Photos: Courtesy of Dig A Pony; Clyde Common
This nondescript, cozy little bar is located right above popular restaurant
and is definitely a hideaway watering hole (hence the name). With a running theme of underground clubs and unions throughout
history, it gives a members-only vibe upon entering. The specialty
cocktails are out-of-this-world amazing and the dim, yet welcoming
atmosphere is enough to make you never want to leave. The dream of the
1890s is alive in this quirky Portland establishment, that’s for sure!
Secret Society, 116 Northeast Russell Street (near Northeast Rodney Avenue); 503-493-3600.
Dig A Pony
While the name may stem from an old song by The Beatles, this hip
haunt is anything but aged. One of Portland’s hottest bars, the vivacious
venue features a cool horse-shaped bar and open layout and serves up
stiff (and cheap) mixed drinks. The venue houses an array of different
DJs on different nights, so there’s no shortage of solid tunes circulating
throughout. This place isn’t to sit and chum it up with neighbors, but rather
fit for those with dancing fever.
Dig A Pony, 736 Southeast Grand Avenue (near Southeast Morrison Street); No phone.
Sure, maybe Portland didn’t invent the craft cocktail, but it sure as hell has
perfected it. Clyde Common’s superstar bar manager Jeff Morgenthaler
knows a thing or two about mixing up mighty tasty (and strong!) drinks.
Seriously, this place does not mess around when it comes to cocktails.
Situated right next to the Ace Hotel
, the high-ceilings, communal tables,
and minimalist décor are fantastic pluses, but the beverages really take the
cake. Tip: The Heavy Petting and Bourbon Renewal are ones to sip on…if
you ask us.
Clyde Common, 1014 Southwest Stark Street (at Southwest 10th Avenue); 503-228-3333.
This gem-like libation haven is nestled in the upscale Hotel Deluxe
stepping inside the dimly lit area transports you to an entirely different
world in Portland. Add a dash of old-school glam to your evening at
the Driftwood Room while sipping on artisanal cocktails in a swanky
setting. Not only is its happy hour one to write home about, but it has an
impressive selection of champagne cocktails. If you’re looking for a sexy
spin on Portland nightlife, this is it.
Driftwood Room, 729 Southwest 15th Avenue (at Southwest Yamhill Road); 503-219-2094.
Okay, so maybe this isn’t a watering hole of the booze variety, but it would
be ghastly to not call out one of Portland’s standout coffee shops. We love Stumptown for its incredibly strong beans (seriously, it’s
strong), smooth taste, and wide selection. Plus, the staff is sans the barista
ego, which we dig. Stroll in, sip a cup, and take some of those coveted
beans home with you. You won’t regret it.
Stumptown, 1026 Southwest Stark Street (at Southwest 11th Avenue); 503-224-9060.
Rontoms, 600 East Burnside Street (at Southeast 6th Avenue); 503-236-4536.
Doug Fir Lounge, 830 East Burnside Street (at Southeast 9th Avenue); 503-231-9663.
Heart Coffee Roasters, 2211 East Burnside Street (at Southeast 22nd Avenue); 503-206-6602.
Mint 820, 816 North Russell Street (at North Albina Avenue); 503-284-5518.
Teardrop Cocktail Lounge, 1015 Northwest Everett Street (between Northwest 10th and Northwest 11th avenues); 503-445-8109.