Image: NashCO Photo

Bar Type(s)
Wine Bar

Bright patterned murals, a cerulean blue tiled bar, and lemonade-pink chairs: Bar Diane’s is not the kind of aesthetic you might associate with Drugstore Cowboy’s louche and jonesing Dianne (Kelly Lynch), though she’s at least partly responsible for its name. Part of Gus Van Sant’s 1989 cult classic was filmed nearby, and owner Sami Gaston says she wanted to pay tribute to the neighborhood’s history. But Bar Diane—with an accessible natural wine list, exquisite cheese and charcuterie plates, and affably knowledgeable bartenders—is a far cry from the seedy streets of Van Sant’s early oeuvre. Gaston and business partner Kevin Gouy have been pouring for neighborhood regulars and in-the-know wine lovers in the Northwest alleyway since September. The pairing of Gaston’s bar background and her artistic chops—she painted Bar Diane’s rose-colored, geometric murals—make for a delicious drinking den, with spirits, beer, and cider on offer for the nonoenophile contingent.

Bar Diane

2112 NW Irving St, Ste 105, Portland, OR, 97210
Tue–Sun 4pm–late