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Negroni at City Bridge & Tunnel.
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The Cocktail Heatmap: Where to Drink Right Now in Portland

The most exciting new bars in Portland, April 2022

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Negroni at City Bridge & Tunnel.
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Even during the pandemic, Portland continues to open new, exciting places to find cocktails. Like its culinary scene, Portland’s bar world continues to evolve and grow, with new concepts and creations arriving all the time. While the essential bar map rounds up the best, longstanding watering holes, and the heatmap rounds up the best new restaurants and food carts, this map directs drinkers to the hottest or newest cocktail bars that are worth the hype. Bars on the map have been open less than a year to qualify.

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.

1. Takibi

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2275 NW Flanders St
Portland, OR 97210
(971) 888-5713
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Legendary bartender and founder of New York’s Please Don’t Tell, Jim Meehan took some time to start up a bar after moving to Portland, but finally found a place with the high-end Japanese outdoor retailer Snow Peak. Takibi serves as the store’s cocktail bar and restaurant, with wood-fired Japanese snacks and a compelling cocktail program run by the accomplished Lydia McLuen. The menu can be intimidating: drinks are pricey, generally closer to $20 than $10, and tend to feature a lot of ingredients. But they’re nuanced, complex, and wholly original. The Warbler — fresh and juicy take on a Jungle Bird with gin replacing some of the rum and cherry blossoms and rhubarb standing in for pineapple — is a good place to start, as is the bright and refreshing Shiso Famous, with tequila, Aperol, lime, and shiso.

2. City Bridge & Tunnel

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1200 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 894-8791
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Moving into the space vacated by Shift Drinks would be a challenge for any bar: making its sparse, industrial space cozy could be tricky, and the bar would have to live up to the beloved industry spot’s reputation. But City Bridge & Tunnel is making admirable strides to do so. The spacious dining room now features comfortable tufted green couches and chairs, stylish marble tables, live plants, and a massive art piece of roses along one wall. The drinks are accessible and familiar — all classics at the moment, but made with a steady and confident hand. Daiquiri lovers will be more than satisfied with the bright, funky blend of rums in the house daiquiri, and those looking for something a little more booze forward will find it in the crisp and clear Vesper. Negronis on-tap means the drink is well balanced and quickly delivered. The bar is still evolving, and will soon see additions like DJs and private dining rooms, though owner Brandon Glasser promises it won’t ever become a nightclub — just a solid, late-night spot for a cocktail, glass of wine, and some food.

3. Raven's Manor

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235 SW 1st Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(971) 319-6182
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Raven’s Manor finally answered the longstanding question of “When is Portland getting a spooky, haunted manor-themed cocktail bar?” It’s Halloween year-round at the Manor, and even the drinks get into the spirit with blue gin cocktails, flaming drinks, and cocktails served in beakers and flasks. Of course, all of that fanfare doesn’t mean much if the drinks don’t taste good, but luckily quality ingredients are still the focus, like a warming Old Fashioned with flamed orange liqueur or a margarita or daiquiri spiked with pineapple.

4. Jackie's

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930 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

“A bar with sports” is the way Jackie’s owners describe it. This sprawling, multi-chambered bar bustles with activity most nights, as diners watch games out on patios and in dining rooms while downing margaritas, Champagne, and local beers. The drinks here hold to the tried-and-true formula of “classics with a twist,” and it works thanks to the experience of its bartenders. Chai-spiced Old Fashioneds, Moscow Mules touched with halva, ube and coconut daiquiris, and yuzu lemon drops are a few examples. The bar offers seating indoors and out.

5. Suckerpunch

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1030 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 208-4022
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Can it still be considered a cocktail bar with no alcohol on the menu whatsoever? Suckerpunch’s temporary pop-up answers that question with a resounding “Yes.” Here, bartenders mix thrilling concoctions using potable vinegars, kombucha, teas, and other flavorful, alcohol-free ingredients. The corn tea and smoked maple syrup Straight From the Fire is a particular standout, thanks to the inclusion of grape must. Noticeably, the cocktails at Suckerpunch aren’t meant to replicate well-known boozy drinks like gin and tonics; the focus is on crafting original, captivating libations free from alcohol. Suckerpunch is open by reservation only with proof of vaccination.

6. The Sports Bra

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2512 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 327-8401
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Portland’s first ever all-women’s sports bar has been attracting massive crowds into its cozy, pub-like space since it opened. The sports aspect of the bar is present without being intrusive: A few flat screens air all manner of women’s sports, and Thorns and other female teams’ jerseys line the walls. Its drink program is likewise women-driven, with one section devoted entirely to Freeland Spirits cocktails, Portland’s own women-owned distillery. Most drinks are variations on classics made with local spirits, like the Pickle Ball, a dirty martini with Freeland gin. However the Goat is a good place to start, a bright and balanced cocktail which gets a nutty richness from genever and the bittersweet touch of Aperol. They can be enjoyed with a number of gluten-free sandwich and burger options, as well as ribs, wings, nachos, fries, and other pub staples.

7. Holy Ghost

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4101 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

The newest addition to the whiskey-heavy bar group that includes Paydirt and Old Gold might be its most fun. The insides are wholly unrecognizable from when it was home to the Bar at the End of the Universe, now with stunning blue tile work, sapphire paintings, and tufted leather bar stools on gorgeous hardwood flooring. The drinks focus less on whiskey than its sibling bars do, instead celebrating agave spirits — fans of dark, lush drinks can find tequila and mezcal Old Fashioneds, while those who enjoy the lighter libations can select from a list of highballs made with the same. However, newcomers should start with the ephemerally fluffy gin fizzes, shaken for five minutes by Japanese bubble tea shakers. Holy Ghost offers seating indoors and on a shared patio.

8. The Midnight PDX

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3341 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

Dark, stylish, and a little heavy metal, Estanislado Orona’s Midnight strolled confidently into the Portland cocktail scene despite opening mid-pandemic with little outside seating. Around its horseshoe bar decked out in vampiric fashion, visitors down creative cocktails like the Panzer Cocoa — a bold and chocolatey whiskey sherry drink with black tea — or the Sea of Sin, a bracing and vivid take on a martini with a tequila rinse. Those who prefer the classics will find them as well, including a solid margarita and rum Old Fashioned. Drinks can also be enjoyed downstairs at the new music venue, the Six (since six is “below” midnight on a clock, get it?).

9. Bellwether Bar

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6031 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 432-8121
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Bellwether fits well in the old Victorian house perched on the side of Mt. Tabor. Its spacious wooden dining room and extensive back patio make an elegant setting for the stunning cocktails coming out of the bar. Bellwether’s drinks tend towards bright and strong, with an emphasis on agave spirits and rums, with plenty of citrus. Those looking for a light and spritzy highball can find those, too. Some cool and funky natural wines along with local beers round out the drink menu, while a limited but satisfying food menu leans towards pub classics with a few outliers, like a vegan chickpea curry.

1. Takibi

2275 NW Flanders St, Portland, OR 97210

Legendary bartender and founder of New York’s Please Don’t Tell, Jim Meehan took some time to start up a bar after moving to Portland, but finally found a place with the high-end Japanese outdoor retailer Snow Peak. Takibi serves as the store’s cocktail bar and restaurant, with wood-fired Japanese snacks and a compelling cocktail program run by the accomplished Lydia McLuen. The menu can be intimidating: drinks are pricey, generally closer to $20 than $10, and tend to feature a lot of ingredients. But they’re nuanced, complex, and wholly original. The Warbler — fresh and juicy take on a Jungle Bird with gin replacing some of the rum and cherry blossoms and rhubarb standing in for pineapple — is a good place to start, as is the bright and refreshing Shiso Famous, with tequila, Aperol, lime, and shiso.

2275 NW Flanders St
Portland, OR 97210

2. City Bridge & Tunnel

1200 SW Morrison St, Portland, OR 97205

Moving into the space vacated by Shift Drinks would be a challenge for any bar: making its sparse, industrial space cozy could be tricky, and the bar would have to live up to the beloved industry spot’s reputation. But City Bridge & Tunnel is making admirable strides to do so. The spacious dining room now features comfortable tufted green couches and chairs, stylish marble tables, live plants, and a massive art piece of roses along one wall. The drinks are accessible and familiar — all classics at the moment, but made with a steady and confident hand. Daiquiri lovers will be more than satisfied with the bright, funky blend of rums in the house daiquiri, and those looking for something a little more booze forward will find it in the crisp and clear Vesper. Negronis on-tap means the drink is well balanced and quickly delivered. The bar is still evolving, and will soon see additions like DJs and private dining rooms, though owner Brandon Glasser promises it won’t ever become a nightclub — just a solid, late-night spot for a cocktail, glass of wine, and some food.

1200 SW Morrison St
Portland, OR 97205

3. Raven's Manor

235 SW 1st Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Raven’s Manor finally answered the longstanding question of “When is Portland getting a spooky, haunted manor-themed cocktail bar?” It’s Halloween year-round at the Manor, and even the drinks get into the spirit with blue gin cocktails, flaming drinks, and cocktails served in beakers and flasks. Of course, all of that fanfare doesn’t mean much if the drinks don’t taste good, but luckily quality ingredients are still the focus, like a warming Old Fashioned with flamed orange liqueur or a margarita or daiquiri spiked with pineapple.

235 SW 1st Ave
Portland, OR 97204

4. Jackie's

930 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

“A bar with sports” is the way Jackie’s owners describe it. This sprawling, multi-chambered bar bustles with activity most nights, as diners watch games out on patios and in dining rooms while downing margaritas, Champagne, and local beers. The drinks here hold to the tried-and-true formula of “classics with a twist,” and it works thanks to the experience of its bartenders. Chai-spiced Old Fashioneds, Moscow Mules touched with halva, ube and coconut daiquiris, and yuzu lemon drops are a few examples. The bar offers seating indoors and out.

930 SE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

5. Suckerpunch

1030 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

Can it still be considered a cocktail bar with no alcohol on the menu whatsoever? Suckerpunch’s temporary pop-up answers that question with a resounding “Yes.” Here, bartenders mix thrilling concoctions using potable vinegars, kombucha, teas, and other flavorful, alcohol-free ingredients. The corn tea and smoked maple syrup Straight From the Fire is a particular standout, thanks to the inclusion of grape must. Noticeably, the cocktails at Suckerpunch aren’t meant to replicate well-known boozy drinks like gin and tonics; the focus is on crafting original, captivating libations free from alcohol. Suckerpunch is open by reservation only with proof of vaccination.

1030 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

6. The Sports Bra

2512 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232

Portland’s first ever all-women’s sports bar has been attracting massive crowds into its cozy, pub-like space since it opened. The sports aspect of the bar is present without being intrusive: A few flat screens air all manner of women’s sports, and Thorns and other female teams’ jerseys line the walls. Its drink program is likewise women-driven, with one section devoted entirely to Freeland Spirits cocktails, Portland’s own women-owned distillery. Most drinks are variations on classics made with local spirits, like the Pickle Ball, a dirty martini with Freeland gin. However the Goat is a good place to start, a bright and balanced cocktail which gets a nutty richness from genever and the bittersweet touch of Aperol. They can be enjoyed with a number of gluten-free sandwich and burger options, as well as ribs, wings, nachos, fries, and other pub staples.

2512 NE Broadway
Portland, OR 97232

7. Holy Ghost

4101 SE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97202

The newest addition to the whiskey-heavy bar group that includes Paydirt and Old Gold might be its most fun. The insides are wholly unrecognizable from when it was home to the Bar at the End of the Universe, now with stunning blue tile work, sapphire paintings, and tufted leather bar stools on gorgeous hardwood flooring. The drinks focus less on whiskey than its sibling bars do, instead celebrating agave spirits — fans of dark, lush drinks can find tequila and mezcal Old Fashioneds, while those who enjoy the lighter libations can select from a list of highballs made with the same. However, newcomers should start with the ephemerally fluffy gin fizzes, shaken for five minutes by Japanese bubble tea shakers. Holy Ghost offers seating indoors and on a shared patio.

4101 SE 28th Ave
Portland, OR 97202

8. The Midnight PDX

3341 SE Belmont St, Portland, OR 97214

Dark, stylish, and a little heavy metal, Estanislado Orona’s Midnight strolled confidently into the Portland cocktail scene despite opening mid-pandemic with little outside seating. Around its horseshoe bar decked out in vampiric fashion, visitors down creative cocktails like the Panzer Cocoa — a bold and chocolatey whiskey sherry drink with black tea — or the Sea of Sin, a bracing and vivid take on a martini with a tequila rinse. Those who prefer the classics will find them as well, including a solid margarita and rum Old Fashioned. Drinks can also be enjoyed downstairs at the new music venue, the Six (since six is “below” midnight on a clock, get it?).

3341 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

9. Bellwether Bar

6031 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215

Bellwether fits well in the old Victorian house perched on the side of Mt. Tabor. Its spacious wooden dining room and extensive back patio make an elegant setting for the stunning cocktails coming out of the bar. Bellwether’s drinks tend towards bright and strong, with an emphasis on agave spirits and rums, with plenty of citrus. Those looking for a light and spritzy highball can find those, too. Some cool and funky natural wines along with local beers round out the drink menu, while a limited but satisfying food menu leans towards pub classics with a few outliers, like a vegan chickpea curry.

6031 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97215

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