nipply in Green Bay.

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3. Paley's Place 1204 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Paley's Place, run by acclaimed chef Vitaly Paley, is an intimate bistro-style eatery.

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4. SE Wine Collective 2425 SE 35th Pl, Portland, OR 97214

Bringing the authentic, wine country experience to the people of Portland with tastings, events, and a decadent monthly supper club that you should probably hop on ASAP. SE Wine Collective serves up some of the best small plates available in Portland, and they charge a respectable price for their wine growlers.

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5. Greeley Avenue Bar And Grill 5241 N. Greeley Ave., Portland, OR 97217

With hearty burgers and lots of TVs, plus pool and live music, wood-paneled sports bar has something everyone can enjoy.

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6. La Cocina Restaurant 3939 NE M L King Blvd, Portland, OR 97212

On Tuesday nights head on into this homestyle Mexican spot for a crispy taquito appetizer with sour cream and guacamole on the house.

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7. Mediterranean Exploration Company 333 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Think orzo, lentils, eggplant and hummus. The plates are smaller so get a few and share, which is easy to do once you start in on the cocktail list that rarely disappoints.

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8. Departure Restaurant & Lounge 525 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

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.