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Seasonal vegetable pakora at Bhuna.
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20 Jaw-Dropping Happy Hours Spotted Across Portland

Where to find $4 cocktails, $5 crispy lotus fries, and $7 Cubanos

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Seasonal vegetable pakora at Bhuna.
| Katie Acheff / Eater Portland

Even more than brunch, Portland’s truest obsession may be happy hour. In the Great Before, it was practically a requirement in this town that a bar provide discount cocktails and food every day, and many restaurants had joined in as well. Even during the pandemic, while business has dropped precipitously and establishments close left and right, a number of bars and restaurants continue to provide discounted afternoon menus with drink specials and food to be enjoyed in cozy dining rooms and on expanded outdoor patios.

While happy hours are a great way to find some food and drinks at cheaper prices, that doesn’t mean the workers — who are literally risking their lives to be there — aren’t doing any less work than at normal hours. Being respectful, following safety guidelines, and tipping well are crucial. For more low-cost dining, check out our affordable dining map.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Bhuna, the blue-tinged, window-lined Kashmiri restaurant from chef Deepak Kaul, serves happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. with an assortment of knockout snacks, $8 Old Fashioneds made with masala-spiced demerara, and glasses of Oregon wine in the single digit prices. It is extremely hard to go wrong with $5 crispy lotus root fries or $7 skewers of the restaurant’s intricately spiced Chettinad chicken, but the happy-hour-exclusive, $6 sliders, pav buns layered with raita and fillings like paneer or chicken, is the must-order.

Pope House Bourbon Lounge

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Pope House is back with its truly exceptional whiskey-centric happy hour; nature is healing. This converted Victorian — with its rustic indoor, patio, and garden seating — is a mainstay for bourbon fans, but its happy hour is an absolute steal: For $5, customers can choose from a selection of whiskies (Henry McKenna, Evan Williams, etc.), which they can drink in a sour, neat, on the rocks, or with soda. The rest of the menu is similarly budget-friendly, with cocktails, deviled eggs, and pork sliders all clocking in at $6. It runs from 4 to 7 p.m. daily.

Lil Shalom

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The tiny downtown restaurant from the Sesame Collective restaurant group serves a happy hour ideal for late lunchers: From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., diners can visit for $8 boats of falafel and zhug, $5 hawaij-tossed fries with tahina, and $4 mugs of draft beer. For a full-on meal deal, a hawajj fried chicken pita sandwich and a beer clocks in at $15; this combo is also available with falafel pitas.

Bullard Tavern

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The ritzy dining room of Bullard Tavern gets delightfully low-brow during happy hour, with Jim-Beam-and-Bud boilermakers for $5, $3 Rainier, and a knockout $8 smash burger. For those looking to feel ritzy, Bullard also shucks $2.50 oysters during happy hour, best enjoyed alongside $9 icy chilled martinis. The most expensive item on the menu — smoked-then-grilled honey habanero chicken wings — are worth the $12. Happy hour runs Wednesdays through Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m., as well as Mondays and Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.

The Rambler

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A rustic and friendly neighborhood bar, the Rambler offers well-crafted cocktails, beer, wine, and classic bar food with a Southern touch. From 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and all day Monday, beer and wine is $1 off, as are cocktails and well spirits. Food options for happy hour include $7 smoked brisket chili, $8 spicy fried chicken strips, and the excellently crispy tornado potato fries: $5 for a plate or $8 as a beefy bacon poutine. The Rambler already had a large backyard patio, and added even more seating around the bungalow home where the bar is housed; the bar is also seating customers indoors.

Victoria Bar

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The expansive patio and elegant cocktail bar at this vaguely Princess Bride-themed watering hole offers happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, complete with $9 palomas and Moscow mules; those uninterested in the aforementioned drinks can opt for $1 off beers, well drinks, and glasses of wine. When it comes to food, the menu includes $4 pickled deviled eggs, $5 cornbread with agave chile butter, and $7 Parmesan herb fries.

Life of Pie Pizza

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With two locations — an old school space on North Williams and a more modern, open restaurant on NW 23rd — Life of Pie is a consummate early afternoon date spot for its famed $7 margherita pizzas. With glasses of wine or beer for $6, it’s a simple, uncomplicated bang-for-your buck special, available basically all day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those who don’t feel comfortable sticking around for dine-in service can get it for takeout, as well. 

Kachka’s happy hour is a fun departure from its traditionally Slavic menu, with dishes like $7 pizza roll vareniki, a $9 mini cheese ball with shredded horseradish, and a $10 Kievan take on pigs in a blanket. When it comes to drinks, it’s all about the $7 Moscow mule, as well as the bar’s house-infused vodkas. Plus, with Kachka’s new pay structure, tip is included. Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.

This colorful Hawthorne Cuban restaurant goes all-out for happy hour, with $6 daiquiris and mojitos, $4 pints of beer, and Cubanos with plantains for just $7; those Cubanos arrive with slow-roasted pork shoulder and house-made mojo, complemented by a few caramelized onions. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Aalto Lounge

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No happy hour roundup is complete without Aalto Lounge’s, which is likely one of the city’s best when it comes to price point. From 5 to 7 p.m. daily, grilled cheese sandwiches, oven-baked pretzels with cheese, and citrusy cocktails all clock in at $4, excluding the $3 Jell-O shots. Those supplying a crowd with drinks can get buckets of beer for $15 max, or a bottle of wine for $12. Aalto is open for both indoor and outdoor happy-hour-ing.

Space Room Lounge

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Space Room — an iconic Hawthorne bar complete with a sprawling patio and arcade — runs its happy hour from its 10 or 11 a.m. opening to 5 p.m. The menu includes a significant number of $6 snacks, including mac and cheese, nachos, mini corn dogs, and fried zucchini, as well as $1 off draft beer and well drinks.

Clyde's Prime Rib Restaurant and Bar

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For a mid-century happy hour experience, it’s hard to beat the old-school lounge at Clyde’s Prime Rib. From 3 to 6 p.m., visitors snack on $9 prime rib French dips and $7 Louisiana-style hot wings alongside Old Fashioneds and Manhattans with prices in the single digits. The full cocktail menu is $2 off during happy hour, including drinks like strawberry lemon drops and cold brew martinis.

Vintage Cocktail Lounge

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This little section of Montavilla is well-primed for a happy hour crawl, with noteworthy menus at bars like the Observatory and Montavilla Station. Each day from 4 to 6 p.m., Vintage Cocktail Lounge serves a wide array of elegant cocktails for a borderline criminal discount: $6 Hemingway daiquiris and French 75s, as well as a Kentucky mule variant with peach bitters and Thai chile tincture. All beer and wine is $5 during happy hour, as well.

Lazy Susan

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This cozy-but-stylish restaurant in Montavilla is known for its charcoal-grilled meats and its unforgettable peanut butter pie, but Lazy Susan’s happy hour is another draw. Visitors start with $6 slushies and $4 IPAs, moving on to $11 whitefish spread with fried saltines and oysters on the half-shell. For the full experience, opt for the $10 burger and beer deal, which comes with one of the restaurant’s backyard-barbecue-style burgers. It runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

East Glisan Pizza Lounge

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One of the first spots in Portland to serve Detroit-style pizzas, East Glisan Pizza Lounge has brought back its late-night happy hour menu, which includes $7 glasses of wine, $3 slices of New-York-style cheese pizza, and $8 lasagna pinwheels. The happy hour runs from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

The Observatory

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A warm and inviting restaurant in Montavilla with a newly expanded front patio, the Observatory runs happy hour runs from 3 to 5 p.m. daily. The menu includes pulled pork or blackened fish tacos for $6, prosciutto-wrapped chicken pâté for $5, $3 salads and soup, and a heaping pile of garlic Parmesan fries for $4. Drink specials are straightforward, with $2 to $3 canned beers, $5 well drinks, and $6 wine pours and daily cocktail specials. Happy hour is only available for onsite dining.

Carina Lounge

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This Northwest Portland Italian restaurant calls its happy hour a “social hour,” but the principle is the same: From 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, small plates are $3 off, which means dishes like oven-roasted piri piri prawns, sauteed mussels with tomato and thyme, and pork tenderloin with a veal reduction are just $8. For something even cheaper, roasted Brussels sprouts in a balsamic and shallot reduction are just $6.

Pink Rabbit

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This trendy Pearl District bar is often buzzing during happy hour, where visitors drink strawberry gimlets while snacking on furikake Chex mix. Here, $11 wonton nachos arrive smothered in pork curry and cheddar chili, while a $12 plate of fried chicken comes with kimchi ranch. The bar’s happy hour cocktails include banana daiquiris and palomas, all for $11.

Radio Room

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From 3 to 6 p.m., Alberta natives sit on this popular bar’s relaxed rooftop patio to drink $7 glasses of white wine and $8 raspberry lemonades spiked with vodka. Food hews toward American standards, including $9 burgers, $6 grilled cheese, and $4 fries and aioli. Vegans and gluten-free diners will find plenty of options here, including $6 chickpea fritters and Brussels sprouts.

Campana

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When seeking a full-on happy hour dinner, the bar at Woodlawn Italian restaurant Campana is the obvious choice: Pasta dishes, which usually clock in around $25, are a whopping $10 less on the happy hour menu — a hearty bowl of penne alla vodka comes in at $15, as well as the briny puttanesca with anchovies and capers. When it comes to accompaniments, cannolis and garlic bread are $5, while boozier options like Aperol spritzes and Negronis are $10. The happy hour runs all night at the bar, or from 5 to 6 p.m. in the main dining room.

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Bhuna

Bhuna, the blue-tinged, window-lined Kashmiri restaurant from chef Deepak Kaul, serves happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. with an assortment of knockout snacks, $8 Old Fashioneds made with masala-spiced demerara, and glasses of Oregon wine in the single digit prices. It is extremely hard to go wrong with $5 crispy lotus root fries or $7 skewers of the restaurant’s intricately spiced Chettinad chicken, but the happy-hour-exclusive, $6 sliders, pav buns layered with raita and fillings like paneer or chicken, is the must-order.

Pope House Bourbon Lounge

Pope House is back with its truly exceptional whiskey-centric happy hour; nature is healing. This converted Victorian — with its rustic indoor, patio, and garden seating — is a mainstay for bourbon fans, but its happy hour is an absolute steal: For $5, customers can choose from a selection of whiskies (Henry McKenna, Evan Williams, etc.), which they can drink in a sour, neat, on the rocks, or with soda. The rest of the menu is similarly budget-friendly, with cocktails, deviled eggs, and pork sliders all clocking in at $6. It runs from 4 to 7 p.m. daily.

Lil Shalom

The tiny downtown restaurant from the Sesame Collective restaurant group serves a happy hour ideal for late lunchers: From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., diners can visit for $8 boats of falafel and zhug, $5 hawaij-tossed fries with tahina, and $4 mugs of draft beer. For a full-on meal deal, a hawajj fried chicken pita sandwich and a beer clocks in at $15; this combo is also available with falafel pitas.

Bullard Tavern

The ritzy dining room of Bullard Tavern gets delightfully low-brow during happy hour, with Jim-Beam-and-Bud boilermakers for $5, $3 Rainier, and a knockout $8 smash burger. For those looking to feel ritzy, Bullard also shucks $2.50 oysters during happy hour, best enjoyed alongside $9 icy chilled martinis. The most expensive item on the menu — smoked-then-grilled honey habanero chicken wings — are worth the $12. Happy hour runs Wednesdays through Sundays from 3 to 6 p.m., as well as Mondays and Tuesdays from 5 to 6 p.m.

The Rambler

A rustic and friendly neighborhood bar, the Rambler offers well-crafted cocktails, beer, wine, and classic bar food with a Southern touch. From 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and all day Monday, beer and wine is $1 off, as are cocktails and well spirits. Food options for happy hour include $7 smoked brisket chili, $8 spicy fried chicken strips, and the excellently crispy tornado potato fries: $5 for a plate or $8 as a beefy bacon poutine. The Rambler already had a large backyard patio, and added even more seating around the bungalow home where the bar is housed; the bar is also seating customers indoors.

Victoria Bar

The expansive patio and elegant cocktail bar at this vaguely Princess Bride-themed watering hole offers happy hour from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, complete with $9 palomas and Moscow mules; those uninterested in the aforementioned drinks can opt for $1 off beers, well drinks, and glasses of wine. When it comes to food, the menu includes $4 pickled deviled eggs, $5 cornbread with agave chile butter, and $7 Parmesan herb fries.

Life of Pie Pizza

With two locations — an old school space on North Williams and a more modern, open restaurant on NW 23rd — Life of Pie is a consummate early afternoon date spot for its famed $7 margherita pizzas. With glasses of wine or beer for $6, it’s a simple, uncomplicated bang-for-your buck special, available basically all day, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those who don’t feel comfortable sticking around for dine-in service can get it for takeout, as well. 

Kachka

Kachka’s happy hour is a fun departure from its traditionally Slavic menu, with dishes like $7 pizza roll vareniki, a $9 mini cheese ball with shredded horseradish, and a $10 Kievan take on pigs in a blanket. When it comes to drinks, it’s all about the $7 Moscow mule, as well as the bar’s house-infused vodkas. Plus, with Kachka’s new pay structure, tip is included. Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m. daily.

Cubo

This colorful Hawthorne Cuban restaurant goes all-out for happy hour, with $6 daiquiris and mojitos, $4 pints of beer, and Cubanos with plantains for just $7; those Cubanos arrive with slow-roasted pork shoulder and house-made mojo, complemented by a few caramelized onions. Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays.

Aalto Lounge

No happy hour roundup is complete without Aalto Lounge’s, which is likely one of the city’s best when it comes to price point. From 5 to 7 p.m. daily, grilled cheese sandwiches, oven-baked pretzels with cheese, and citrusy cocktails all clock in at $4, excluding the $3 Jell-O shots. Those supplying a crowd with drinks can get buckets of beer for $15 max, or a bottle of wine for $12. Aalto is open for both indoor and outdoor happy-hour-ing.

Space Room Lounge

Space Room — an iconic Hawthorne bar complete with a sprawling patio and arcade — runs its happy hour from its 10 or 11 a.m. opening to 5 p.m. The menu includes a significant number of $6 snacks, including mac and cheese, nachos, mini corn dogs, and fried zucchini, as well as $1 off draft beer and well drinks.

Clyde's Prime Rib Restaurant and Bar

For a mid-century happy hour experience, it’s hard to beat the old-school lounge at Clyde’s Prime Rib. From 3 to 6 p.m., visitors snack on $9 prime rib French dips and $7 Louisiana-style hot wings alongside Old Fashioneds and Manhattans with prices in the single digits. The full cocktail menu is $2 off during happy hour, including drinks like strawberry lemon drops and cold brew martinis.

Vintage Cocktail Lounge

This little section of Montavilla is well-primed for a happy hour crawl, with noteworthy menus at bars like the Observatory and Montavilla Station. Each day from 4 to 6 p.m., Vintage Cocktail Lounge serves a wide array of elegant cocktails for a borderline criminal discount: $6 Hemingway daiquiris and French 75s, as well as a Kentucky mule variant with peach bitters and Thai chile tincture. All beer and wine is $5 during happy hour, as well.

Lazy Susan

This cozy-but-stylish restaurant in Montavilla is known for its charcoal-grilled meats and its unforgettable peanut butter pie, but Lazy Susan’s happy hour is another draw. Visitors start with $6 slushies and $4 IPAs, moving on to $11 whitefish spread with fried saltines and oysters on the half-shell. For the full experience, opt for the $10 burger and beer deal, which comes with one of the restaurant’s backyard-barbecue-style burgers. It runs from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

East Glisan Pizza Lounge

One of the first spots in Portland to serve Detroit-style pizzas, East Glisan Pizza Lounge has brought back its late-night happy hour menu, which includes $7 glasses of wine, $3 slices of New-York-style cheese pizza, and $8 lasagna pinwheels. The happy hour runs from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

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The Observatory

A warm and inviting restaurant in Montavilla with a newly expanded front patio, the Observatory runs happy hour runs from 3 to 5 p.m. daily. The menu includes pulled pork or blackened fish tacos for $6, prosciutto-wrapped chicken pâté for $5, $3 salads and soup, and a heaping pile of garlic Parmesan fries for $4. Drink specials are straightforward, with $2 to $3 canned beers, $5 well drinks, and $6 wine pours and daily cocktail specials. Happy hour is only available for onsite dining.

Carina Lounge

This Northwest Portland Italian restaurant calls its happy hour a “social hour,” but the principle is the same: From 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, small plates are $3 off, which means dishes like oven-roasted piri piri prawns, sauteed mussels with tomato and thyme, and pork tenderloin with a veal reduction are just $8. For something even cheaper, roasted Brussels sprouts in a balsamic and shallot reduction are just $6.

Pink Rabbit

This trendy Pearl District bar is often buzzing during happy hour, where visitors drink strawberry gimlets while snacking on furikake Chex mix. Here, $11 wonton nachos arrive smothered in pork curry and cheddar chili, while a $12 plate of fried chicken comes with kimchi ranch. The bar’s happy hour cocktails include banana daiquiris and palomas, all for $11.

Radio Room

From 3 to 6 p.m., Alberta natives sit on this popular bar’s relaxed rooftop patio to drink $7 glasses of white wine and $8 raspberry lemonades spiked with vodka. Food hews toward American standards, including $9 burgers, $6 grilled cheese, and $4 fries and aioli. Vegans and gluten-free diners will find plenty of options here, including $6 chickpea fritters and Brussels sprouts.

Campana

When seeking a full-on happy hour dinner, the bar at Woodlawn Italian restaurant Campana is the obvious choice: Pasta dishes, which usually clock in around $25, are a whopping $10 less on the happy hour menu — a hearty bowl of penne alla vodka comes in at $15, as well as the briny puttanesca with anchovies and capers. When it comes to accompaniments, cannolis and garlic bread are $5, while boozier options like Aperol spritzes and Negronis are $10. The happy hour runs all night at the bar, or from 5 to 6 p.m. in the main dining room.

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