1. Locally Brewed Beer At Its Best
It’s hard to think of a better way to spend the night than by trying a few of the local brews. Deschutes is one of the most famous beers to come out of Portland and one taste of their awesome beer proves why.
Luckily, their brewery is very accessible, with a fun atmosphere and great food and drinks. Maybe get a taster tray and get the best of all worlds.
2. For When You’re Feeling A Bit Romantic
If you’re looking for a quaint place to spend a date night filled with conversation and libations, look no further, the Box Social is the place for you. With a cozy and warm atmosphere, there’s no better place to put your best foot forward.
… Seriously, you think we could leave out a place that serves a drink up called the Ru Paul Sparkle Pony?
3. Arcades Aren’t Just For Kids
Tired of the typical bar scene? Head straight to Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade. While this place serves up all of the classics, they’ve also got a ton of old school video games to play while you get your buzz on. Just make sure you bring plenty of change and your A-game.
4. Swiftly Bring Your Night Here
Home to cheap drinks and an awesome jolly hour, Swift Lounge is a great place to hang out. With plenty of tasty food and a fun atmosphere, you don’t even have to drink here to have a good time.
However, their 32 oz. Mason jar drinks are very tempting and you can always rest soundly for the night knowing that they’ve got a hangover brunch, sure to cure all morning pains.
5. You’ll Want To Invite Your Smart Friends To This One
Come Wednesday night in Portland, there’s one place you should be: Mississippi Pizza. Home to Quizissippi, teams compete to answer questions correctly, thus proving that they are indeed the smartest people in attendance.
Of course, there’s no shortage of booze. And everyone becomes smarter with booze, right?
6. Drinks With A View (Or Is It A View With Some Drinks?)
You’d be hard-pressed to find a bar with a better view than Departure. Classy and comfortable, this joint is housed on a penthouse deck overlooking the Portland skyline. As the sun sets and the city lights pop on, it sure is hard to beat the vibe here.
7. A Staple For Every Bar Lover
McMenamins Ringlers Annex is a quirky place with good entertainment always makes for a great time. The downstairs lounge area provides a very unique atmosphere with delicious drinks and excellent service. One trip here and you’ll be recommending it to all of your friends.
8. This Hideaway Won’t Stay Hidden For Long
With a name that pays homage to 1933 (the year the prohibition was repealed), this speakeasy style bar focuses on keeping things classic. With signature cocktails built around liquor, sugar, citrus, and bitters, this place has no problem keeping it old school cool.
9. Stripparoke Is Exactly What It Sounds Like
Every Sunday, Devils Point strip club opens its doors for something very unique in a city that’s been deemed the “strip club capital of America,.” Welcome to Stripparoke, folks.
During this weekly event strippers and singers collaborate to perform crowd favorites, sure to be an entertaining time.
10. The Cocktails Here Are Truly One-Of-A-Kind
The driving force behind the Double Dragon is the bar staff, whipping up creative cocktails that will always have you wanting to order another. Not only are the drinks great, the food is delicious too, with a banh mi that was voted the best in Portland.
11. Get Romantic With Some Awesome Thai
A great place for a unique first date, Kuhn Pic’s Bahn Thai is one of the most memorable restaurants in Portland. With great Thai food, a comfortable atmosphere, and romantic décor, this humble restaurant is perfect for some one-on-one time.
12. Hot Date, Cool Drink
Whether you’re commemorating a special occasion or have a hot date, the Expatriate is the perfect place to go. With good music, candles everywhere, this bar keeps it classy and sexy. A good drink to try is the “No. 8”, with a flavor centered on cognac, vermouth, and orange bitters.
13. Hope You Like Your Change In Twos
Another late-night adult staple of the “strip club capital of America,” Casa Diablo is the country’s first all-vegan strip club.
Serving up great food and risqué entertainment, if strip clubs are something you like, this one sure is unique. They’re also know for giving back change in only $2 bills.
14. Vegetarian Food At Its Finest
Fancy, upscale, and vegetarian, Natural Selection is a great place to get a healthy meal. Fully utilizing the freshest veggies, fruits, and grains around, everything on the menu pairs perfectly with their extensive selection of spirits and wine. This place will even have carnivores in love at first bite.
15. The Bigger The Beer The Better
The Big Legrowlski is a beer lover’s paradise. With a great tap selection, beers are offered in tasting glasses, pints, and in huge growlers. They’ve always got new stuff going through the tap rotation, bringing beers from all around the world to your table.
16. Live Music Makes Everything Better
Classy and homey, the Rookery is hard to beat. Complete with a roaring fireplace, live Irish music and plenty of drinks, this bar will become an instant favorite. Plus, with a restaurant on the bottom floor, this place has everything you’ll need.
17. Fiesta, Forever!
What pairs perfectly with deliciously sweet drinks? Freshly fried tortilla chips and spicy salsa. La Taq is one of the best Mexican bars in the Portland area, serving up dish after dish of awesome food and some of the tastiest margaritas around. Any trip here is sure to result in great times!
18. Whiskey + Pizza = Heaven
Whether your consider yourself a whiskey aficionado or a pizza connoisseur, Pinky’s will have you smiling.
With a huge selection of the finest whiskies around and pizza topped with the most unique combinations of ingredients around, Pinky’s Pizzeria is perfect for a few drinks and a great meal. Pinky’s is truly a must-try.
19. Start The Night Stargazing
If you want to experience something really unique, check out Starry Nights LIVE! at OMSI Planetarium. With several shows every weekend, this stellar presentation is a unique way to kick off any Saturday night.
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