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Updating the Eater PDX Booze Map: Where to Drink Now

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Eater's handy HeatMap 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 with 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.

Since the last update — a shocking six months ago — it seems like every Portland neighborhood has welcomed at least one new watering hole. Here now, an update featuring a whopping 10 newish spots generating the most buzz (in more ways than one).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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).

2. The Lost & Found

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5426 N Gay Ave
Portland, OR 97217
(503) 477-7313
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Overlook's new neighborhood bar the Lost & Found, which took over the former Palace of Industry space, has a tendency to not take itself too seriously: the food menu is limited to various iterations of the quesadilla; cocktails are named after the likes of the Golden Girls, Ron Burgundy, and It's Always Sunny's Sweet Dee. Combine that light-heartedness with a large sun-dappled patio, and L&F may be NoPo's go-to summer spot. [Photo]

3. The Oregon Public House

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700 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 828-0884
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After a lengthy build-out, Oregon's first non-profit bar finally made its debut in Woodlawn last month. And if its gimmick wasn't enough of a draw — $1 from each pint goes to a charity selected by the drinker — the Pub House's rotating, 12-option tap list should draw out neighborhood drinkers. [Photo]

4. Church

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2600 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

Drinkers in the Kerns neighborhood welcome a new house of worship in the form of the cheekily named Church, which lives up to its moniker in terms of open-armed friendliness.

5. Double Dragon

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1235 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 230-8340
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The casual banh mi joint Double Dragon recently expanded its menu beyond sandwiches, but much of the buzz is accumulating around its brand-new bar program, featuring playful but even-handed cocktails by Yakuza alum Nick Ramsdell. Asian flavors come out to play in some (like the "Burnt Reynolds," with bourbon and lapsang souchong honey), others look to other cultures for inspiration (like the "Border Patrol," with smoky mezcal and Fernet Vallet). [Photo]

6. Belmont Station

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4500 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97215
(503) 232-8538
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The storied Belmont Station, one of Portland's best beer bars/bottleshops, obviously isn't new. But its long-awaited outdoor covered patio is, and it provides much-needed breathing room for hopheads looking to drink their way through Belmont's always-rotating tap list. Bonus points for the heated seating areas and food cart parking outside. [Photo]

7. The Fireside

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801 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 477-9505
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NW 23rd Avenue gets a much-needed new watering hole in the form of the Fireside, a beautiful room that's made itself home in the former Music Millennium space. Its theme makes more sense during Portland's gloomier winter days, but during the summer, embrace the campfire theme with drinks like the "Backyard Grillin," with tequila, rhubarb, and mezcal.

8. Relish Gastropub

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6637 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 208-3442
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Its ambiance leans more toward "restaurant" than "bar," but Sellwood's Relish Gastropub flaunts an accessibly ambitious bar program, with nearly 20 beers on tap, even more wines by the glass, and a solid cocktail menu. (Order the "Rye Sense of Humor," featuring whiskey, yellow chartreuse, and applejack.) And in true pub style, the burger — particularly its addictive onion jam — provides the perfect accompaniment to all that booze. [Photo]

9. Ración

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1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205
(971) 276-8008
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At the cerebral-minded Racion, bartender Chauncey Roach's cocktail menu infuses a sense of fun into the drinks' "molecular" touches: a gin and tonic is punctuated with strawberry "pearls" akin to a boba tea; a chorizo-infused tequila arrives topped in a salt foam in lieu of a salt rim.

10. Beer

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1410 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 233-2337
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As the naturally named accompaniment to his beloved sandwich shop Meat Cheese Bread, John Stewart's unassuming Beer is part casual beer bar, part bottleshop, part spillover room where folks can comfortably dig into a green-bean sandwiches. No matter which way you mix-and-match the three, it's a perfect pairing. [Photo]

11. Raven & Rose

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1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201
(503) 719-6680
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Bartender-about-town Dave Shenaut curates the classics-minded bar program at Raven & Rose, where ingredients are inspired by the Ladd Carriage House's 1883 build date. Bonus points for two separate scenes: upstairs, the more casual Rookery Bar evokes a ski chalet that serves cocktails like the "Saratoga," with Clear Creek apple brandy, rye, and Cocchi Vermouth de Torino.

12. Ava Gene's

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3377 SE Division
Portland, OR 97214
(971) 229-0571
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Celebrated bartender Evan Zimmerman (the Woodsman Tavern, Laurelhurst Market) is behind the menu at Duane Sorenson's Ava Gene's. The eight-item cocktail list features unexpected flavors like pecan and maple syrup (in the "Toronto"), as well as what's emerging as the spot's signature drink, "Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall."

13. The Tannery

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5425 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97215

What was once Skin & Bones Bistro has been transformed into a cozy cocktail bar featuring inventive drinks and decidedly upscale bar "snacks." Order up the "Daddy's Rootbeer," which combines rum, Root liqueur, absinthe, and egg white in a surprisingly light drink; the same deft hand applies to food items like a tart with yam, polenta, and arugula.

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1. 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

2. The Lost & Found

5426 N Gay Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Overlook's new neighborhood bar the Lost & Found, which took over the former Palace of Industry space, has a tendency to not take itself too seriously: the food menu is limited to various iterations of the quesadilla; cocktails are named after the likes of the Golden Girls, Ron Burgundy, and It's Always Sunny's Sweet Dee. Combine that light-heartedness with a large sun-dappled patio, and L&F may be NoPo's go-to summer spot. [Photo]

5426 N Gay Ave
Portland, OR 97217

3. The Oregon Public House

700 NE Dekum St, Portland, OR 97211

After a lengthy build-out, Oregon's first non-profit bar finally made its debut in Woodlawn last month. And if its gimmick wasn't enough of a draw — $1 from each pint goes to a charity selected by the drinker — the Pub House's rotating, 12-option tap list should draw out neighborhood drinkers. [Photo]

700 NE Dekum St
Portland, OR 97211

4. Church

2600 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232

Drinkers in the Kerns neighborhood welcome a new house of worship in the form of the cheekily named Church, which lives up to its moniker in terms of open-armed friendliness.

2600 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97232

5. Double Dragon

1235 SE Division St, Portland, OR 97202

The casual banh mi joint Double Dragon recently expanded its menu beyond sandwiches, but much of the buzz is accumulating around its brand-new bar program, featuring playful but even-handed cocktails by Yakuza alum Nick Ramsdell. Asian flavors come out to play in some (like the "Burnt Reynolds," with bourbon and lapsang souchong honey), others look to other cultures for inspiration (like the "Border Patrol," with smoky mezcal and Fernet Vallet). [Photo]

1235 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202

6. Belmont Station

4500 SE Stark St., Portland, OR 97215

The storied Belmont Station, one of Portland's best beer bars/bottleshops, obviously isn't new. But its long-awaited outdoor covered patio is, and it provides much-needed breathing room for hopheads looking to drink their way through Belmont's always-rotating tap list. Bonus points for the heated seating areas and food cart parking outside. [Photo]

4500 SE Stark St.
Portland, OR 97215

7. The Fireside

801 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

NW 23rd Avenue gets a much-needed new watering hole in the form of the Fireside, a beautiful room that's made itself home in the former Music Millennium space. Its theme makes more sense during Portland's gloomier winter days, but during the summer, embrace the campfire theme with drinks like the "Backyard Grillin," with tequila, rhubarb, and mezcal.

801 NW 23rd Ave
Portland, OR 97210

8. Relish Gastropub

6637 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Its ambiance leans more toward "restaurant" than "bar," but Sellwood's Relish Gastropub flaunts an accessibly ambitious bar program, with nearly 20 beers on tap, even more wines by the glass, and a solid cocktail menu. (Order the "Rye Sense of Humor," featuring whiskey, yellow chartreuse, and applejack.) And in true pub style, the burger — particularly its addictive onion jam — provides the perfect accompaniment to all that booze. [Photo]

6637 SE Milwaukie Ave
Portland, OR 97202

9. Ración

1205 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205

At the cerebral-minded Racion, bartender Chauncey Roach's cocktail menu infuses a sense of fun into the drinks' "molecular" touches: a gin and tonic is punctuated with strawberry "pearls" akin to a boba tea; a chorizo-infused tequila arrives topped in a salt foam in lieu of a salt rim.

1205 SW Washington St
Portland, OR 97205

10. Beer

1410 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97214

As the naturally named accompaniment to his beloved sandwich shop Meat Cheese Bread, John Stewart's unassuming Beer is part casual beer bar, part bottleshop, part spillover room where folks can comfortably dig into a green-bean sandwiches. No matter which way you mix-and-match the three, it's a perfect pairing. [Photo]

1410 SE Stark St
Portland, OR 97214

11. Raven & Rose

1331 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201

Bartender-about-town Dave Shenaut curates the classics-minded bar program at Raven & Rose, where ingredients are inspired by the Ladd Carriage House's 1883 build date. Bonus points for two separate scenes: upstairs, the more casual Rookery Bar evokes a ski chalet that serves cocktails like the "Saratoga," with Clear Creek apple brandy, rye, and Cocchi Vermouth de Torino.

1331 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97201

12. Ava Gene's

3377 SE Division, Portland, OR 97214

Celebrated bartender Evan Zimmerman (the Woodsman Tavern, Laurelhurst Market) is behind the menu at Duane Sorenson's Ava Gene's. The eight-item cocktail list features unexpected flavors like pecan and maple syrup (in the "Toronto"), as well as what's emerging as the spot's signature drink, "Love Makes You Feel Ten Feet Tall."

3377 SE Division
Portland, OR 97214

13. The Tannery

5425 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97215

What was once Skin & Bones Bistro has been transformed into a cozy cocktail bar featuring inventive drinks and decidedly upscale bar "snacks." Order up the "Daddy's Rootbeer," which combines rum, Root liqueur, absinthe, and egg white in a surprisingly light drink; the same deft hand applies to food items like a tart with yam, polenta, and arugula.

5425 East Burnside Street
Portland, OR 97215

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