Les Caves

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Les Caves

Part shared tasting room for Portland-area wineries Golden Cluster and Ovum, part lamplit luxury bunker, NE Alberta Street’s aptly named Les Caves is where Portland’s wine elite will surely try to ride out the Big One. Co-owner and vintner Jeff Vejr pours small-batch gems from both labels, alongside hard-to-find wines from Slovenia to South Africa. 1719 NE Alberta St

Clyde Common

The Ace Hotel’s watering hole brings together power brokers and Japanese tourists, united by a $6 happy hour. Intercontinental influences, togarashi-spiced popcorn to sprightly grilled trout, fill the dining room, while renowned bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler serves up the best negroni in town. 1014 SW Stark St

Elvis Room

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Elvis Room

Stained glass-lit horseshoe bar to peeing putto fountain, this double-decker watering hole inspired by the King’s larger-than-life style is sensory-short-circuiting fun. Order a $6 Double Trouble (a daily shot and a pint of Rainier), claim a stool at the subterranean bar, and watch the first-timers’ jaws drop as they tromp downstairs. 203 SE Grand Ave

Hale Pele

You head to this tiny NE Broadway tiki bar for the Disneyland-blitzed-on-Sailor-Jerry décor. But you stay for owner/barman Blair Reynolds’s Jet Pilot—a flaming mix of aged rums, citrus, falernum, and a heap of cinnamon. Spiky puffer-fish lamps overhead? Check. A volcano that spews smoke? Check. Nearly 40 frothy, boozy tropical concoctions. Triple-check! 2733 NE Broadway

Expatriate

Expatriate

One of Portland’s most distinctive bars, Expatriate is somewhere between a basement music party, a literary salon, and a Chinatown fever dream. Owner/bar master Kyle Webster’s eight nightly cocktails are the show, meant to pair with top chef Naomi Pomeroy’s loose take on Southeast Asian street eats. It could feel pretentious if all weren’t so damn good. 5424 NE 30th Ave

Belmont Station

The 21-year-old SE outpost exerts an almost gravitational pull on Portland beer geeks; watch them wander glassy-eyed through the bottle shop, which sells more than 1,500 brews from around the world. Then there’s the constantly refreshing draft list of small-batch, often super-rare kegs, along with frequent special tastings from area makers. 4500 SE Stark St

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Belmont Station

Recommended Beer Selection 4500 SE Stark

Carl Singmaster's bottle shop is a prime spot for picking up Euro-snacks and exotic varieties of beer and cider (more than 1300 beers, in fact). Stop in to c...

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Expatriate

$$ Asian, Breakfast / Brunch 5424 NE 30th Ave

Candlelight spotlights what matters here: two turntables spinning vintage moods, outsized images of old European movies projected on the wall, drinks balance...

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Hale Pele

$$ Hawaiian 2733 NE Broadway

Hang loose at this proudly tacky tiki bar on NE Broadway, with rum-drenched concoctions served in pineapples, a Volcano drink complete with sound effects, and a host of island snacks.

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Clyde Common

$$$ New American, Pacific Northwest 1014 SW Stark St

Set in the ground floor of the Ace Hotel, Clyde Common has a tastefully informal chic vibe—and the bar serves the best negroni in town, barrel-aged into some...

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Les Caves

$$ Pacific Northwest 1719 NE Alberta St

Part shared tasting room for Portland-area wineries Golden Cluster and Ovum, part lamplit luxury bunker, NE Alberta Street’s aptly named Les Caves is where P...