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A Clyde Common Alum Is Opening a Natural Wine Bar in Northwest Portland

Bar Diane, the neighborhood-friendly bar from Sami Gaston, should open in August

Owners Kevin Gouy and Sami Gaston
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Brooke Jackson-Glidden is the editor of Eater Portland.

The natural wine wave is crashing into Northwest Portland this summer. Bar Diane, a new bright and cheerful neighborhood wine bar, should open in August, with a funky and sustainable wine list, classic cocktails, and picnicky bites like salads and sandwiches.

Sami Gaston, who spent time at both Clyde Common and Pepe Le Moko, has thought about opening a bar in her neighborhood for some time, and found the spot within a new construction on NW Irving. The bar will mainly focus on a large list of natural wines, extending out into the larger umbrella of “sustainable” wines — think: biodynamic and organic. Still, Bar Diane shouldn’t feel like a wine nerd haven exclusively: Gaston, who is opening the bar with civilian and friend Kevin Gouy, wants Bar Diane to serve as a neighborhood bar first. “As friends and neighbors, we wanted somewhere where people would come regularly to hang out,” Gaston says. “We want the emphasis to be on the wines, but there are those days when you just need a martini after work.”

Gaston, also a visual artist, is keeping the space cheery and bright, hoping to pull people in to the courtyard-entrance space off NW 21st. She’s working with the architecture and design firm Harka, who persuaded her to add a few of her custom murals to the space. The bar should open by August, so the bar’s outdoor seating can be used before the major rainy season kicks in. Stay tuned for more food, drink, and wine list details as Bar Diane comes together.

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