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Seasonal vegetable pakora at Bhuna
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The Happy Hours That Can Still Be Found in Portland

Despite a pandemic ravaging the hospitality industry, these bars and restaurants are still offering discounts and specials at certain hours

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Seasonal vegetable pakora at Bhuna
| Katie Acheff / EPDX

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 have 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 out on their expanded 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. Wearing masks, following safety guidelines, and treating servers like actual human beings is the barest minimum one can do, as is tipping at least 20 percent.

A number of Portland restaurants have resumed dine-in service. The level of service offered is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Oregon Health Authority’s COVID update page. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

As usual, this map is organized geographically, not ranked.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Bhuna

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704 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 865-2176
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Bhuna, the blue-tinged, window-lined Kashmiri restaurant from chef Deepak Kaul, serves happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays with an assortment of knockout snacks, $7 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 $7 crispy seasonal vegetable pakoras or skewers of the restaurant’s intricately spiced Chettinad chicken, but the $8 chickpea-battered calamari, with tender curls of squid and a herb-heavy chutney, is the must-order. Bhuna is open for happy-hour for onsite dining only, with seats indoors and outdoors; the restaurant’s main menu is open for takeout and delivery.

2. Pope House Bourbon Lounge

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2075 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 222-1056
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The cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom, and 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, from $6 toddies to $5 deviled eggs. It runs from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, and all day on Mondays.

3. Casa Maya

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8233 N Denver Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(971) 279-2965
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A casual and friendly taqueria and bar in Kenton, Casa Maya was one of the few places to open during the deeply troubled summer of 2020. The taqueria serves a happy menu Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m. and weekends 2 to 6 p.m. The menu includes discounted food like nachos, tamales, and enchiladas, and tacos, as well as drinks, including beer, select wine, well drinks, and margaritas. The menu’s prices are currently getting an update, but much of the menu will still stay under $10. Casa Maya is open for indoor and outdoor dining for happy hour, as well as takeout for the main menu.

4. Everybody Eats

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138 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 318-1619
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This brand-new Pearl District restaurant has started serving a happy hour menu complete with gargantuan salmon burgers, Philly cheese fries with sauteed onions and peppers, and a brined-then-fried chicken sandwich. This menu is only available during happy hour, which runs 5 to 7 p.m. daily, and generally cuts the restaurant’s usual menu prices in half. That menu is available for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout.

5. The Rambler

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4205 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 459-4049
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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, draught beer and wine is $1 off, as are cocktails. Food options for happy hour include brisket chili, fried Brussels sprouts, a hummus plate, and chicken strips for $7 each, while the excellently crispy tornado fries are $4 for a plate or $7 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.

6. Buranko Cafe & Bar

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108 SW Pine St
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 241-2691
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This downtown Portland restaurant, with its bowls of Hawaiian pork shoulder and kimchi fried rice, runs a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. most days it’s open, and Sunday all day. The cafe takes $1 off beer, wine, and well drinks, and $2 off house cocktails, with food options like cheesy crab wontons for $4. But the must-order is the $7 ahi tuna laab, tuna tossed in sesame, gluten-free soy sauce, shallots, mint, and a lime vinaigrette. The cafe is open for indoor dining, with takeout and delivery as well.

7. Life of Pie Pizza

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3632 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 820-0083
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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 $5, 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. 

8. Pix-O-Matic

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2225 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 271-7166
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An unconventional happy hour, the dual vending machines outside of Pix Patisserie are 20-percent off between midnight and 4 a.m., making it easily the latest happy hour in town. There aren’t any alcoholic drinks in the the vending machines, but visitors can find macarons, tinned seafood, desserts, chocolates, and all manner of items from sparklers to toilet paper to fresh eggs. There’s also a photo booth.

9. Nightingale

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18-20 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232
(971) 254-9017
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Though it’s sort of an open secret, this new contemporary Mexican restaurant recently started serving happy hour from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Many menu items, designed by chef and co-owner Luna Contreras, are reduced by a buck or two, with a slate of cocktails from co-owner Chris Mateja. The menu includes things like leek-and-potato-filled flautas for $12, $6 duck carnitas tacos, $5 beers, and $9 specialty cocktails. The restaurant currently offers outdoor seating.

10. The Observatory

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8115 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 445-6284
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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, chicken pâté for $5, $3 salads, $2 cups of soup, and a heaping pile of garlic parmesan fries for $4. Drink specials are straightforward, with canned beers $2 to $3, $4 well drinks, and $5 wine pours and daily cocktail specials. Happy hour is only available for onsite dining.

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1. Bhuna

704 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Bhuna, the blue-tinged, window-lined Kashmiri restaurant from chef Deepak Kaul, serves happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays with an assortment of knockout snacks, $7 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 $7 crispy seasonal vegetable pakoras or skewers of the restaurant’s intricately spiced Chettinad chicken, but the $8 chickpea-battered calamari, with tender curls of squid and a herb-heavy chutney, is the must-order. Bhuna is open for happy-hour for onsite dining only, with seats indoors and outdoors; the restaurant’s main menu is open for takeout and delivery.

704 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

2. Pope House Bourbon Lounge

2075 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

The cherry blossoms are beginning to bloom, and 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, from $6 toddies to $5 deviled eggs. It runs from 4 to 7 p.m. daily, and all day on Mondays.

2075 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209

3. Casa Maya

8233 N Denver Ave, Portland, OR 97217

A casual and friendly taqueria and bar in Kenton, Casa Maya was one of the few places to open during the deeply troubled summer of 2020. The taqueria serves a happy menu Monday through Friday 3 to 6 p.m. and weekends 2 to 6 p.m. The menu includes discounted food like nachos, tamales, and enchiladas, and tacos, as well as drinks, including beer, select wine, well drinks, and margaritas. The menu’s prices are currently getting an update, but much of the menu will still stay under $10. Casa Maya is open for indoor and outdoor dining for happy hour, as well as takeout for the main menu.

8233 N Denver Ave
Portland, OR 97217

4. Everybody Eats

138 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

This brand-new Pearl District restaurant has started serving a happy hour menu complete with gargantuan salmon burgers, Philly cheese fries with sauteed onions and peppers, and a brined-then-fried chicken sandwich. This menu is only available during happy hour, which runs 5 to 7 p.m. daily, and generally cuts the restaurant’s usual menu prices in half. That menu is available for indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout.

138 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

5. The Rambler

4205 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97217

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, draught beer and wine is $1 off, as are cocktails. Food options for happy hour include brisket chili, fried Brussels sprouts, a hummus plate, and chicken strips for $7 each, while the excellently crispy tornado fries are $4 for a plate or $7 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.

4205 N Mississippi Ave
Portland, OR 97217

6. Buranko Cafe & Bar

108 SW Pine St, Portland, OR 97204

This downtown Portland restaurant, with its bowls of Hawaiian pork shoulder and kimchi fried rice, runs a happy hour from 3 to 7 p.m. most days it’s open, and Sunday all day. The cafe takes $1 off beer, wine, and well drinks, and $2 off house cocktails, with food options like cheesy crab wontons for $4. But the must-order is the $7 ahi tuna laab, tuna tossed in sesame, gluten-free soy sauce, shallots, mint, and a lime vinaigrette. The cafe is open for indoor dining, with takeout and delivery as well.

108 SW Pine St
Portland, OR 97204

7. Life of Pie Pizza

3632 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227

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 $5, 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. 

3632 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

8. Pix-O-Matic

2225 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214

An unconventional happy hour, the dual vending machines outside of Pix Patisserie are 20-percent off between midnight and 4 a.m., making it easily the latest happy hour in town. There aren’t any alcoholic drinks in the the vending machines, but visitors can find macarons, tinned seafood, desserts, chocolates, and all manner of items from sparklers to toilet paper to fresh eggs. There’s also a photo booth.

2225 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Nightingale

18-20 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232

Though it’s sort of an open secret, this new contemporary Mexican restaurant recently started serving happy hour from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Many menu items, designed by chef and co-owner Luna Contreras, are reduced by a buck or two, with a slate of cocktails from co-owner Chris Mateja. The menu includes things like leek-and-potato-filled flautas for $12, $6 duck carnitas tacos, $5 beers, and $9 specialty cocktails. The restaurant currently offers outdoor seating.

18-20 NE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97232

10. The Observatory

8115 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

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, chicken pâté for $5, $3 salads, $2 cups of soup, and a heaping pile of garlic parmesan fries for $4. Drink specials are straightforward, with canned beers $2 to $3, $4 well drinks, and $5 wine pours and daily cocktail specials. Happy hour is only available for onsite dining.

8115 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

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