Image of Teardrop Lounge courtesy Facebook
Prediction: On Monday, this city is going to be extremely, extremely hungover. The first-ever Portland Cocktail Week kicks off today (timed to coincide and cooperate with the Great American Distillers Festival, also in town this weekend), and the influx of bartenders, spirits, and general drunken fools is making for a hell of a to-do list. In addition to the guest bartender shifts at the Hotel deLuxe's Driftwood Room (both Saturday and Sunday, from 2pm to 8pm), Eater picks the must-visit boozy parties.
THURS, Oct. 21, 9pm: The old-school tipplers of LUPEC (that stands for the Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) throw a costumed Masquerade Ball at the World Forestry Center, where guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite animal (omg furries?). Proceeds benefit the World Forestry Center.
FRI, Oct. 22, 3:30pm: Join the March for Mezcal agave-focused bar crawl, which starts at Irving Street Kitchen, then winds downtown to Pearl Specialty Market, Teardrop Lounge, and Clyde Common in search of tastes of the specialty spirit.
FRI, Oct. 22, 8pm: Expect tiki-inspired rum cocktails at Ship Wrecked with Don Q, a fete sponsored by the rum maker: Extra bonus points for the whole roasted pig and poi on-hand that completes the island theme.
SAT, Oct. 23, 8pm: When a bunch of bartenders take over a suburban ice-skating rink, they create Portland’s largest bar made entirely of ice. Yep, sounds about right.
· Portland Cocktail Week [Official site]