10 Best Cocktails in Portland

10 Best Cocktails in Portland

best cocktails in PortlandPortland, Oregon has become more and more popular as a food destination the last few years and that should include the cocktails. Anywhere you dine in town you are likely to find original cocktails by award winning bartenders. Forget settling for the old run of the mill cocktail and instead try something new. Here are some of my favorites.

10 Best Cocktails in Portland, Oregon

1. Acadia Bistro makes a mean Hurricane with cruzan silver, meyer’s dark, and black seal 151 rums, and their house hurricane mix. This Cajun restaurant is the closest thing to New Orleans you will find in Portland and also my favorite restaurant in town.

Hurricane cocktail


2. Three Degrees, inside the RiverPlace hotel is a lovely place for a drink. Their Bartender Joe Davis has created the Comprehensive Adjustment” made with Tequila blanco, orange juice, lemon juice, sweet and spicy serrano syrup and all spice dram. He also makes an incredible pink drink named Heaven, but it is only served sometimes as the cocktail of the day. Three Degrees has a great happy hour everyday and they do have some kid-friendly seating.

Three degrees waterfront grill

Comprehensive Adjustment at Three degrees waterfront grill

3. Andina a Peruvian restaurant has the Melones con Ají (pictured below) created by bartender Eddie Johnson. This cocktail has Hendrick’s gin shaken with lime juice, sugar and agua de melón (fresh cantaloupe juice), served on the rocks with a float of agua de pepino (cucumber water), lime zest and ají en polvo (ground hot peppers).


Photo by Susan Hwang

Piso sour at AndinaThey also make a crazy awesome Pisco Sour and they were kind enough to share the recipe!


1.5 fl oz Pisco puro

1 fl oz fresh squeezed lime juice

1 fl oz water

Baker’s sugar to taste

1 t egg whites


4. Aviary‘s bartender Kaysie Condron has created the Dragons in the Jungle (pictured below) made with Mt. Gay Xo rum and Campari with charred pineapple and black vinegar. And, I don’t know about you, but I am a fan of any drink with Campari and pineapple.


Aviary | Photo by Carly Diaz


5. Bollywood Theater has the Bollywood Shandy created by their chef Troy MacLarty. The Bollywood Shandy is made with whiskey, tamarind, jaggery, lime and Kingfisher beer for a fresh, clean finish. Bollywood Theater’s new cocktail lineup was developed in collaboration with the bartenders of Bull in China.

Bollywood Shandy at the Bollywood Theater

Bollywood Shandy at the Bollywood Theater | Photo by Katie Burnett

6. Imperial will take your tastebuds on a trip to Cuba with Havana Daydreaming a sumptuous blend of calisaya, 7 Sirens rum, lime acid orange, and cuban spice syrup. This cocktail was created by their bartender Tony Gurdian. I should mention that the food here is AMAZING!

Havana Daydreaming cocktail at Imperial

Havana Daydreaming cocktail at Imperial Photo by Carly Diaz

7. Little Bird Bistro has the Le Prix d’Amour created by their bartender JP Peterson. It is made with El Jimador blanco tequila, Dubonnet Rouge, passionfruit, lemon and pepper-infused ginger beer. Happy hour tip: all house cocktails are $3 off during early and late happy hours (Monday-Friday, 3-5pm, until 6pm in the bar, and nightly from 10pm-midnight)!

Little Bird Bistro

Little Bird Bistro |Photo by Carly Diaz

Coin Toss Cocktail at Jackrabbit Restaurant at the Duniway

Coin Toss Cocktail at Jackrabbit Restaurant at the Duniway

8. Jackrabbit’s Coin Toss! This cocktail is served inside a grapefruit and made with either gin or tequila depending on a coin toss.

9. Red Star Tavern, Bartender Matt Ruehlman created the Midnight Stroll” made with Rye, campari, ramazzotti amaro, royal combier, bitters – served on tap. This goes perfect with one of their grill pork dishes. I insist that if you eat here you order pork! They also have a kid-friendly happy hour!

Midnight Stroll


10. Bacchus Bar, Hotel Vintage’s lobby bar is an awesome place to enjoy happy hour. The kids can sit in there too! Their Bartender Bryan Galligos created the “Herbfashioned” made with Bulleit rye, Cooper’s Hall vermouth, saffron simple syrup, angostura bitters, basil leaves, lemon twist. This happens to be my friend Nas’s favorite drink here. You can find her blogging over at Rambling Stump!


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By | 2018-05-29T19:28:20+00:00 February 17th, 2016|Portland|0 Comments

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Meagan is the author and host of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle blog. She has been traveling the world with her three kids for over a decade and loves sharing her adventures and tips with others.

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