December 21st is the longest night of the year (that’s the Winter solstice to all you non-Pagans), but it’s also going to be the Best Night of Your Life, a Thrillist-created holiday that you'll spend enjoying the best nightlife the city has to offer, thanks to our awesome recommendations, which obviously include Portland's best late-night eats.
Check out the picks below, and make sure to map out the perfect evening with our itinerary builder.
Named our favorite outdoor patio this past summer, don’t think for a second this place is any less cool because it’s like, cold and rainy. Departure's bold Asian flavors (BBQ short-rib buns, sweet chili-glazed wings, etc.) are the perfect respite from the weather -- which you can totally see heading your way from the 15th floor of the Nines hotel smack dab in downtown.
This quaint Italian spot is the perfect place to bring your sweetheart and share a bottle of wine, smelling the wood-fired everything and sighing into each other’s eyes over candlelight... but since this is the Best Night of YOUR Life, you can also saddle up to the bar and dive into a few of the city’s best Negronis before ordering one or four of the city’s best Neapolitan pizzas.
Division / Clinton
You’ll find Cibo on that southeastern stretch of Portland known as Division - the quiet, unassuming little spot might be easy to miss, and the leather-lined, wood-fired restaurant might seem ordinary, but the pizzas are... err, the-opposite-of-ordinary, and (oh, yeah) they only cost $5!
Division / Clinton
This dark, candlelit comfort foodery is slinging a bevy of Midwest-style eats ranging from Wisconsin's best invention (fried cheese curds), to braised pork cheeks, to roasted rabbit hindquarters, which is actually the thing on the menu that's best for your middle.
A recently refurbished dark wood and leather-heavy bar located in the old school Hotel Deluxe, this stylish drinkery boasts sweet eats from neighboring restaurant Gracie’s, and a little bit of Hollywood glamor, which is why it doesn't just serve Negronis and Boulevardiers, it serves them w/ rum-soaked pieces of fruit they set on fire.
Doug Fir Lounge
This swank lounge and music venue attached to one of our hippest hotels is decorated almost entirely with... surprise!... wood, comes with a covered patio complete with fire pit, and a line up of sweet cocktails, including a tequila/ New Deal Ginger Liqueur/ Squirt combo called the Big Deal, though if you're not into any of that, you can always just make like a tree (though not a Douglas Fir since it isn't deciduous) and leaf.
1. Nostrana1401 SE Morrison St, Portland
2. Departure Restaurant & Lounge525 SW Morrison St, Portland
3. Luc Lac Vietnamese Kitchen835 SW 2nd, Portland
4. Cibo3539 SE Division St, Portland
5. Savoy Tavern2500 SE Clinton St, Portland
6. Driftwood Room729 SW 15th Ave, Portland
7. Doug Fir Lounge830 E Burnside St, Portland
Nostrana is an Italian restaurant in residential South East Portland that features classic Italian food made with simple ingredients from long-standing recipes. It's also a quality spot for their wine list, dessert menu, and special happy hour deals. Plus, it's the birthplace of the Negroni Social, an industry costumed gala, which inspired the creation of Negroni Week, Nostrana is Portland’s capital of the negroni.
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.
Luc Lac sports an interior reflecting French influences and an expanded menu of recipes from a grandma nice enough to treat you to greens with Hennessy-seared cubes of tenderloin (Damn, you ballin’, nana!), and tomato fried rice or tamarind-lemongrass-broth-steamed mussels, aka Mike Katz if you steal his t-shirt.
Cibo, a restaurant opened by NW's mastermind Marco Frattaroli, serves wood oven-fired hand-pulled pizza, stromboli and other adventurous takes on traditional Italian cuisine. Entrees alters when head chef Frattaroli changes his mind, but though you'll likely be happy to notice.
Located in Southeast Portland, this bar and new American resto has a long list of housemade specialty cocktails, a variety of happy hour deals, and a solid wine and beer list.
Sure, 007 is cool, but he could use a bit more adventurous drink order, don't you think? How about "shaken, then hit with a piece of rum-soaked fruit that's set on fire?" Well that's exactly the kind of thing that you can get at this Hollywood-themed bar in Downtown Portland, where they're serving up a number of delicious cocktails, bottled & draft beers, PNW wines, and bar bites that include crab cakes, BBQ pork sandwiches, and wings.
This triple-threat bar, lounge, and restaurant near Buckman stuns with an entirely wood interior (right down to its chandeliers) with a rustic and interior vibe ideal for date nights. The American fare offers modern takes on staples like mac & cheese and bar food like buffalo wings, along with some of the best burgers in the city. The Fir Burger's decked with local cheddar, house-made pickles, and bacon on a soft brioche bun.