Portland, Oregon is well-known for its craft cocktails scene. Whether you’re a fan of whisky sours or Moscow mules, there’s a bar in Portland that will satisfy your thirst.
Here are some of our favorite spots to mix and mingle with other cocktail lovers. Cheers!
Best Cocktail Bars in Portland, OR
- Rum Club
- Scotch Lodge
- Hale Pele
- Teardrop Lounge
- Bible Club PDX
- Multnomah Whiskey Library
- Angel Face
- Free House
- Vintage Cocktail Lounge
- Pink Rabbit
- Olive Or Twist
- Vault Cocktail Lounge
720 SE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
A small lounge with a laid-back vibe and a horseshoe-shaped bar that specializes in tropical cocktails.
My favorite drink is the Champagne Supernova with London Dry Gin, Marigold Amaro, lime, pineapple syrup, bitters, bubbles. Or you can try the Liars in Love, Old Quartermaster, and The Flamingo Kid.
215 SE 9th Ave #102, Portland, OR 97214
Scotch Lodge is a cocktail bar for Whisky lovers curated by Tommy Klus, with a modern inspired menu from Chef Tim Artale.
I got the Namesake cocktail which has smoky islay whisky, cherry liqueur, sweet vermouth, amaro, orange bitters! Other drinks I would recommend are the Orange Sherry Cobbler, Quiet Gardener, and Islay Daiquiri.
2733 NE Broadway, Portland, OR 97232
Hale Pele – “House of the Volcano Goddess” – is a glimmering pearl in Portland’s sea of food & cocktail culture. They proudly feature remarkable classic and contemporary exotic cocktails made with fresh juices, premium spirits, and house-made syrups. Their outstanding island-inspired small plates featuring local ingredients will delight and satisfy.
My favorite drink on the menu is their Mai Tai with a blend of rums, luscious curaçao, and orgeat. Other cocktails that looked amazing were the Bokola, Jet Pilot, and Secret of the Lost Lagoon.
1015 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209
Pioneering the cocktail renaissance since 2007, Teardrop Cocktail Lounge offers lovingly made libations in the heart of Portland’s Pearl District. From a profound respect for the classics to the adventure of unique flavor combinations, theirs is a perpetual quest for the new frontier of the cocktail.
I highly recommend trying the Culross, Broken Spanish, and Forty Thieves. My favorite cocktail was the House of Balloons with TDL vodka blend, Aperol, grapefruit, lemon, honey, soda.
Bible Club PDX
6716 SE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
The Bar at the Bible Club offers a carefully curated collection of the finest spirits & libations in a thoughtfully designed prohibition-style speakeasy. Coupled with their inventive bartenders’ creative cocktails, house tonics, tinctures, and bitters, they have created a premium and exceptionally unique drinking experience.
My friends tried the Swinger’s Delight, Barn Burner, and Pisco Sour and loved them! I had the Charrari Fuzz with Cynar, Campari, Carpano Antica, cherry syrup, soda and it was delicious!
2133 SE 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Deadshot is a cocktail-focused bar in Southeast Portland from the creative mind of Adam Robinson. Currently open 4 days a week from 4pm – midnight, Wednesday – Saturday, Deadshot offers a wide variety of uniquely crafted cocktails.
Whether you are stopping in for a quick drink and a snack, or planning on spending the whole night with them, they look forward to serving you.
On my visit I tried the Renegade Princess with gin, rum, turmeric, coconut, chamomile, citrus, chocolate, and cumin. It was absolutely amazing so I definitely recommend ordering this. Other drinks that sounded great were the Casper’s Ghost, Red Right Hand, and Shots Fired.
Multnomah Whiskey Library
1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
The Library offers an unrivaled selection of whiskey and other fine distilled spirits, beers, and wines as well as accompanying cuisine. Tableside Cocktail Service is a specialty of The Library, as are tastings, pairing dinners, and other educational events.
The Love at Midnight was absolutely delicious and had toasted coconut & almond cream, pineapple, lime, orange, and demerara. Other great cocktails I tried were the Jungle Flower, Golden Hour, and Tipperary. This spot is a must-visit!
910 NW 14th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Botanist specializes in delivering great cocktails, wonderful small plates, and a one of a kind guest experience. Every week, they have an experimental cocktail night on Tuesdays, and a Chef’s Tasting Menu on Wednesday. When the weather is nice, their patio bar is open with seating for up to 40 people.
When I came to this spot my friends ordered the Harvey Wallbanger, Bloody Mary, and Espresso Martini. I went for the Vodka Tonic which was absolutely amazing. It’s a cocktail with Timberline Vodka, Dolin Blanc, Tonic, butterfly pea flower, and apple.
5424 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211
Expatriate is an engaging, atmospheric, and freewheeling place for drinking and eating just across the street from Naomi Pomeroy’s Beast. Conventional wisdom considers it a cocktail lounge, and while Expatriate is run by noted bartender Kyle Linden Webster, it is careful attention to the rituals of hospitality that makes this room hum.
I really loved the drink I ordered, Color Theory with Letherbee Gin, fresh lemon, Combier Pamplemousse, Aveze, Peychaud’s bitters. Our bartender also recommended a few of the other drinks on the menu; Havana Syndrome, Grand Strategy, and Glanost.
959 SE Division St #100, Portland, OR 97214
Trendy hangout with a Cuban vibe offering sharing plates with daiquiris & other tropical cocktails.
The bartender at this spot recommended the Violet Fizz with gin, lemon, passion fruit, violette, orgeat, egg white, so I had to try it! The group of friends I was with ordered the Piña Colada, French 75, and Banana Daiquiri, Moscow Mule, and Negroni.
14 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
Angel Face is a lovely, romantic, and stylish spot with some of the best cocktails in town. It’s ideal for a date or a quiet, contemplative drink alone.
This is one of the most popular bars in the area, so you’ll be sure to have a good time. I ordered a few drinks, but my favorite ended up being the Diamondback Cocktail.
4057 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Opened in 2011, Interurban is the second bar from Dan Hart and Chris Navarra in Portland. The bar features pre-prohibition era cocktails, the best draft beer available and one of Portland’s most extensive whiskey lists. The kitchen is focused on seasonal modern pub fare, local game and a blend of classic and modern techniques.
Their patio features sun in the summer and covered fire pits in the winter.
My all time favorite drink at this spot is the High Fashion. It comes with Olmeca Altos Tequila Plata, Frangelico, pineapple, lemon and is absolutely delicious! I also tried the Lion’s Tail and Woodman’s Shandy which were equally as good.
1325 NE Fremont St, Portland, OR 97212
Free House prides itself as one of the friendliest neighborhood bars in Portland Ore. They serve delicious comfort food, excellent cocktails, craft beer and cider on tap, wine, and a thoughtfully curated collection of bottles and cans.
The atmosphere is cozy and warm; welcoming both inside and out on their private, heated patio. A great place to meet old friends and make new ones!
This spot served up some of the best drinks I’ve had and was so much fun. I came here with a group of friends and ordered the Brunswick Snap with whiskey, lemon, orange, winter spices, and red wine float. My friends ordered the Irish Coffee and Southern Exposure.
Vintage Cocktail Lounge
7907 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
Vintage is a classic cocktail lounge that strives to recreate both the cocktail stylings of times long past as well along with the jovial atmosphere of experienced and interesting bartenders.
This place is one of my favorites! I came here with a group of co-workers and had a great time. I ordered the 3rd Degree Moon Burns with Novo Fogo Cachaca, Orgeat, lemon juice, orange juice, pineapple juice, simple syrup, mint bush, Angostura bitters float and loved it.
232 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
A hip, geometric-filled bar with blue velvet booths that serves elevated cocktails and Asian fusion fare.
We had so much fun at this place! My friends ordered the Paloma and Pineapple Proposition, and I opted for the Blood Buzz Ohio. My drink came with Angel’s Envy Rye, Pivon Vermouth, toasted coconut, lemon, and egg white.
Olive Or Twist
925 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Their full service bar includes a number of unique martinis as well as classic cocktails. Additionally, they offer a small but select number of beers, wines, champagnes, and single malt scotches. To compliment their cocktails, their food menu includes a selection of appetizers, entrees, salads, and tasty deserts.
If you’re looking for one of the best spots to go out for drinks, this is the spot! I had the Hazelnut Chocolate Martini with Vodka, Godiva Dark chocolate liqueur, and Hazelnut Espresso vodka from Bend Distillery with a powdered chocolate rim.
Vault Cocktail Lounge
226 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
Their focus is on providing the highest quality craft cocktails using the freshest ingredients possible. They do this in an upscale setting with a high level of service at a price that’s more common in a neighborhood bar. Vault Cocktail Lounge is the sister lounge of Vintage Cocktail Lounge located in the Montavilla neighborhood.
Like Vintage, Vault delivers craft cocktails without the pretentious attitude. Their favorite drink to make is the one you enjoy the most.
If you stop by this place, I would recommend trying the Hello Darkness; Old Forester bourbon, amaro abano, Cappalletti aperitivo, orange twist, on the rocks. Other drinks that caught my eye were the Brown Derby, Purple Drank, and El Burro. I’ll be ordering those next time I pop into this spot!
Portland is home to many great cocktail bars. We know that there are more than 17, but these are our favorites!
Did we leave any off of the list? Let us know in the comments.