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Portland's Cheap Bars: Where to Drink Up

Looking for inexpensive drinks? Here are 15 options

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While Portland is filled with amazing cocktail bars and high-end taphouses, those sort of places can get expensive. Sometimes you're just looking for a quiet — or rowdy — night out on a budget, with a shot and a beer or a well-liquor margarita. This map is dedicated to the best, cheapest locations in the city, while offering recommendations across Portland's many neighborhoods.

This list only includes bars, not restaurants, and while many of the spots featured have fantastic happy hours, all of them are affordable whenever you visit. That way, in the morning, you will only regret your headache — not your empty wallet. (Note: The points on this map guide are not ranked; rather, they're organized geographically.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Fixin' To

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Kenton Club

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The Kenton Club is an underrated spot in Kenton despite its claim as "World Famous." It's a mid-century-style space with great DJs and dance nights, as well as high quality bar food made from scratch. All of it is at dive bar prices, without it being too dive-y.

The Florida Room

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It may sound like a tiki bar, but it’s not; instead of mai tais, you’ll find an entire menu of bloody marys served all day, priced around $7 on average, as well as cheap-but-good bar food. Meanwhile you can play pinball or pool, and take pictures in the photobooth, so you can be embarrassed the next day.

Mad Hanna's

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A popular neighborhood spot and industry bar, Mad Hanna’s has plenty of cheap drinks, including jello and pudding shots, house infused liquors, and a rainbow of tallboy flavors. Plus, there’s pool, ping-pong, board games, arcade games, and even horseshoes outside when the weather is nice. Pay it forward by buying a friend a drink (or some food) and putting it up on a chalkboard for when they next come in.

Swift Lounge

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It might be a little hipster for some, but the drinks and food at Swift Lounge easily make up for that. It might not look as affordable on the service, but that $9 drink you bought is actually a 32-ounce mason jar filled with booze. Happy hour means $3 kimchi and brown rice; $4 taquitos; $5 for 2 pulled pork sliders; and a lot more. Happy hour runs long, too: from 4 to 8 p.m., from Monday to Saturday.

Paymaster

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Paymaster Lounge is mostly known for its incredible all-seasons patio, which is covered and heated in the winter, and even has a pool table. But it’s also just a great neighborhood bar, with burgers, dogs, sandwiches, and fully decked out spuds. There's also video games, pinball, pool, showings of Blazer games, and a quirky vending machine loaded with odds and ends, including old VHS tapes.

Kelly's Olympian

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A Portland institution, Kelly’s Olympian is an old-school dive bar with traces of a biker bar, including motorcycles hung from the ceiling. Besides being an essential place for a quick shot and a pint, Kelly’s is also a popular music venue, hosting rock, metal, and punk bands regularly.

Shift Drinks

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While Shift Drinks is primarily known for its excellent wine selection and craft cocktails, its happy hour menu, served all day alongside the regular one, qualifies it for the category of “cheap bar”. What else do you call $3 pints of local pale ale, $5 pours of mid-shelf spirits, and an entire food menu under $7?

The Nest

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The Nest is a phoenix of a bar: Having burned down on Alberta in 2012, it returned in 2013, opening up on Belmont into an old Victorian home — an even cooler space than it used to be in. The bar has ping-pong, pool, trivia, board games, a photobooth, a nice patio, cheap drink specials, and four stories.

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The High Dive

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Landmark Saloon

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Lay Low

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Club 21 is gone, but it lives on in spirit at the Lay Low on SE Powell. There you can find the classic “build a burger”, the epitome of the greasy bar burger, as well as cheap drinks all day. Go on a Wednesday for the scotch and water special, which is just $1.75, and try not to think about what kind of scotch can be sold for less than $2 a shot.

Gladstone Street Pub

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A cute and cozy little bar in the Kenilworth neighborhood, the Gladstone Street Pub has a large selection of house infused spirits, like cucumber gin and chai bourbon, all at a reasonable price. On Mondays, stop in for a chance to win at trivia night, hosted and run by one of the bar’s owners.

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Kay's Bar & Grill

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Kay’s is a bit of a secret, mostly frequented by those in the Sellwood and Moreland areas, but it’s a great neighborhood bar. Besides the cheap drinks and good food, it offers a consistently good “craft cocktail” menu, at prices considerably lower than those at a typical cocktail bar.

The Ship Tavern

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The Fixin' To

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Kenton Club

The Kenton Club is an underrated spot in Kenton despite its claim as "World Famous." It's a mid-century-style space with great DJs and dance nights, as well as high quality bar food made from scratch. All of it is at dive bar prices, without it being too dive-y.

The Florida Room

It may sound like a tiki bar, but it’s not; instead of mai tais, you’ll find an entire menu of bloody marys served all day, priced around $7 on average, as well as cheap-but-good bar food. Meanwhile you can play pinball or pool, and take pictures in the photobooth, so you can be embarrassed the next day.

Mad Hanna's

A popular neighborhood spot and industry bar, Mad Hanna’s has plenty of cheap drinks, including jello and pudding shots, house infused liquors, and a rainbow of tallboy flavors. Plus, there’s pool, ping-pong, board games, arcade games, and even horseshoes outside when the weather is nice. Pay it forward by buying a friend a drink (or some food) and putting it up on a chalkboard for when they next come in.

Swift Lounge

It might be a little hipster for some, but the drinks and food at Swift Lounge easily make up for that. It might not look as affordable on the service, but that $9 drink you bought is actually a 32-ounce mason jar filled with booze. Happy hour means $3 kimchi and brown rice; $4 taquitos; $5 for 2 pulled pork sliders; and a lot more. Happy hour runs long, too: from 4 to 8 p.m., from Monday to Saturday.

Paymaster

Paymaster Lounge is mostly known for its incredible all-seasons patio, which is covered and heated in the winter, and even has a pool table. But it’s also just a great neighborhood bar, with burgers, dogs, sandwiches, and fully decked out spuds. There's also video games, pinball, pool, showings of Blazer games, and a quirky vending machine loaded with odds and ends, including old VHS tapes.

Kelly's Olympian

A Portland institution, Kelly’s Olympian is an old-school dive bar with traces of a biker bar, including motorcycles hung from the ceiling. Besides being an essential place for a quick shot and a pint, Kelly’s is also a popular music venue, hosting rock, metal, and punk bands regularly.

Shift Drinks

While Shift Drinks is primarily known for its excellent wine selection and craft cocktails, its happy hour menu, served all day alongside the regular one, qualifies it for the category of “cheap bar”. What else do you call $3 pints of local pale ale, $5 pours of mid-shelf spirits, and an entire food menu under $7?

The Nest

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The Nest is a phoenix of a bar: Having burned down on Alberta in 2012, it returned in 2013, opening up on Belmont into an old Victorian home — an even cooler space than it used to be in. The bar has ping-pong, pool, trivia, board games, a photobooth, a nice patio, cheap drink specials, and four stories.

The Nest Alex Frane

The High Dive

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Landmark Saloon

[Photo: Yelp]

Lay Low

Club 21 is gone, but it lives on in spirit at the Lay Low on SE Powell. There you can find the classic “build a burger”, the epitome of the greasy bar burger, as well as cheap drinks all day. Go on a Wednesday for the scotch and water special, which is just $1.75, and try not to think about what kind of scotch can be sold for less than $2 a shot.

Gladstone Street Pub

Gladstone Street Pub Alex Frane

A cute and cozy little bar in the Kenilworth neighborhood, the Gladstone Street Pub has a large selection of house infused spirits, like cucumber gin and chai bourbon, all at a reasonable price. On Mondays, stop in for a chance to win at trivia night, hosted and run by one of the bar’s owners.

Gladstone Street Pub Alex Frane

Kay's Bar & Grill

Kay’s is a bit of a secret, mostly frequented by those in the Sellwood and Moreland areas, but it’s a great neighborhood bar. Besides the cheap drinks and good food, it offers a consistently good “craft cocktail” menu, at prices considerably lower than those at a typical cocktail bar.

The Ship Tavern

[Photo: Yelp]

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