Food & Drink

The 8 Best Free Bar Snacks in Portland

Published On 02/05/2015 Published On 02/05/2015
Drew Tyson/Thrillist

It's pretty easy to drop some serious cash on a night out it Portland, be it on romantic dates or strippers... or romantic dates with strippers. It's so easy in fact that we decided to hook you up with a (relatively) free way to hit the town by tracking down the eight best complimentary bar eats in the city. Feast your eyes...

Bar Vivant

Free tapas happy hour

Pix Patisserie/Bar Vivant (address and info)
Kerns
At this bar and bakery happy hour means buy a drink, get a free tapa of your choosing, and on Tuesdays it goes all night long.

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Bacon

Saraveza (address and info)
Humboldt
Every second Monday of the month, when you buy a beer it comes with smoky slice of bacon at this Green Bay Packers-loving bottle shop.

Courtesy of Paley’s Place

Potato chips and hard-boiled eggs

Paley’s Place (address and info)
Nob Hill
In the bar area of Chef Vitaly Paley’s 50-seat charmer you can enjoy crispy, homemade potato chips and perfectly boiled eggs on the house.

Lena Kim

Pimenton and brown sugar pepitas

SE Wine Collective (address and info)
Richmond
This urban winery hub fits right in with the new Division vibe, and all guests are encouraged to try the sweet and spicy pumpkin seeds.
 

... More bacon

Greeley Avenue Bar and Grill (address and info)
Overlook
Because Mondays generally suck, free bacon really makes them better... and at this neighborhood sports bar it’s buy a drink, get a crispy piece of our favorite protein.

La Cocina

Taquitos

La Cocina (address and info)
King
Head into this homestyle Mexican spot on Tuesday nights for a crispy taquito appetizer with sour cream and guacamole on the house.

Mediterranean Exploration Company

Dried fava beans

Mediterranean Exploration Company (address and info)
The Pearl
At John Gorham’s MEC, every guest starts with a bowl of dried fava beans, a salty Spanish snack that should be enjoyed with a herbaceous Retsina Spritz.
 

Rice crackers

Departure (address and info)
Downtown
Out on the high-rise West deck of Gregory Gourdet’s pan-Asian mecca, nibble on crispy rice crackers while sipping on hibiki Japanese whiskey.

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1. Pix Patisserie/Bar Vivant 2225 East Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 (Kerns)

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 (Ne Portland)

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 (82nd Ave)

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 (Overlook)

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 (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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