Your Guide to the Best Places to Drink in Portland

There are a few things that come to mind when someone mentions Portland. Likely you think about hipsters and Portlandia first, the second is probably beer. About 75% of the nations hops are grown in Yakima valley, so it should come at no surprise that Portland is home to some of the best breweries in the country. Not only that, cocktail culture has taken hold as well. So coffee up, because you’re in for a long night. Here are some of the best places to drink in Portland.

Pépé le Moko

Probably my favorite place to drink in Portland. This bar isn’t really a speakeasy, but this basement cocktail join isn’t exactly obvious. An unassuming window and open door with people shucking oysters should tip you off.

Olive Or Twist

Cozy, intimate, and located in the heart of the Pearl District, Olive or Twist is a great date night cocktail bar. Prices are pretty approachable as well.

Ground Kontrol

One of the O.G. barcades (I assume but have no data to back this up). Don’t go here for classy cocktails or relaxing experience. Go there to kick ass and take names at Street Fighter II. That said, being Portland, it has a pretty good beer selection.

Bible Club PDX

A classic speakeasy-style cocktail bar. It’s a bit out of the way from downtown, but the atmosphere is excellent, and the cocktails are dope. It is a bit pricey, though, so beware.

Multnomah Whiskey Library

A relative newcomer to the Portland cocktail scene (from my perspective, at least), Multnomah whiskey library is one of Portland’s poshest bars. Not quite a speakeasy, but still gives you that old school, leather armchair, cigar-smoking vibe. The line can be long, though, and reservations are only for members, so be prepared to wait a bit.

Loyal Legion

Beer. Lots of beer. With 99 beers and elevated pub grub, definitely check out Loyal Legion. They have a heavy emphasis on sourcing their beer and food from Oregon, so naturally, everything is exquisite. If you’re looking for one of the best selections of beer to drink in Portland, this is your spot.

Great Notion

Great Notion puts out some of the most unique and exotic beers I’ve had to date. Originally specializing in sours, they’ve branched out to most any type of beer. They occasionally have an “Unbalanced Breakfast Stout,” which tastes like blueberry muffins, pancakes, maple syrup, and coffee….


Beer. Lots of beer. Prost is fashioned after a German beer garden. Order a boot, share it with friends. Repeat.

Rum Club

If you like rum, or just dope cocktails in general, Rum Club is probably the place for you. Anywhere that does a good daiquiri usually steals my heart. A pretty fun, lively atmosphere on the weekends too.

Southland Whiskey Kitchen

Think barbecue and whiskey. If I’m in the mood for a few glasses of whiskey and don’t really want to wait in line for Multnomah Whiskey Kitchen (and want to avoid some of the pretentiousness), this is the place I go. Fantastic selection of bourbon, scotch, rye, single malt, and often from local distillers.

The Observatory

If you’re looking for drinks but also pretty hungry, the Observatory should be on your radar. The food is fantastic, expect a $10-20 a plate, and the cocktail list is extensive.

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