Portland Bars & Nightlife
813 S.W. Alder St., Downtown
This intimate cocktail bar transports you to the early 1900s. That’s because its lavish design—green velvet ottomans, burgundy leather banquettes, dark mahogany accents, hand-painted wallpaper—were chosen to mirror the aesthetic of the room’s first life as the ladies’ reception hall in the old Cornelius Hotel. Today, the dimly lit space, tucked in the back of the Woodlark, serves up dry martinis, crispy fries, and a mean burger. Abigail Hall is everything we want in a bar: stiff drinks, knowledgeable bartenders, and a comfortable, welcoming lounge vibe. It’s the perfect spot to meet coworkers, bring your in-laws, or have a first date. Photos courtesy of Christopher Dibble for Provenance Hotels.
930 S.E. Oak St., Buckman
As the name suggests, Basecamp is a popular hangout for local climbers and outdoorsmen (though in Portland, pretty much everybody qualifies for those designations). The brewery itself is high-ceilinged and open, with wooden beams cutting across the ceiling, a canoe hung over the bar, and more than one string of prayer flags. It’s exceedingly casual and welcoming, and their beers offer a good mix of bold, hoppy craft beers in addition to more traditional brews for classic palates.
Multnomah Whiskey Library
1124 S.W. Alder St., Downtown
This Downtown institution’s cocktail list doesn’t stop at its elaborate archive of whiskeys. Here, you’ll also find a range of specialty spirits like Icelandic bourbon sherry, smoky wahaka espadin mezcal, and Volstead vodka (which is filtered for 96 hours through charred coconut husks), all presented on a roving bar cart. Its mood-lit atmosphere, outfitted with dark wood and plush leather seating, evokes an old-world smoking room, and though there’s no obligation to, patrons tend to come dressed up. Though you won’t find books on the floor-to-ceiling shelves—they're stocked with bottles of bourbon and Scotch years older than you—you will be making your whiskey selection from thick, leather-bound tomes. Photos: Dina Avila Photography
2326 N. Flint Ave., Eliot
Ex Novo draws big crowds for its extensive beer selection and locally-sourced, yet somehow totally diverse menu (not often will you find phô, carnitas tacos, Cornish game hen, and shawarma all in the same kitchen)—even if it is a little ways off the beaten path. But what makes this family-friendly pub really special is the fact that it’s the world’s first nonprofit brewery. All of Ex Novo’s net profits go to organizations like Friends Of The Children and the International Justice Mission—all the more reason to enjoy this microbrewery’s tap list of signature brews made with European-imported hops, as well as specialty brews that change with the season.
10 Barrel Brewing Co.
1411 N.W. Flanders St., Pearl District
Situated in the Pearl District, 10 Barrel brews their own creative selection of beers and serves food with locally-sourced ingredients to pair it with: Try the champagne oyster shooters for starters, and leave room for all the comforting, quintessential pub food, from burgers to fish-and-chips to pizza (gluten-free crust is an option for all pies on the menu). Upstairs, at the open-air rooftop bar, you'll find the same menu, in addition to panoramic views of the West Hills and the Pearl District—when the weather cooperates.
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