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The Eater PDX Cocktail Map: Where to Drink Now

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Because Portland is a city of ever-evolving booze, we offer the Cocktail Heatmap. Updated periodically, it spotlights the hottest new cocktails in the city and the very bars where Portland's best drinkers are perfecting their art right now.

Though Portland has numerous knockout urban wineries and breweries, this map focuses on mixed drinks from places that have opened in the past year, or have launched an exciting revamp. This time around, we're adding four new hotspots to the list. In addition to the last update's Donnie Vegas, Hamlet, Pream, Produce Row, and Smokehouse Tavern, we've added Bit House Saloon, Shift Drinks, Renata, and Victoria Bar.

Here's what's hot and new to help you start planning your next night out. (The points on this map guide are not ranked but organized geographically).

All photos are by Dina Avila unless otherwise noted.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Barlow

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737 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205

The sister bar to Downtown's Picnic House, Barlow is a modern throwback, steeped in old Hollywood glamour and offering small-plates and cocktails reminiscent of '50s-era fine dining classics, but with a fresh reboot. The Gibson is made with Boodles gin and clarified red onion, and served with a plate of cheese and crackers. The Waldorf salad gets updated with pickled apples.

2. Bit House Saloon

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727 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214

It's the place for rare spirits. Opened in July, it delivers exclusive spirits from reputed distillers through its single-barrel program, and it also hired Cana's Feast Winery to make its house wines. Find boozy slushies, pops, and mezcal boilermakers in a sprawling den with outdoor patio. Food ranges from rabbit hand pie and Rocky Mountain oysters to a reputed burger.

3. Donnie Vegas

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1203 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

Opening in March, Donnie Vegas cares too much about quality to be called a dive bar, but prices are dive-tastic and it has a similar neighborhood-y, take-it-or-leave-it kind of vibe. Ned Ludd veterans chef Benjamin Artaiz and bartender Jeremy Wilson have created the industry hangout they've always wanted, with a lineup of creative $4 hot dogs and four cocktails on tap. The Moscow Mule anchors the list, made with local Volstead Vodka and Rachel's Ginger Beer from Seattle, with other options ranging from a refreshing wine spritzer called the Flanders Punch, and a caffeinated riff on the White Russian called The Dude, made with Stumptown cold brew, blackstrap rum, allspice dram, and condensed milk. They're all on tap and served in pint glasses for about $7 to $8 each.

4. Hamlet Cocktail Bar

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232 NW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

At chef Cathy Whims and bartender Ryan Magarian's new little jewelbox of a bar, pork takes center stage in the form of ham boards and sandwiches, with cocktails created to match. Several of Magarian's drinks are built on the many styles of sherry, perhaps the world's most ham-friendly beverage and one that's seen a recent resurgence in popularity. The Kojo combines oloroso sherry with gin and falernum. The Daydream is made with Manzanilla sherry, silver tequila, Maraschino liquer and Combier Rose. And the Melon vs Meat mixes cantaloupe juice with tequila, chili liqueur, sherry and lime with a prosciutto garnish.

5. Imperial

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410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 228-7222
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Although no one was happy to see bartender extraordinaire Brandon Wise leave his post at Imperial last fall, he couldn't have found a better replacement in Tony Gurdian. Imperial's new lead bartender has picked up the torch and run with it, putting his insanely creative stamp all over the menu. He makes his own switchel, an old Colonial-era drink, using ginger, vinegar, and black-strap molasses. Then he uses this concoction to build his Haymaker’s Revival, with bonded applejack, SNAP liqueur, pear eau de vie, lemon and brown sugar.

6. PREAM

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2133 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

Chef Nicholas Ford and bartender Brandon Gomez, the duo behind last year's popular P.R.E.A.M. pizza popups, opened their permanent home in April, and the new space is giving them plenty of room to stretch their wings. Ford's inventive menu is matched by Gomez's creative, boozy take on soda fountain drinks, which he serves in vintage soda bottles. The Root Beer Flip features bourbon, egg, and cream, while the bourbon-spiked cola is built with a housemade brew. The bottled trend continues with house-carbonated drinks like the Pink Flamingo, made with gin, Campari, St. Germaine, and Maraschino liqueur.

7. Produce Row

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204 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR

Produce Row has been rescued from purgatory, thanks to veteran restaurateurs Josh Johnston and James Hall, who want nothing more than to preserve the Portland institution. Although we could go on and on about the 24 taps of super-special, hard-to-find craft beers, the cocktails are no slouch either. This team knows a thing or two about bars, with Circa 33, The Station, North 45 and Paddy's among its portfolio. At ProRow, this translates to 10 highly quaffable drinks (all around $8) that make expert use of infusions and shrubs, including the Produce Row Ginger, made with ginger puree, ginger beer and bourbon, and the Young American, made with vodka, cranberry shrub, lime and bubbles.

8. Renata

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626 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 954-2708
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Having worked at French Laundry, husband and wife team Sandra and Nick Arnerich brought intricately prepared Italian cuisine and a new menu of cocktails by Daniel Shoemaker and Sean Hoard of the Commissary to Portland this summer. With names like Venus in Furs, Trevi Fountain, and Nights in Cabiria, the seasonal cocktails clearly expect to get noticed, and the fine spirits and ingredients like citrus oils, strawberry ratafia, and hazelnut orgeat have raised the bar in a city of high bars.

9. Shift Drinks

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1200 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 922-3933
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Opened in May, Shift Drinks might as well be the sister restaurant to Multnomah Whiskey Lounge, the two bars keep in such close contact. Owners Alise Moffatt and Anthony Garcia bring cocktail precision and geekery to new and delicious heights in the West End. Exotic bitters and concoctions that only make sense in Portland (Besos for Pesos combines mulled wine and Mexican Coke) combine with a booze-up-front attitude. The Greenseer, for example, mixes whiskey with whisky (note spellings), as well as Fernet Vallet. Bruschetta and other small plates for absorbing spirits are served, too.

10. Smokehouse Tavern

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1401 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 279-4850
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At B.J. Smith's new Smokehouse Tavern, barbecue comes with a chef-y spin, and cocktails come courtesy of the experts at Rum Club, who created the list. In addition to classics like the Hemingway Daiquiri, Vieux Carre, and a riff on the Moscow Mule built with housemade ginger beer, there are five don't-miss signature drinks. The Smokehouse Old Fashioned combines bourbon with maple syrup and housemade BBQ bitters. Love is the Drug takes a walk on the light side, with Amontillado sherry, pineapple, celery bitters, cayenne, and prosecco.

11. The Fireside

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801 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 477-9505
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It's been open since March 2013, but shakeups at the bar put this cozy neighborhood spot back on the map. Chauncey Roach, the mastermind behind Ración's inventive drinks, joins bar manager Sue Erickson behind the stick, taking on the role of lead bartender. His stamp on the menu can be seen in creative sips like the Glue Factory, a DIY take on the Mint Julep, and his White Russian, built with housemade pecan milk and pecan-infused Bourbon.

12. Victoria Bar

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4835 N Albina Ave
Portland, OR 97217

Victoria Bar's movie-themed cocktails are the latest addition to the Lightning Bar Collective, the group also behind Bye & Bye, Dig A Pony, Jackknife, and Sweet Hereafter. Partner and bartender Lisa Victoria Hare, previously of Kask and Jackknife, leads the 200-seat bar and New Orleans-style kitchen. Hare toys with the Moscow Mule to produce the Miracle Max (Bacardi, jalapeno, fresh lime, and ginger beer), and Murder By Pirates puts Bank Note Scotch and Laphroaig in the caribbean, with Bacardi Black and falernum.

1. Barlow

737 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205

The sister bar to Downtown's Picnic House, Barlow is a modern throwback, steeped in old Hollywood glamour and offering small-plates and cocktails reminiscent of '50s-era fine dining classics, but with a fresh reboot. The Gibson is made with Boodles gin and clarified red onion, and served with a plate of cheese and crackers. The Waldorf salad gets updated with pickled apples.

737 SW Salmon St
Portland, OR 97205

2. Bit House Saloon

727 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214

It's the place for rare spirits. Opened in July, it delivers exclusive spirits from reputed distillers through its single-barrel program, and it also hired Cana's Feast Winery to make its house wines. Find boozy slushies, pops, and mezcal boilermakers in a sprawling den with outdoor patio. Food ranges from rabbit hand pie and Rocky Mountain oysters to a reputed burger.

727 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214

3. Donnie Vegas

1203 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Opening in March, Donnie Vegas cares too much about quality to be called a dive bar, but prices are dive-tastic and it has a similar neighborhood-y, take-it-or-leave-it kind of vibe. Ned Ludd veterans chef Benjamin Artaiz and bartender Jeremy Wilson have created the industry hangout they've always wanted, with a lineup of creative $4 hot dogs and four cocktails on tap. The Moscow Mule anchors the list, made with local Volstead Vodka and Rachel's Ginger Beer from Seattle, with other options ranging from a refreshing wine spritzer called the Flanders Punch, and a caffeinated riff on the White Russian called The Dude, made with Stumptown cold brew, blackstrap rum, allspice dram, and condensed milk. They're all on tap and served in pint glasses for about $7 to $8 each.

1203 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

4. Hamlet Cocktail Bar

232 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

At chef Cathy Whims and bartender Ryan Magarian's new little jewelbox of a bar, pork takes center stage in the form of ham boards and sandwiches, with cocktails created to match. Several of Magarian's drinks are built on the many styles of sherry, perhaps the world's most ham-friendly beverage and one that's seen a recent resurgence in popularity. The Kojo combines oloroso sherry with gin and falernum. The Daydream is made with Manzanilla sherry, silver tequila, Maraschino liquer and Combier Rose. And the Melon vs Meat mixes cantaloupe juice with tequila, chili liqueur, sherry and lime with a prosciutto garnish.

232 NW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

5. Imperial

410 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

Although no one was happy to see bartender extraordinaire Brandon Wise leave his post at Imperial last fall, he couldn't have found a better replacement in Tony Gurdian. Imperial's new lead bartender has picked up the torch and run with it, putting his insanely creative stamp all over the menu. He makes his own switchel, an old Colonial-era drink, using ginger, vinegar, and black-strap molasses. Then he uses this concoction to build his Haymaker’s Revival, with bonded applejack, SNAP liqueur, pear eau de vie, lemon and brown sugar.

410 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205

6. PREAM

2133 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Chef Nicholas Ford and bartender Brandon Gomez, the duo behind last year's popular P.R.E.A.M. pizza popups, opened their permanent home in April, and the new space is giving them plenty of room to stretch their wings. Ford's inventive menu is matched by Gomez's creative, boozy take on soda fountain drinks, which he serves in vintage soda bottles. The Root Beer Flip features bourbon, egg, and cream, while the bourbon-spiked cola is built with a housemade brew. The bottled trend continues with house-carbonated drinks like the Pink Flamingo, made with gin, Campari, St. Germaine, and Maraschino liqueur.

2133 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

7. Produce Row

204 SE Oak Street, Portland, OR

Produce Row has been rescued from purgatory, thanks to veteran restaurateurs Josh Johnston and James Hall, who want nothing more than to preserve the Portland institution. Although we could go on and on about the 24 taps of super-special, hard-to-find craft beers, the cocktails are no slouch either. This team knows a thing or two about bars, with Circa 33, The Station, North 45 and Paddy's among its portfolio. At ProRow, this translates to 10 highly quaffable drinks (all around $8) that make expert use of infusions and shrubs, including the Produce Row Ginger, made with ginger puree, ginger beer and bourbon, and the Young American, made with vodka, cranberry shrub, lime and bubbles.

204 SE Oak Street
Portland, OR

8. Renata

626 SE Main St, Portland, OR 97214

Having worked at French Laundry, husband and wife team Sandra and Nick Arnerich brought intricately prepared Italian cuisine and a new menu of cocktails by Daniel Shoemaker and Sean Hoard of the Commissary to Portland this summer. With names like Venus in Furs, Trevi Fountain, and Nights in Cabiria, the seasonal cocktails clearly expect to get noticed, and the fine spirits and ingredients like citrus oils, strawberry ratafia, and hazelnut orgeat have raised the bar in a city of high bars.

626 SE Main St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Shift Drinks

1200 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205

Opened in May, Shift Drinks might as well be the sister restaurant to Multnomah Whiskey Lounge, the two bars keep in such close contact. Owners Alise Moffatt and Anthony Garcia bring cocktail precision and geekery to new and delicious heights in the West End. Exotic bitters and concoctions that only make sense in Portland (Besos for Pesos combines mulled wine and Mexican Coke) combine with a booze-up-front attitude. The Greenseer, for example, mixes whiskey with whisky (note spellings), as well as Fernet Vallet. Bruschetta and other small plates for absorbing spirits are served, too.

1200 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97205

10. Smokehouse Tavern

1401 SE Morrison St, Portland, OR 97214

At B.J. Smith's new Smokehouse Tavern, barbecue comes with a chef-y spin, and cocktails come courtesy of the experts at Rum Club, who created the list. In addition to classics like the Hemingway Daiquiri, Vieux Carre, and a riff on the Moscow Mule built with housemade ginger beer, there are five don't-miss signature drinks. The Smokehouse Old Fashioned combines bourbon with maple syrup and housemade BBQ bitters. Love is the Drug takes a walk on the light side, with Amontillado sherry, pineapple, celery bitters, cayenne, and prosecco.

1401 SE Morrison St
Portland, OR 97214

11. The Fireside

801 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

It's been open since March 2013, but shakeups at the bar put this cozy neighborhood spot back on the map. Chauncey Roach, the mastermind behind Ración's inventive drinks, joins bar manager Sue Erickson behind the stick, taking on the role of lead bartender. His stamp on the menu can be seen in creative sips like the Glue Factory, a DIY take on the Mint Julep, and his White Russian, built with housemade pecan milk and pecan-infused Bourbon.

801 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

12. Victoria Bar

4835 N Albina Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Victoria Bar's movie-themed cocktails are the latest addition to the Lightning Bar Collective, the group also behind Bye & Bye, Dig A Pony, Jackknife, and Sweet Hereafter. Partner and bartender Lisa Victoria Hare, previously of Kask and Jackknife, leads the 200-seat bar and New Orleans-style kitchen. Hare toys with the Moscow Mule to produce the Miracle Max (Bacardi, jalapeno, fresh lime, and ginger beer), and Murder By Pirates puts Bank Note Scotch and Laphroaig in the caribbean, with Bacardi Black and falernum.

4835 N Albina Ave
Portland, OR 97217

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