And now, a look inside the hybrid bottleshop/market/sit-down bar Oso Market, which debuted last month in a former office space on SE Grand Avenue. The project, by former House Spirits distiller Colin Howard and wife Holly Johnson, embraces Portland's recent boom of culinary mixed-used spaces (see: P's and Q's Market, Old Salt Marketplace, Cyril's Wine Bar). Oso combines the shelves and cheese case of a specialty market and the wine and beer selection of a bottleshop with a wine-focused bar offering 20 options by the glass, five dessert wines and sherries, and another four beers/ciders on tap.
To pair with the lineup of biodynamic and sustainable wines, Oso offers a menu of eight small plates (sardines with mustard; montiditos with cheese on Little T bread), salads, and sandwiches like a fried-egg-and-kale with parmesan, garlic aioli, and red pepper; and a bratwurst with sauerkraut on a Fressen pretzel bun. Happy hour features $2 off glass pours and 10 percent off bottles; plans are the launch brunch in the near future.
Oso is open now. Hours of operation: 11a.m. to 10p.m., Tuesday through Thursday; 11a.m. to midnight, Friday and Saturday; 11a.m. to 7p.m., Sunday.
· Oso Market + Bar [Official site]