Photography by NASHCO PHOTO
With its emerald-tiled bar back and forest-glade stained glass skylight, the Multnomah Whiskey Library’s kryptonite-hued waiting room could slay Superman with its good looks. You’ll drink in the cush environs before you take a single sip of the house’s roster of stiff but balanced cocktails, served by a cadre of crisp-tongued servers not shy with the recommendations. Possible lures: the sweet bubble-tang of Prosecco and shochu blended with port reduction and a whisper of Violette, or the medicinal bite of Sardinian myrtlewood liqueur lending interest to a big-cubed glass of Old Grand-Dad Bonded and Fino sherry. With this destination for date-night assignations and fancy happy hours, you may never make it upstairs to the main event.