Here are my top recommendations for where to have a few craft cocktails in this fair city. If you don’t know what sort of drinks you like, these each have extensive cocktail lists as well as artists behind the bar who can mix up a great drink for you based on your preferences. They all do it with style, and these bars have none of the snootiness that can sometimes be a turnoff for cocktail beginners in NYC.
First up, make your way back to Clyde Common. If all you did was eat there after reading my list of Where to Eat in Portland, you’re silly and you missed 50% of why you should go there.
Clyde Common, 1014 Southwest Stark St.
Get a drink from Jeffrey Morgenthaler, granddaddy of the barrel-aged cocktail movement.
Part and Parcel Cocktail
The truly delightful barrel-aged selection at Clyde Common
Crystal Hotel, 1332 W. Burnside St.
I don’t know if Dave Shenaut is still shaking things up there, but he is the president of the Oregon Bartender’s Guild and if he’s there, he’ll open your eyes (and palate) to something new.
Custom cocktail with no name by Mr. Dave Shenaut
Another Shenaut production, this time featuring monkeys and Bols Genever
Teardrop Lounge, 1015 Northwest Everett St.
Ask for Ricky Gomez & Brian Gilbert. I went here three times in three days, that’s how much I loved it.
The “Cinema Highball” cocktail, which tastes like hot buttered popcorn but over ice. Somehow works.
Beaker & Flask, 720 Southeast Sandy Blvd.
Ask for Mr. Brandon Wise.
And I think this one was the “White Overalls” with rye, honeyed Campari, Bonal and orange bitters
And Beaker and Flask also has amazing bar bites. These are fresh, hot pretzels with a draught beer.
Spyce Gentleman’s Club, 3390 NE Sandy Blvd.
Did you know that Portland has the highest number of strip clubs per capita in the U.S.? I sure didn’t. Their statewide belief in “freedom of expression” manifests not only in great food & drink but also in a huge tattoo/body art community as well as in the art of taking one’s clothes off. I can’t recommend a cocktail at Spyce, because all I had was two of three shots of Jameson and a flight to catch three hours later. Thanks, bartenders, for giving me a reason to stay up all night.
Say goodbye, Foxzilla! (My friend Allison’s pet fox. Long story, but this animal is internet famous.)
If you get out to PDX, be sure to give these bars a try. You’ll be delighted by the sips and tipples you experience. Let me know how you like them!
Want to make a lovely Portland-created drink at home? Check out this post from me with a recipe for “The Latin Quarter,” a drink created by the folks from Teardrop Lounge.
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