If you’re looking for a bar in Portland, you don’t have to look very far. You’re probably already in one. But if you’re looking for a great bar in Portland… there are still a lot of options. So, using the power and authority granted to me by the internet, I’m going to go ahead and declare some of the best bars in Portland.
Go to Apex on a sunny day. It’s the perfect summertime bar for lovers of beer. Apex has approximately 4 zillion beers on tap so take a deep breath before you start staring at the giant digital beer list. The rows and rows of outside picnic tables will be full of happy Portlanders drinking beer and eating tacos on a warm spring day.
Victory Bar is very unassuming and that’s a good thing in my book. I don’t like my bars assuming things. It’s dark but not too dark. Lively but not too lively. And they make a really good cocktails. It’s an interesting menu with German fare, good cocktails, and beer. Get a bourbon and ginger and maybe some spaetzle. You probably earned it.
Fire on the Mountain is a good place to watch a game. Or, if you’re me, to watch other people watch a game while you drink. They’ve got beer. They’ve got food that will make you forget all your cares. Get a pitcher and some pulled pork nachos. It will change the way you think about nachos. And tater tots. And also wings. Try the raspberry habanero hot sauce.
Kask is a great place to grab a classy cocktail and some cured meats. This modern saloon is connected to Gruner in downtown Portland. It’s got ambiance and punch. Go and try the punch, for sure.
Teardrop Cocktail Lounge is the kind of place you go if you’re in the Pearl and you want something prepared, not by a bartender, but by a mixologist. They have good cocktails and bottles of bitters as far as the eye can see. And happy hour from 4 to 7 on weekdays, which sweetens the deal.
After you’ve visited one of these fine bars and taken a few selfies, stop by the Plywerk website and upload a Print on Plywerk to commemorate your fun night at the bar!