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Updating the Eater PDX Booze Map: Where to Drink Now

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Eater's handy Heat Map usually highlights the hottest new spots to grab a bite to eat — but because Portland is famously alcohol-inclined (and because no night out is complete without a pairing or two), we'd like to offer the accompanying, periodically updated Eater Booze Map, which shines the spotlight on the bars where dedicated tipplers are killing their livers right now.

In honor of Eater's annual Cocktail Week, the map focuses on mixed drinks. Three new additions make the list: The east side's Richmond Bar, North Killingsworth's lively cantina La Taq, and possible the hottest reservation in town right now: Multnomah Whiskey Library.

· All Cocktail Week 2013 Coverage [Eater PDX]

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Multnomah Whisky Library

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1124 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 764-9374
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The shockingly beautiful Multnomah Whiskey Library, devised by the same owner of the east side's Produce Row, offers more than 1,500 different bottles of booze. Local barmen Tommy Klus and Jordan Felix (long of Clyde Common) mix up classic cocktails on a cart brought tableside.

2. La Taq

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1625 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

One of Portland's most respected barmen, Kevin Ludwig (Beaker & Flask, Park Kitchen) is back behind the bar at Rodney Muirhead's bright and casual cantina. Pair Muirhead's brisket tacos and queso with La Taq's list of tequilas and mezcals, or just order up the "Xanarita," a carrot-juice take on the margarita.

3. The Richmond Bar

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3203 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

Nate Tilden — the man behind one of the city's most popular bars, Clyde Common — opens a neighborhood spot on SE Division's restaurant row. Tilden describes the cocktail list as "spirits-forward," including drinks like the "Sassafras," with tequila, mezcal, Cynar, and Root.

4. Expatriate

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5424 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 805-3750
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Kyle Webster teams up with Beast's Naomi Pomeroy for a take on an internationally inclined cocktail lounge where both food and drink show off a Southeast Asian influence. Pomeroy's drinking snacks reveal big flavors, like in a standout Burmese tea leaf salad and a constantly changing noodle dish. Webster's cocktail list shows similar culture-bridging, with whiskeys and bourbons co-mingling with palm sugar, lime juice, and Mandarin orange liqueurs.

5. ATAULA

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1818 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 894-8904
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As should be the case at any tapas restaurant, Ataula's house sangria packs a punch: brandy, fruit, and spices are simmered together in a sous vide, resulting in cinnamon and vanilla notes that hint at holiday drinking. Other drinks show a lighter touch, like a signature gin-and-tonic; and those looking for just a lil' tipple can order up a canita, a miniature beer or wine pour.

6. Restaurant St Jack

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2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 360-1281
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With longtime barman Kyle Webster's departure (see the Expatriate entry), St. Jack flies in a ringer in the form of Saxon + Parole alum John Salas, who's completely revamped the cocktail menu into "Aperitif," "Comforting," and "Spirited" categories. House-made shrubs (pineapple, cherry), infusions (bacon into Laird's), and vermouths feature heavily.

7. Remedy

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733 NW Everett
Portland, OR 97209

CorksCru's Dan Beekley gives Old Town a place to conduct business meetings over booze, with a lengthy list of mostly European wines (by the bottle and glass) and a smaller lineup of "lowtails" — no-liquor cocktails made with bitters and wine (to best ensure that things stay professional). If the meeting gets too serious, order up a bowl of chef Ingrid Chen's "Cheezy Bits," a playful take on the familiar Cheez-It.

8. Fifty Licks

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2021 Southeast Clinton Street
Portland, OR 97202

Need a place to drink with your kids in tow? Fifty Licks's new brick-and-mortar location introduces the novelty of "sorbet cocktails," which pair sweet scoops with aperitifs, sparkling wines, or mead.

9. Sand Bar at Fish Grotto

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One of Portland's best people-watching corners gets a very boozy new haunt in the form of Sand Bar (the sister drunk to Fish Grotto restaurant). The cocktail menu matches the retro decor — it's nearly all rum, with several rum flights and pours available for sipping. Order one neat to best watch the crowds go by. [Photo: Facebook]

10. Old Salt Marketplace

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5027 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
(971) 255-0167
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Like its sister spot Grain & Gristle, Old Salt's supperhouse and bar welcomes drinkers into a warm, wood-glowing room that's instantly comfortable and unpretentious. The beer and wine list is carefully curated by Upright Brewing's Alex Ganum, and an eight-item cocktail menu offers slight twists on the classics (a "nutty" pisco sour with hazelnut pisco, a Brown Derby with grapefruit bitters instead of juice).

1. Multnomah Whisky Library

1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205

The shockingly beautiful Multnomah Whiskey Library, devised by the same owner of the east side's Produce Row, offers more than 1,500 different bottles of booze. Local barmen Tommy Klus and Jordan Felix (long of Clyde Common) mix up classic cocktails on a cart brought tableside.

1124 SW Alder St
Portland, OR 97205

2. La Taq

1625 NE Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97211

One of Portland's most respected barmen, Kevin Ludwig (Beaker & Flask, Park Kitchen) is back behind the bar at Rodney Muirhead's bright and casual cantina. Pair Muirhead's brisket tacos and queso with La Taq's list of tequilas and mezcals, or just order up the "Xanarita," a carrot-juice take on the margarita.

1625 NE Killingsworth St
Portland, OR 97211

3. The Richmond Bar

3203 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

Nate Tilden — the man behind one of the city's most popular bars, Clyde Common — opens a neighborhood spot on SE Division's restaurant row. Tilden describes the cocktail list as "spirits-forward," including drinks like the "Sassafras," with tequila, mezcal, Cynar, and Root.

3203 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

4. Expatriate

5424 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211

Kyle Webster teams up with Beast's Naomi Pomeroy for a take on an internationally inclined cocktail lounge where both food and drink show off a Southeast Asian influence. Pomeroy's drinking snacks reveal big flavors, like in a standout Burmese tea leaf salad and a constantly changing noodle dish. Webster's cocktail list shows similar culture-bridging, with whiskeys and bourbons co-mingling with palm sugar, lime juice, and Mandarin orange liqueurs.

5424 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

5. ATAULA

1818 NW 23rd Pl, Portland, OR 97210

As should be the case at any tapas restaurant, Ataula's house sangria packs a punch: brandy, fruit, and spices are simmered together in a sous vide, resulting in cinnamon and vanilla notes that hint at holiday drinking. Other drinks show a lighter touch, like a signature gin-and-tonic; and those looking for just a lil' tipple can order up a canita, a miniature beer or wine pour.

1818 NW 23rd Pl
Portland, OR 97210

6. Restaurant St Jack

2039 SE Clinton St, Portland, OR 97202

With longtime barman Kyle Webster's departure (see the Expatriate entry), St. Jack flies in a ringer in the form of Saxon + Parole alum John Salas, who's completely revamped the cocktail menu into "Aperitif," "Comforting," and "Spirited" categories. House-made shrubs (pineapple, cherry), infusions (bacon into Laird's), and vermouths feature heavily.

2039 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97202

7. Remedy

733 NW Everett, Portland, OR 97209

CorksCru's Dan Beekley gives Old Town a place to conduct business meetings over booze, with a lengthy list of mostly European wines (by the bottle and glass) and a smaller lineup of "lowtails" — no-liquor cocktails made with bitters and wine (to best ensure that things stay professional). If the meeting gets too serious, order up a bowl of chef Ingrid Chen's "Cheezy Bits," a playful take on the familiar Cheez-It.

733 NW Everett
Portland, OR 97209

8. Fifty Licks

2021 Southeast Clinton Street, Portland, OR 97202

Need a place to drink with your kids in tow? Fifty Licks's new brick-and-mortar location introduces the novelty of "sorbet cocktails," which pair sweet scoops with aperitifs, sparkling wines, or mead.

2021 Southeast Clinton Street
Portland, OR 97202

9. Sand Bar at Fish Grotto

Portland, OR

One of Portland's best people-watching corners gets a very boozy new haunt in the form of Sand Bar (the sister drunk to Fish Grotto restaurant). The cocktail menu matches the retro decor — it's nearly all rum, with several rum flights and pours available for sipping. Order one neat to best watch the crowds go by. [Photo: Facebook]

10. Old Salt Marketplace

5027 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218

Like its sister spot Grain & Gristle, Old Salt's supperhouse and bar welcomes drinkers into a warm, wood-glowing room that's instantly comfortable and unpretentious. The beer and wine list is carefully curated by Upright Brewing's Alex Ganum, and an eight-item cocktail menu offers slight twists on the classics (a "nutty" pisco sour with hazelnut pisco, a Brown Derby with grapefruit bitters instead of juice).

5027 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

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