Portland, Oregon has become more and more popular as a food destination over the last few years and that definitely includes better 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.
2. Xport is a lovely rooftop bar on top of the Porter hotel. Most of it is covered, so even if it’s raining it can be enjoyed. There’s not a particular cocktail here, but the overall atmosphere that makes Xport a must visit. FYI: A Stella beer is the best deal here.
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).
They also make a crazy awesome Pisco Sour and they were kind enough to share the recipe!
ANDINA PISCO SOUR
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.
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.
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!
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)!
8. Jackrabbit’s Coin Toss! This cocktail is served inside a grapefruit and made with either gin or tequila depending on a coin toss. Jackrabbit is the main restaurant inside the Duniway hotel.
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!
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!
Bonus Cocktail: We’ve saved the best for last! G-Love has an outstanding bartender which means they have lots of fantastic drinks on their menu. They are all good, but The Betty is worth driving out of the way for.