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Readers Pick PDX's 12 Best Warm-Weather Cocktails

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Holy crap everybody it is warm and sunny and beautiful outside right now, and perhaps most crucially, that fact is not going to change as the weekend arrives. In last week's Friday Open Thread, we asked readers to name-drop their favorite warm-weather cocktails, and a few trends emerged: margaritas, gingery drinks, and spots with sunny patios emerged as favorites.

In celebration of the sunshine, here now are 12 of Portland's Best Warm-Weather Cocktails, as deemed tops by readers. If your favorite still isn't included, do give it a shout in the comments — but seriously, shouldn't you be outside drinking right now?


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Swift Lounge

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1932 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 288-3333
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Summertime drinking is apparently synonymous with big-ass jugs of drank, because several nominations came in for the 32-ounce mason jars at Swift Lounge. Votes came in for the habenero-infused "Bitchy Parrot" and the cucumber vodka "Stoned Finch," which also features elderflower syrup. Says a reader of the latter, "they do a great job infusing their liquors and this one is so fresh and summery."

2. Gold Dust Meridian

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3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 239-1143
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Multiple comments came in for Gold Dust Meridian's "Strawberry Blade," featuring a simple and summer combination of vodka, strawberry nectar, and lemon. [Photo]

3. Teardrop Lounge

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1015 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 445-8109
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Teardrop Lounge received a few votes for different cocktails on its sprawling list. In addition to nods for its uber-popular pina colada (which doesn't appear to be on the seasonal menu yet), one commenter praises Teardrop's take on the "Kentucky Buck," featuring whiskey, ginger syrup, lemon, and strawberry puree. [Photo]

4. Mi Mero Mole

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5026 SE Division
Portland, OR 97206

What Portland restaurant/bar makes the best margaritas? The debate begins now: Several readers recommend the plantain margarita at Mi Mero Mole, which contains a spiced plantain syrup.

5. ¿Por qué no?

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4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 954-3138
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Others vote for the classic margaritas at Por Que No, poured in a large pint glass. [Photo]

6. The Bye and Bye

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1011 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 281-0537
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Another nod to a big-ass drink, this time at the Bye & Bye. One reader votes for its "eponymous cocktail: cranberry juice and peach-infused bourbon and vodka served in a huge Mason jar." [Photo]

7. Lucky Strike Chinese Restaurant

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3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 206-8292
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With a menu full of spicy options, it's no surprise that many of Lucky Strike's cocktails are on the "refreshing" end, and one reader advocates for its "Busta Lime," which combines bourbon with lime, mint, and housemade ginger syrup.

8. Andina

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1314 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209
(503) 228-9535
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The cocktail menu at Peruvian spot Andina is full of weather-appropriate margaritas, piscos, and tiki-ish rum cocktails, but it's its Acaipirinha — featuring a "splash" of acai berry — that has the biggest fans. Writes one commenter, it's "sooo good on a hot day."

9. Lardo East

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1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 234-7786
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One reader recommends sitting on the large outdoor patio at Lardo's east side location with one of its grapefruit margaritas in hand. "Lardo East makes a tall, strong, super-tasty margarita with mezcal and grapefruit."

10. Little Bird Bistro

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219 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 688-5952
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Drinking at Little Bird doesn't necessarily evoke images of sun-dappled patios, but one reader recommends the spot's take on a summer drink: The "Le Pinata" features tequila, Sauternes, pineapple, and lemon, served on the rocks.

11. Sunshine Tavern

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3111 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 688-1750
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For a frozen take on the margarita, the slushy machine at Sunshine Tavern churns out a simple frozen concoction of tequila, simple syrup, and lime.

12. Yakuza

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5411 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 450-0893
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This NE izakaya's back patio is a prime drinking spot when the sun's out, and one reader prefers his Vitamin D with Yakuza's "Whiskey #2," featuring bourbon, muddled ginger, and Cock & Bull ginger beer. [Photo]

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1. Swift Lounge

1932 NE Broadway St, Portland, OR 97232

Summertime drinking is apparently synonymous with big-ass jugs of drank, because several nominations came in for the 32-ounce mason jars at Swift Lounge. Votes came in for the habenero-infused "Bitchy Parrot" and the cucumber vodka "Stoned Finch," which also features elderflower syrup. Says a reader of the latter, "they do a great job infusing their liquors and this one is so fresh and summery."

1932 NE Broadway St
Portland, OR 97232

2. Gold Dust Meridian

3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

Multiple comments came in for Gold Dust Meridian's "Strawberry Blade," featuring a simple and summer combination of vodka, strawberry nectar, and lemon. [Photo]

3267 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

3. Teardrop Lounge

1015 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209

Teardrop Lounge received a few votes for different cocktails on its sprawling list. In addition to nods for its uber-popular pina colada (which doesn't appear to be on the seasonal menu yet), one commenter praises Teardrop's take on the "Kentucky Buck," featuring whiskey, ginger syrup, lemon, and strawberry puree. [Photo]

1015 NW Everett St
Portland, OR 97209

4. Mi Mero Mole

5026 SE Division, Portland, OR 97206

What Portland restaurant/bar makes the best margaritas? The debate begins now: Several readers recommend the plantain margarita at Mi Mero Mole, which contains a spiced plantain syrup.

5026 SE Division
Portland, OR 97206

5. ¿Por qué no?

4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Others vote for the classic margaritas at Por Que No, poured in a large pint glass. [Photo]

4635 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97215

6. The Bye and Bye

1011 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211

Another nod to a big-ass drink, this time at the Bye & Bye. One reader votes for its "eponymous cocktail: cranberry juice and peach-infused bourbon and vodka served in a huge Mason jar." [Photo]

1011 NE Alberta St
Portland, OR 97211

7. Lucky Strike Chinese Restaurant

3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

With a menu full of spicy options, it's no surprise that many of Lucky Strike's cocktails are on the "refreshing" end, and one reader advocates for its "Busta Lime," which combines bourbon with lime, mint, and housemade ginger syrup.

3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

8. Andina

1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209

The cocktail menu at Peruvian spot Andina is full of weather-appropriate margaritas, piscos, and tiki-ish rum cocktails, but it's its Acaipirinha — featuring a "splash" of acai berry — that has the biggest fans. Writes one commenter, it's "sooo good on a hot day."

1314 NW Glisan St
Portland, OR 97209

9. Lardo East

1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214

One reader recommends sitting on the large outdoor patio at Lardo's east side location with one of its grapefruit margaritas in hand. "Lardo East makes a tall, strong, super-tasty margarita with mezcal and grapefruit."

1212 SE Hawthorne Blvd
Portland, OR 97214

10. Little Bird Bistro

219 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204

Drinking at Little Bird doesn't necessarily evoke images of sun-dappled patios, but one reader recommends the spot's take on a summer drink: The "Le Pinata" features tequila, Sauternes, pineapple, and lemon, served on the rocks.

219 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

11. Sunshine Tavern

3111 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

For a frozen take on the margarita, the slushy machine at Sunshine Tavern churns out a simple frozen concoction of tequila, simple syrup, and lime.

3111 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

12. Yakuza

5411 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

This NE izakaya's back patio is a prime drinking spot when the sun's out, and one reader prefers his Vitamin D with Yakuza's "Whiskey #2," featuring bourbon, muddled ginger, and Cock & Bull ginger beer. [Photo]

5411 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

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