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12 Portland Bars and Restaurants Still Offering Cocktails To-Go

Takeout and delivery mixed drinks, from daiquiris to Manhattans

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In the near year-long span from March 2020, restaurant workers spent months and months fighting for the Oregon legislature to temporarily legalize takeout cocktails. While it took the better part of the whole year, bars and restaurants can finally sell mixed drinks to-go, and bartenders across the city have leapt into production bottling, canning, and finding any way to get drinks into the hands of takeout customers. Today, many venues are offering their drinks alongside food for pickup, and a few even work with third-party delivery systems to bring drinks directly to customers’ front doors.

There are a few rules — customers must order one substantial food item per every two drinks, for instance — but nevertheless it’s still a boon to the industry and a major convenience for diners looking for some drinks made by serious bartenders, eager to be back to their craft. Here are 16 hot spots to grab a drink to take home.

Don’t see your favorite spot on here? It’s worth calling them up to find out if they’ve got drinks to go, and then let us know in the comments. As usual, this list is organized geographically, not by ranking.

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1. The Garrison

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8773 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203
(503) 780-6914

For those in the know, the Garrison is one of St. Johns’ hottest spots for craft cocktails. Along with a sizable patio shared with the always excellent Gracie’s Pizza, the Garrison offers an array of drinks made to order and bottled to-go. To start, the bar is only offering its menu of classic drinks for takeout, including an assertive and well-balanced sazerac, but the team is developing a way to serve all of its house cocktails to go as well, most of which are rich, botanical, and spirit-forward. Drink orders can be made at the bar.

2. Tulip Shop Tavern

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825 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 206-8483
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Tulip Shop Tavern opened in 2019 with the express aim of being a friendly, neighborhood bar that happened to make extraordinary cocktails. Even during the pandemic, that approach continues: Each takeout drink is made to order as a double and then canned with a hand-canner. Those sticking to listed drinks have plenty of options — classic cocktails and original creations like the minty, spirit-forward Nashville or the rich and boozy SMFH. Orders can be called in or made in person; as food is a requirement for drinks to go, Tulip also offers a stellar menu of burgers and sandwiches.

Two cans, one labeled SMFH x2 and the other Nashville x2, rest on a counter
Cans of cocktails from Tulip Shop Tavern
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3. Expatriate

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5424 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 867-5309
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Dark, cozy, and intimate, the gilded cocktail lounge Expatriate combines many elements that normally act as a draw but make service during the pandemic nearly impossible. Owners Naomi Pomeroy and Kyle Webster have been vocal this whole year about the crucial need for cocktails to-go, and now Expatriate can do so as well, selling its creative and indulgent drinks along with its playful bar food menu for takeout. While food, like the fried wonton nachos and burger plate, is available for delivery, cocktails are only for takeout. The bar regularly updates its available cocktails on its Instagram page, and direct messages to said account are the best ways to place orders for pickup.

4. Eem - Thai BBQ & Cocktails

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3808 N Williams Ave st 127
Portland, OR 97227
(971) 295-1645
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Eem has been at the forefront of the takeout cocktail game since they were temporarily legalized last year. While many restaurants have started to reopen dining rooms and abandon their takeout cocktail programs, Eem’s is still going strong, with labeled bottles of summery, tropical drinks. The menu switches out often, but there are two standbys that always deliver: The Jesus and Tequila, a mezcal-laden drink brightened with lime froyo, and the sweet and nutty Acid Test, which pairs bourbon and hibiscus with orgeat and hazelnut.

A gold bold on a wooden platform holds three bottled cocktails with labels from Eem
Takeout cocktails from Eem
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5. Cliffs PDX

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128 NE Russell St
Portland, OR 97212
(503) 327-8234
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A consummate neighborhood haunt just off of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Cliff’s has a modest, comfortable patio, a menu of hearty bar food, and a robust, lengthy cocktail menu of original drinks. With everything from smoky mezcal drinks to tropical rum concoctions, plus punches, hot toddies, and drinks borrowed from other bars, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Cliff’s even has a bartender-in-residence-style program, with a featured drink each month by a furloughed or out of work bartender; a portion of the proceeds from each featured drink goes to its creator. Orders can be made in person or placed online

6. WedgeHead

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3728 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 477-7637
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While a pinball bar may not be the most obvious place to visit for a craft cocktail program, whether to-go or otherwise, that’s only because most pinball bars don’t have a bar veteran like KaCee Solis-Robertson behind the stick. Alongside a menu of familiar tavern comfort food (think burgers, fries, and salads), Wedgehead offers canned, double-sized cocktails; they tend towards the lighter, brighter, and juicier side of things, with ingredients like hibiscus-infused tequila, fresh mango and yogurt, and house-made horchata. Orders can be placed online for pick-up as well as in-house delivery, with charges based on proximity to the bar.

7. Botanist House

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910 NW 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 533-8064
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A leading figure in the battle to allow takeout cocktails, Botanist is finally able to serve its cocktails for takeout. At the moment, the menu is a little more reserved, focusing on classics (especially gin) but with Botanist’s own touch to them, like a Bee’s Knees with buckwheat honey and orange flower water or a tequila negroni, but down the line owner Robert Wilson says things will get far more “fun and experimental.” Drinks can be ordered in person.

8. Bhuna

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704 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209
(971) 865-2176
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Casual Kashmiri restaurant Bhuna is mostly known for excellent rice bowls and snacks like fried lotus root and chickpea-battered calamari from chef and owner Deepak Kaul. However, the restaurant also offers an array of cocktails like negronis, palomas, old fashioneds, and rum lassis bottled and ready to go. Beyond takeout, Bhuna also offers delivery on its food and drinks within a limited area; both ordering forms are available online.

9. Tropicale

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2337 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 894-9484
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During the dark, gray, rainy days of Portland’s winters, there’s not much that can brighten the spirits quite like a sweet and frothy piña colada. That’s what Tropicale is dedicated to. While the piña coladas are still the star of the show, there are also margaritas, spicy margaritas, and a fruity mezcal drink; each is offered in a large format and requires a few substantial food orders to buy. Orders can be called in or made online.

10. Blank Slate

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7201 NE Glisan St Suite C
Portland, OR 97213
(503) 206-4041
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A somewhat recent addition to the more isolated neighborhood of Montavilla, Blank Slate is a chic cocktail bar disguised as a cozy neighborhood lounge. The approach to drinks here is familiar but comfortable: a wide range of classic drinks, made with a steady, practiced hand. This includes some drinks less commonly seen on cocktail menus, like a mai tai, paper plane, and last word, as well as more recognizable drinks like manhattans and margaritas. Each is available to go with a $2 bottle deposit; bottles can be returned for the credit. Orders can be placed by calling in, direct messaging on Instagram, or stopping by the bar. 

11. Pambiche

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2811 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 233-0511
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This legendary Portland Cuban restaurant’s colorful dining room was once an ideal spot for leisurely meals of mojitos, ropa vieja, and chocolate truffle cigars. These days, the average diner’s living room will have to do, but all the rest of the components are still available: The ropa vieja is still delicious, those chocolate cigars are available by the half-dozen, and the mojitos are available to-go alongside a number of daiquiri variants and Spanish coffee. Call in to order.

12. Deadshot

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2133 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 990-9887
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At first glance, it may not seem like experimental cocktail bar Deadshot is open. However, the bar is actually serving its takeout drinks via the recently revived Ping, now a pop-up in the former Holdfast space. The cocktail menu may be one of the most inventive in the city, with things like a clarified milk punch spiked with arrack and pear or an Old Fashioned given some fragrance via pandan and galangal. The food menu involves Thai grilled meat skewers and Southeast Asian noodles, ideal drinking foods. Order for delivery or takeout.

1. The Garrison

8773 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203

For those in the know, the Garrison is one of St. Johns’ hottest spots for craft cocktails. Along with a sizable patio shared with the always excellent Gracie’s Pizza, the Garrison offers an array of drinks made to order and bottled to-go. To start, the bar is only offering its menu of classic drinks for takeout, including an assertive and well-balanced sazerac, but the team is developing a way to serve all of its house cocktails to go as well, most of which are rich, botanical, and spirit-forward. Drink orders can be made at the bar.

8773 N Lombard St
Portland, OR 97203

2. Tulip Shop Tavern

825 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217
Two cans, one labeled SMFH x2 and the other Nashville x2, rest on a counter
Cans of cocktails from Tulip Shop Tavern
Alex Frane/Eater PDX

Tulip Shop Tavern opened in 2019 with the express aim of being a friendly, neighborhood bar that happened to make extraordinary cocktails. Even during the pandemic, that approach continues: Each takeout drink is made to order as a double and then canned with a hand-canner. Those sticking to listed drinks have plenty of options — classic cocktails and original creations like the minty, spirit-forward Nashville or the rich and boozy SMFH. Orders can be called in or made in person; as food is a requirement for drinks to go, Tulip also offers a stellar menu of burgers and sandwiches.

825 N Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97217

3. Expatriate

5424 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Dark, cozy, and intimate, the gilded cocktail lounge Expatriate combines many elements that normally act as a draw but make service during the pandemic nearly impossible. Owners Naomi Pomeroy and Kyle Webster have been vocal this whole year about the crucial need for cocktails to-go, and now Expatriate can do so as well, selling its creative and indulgent drinks along with its playful bar food menu for takeout. While food, like the fried wonton nachos and burger plate, is available for delivery, cocktails are only for takeout. The bar regularly updates its available cocktails on its Instagram page, and direct messages to said account are the best ways to place orders for pickup.

5424 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

4. Eem - Thai BBQ & Cocktails

3808 N Williams Ave st 127, Portland, OR 97227
A gold bold on a wooden platform holds three bottled cocktails with labels from Eem
Takeout cocktails from Eem
Eem/Official

Eem has been at the forefront of the takeout cocktail game since they were temporarily legalized last year. While many restaurants have started to reopen dining rooms and abandon their takeout cocktail programs, Eem’s is still going strong, with labeled bottles of summery, tropical drinks. The menu switches out often, but there are two standbys that always deliver: The Jesus and Tequila, a mezcal-laden drink brightened with lime froyo, and the sweet and nutty Acid Test, which pairs bourbon and hibiscus with orgeat and hazelnut.

3808 N Williams Ave st 127
Portland, OR 97227

5. Cliffs PDX

128 NE Russell St, Portland, OR 97212

A consummate neighborhood haunt just off of Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Cliff’s has a modest, comfortable patio, a menu of hearty bar food, and a robust, lengthy cocktail menu of original drinks. With everything from smoky mezcal drinks to tropical rum concoctions, plus punches, hot toddies, and drinks borrowed from other bars, there’s sure to be something for everyone. Cliff’s even has a bartender-in-residence-style program, with a featured drink each month by a furloughed or out of work bartender; a portion of the proceeds from each featured drink goes to its creator. Orders can be made in person or placed online

128 NE Russell St
Portland, OR 97212

6. WedgeHead

3728 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

While a pinball bar may not be the most obvious place to visit for a craft cocktail program, whether to-go or otherwise, that’s only because most pinball bars don’t have a bar veteran like KaCee Solis-Robertson behind the stick. Alongside a menu of familiar tavern comfort food (think burgers, fries, and salads), Wedgehead offers canned, double-sized cocktails; they tend towards the lighter, brighter, and juicier side of things, with ingredients like hibiscus-infused tequila, fresh mango and yogurt, and house-made horchata. Orders can be placed online for pick-up as well as in-house delivery, with charges based on proximity to the bar.

3728 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

7. Botanist House

910 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

A leading figure in the battle to allow takeout cocktails, Botanist is finally able to serve its cocktails for takeout. At the moment, the menu is a little more reserved, focusing on classics (especially gin) but with Botanist’s own touch to them, like a Bee’s Knees with buckwheat honey and orange flower water or a tequila negroni, but down the line owner Robert Wilson says things will get far more “fun and experimental.” Drinks can be ordered in person.

910 NW 14th Ave
Portland, OR 97209

8. Bhuna

704 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Casual Kashmiri restaurant Bhuna is mostly known for excellent rice bowls and snacks like fried lotus root and chickpea-battered calamari from chef and owner Deepak Kaul. However, the restaurant also offers an array of cocktails like negronis, palomas, old fashioneds, and rum lassis bottled and ready to go. Beyond takeout, Bhuna also offers delivery on its food and drinks within a limited area; both ordering forms are available online.

704 NW 21st Ave
Portland, OR 97209

9. Tropicale

2337 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232

During the dark, gray, rainy days of Portland’s winters, there’s not much that can brighten the spirits quite like a sweet and frothy piña colada. That’s what Tropicale is dedicated to. While the piña coladas are still the star of the show, there are also margaritas, spicy margaritas, and a fruity mezcal drink; each is offered in a large format and requires a few substantial food orders to buy. Orders can be called in or made online.

2337 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232

10. Blank Slate

7201 NE Glisan St Suite C, Portland, OR 97213

A somewhat recent addition to the more isolated neighborhood of Montavilla, Blank Slate is a chic cocktail bar disguised as a cozy neighborhood lounge. The approach to drinks here is familiar but comfortable: a wide range of classic drinks, made with a steady, practiced hand. This includes some drinks less commonly seen on cocktail menus, like a mai tai, paper plane, and last word, as well as more recognizable drinks like manhattans and margaritas. Each is available to go with a $2 bottle deposit; bottles can be returned for the credit. Orders can be placed by calling in, direct messaging on Instagram, or stopping by the bar. 

7201 NE Glisan St Suite C
Portland, OR 97213

11. Pambiche

2811 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97232

This legendary Portland Cuban restaurant’s colorful dining room was once an ideal spot for leisurely meals of mojitos, ropa vieja, and chocolate truffle cigars. These days, the average diner’s living room will have to do, but all the rest of the components are still available: The ropa vieja is still delicious, those chocolate cigars are available by the half-dozen, and the mojitos are available to-go alongside a number of daiquiri variants and Spanish coffee. Call in to order.

2811 NE Glisan St
Portland, OR 97232

12. Deadshot

2133 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

At first glance, it may not seem like experimental cocktail bar Deadshot is open. However, the bar is actually serving its takeout drinks via the recently revived Ping, now a pop-up in the former Holdfast space. The cocktail menu may be one of the most inventive in the city, with things like a clarified milk punch spiked with arrack and pear or an Old Fashioned given some fragrance via pandan and galangal. The food menu involves Thai grilled meat skewers and Southeast Asian noodles, ideal drinking foods. Order for delivery or takeout.

2133 SE 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

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