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Bar Type(s)
Specialty Cocktails

It’s quite a balancing act to open a “new” bar in Foster-Powell. The neighborhood is in the early stages of gentrification, for better or for worse; pricey designer cocktails wouldn’t last a week here. But 5 & Dime keeps its footing with a high-def screen mounted above the green-and-gold bar (judiciously used for the occasional Blazers game), $5 mini pulls of the house manhattan with an icy mug of Olympia, and instant access to greasy Atlas Pizza. So, yeah, the longtime Foster crowd is in. But so is just about everyone else looking for cheap, expertly made drinks ($8 old-fashioneds) and party vibes thanks to reliably bumping weekend DJ sets. The kitchen, smartly, does not try to outperform neighboring Atlas, instead serving up unexpectedly high-caliber small plates from garlicky “cotija corn crumble” squash skewers to Kewpie mayo–slicked eggplant sliders. Might the conceptual rotating house cocktail collection, most recently a play on the dreaded high school reading list, turn some people off? Maybe. But the friendly neighborhood dogs and occasional hawker rolling through are there to keep it real.

5 & Dime

6535 SE Foster Rd, Portland, OR, 97206
Daily 3pm–2am