The drink options in downtown Portland are as diverse and unique as the city itself. Whether you’re looking for a low-cost happy hour or carefully crafted cocktail, you can find it here. This guide will introduce you to the best bars, lounges and taverns the neighborhood has to offer. Come thirsty, and read on for a round-up of the best places to drink in downtown Portland.
Featuring over 1,500 spirits, Multnomah Whiskey Library is a whiskey lovers dream come true. The aptly named bar has the façade of a library with shelves covering the walls filled with whiskey bottles. The ambiance is reflective of the prohibition-era speakeasy theme, where large comfy couches and chairs meet old paintings and a cozy fireplace. While bar is fairly hidden and doesn’t have much signage, you will be transported back in time once enter. The bartenders are extremely knowledgeable and will roll an old-style bar cart over to your table to make your drink right in front of you. The food, the cocktails, the ambiance, everything about this bar is perfect. Most of the time there will be a wait to get in, however, they take your phone number so you can explore other nearby bars or restaurants while you wait. Don’t let the wait time deter you, as this place is a ‘must’ when visiting Portland.
Raven & Rose is located in the historic Ladd carriage house, and The Rookery is actually the hayloft of the carriage house. There are numerous reasons to love this bar, but people keep coming back for the cocktails. The Rookery takes craft cocktails to a whole new level, and the mixologist behind them is arguably the best in Portland. The custom cocktail menu changes seasonally, and everything is good. The bar atmosphere (and the history behind the it) is equally impressive. The space features a fireplace, leather couches, a billiards table and a custom-made bar. If you’re in town and looking to meet your new favorite cocktail, stop by The Rookery bar.
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