One of Portland’s best teahouses, Townshend’s Tea offers a staggering array of sustainably sourced teas from China, Japan, India, and more. It’s a low-pressure environment that allows you to sip some teas and discuss French cinema, Japanese literature, German prog-rock, or whatever else you lied about liking on your OKCupid account.
This is not the haunted locations tours. We mean boozy spirits. Portland is home to an amazing amount of distilleries, and most of them offer tasting flights at affordable rates. That way you can get totally loaded without guilt; it’s an experience, and supports local businesses, after all. Just be sure to take Lyft or Trimet instead of driving, please.
First Thursday is a time-honored tradition, when galleries in Northwest throw their doors open for everyone to tour. You can bond over a discussion on the juxtaposition of the human form with modern industrialism and capitalism, as depicted in the medium of recycled PBR cans and power cables. It’s sexy. Plus, they generally have free wine and beer at all the galleries. Skip the hoity-toity Pearl galleries and stick with the much cooler Old Town/Chinatown ones.