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Best of the City

Portland's Best Bars 2014

We sipped and rambled our way across the city in search of your favorite new bars: craft cocktail boîtes and slinky date spots, gussied-up pubs, mescal haunts, whiskey libraries, and Sriracha-spiced karaoke parties.

02/01/2014

Top Stories

PROFILE

Death Becomes Her

The "Green Reaper" of Boring, Oregon finds a calling—and a fresh start for an industry in flux—with wicker caskets, backyard burials, and free baby hugs.

02/03/2014 By Nancy Rommelmann

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Mideast Muddle at Levant

Scott Snyder's “French-Arabesque” hot spot on East Burnside needs flavor talks and concept negotiations.

02/03/2014 By Karen Brooks

Table of Contents

Arts & Culture

ON THE TOWN

PoMo Picks: February 2014

Jazz's rising star Cécile McLorin Salvant, the reinvention of comics, the Portland Art Museum's Venice exhibition, and the rest of the month's best bets for things to see or do

02/03/2014

BIG PICTURE

Living the Wookiee Life with Neon Werewolf

Portlander Mako Miyamoto's photo project brings out the Chewbacca in all of us.

02/03/2014 By Caitlin Feldman

POETRY

Portland's Latest Prize-Winning Poet Remembers William Stafford

National Book Award winner Mary Szybist reflects on Oregon's verse icon.

02/03/2014 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

REPORT

The Scoop on Powell's Books' Downtown Remodel

Portland's beloved bookstore overhauls its Burnside flagship with the future in mind.

01/21/2014 By Zach Dundas

CULTUREPHILE

Into the Woods with Carson Ellis

The illustrator of the Wildwood Chronicles revisits Forest Park on the eve of the trilogy’s finale.

01/21/2014 By Aaron Scott

SPOTLIGHT

Race to the Stage

Portland theaters and the August Wilson Red Door Project turns the spotlight on race and the legendary African American playwright.

01/21/2014 By Jonathan Frochtzwajg

Eat & Drink

BEST BARS 2014

Eat This Now: Bar Snacks

Five drinking-food favorites for soaking up the booze from our annual list of Portland's best bars.

02/03/2014

BEST BARS 2014

A Portland Cocktail for Every Occasion

Whether your spirit of choice is vodka, whiskey, gin, rum, or tequila, we've handpicked a selection sure to please.

02/03/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

BEST BARS 2014

Booze Futures: A Drinker's Digest

A fresh wave of drinking destinations is heading our way in 2014

02/03/2014

BEST BARS 2014

Hey, Barkeep! 5 Local Bartenders to Watch

Savvy shakers share their signature drinks, cocktail philosophy, and where they sip on their nights off.

02/03/2014 By Rachel Ritchie

BEST BARS 2014

7 Sinful Date Nights

Let some of Portland’s most indulgent bars inspire your big night out.

02/03/2014 By Kelly Clarke

EAT HERE NOW

Leena Ezekiel's Thali Supper Club

Offering bright and colorful bites of regional Indian classics, a seasoned Portland cooking pro delivers flavor on a silver platter.

02/03/2014 By Karen Brooks

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Introducing Tuscan Food Cart Burrasca

A Florentine native nails Italian classics for a shoestring budget.

02/03/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

EAT THIS NOW

Dessert at Trifecta Tavern & Bakery

At Ken Forkish's bread-centric Portland hangout, pastry chef Eve Kuttemann gives us three reasons to order some sweets.

02/03/2014 By Karen Brooks

POUR

Rethinking Chai at Pip's Original

Housemade spice blends offer the perfect pairing for this neighborhood café's fried-to-order mini doughnuts.

02/03/2014 By Kelly Clarke

RECIPE

John Taboada's Clam Pasta with Calabrian Chiles

Luce fires up a classic Italian pasta dish—a perfect way to spice up your date night.

02/03/2014 By Benjamin Tepler

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Mideast Muddle at Levant

Scott Snyder's “French-Arabesque” hot spot on East Burnside needs flavor talks and concept negotiations.

02/03/2014 By Karen Brooks

HIT LIST

Portland’s Best Bars of the Moment

We sipped and rambled our way across the city in search of your favorite new bars—whether you’re in the mood for a fresh new spot or an old standby.

02/03/2014 With Brian Barker, Zach Dundas, Rachel Ritchie, Aaron Scott, Benjamin Tepler, Margaret Seiler, and Marty Patail Edited by Kelly Clarke

Best of the City

Portland's Best Bars 2014

We sipped and rambled our way across the city in search of your favorite new bars: craft cocktail boîtes and slinky date spots, gussied-up pubs, mescal haunts, whiskey libraries, and Sriracha-spiced karaoke parties.

02/01/2014

Editor's Note

EDITORS' NOTE

Journeys Into Night

Whether you’re seeking a suitable school, a backyard burial, or the perfect destination for your next night out, we’ve got you covered.

02/03/2014 By Rachel Ritchie

Home & Real Estate

HOME DESIGN

An Elegant Kitchen Remodel Compromise

A sleek renovation captures a Woodlawn couple’s complementary style.

02/03/2014 Photography by Amara Holstein

News & City Life

PROFILE

Death Becomes Her

The "Green Reaper" of Boring, Oregon finds a calling—and a fresh start for an industry in flux—with wicker caskets, backyard burials, and free baby hugs.

02/03/2014 By Nancy Rommelmann

BACKPAGE

Test Your Portland IQ

Can you name all of the streets in Northwest Portland's Alphabet District? Neither could the Portland Monthly staff.

02/03/2014 By Marty Patail

VENTURES

Point 97's Ocean Conservation Apps Make Waves

A Ecotrust spin-off from local data navigator Ruby Gates steers high-tech solutions out to sea.

02/03/2014 By Cari Johnson

DEVELOPMENT

Downtown's PSU District Gets a Makeover

The city's southern end is waking up, with new projects aiming to tap the college-crowd population boom

02/03/2014 By Cari Johnson

MOVERS & SHAKERS

The Perfect Party: February 2014

A made-up mash-up of the month's most fascinating people, from a teenage fencing sensation to the Belmont Goats

02/03/2014 Illustrations by Matty Newton

SPORTS

Curling 101

The Winter Olympics’ most befuddling event, explained

02/03/2014 By Alexandria Bordas

SPORTS

PDX Index: Skiing in Oregon

A by-the-numbers look at snow sports on Mount Hood, Mount Bachelor, and beyond.

02/03/2014 By Marco España

DISPATCH

Panic's High Tech Passion

Why Cabel Sasser turned down an offer from Steve Jobs—and how the early app start-up lived to tell the tale.

02/03/2014 By Marty Patail

Style & Shopping

FASHION VIDEO

Elements of Style, Episode 2: Layering for Fall

Our seasonal fashion video series, hosted by style editor Eden Dawn, reveals successful strategies for always looking your best in the Northwest.

10/01/2014 By Eden Dawn

WINNING FINDS

Trophy Case: February's Best Local Stuff

This month's hottest Portland-made goods, from Lego-like garden beds to Pinkleton's Curious Caramel Corn.

02/03/2014

FASHION

Sunjin Lee Constructs Modern Bridal Inspiration

A South Korean architect builds her own wedding style.

02/03/2014 By Haley Martin

FASHION VIDEO

Elements of Style, Episode 1: Accessories

Our seasonal fashion video series, hosted by style editor Eden Dawn, reveals successful strategies for always looking your best in the Northwest.

02/01/2014 By Eden Dawn

FASHION VIDEO

Elements of Style

Our seasonal fashion video series, hosted by style editor Eden Dawn, reveals successful strategies for always looking your best in the Northwest.

01/31/2014

STYLE

A Guide to Winter Accessories

No cold-weather ensemble is complete without the right accessories.

01/22/2014 By Eden Dawn

Travel & Outdoors

TRAIL OF THE MONTH

Summit Trail No. 691

A local secret revealed: this Sandy-area cross-country ski and snowshoe trail offers gentle, rolling terrain that's perfect for Nordic newbies.

02/03/2014 By Brian Barker