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Last Friday, Eater asked readers to 'fess up and reveal the bars and restaurants where they secretly get shitfaced before lunch. As per usual, the tipline and comments invited their fair share of responses, highlighting watering holes that provide a wide range of remedies: boozy breakfasts for folks fresh off all-night shifts, cheap pints for career drunks, or what one commenter eloquently described as simply a "place to go after your walk of shame to get a whiskey and beer."

Here now, presented in random order and in handy map form, are 12 Places to Get Drunk Before Noon. Is your favorite spot still missing? Let's talk it out over a PBR in the comments.


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1. Joe's Cellar

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1332 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 223-2851
Both current and old-school drinkers enthusiastically recommend this NW dive for early-morning drinking: Breakfast can be served to you in the bar, and there's even a happy hour ($1 off drinks) from 7-10a.m. Says one reader of the lingering Joe's effect: "Many years ago, my favorite 8a.m. drinking spots were Joe's Cellar [and the neighboring Gypsy]. But I can't remember for sure."

2. Radio Room

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1101 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 287-2346
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Daily breakfast starts at 9a.m. at the Radio Room, opening up its full bar (and $2.50 Miller drafts) to morning drinkers. Says on commenter: "Occasionally, during the weekday, I am at Radio Room on NE Alberta drinking orange juice mimosas at $7 for a pint... I go for a workout at the gym down the street and then reward myself with mimosas."

3. Marathon Taverna

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1735 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 224-1341
The Marathon invited several Eater readers to get exclamatory: "Everybody knows the best place to drink before noon is the Marathona Tavern on Burnside!" And here's why: The spot opens at 7a.m., serving up ridiculously cheap beers and an infamous "$2 Deuces" breakfast special. If you can manage to pass up a cheap egg breakfast, another reader argues "their gyro is unbeatable."

4. Barista

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1725 NE Alberta
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 208-2568
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Want to pair a beer with your morning espresso? One reader recommends the NE Alberta outpost of Barista, which features taps manned by owner Billy Wilson, who's apparently as big a beer geek as he is coffee nerd. Says the commenter, the spot features "well curated couple of taps, cheesy pretzels from Nuvrei, and one of the best espressos in town." (Note: only the Alberta location of Barista features booze.)

5. Wilf's Restaurant

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800 NW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 223-0070
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Airports and train stations are usually accommodating to all-hours drinkers, and Wilf's Restaurant — inside Union Station — just makes the cut, opening at 11:30a.m. But according to one frequent traveler, "I'm at Wilfs at the train station 2-3 days a week... and I gotta say they make a mean Bloody Mary! And I think it helps me being there right at opening because the bartender is always a lot more generous with my pour."

6. The Waypost

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3120 N Williams Street
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 367-3182
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N. Williams's hybrid "coffeehouse and tavern" the Waypost opens for breakfast at 10a.m., and one commenter recommends their "$3 mimosas [available] all the time (grapefruit or orange)." Bonus points for the friendly neighborhood vibe and an outdoor patio for morning patio drinking.

7. Huber's Cafe

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411 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 228-5686
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Perhaps unsurprisingly, the iconic home of the flaming Spanish coffee is a popular spot for early drinking, though before-nooners are cutting it close — the cafe actually opens at 11:30a.m.

8. Limelight

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6708 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 235-5797
This neighborhood spot opens up for breakfast at 11a.m. weekdays (9a.m. weekends) and caters to drinkers mostly looking for a little hair of the dog. One commenter writes that along with Joe's Cellar, the Limelight has "the best drinks and breakfast."

9. My Father's Place

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523 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 235-5494
Says one reader of the best morning drinking experience, "The darker the better. The more old people, the better." Thus, according to sai reader, My Father's Place is a must-visit stop for early boozing. The dive bar/greasy spoon opens at 6a.m. for early breakfast crowds looking to wash down eggs with a stiff pour.

10. Mock Crest Tavern

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3435 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 283-5014
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This 66-year-old N. Lombard spot opens for breakfast at 9a.m., meaning the daily beer-and-shot-of-the-day pairing can be had alongside breakfast scrambles and French toast. Says one reader, the spot "is a great place to drink during the day. A true neighborhood bar with friendly staff and tasty menu."

11. Swift Lounge

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1932 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 288-3333
It's an a.m. drinking experience only available on weekends, but the Swift Lounge's "Hungover Brunch" — starting at 9a.m. on Saturday and Sunday — can be paired with 32-ounce mason jars of boozy concoctions. (Also available for over-the-top morning drinking: "Mimosa Buckets" featuring a bottle of Champagne, juice, and optional Pop Rocks.)

12. Beulahland

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116 NE 28th St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 235-2794
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This 28th Avenue stalwart opens for breakfast at 9a.m. daily, meaning its house-vodka infusions and $2.50 PBRs can be had well before noon.

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1. Joe's Cellar

1332 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Both current and old-school drinkers enthusiastically recommend this NW dive for early-morning drinking: Breakfast can be served to you in the bar, and there's even a happy hour ($1 off drinks) from 7-10a.m. Says one reader of the lingering Joe's effect: "Many years ago, my favorite 8a.m. drinking spots were Joe's Cellar [and the neighboring Gypsy]. But I can't remember for sure."
1332 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

2. Radio Room

1101 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Daily breakfast starts at 9a.m. at the Radio Room, opening up its full bar (and $2.50 Miller drafts) to morning drinkers. Says on commenter: "Occasionally, during the weekday, I am at Radio Room on NE Alberta drinking orange juice mimosas at $7 for a pint... I go for a workout at the gym down the street and then reward myself with mimosas."
1101 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

3. Marathon Taverna

1735 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97209
The Marathon invited several Eater readers to get exclamatory: "Everybody knows the best place to drink before noon is the Marathona Tavern on Burnside!" And here's why: The spot opens at 7a.m., serving up ridiculously cheap beers and an infamous "$2 Deuces" breakfast special. If you can manage to pass up a cheap egg breakfast, another reader argues "their gyro is unbeatable."
1735 W Burnside St
Portland, OR 97209

4. Barista

1725 NE Alberta, Portland, OR 97211
Want to pair a beer with your morning espresso? One reader recommends the NE Alberta outpost of Barista, which features taps manned by owner Billy Wilson, who's apparently as big a beer geek as he is coffee nerd. Says the commenter, the spot features "well curated couple of taps, cheesy pretzels from Nuvrei, and one of the best espressos in town." (Note: only the Alberta location of Barista features booze.)
1725 NE Alberta
Portland, OR 97211

5. Wilf's Restaurant

800 NW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Airports and train stations are usually accommodating to all-hours drinkers, and Wilf's Restaurant — inside Union Station — just makes the cut, opening at 11:30a.m. But according to one frequent traveler, "I'm at Wilfs at the train station 2-3 days a week... and I gotta say they make a mean Bloody Mary! And I think it helps me being there right at opening because the bartender is always a lot more generous with my pour."
800 NW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

6. The Waypost

3120 N Williams Street, Portland, OR 97227
N. Williams's hybrid "coffeehouse and tavern" the Waypost opens for breakfast at 10a.m., and one commenter recommends their "$3 mimosas [available] all the time (grapefruit or orange)." Bonus points for the friendly neighborhood vibe and an outdoor patio for morning patio drinking.
3120 N Williams Street
Portland, OR 97227

7. Huber's Cafe

411 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the iconic home of the flaming Spanish coffee is a popular spot for early drinking, though before-nooners are cutting it close — the cafe actually opens at 11:30a.m.
411 SW 3rd Ave
Portland, OR 97204

8. Limelight

6708 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
This neighborhood spot opens up for breakfast at 11a.m. weekdays (9a.m. weekends) and caters to drinkers mostly looking for a little hair of the dog. One commenter writes that along with Joe's Cellar, the Limelight has "the best drinks and breakfast."
6708 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202

9. My Father's Place

523 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Says one reader of the best morning drinking experience, "The darker the better. The more old people, the better." Thus, according to sai reader, My Father's Place is a must-visit stop for early boozing. The dive bar/greasy spoon opens at 6a.m. for early breakfast crowds looking to wash down eggs with a stiff pour.
523 SE Grand Ave
Portland, OR 97214

10. Mock Crest Tavern

3435 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97217
This 66-year-old N. Lombard spot opens for breakfast at 9a.m., meaning the daily beer-and-shot-of-the-day pairing can be had alongside breakfast scrambles and French toast. Says one reader, the spot "is a great place to drink during the day. A true neighborhood bar with friendly staff and tasty menu."
3435 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97217

11. Swift Lounge

1932 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
It's an a.m. drinking experience only available on weekends, but the Swift Lounge's "Hungover Brunch" — starting at 9a.m. on Saturday and Sunday — can be paired with 32-ounce mason jars of boozy concoctions. (Also available for over-the-top morning drinking: "Mimosa Buckets" featuring a bottle of Champagne, juice, and optional Pop Rocks.)
1932 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232

12. Beulahland

116 NE 28th St, Portland, OR 97232
This 28th Avenue stalwart opens for breakfast at 9a.m. daily, meaning its house-vodka infusions and $2.50 PBRs can be had well before noon.
116 NE 28th St
Portland, OR 97232

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