Craft cocktails and chef-driven bar menus are great and all, but sometimes love cries out for a simpler poison: stiff pours, Rainier tall boys, and greasy piles of crispy-fried potatoes in a variety of shapes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, our sordid little town practically runs on the back of its neighborhood dives — the beloved spots with stained carpets, blacked out windows, and iconic outdoor signage which acts like a beacon for those looking for a low-key (and maybe a little sketchy) bar experience.
Here are the 15 most essential dive bars in Portland. As usual, this map is organized geographically; we would never try to rank dives. Have a favorite dive not on the list? Rep it in the comments. Also welcome in the comments: Dive Bar Storytime.Read More