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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.

1. The Fixin' To

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8218 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 477-4995
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A Southern inspired “honky tonk” in St John’s, The Fixin’ To has some of the best beer and shot combos in Portland, for as little as $5 for a shot of Old Crow bourbon and a tall boy of Hamm’s. There’s also a nice comfort food menu, including a Frito Pie for $6.50.

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2. Kenton Club

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2025 N Kilpatrick St
Portland, OR 97217
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.

3. The Florida Room

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435 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 287-5658
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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.

4. Swift Lounge

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1932 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 288-3333
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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.

5. Paymaster

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1020 NW 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 943-2780
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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.

6. Kelly's Olympian

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426 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97204
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.

7. The High Dive

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1406 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 384-2285
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The High Dive is a great neighborhood hang any day, but the best time to go is on Taco Tuesday, when it offers $1 tacos and surprisingly strong $5 margaritas. If hard-shell tacos aren’t your thing, you’re always welcome to bring in food from the excellent Cartopia food cart pod just next door.

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8. The Nest

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2715 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
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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9. Landmark Saloon

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4847 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 894-8132
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There aren’t many country bars in Portland, but Landmark Saloon is one. A friendly staff serves affordable drinks, usually to the sounds of whatever local folk or country band is playing live. Food carts serve hungry customers on the back patio, and if it’s nice out, you can play cornhole.

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10. Gladstone Street Pub

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3737 SE Gladstone St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 775-3502
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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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11. Kay's Bar & Grill

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6809 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202
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.

12. The Ship Tavern

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7827 SW 35th Ave
Portland, OR 97219
(503) 244-7345
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A Chicago-style dive bar in Multnomah Village, The Ship serves up sub sandwiches and Chicago style dogs, as well as well-drinks and beers for below-market prices. The tap list is a fun mix of the craft beers you’d find elsewhere in the city, as well as a fair amount of domestic lagers. There’s also pool and TVs for game nights.

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13. Mad Hanna's

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6129 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 288-2944
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.

14. Shift Drinks

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1200 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 922-3933
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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?

15. Lay Low

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6015 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
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.

1. The Fixin' To

8218 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203
A Southern inspired “honky tonk” in St John’s, The Fixin’ To has some of the best beer and shot combos in Portland, for as little as $5 for a shot of Old Crow bourbon and a tall boy of Hamm’s. There’s also a nice comfort food menu, including a Frito Pie for $6.50.

[Photo: Facebook/Fixin To]

8218 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203

2. Kenton Club

2025 N Kilpatrick St, Portland, OR 97217
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.
2025 N Kilpatrick St
Portland, OR 97217

3. The Florida Room

435 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
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.
435 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217

4. Swift Lounge

1932 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232
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.
1932 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232

5. Paymaster

1020 NW 17th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
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.
1020 NW 17th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

6. Kelly's Olympian

426 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97204
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.
426 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97204

7. The High Dive

1406 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
The High Dive is a great neighborhood hang any day, but the best time to go is on Taco Tuesday, when it offers $1 tacos and surprisingly strong $5 margaritas. If hard-shell tacos aren’t your thing, you’re always welcome to bring in food from the excellent Cartopia food cart pod just next door.

[Photo: Facebook/High Dive]

1406 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

8. The Nest

2715 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214
The Nest Alex Frane
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.
2715 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Landmark Saloon

4847 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97206
There aren’t many country bars in Portland, but Landmark Saloon is one. A friendly staff serves affordable drinks, usually to the sounds of whatever local folk or country band is playing live. Food carts serve hungry customers on the back patio, and if it’s nice out, you can play cornhole.

[Photo: Yelp]

4847 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97206

10. Gladstone Street Pub

3737 SE Gladstone St, Portland, OR 97202
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.
3737 SE Gladstone St
Portland, OR 97202

11. Kay's Bar & Grill

6809 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
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.
6809 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202

12. The Ship Tavern

7827 SW 35th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
A Chicago-style dive bar in Multnomah Village, The Ship serves up sub sandwiches and Chicago style dogs, as well as well-drinks and beers for below-market prices. The tap list is a fun mix of the craft beers you’d find elsewhere in the city, as well as a fair amount of domestic lagers. There’s also pool and TVs for game nights.

[Photo: Yelp]

7827 SW 35th Ave
Portland, OR 97219

13. Mad Hanna's

6129 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97213
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.
6129 NE Fremont St
Portland, OR 97213

14. Shift Drinks

1200 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205
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?
1200 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97205

15. Lay Low

6015 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
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.
6015 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

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