- Helen Silverstein
Portland’s Clinton neighborhood is known for its foodie culture, and its bars are no exception; from fine wines, to craft beers straight from the tap, to gourmet versions of bar food, the Clinton area’s bars are high class and many merit a visit. Read on to find the best bars in Portland’s Clinton area.
Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom
At Imperial Bottle Shop & Taproom, beer is elevated to a new level. The taproom has an old fashioned vibe with communal tables for customers to sit at and drink together and exposed wooden beams above heads. Imperial Bottle Shop has 16 locally brewed beers on tap, as well as over 400 bottled craft beers to taste. With so many interesting flavors, it’s a good thing that the taproom offers tasting flights for those who wish to try multiple beers.
Address & Telephone Number: Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom, 3090 SE Division St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 971 302 6899
Southeast Wine Collective
This rustic urban winery is an escape to a simpler time and space within the confines of Portland’s Clinton. The collective is comprised of ten different wineries and allows visitors to taste up to 75 different wines at any given time. The wall of 30 barrels of wine helps add to the countryside, elegant feel. The Southeast Wine Collective Urban Winery has an excellent staff, who will pick wines best suited to the needs of its clients and gourmet small bites to go along with them.
Address & Telephone Number: SE Wine Collective, 2425 SE 35th Pl, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 208 2061
Bar Avignon is a trendy bar on Division Street with good food and a good selection of wines. Much of the food at the wine bar is made with ingredients from the garden ‘The Broken Fence Farm’, owned by Bar Avignon’s owners. The fresh ingredients add an exquisite taste to the bar’s foods such as their ‘foraged mushroom and apple risotto’, ‘kohlrabi and cheddar soup’ and their unique selection of cheeses. The bar has a staggering list of wines for customers to choose from as well as delicious cocktails.
Address & Telephone Number: Bar Avignon, 2138 SE Division St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 517 0808
Proclaiming ‘Eat. Drink. Repent.’ in lighted letters, Church is what happens if a gothic-style church serves booze and Southern comfort food. Patrons can eat Southern classics like hush puppies, mac and cheese, and chicken salad sandwiches while sipping on house cocktails, a variety of wines, and craft beers. Live bands and Djs frequent Church, and every Monday is a ‘free music Monday’ with live music. The gothic church decor includes dim lighting, black and white portraits, and a confession/photo booth.
Address & Telephone Number: Church, 2600 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 206 8962
Bula Kava House
This ‘kavabar,’ owned by Bula Kava House, is not a traditional bar that serves alcohol but instead serves kava, a non-alcoholic drink made from the kava root that relaxes drinkers and gives them a slight euphoria. The Portland kava bar has several different types of Kava to try, each with different tastes and effects. Anyone who doesn’t wish to try the kava can instead taste one of their many juices or smoothies, or eat one of their famed acai bowls.
Address & Telephone Number: Bula Kava House, 3115 SE Division St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 477 7823
This old-fashioned style wooden saloon is country in theme but Portland at heart. Landmark Saloon serves local microbrews on tap as well as a number of cocktails from its full bar while live country bands perform in the background. Customers can sit outside on the patio or inside the saloon, where chalkboards with drink orders, wooden barrels, and Shiner signs will make them feel like they’re in Austin, Texas. Visitors can munch on a variety of Southern small bites like chili or grilled cheese and tomato soup while they drink and listen to music.
Address & Telephone Number: Landmark Saloon, 4847 SE Division St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 894 8132
Many bars have themes, and The Victory Bar has a theme, too: propaganda. This quirky bar models itself off of George Orwell’s book 1984 with drinks like the ‘double-plus-good martini’ and loud, abstract, anti-propaganda art covering the walls. The full bar has a selection of unique and imported beers as well as cocktails and wines to choose from. Around town, Victory Bar is known for their ‘spätzle’ and their mac and cheese with homemade egg noodles and various toppings.
Address & Telephone Number: Victory Bar, 3652 SE Division St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 236 8755
Night Light Lounge
Located on Southeast Clinton Street, Night Light Lounge is a chic bar with a great selection of wines, draft beers, and cocktails. Customers can sit inside the spacious bar and restaurant or outside on the sidewalk patio. Night Light Lounge is known for its unique and creative bar food, like fried tofu poppers, citrus and chili prawn salad, and spiked bread pudding. On the weekends, the Night Light Lounge has a full brunch with rum-battered banana french toast and mimosas.
Address & Telephone Number: Night Light Lounge, 2100 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 731 6500
North Bar is a relaxed, traditional bar on Southeast Division Street complete with a jukebox, darts, pool tables, and pinball. This cozy neighborhood bar has a large selection of rotating local craft beers on tap as well as wines and fresh, house-infused cocktails. The bar offers a few small plates, but welcomes anyone wishing to eat more food to bring in their own dinner from any other establishment. Every Monday the bar has a popular trivia night that can get wild and fun.
Address & Telephone Number: North Bar, 5008 SE Division St, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 546 9973
Vendetta is a trendy pub on North Williams Avenue. The full bar serves a wide variety of drinks including a rotating selection of microbrews and the bar also offers various snacks or sandwiches, such as the pulled pork quesadilla or Williams cheesesteak sandwich. The inside of Vendetta is a converted garage with pinball and a popular shuffleboard table. Customers can also sit outside at the patio, a big, Zen area with tall, leafy trees and long, wooden benches and cobblestones.
Address & Telephone Number: Vendetta, 4306 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR, USA, +1 503 288 1085