Where to Drink in Portland Right Now
At the time this list was assembled the landing page on Wayfinder’s website displays a bartender pouring golden liquid in a pint glass behind the slogan “Maybe partying will help.” All that’s missing is the thundering pop-metal of acts like Baroness or Mastodon and you have the essence of this cheeky haven for light beer and dark music distilled into one simple gesture. The mind behind the aesthetics is co-founder Matt Jacobson, who transposed the metal cred of his respected label Relapse Records on the headbanging pizza chain Sizzle Pie prior to poaching brewer Kevin Davey from Bellingham, Washington beer emporium Chuckanut. Aside from favorites like a juicy hazy called Flower in the Kettle or the aptly-named Hell, Wayfinder serves up killer cocktails like a Negroni with Aquavit and a variety of rum drinks that use their own proprietary blend, along with impressive German pub fare like a schnitzel sandwich or a bratwurst sandwich drenched in beer cheese. Space on the patio is a hot commodity year-round, and it’s well worth the wait even if the weather is as heavy and dreary as the music on the stereo.
How to order: See the host for seating, pull up the menu with the QR code on the table, order via table service.