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This Week
July 21st, 2015 1:49 pm WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

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The best bar in Portland changes pretty much every night, depending on who shows up, what beers get tapped and who controls the speakers.

Our pick for the top brewpub, dive bar or wine lounge might change by the time you've finished reading this. But here are the spots, new and old, that we're most excited about right now. For a comprehensive list of favorites, check out our Bar Guide.

Where to drink this week.

1. Loyal Legion

705 SE 6th St., 235-8272, loyallegionpdx.com.

Kurt Huffman’s 99-tap, Oregon-only beer bar is open again after its brief closure. There are few rarities on tap despite the large selection—just a whole hell of a lot of solid beer from around the state, with an experimental $6-for-every-beer, no-tip policy.

2. Culmination Brewing

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2117 NE Oregon St., 353-6368, culminationbrewing.com.

After a slow start, Culmination actually has its own brew in nearly half of its 21 tap handles, but the real show for summer is its patio seating in a funny little neighborhood that’s somehow half-trucking, half-condo. Get a saison or the zesty citrus sour.

3. Shift Drinks

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1200 SW Morrison St., 922-3933, shiftdrinkspdx.com.

Order the “drinking tobacco”—actually a richly flavorful vermouth—or a heartbreakingly good Palermo Viejo #2 ($10) with gin, Cynar, grapefruit liqueur, mint and bitters, plus one of the richly adorned bruschettas ($8) thick as garlic bread.

4. Altabira

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1021 NE Grand Ave., 963-3600, altabira.com.

Atop the tasteful midcentury-modern Hotel Eastlund, Altabira is a beery rooftop pub with an incredible view of downtown and a pretty decent bistro burger, which we recommend you eat only at happy hour (4-6 pm), when it’s $7 instead of $14.

5. Dusk Til Dawn: Casa Diablo II

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8445 SE McLoughlin Blvd., 222-6610, dusktildawn.club. 

The third entry in Johnny Diablo’s meatless strip-club empire (nonetheless titled as the second) is a tiny box tightly arranged around a central stage so that pretty much everybody ends up on close terms with everybody.


Previous Buzz lists: 

July 15: 1. Shift Drinks 2. Reverend Nat’s 3. Sandy Hut 4. Momo’s 5. No Fun 

June 17: 1. Culmination Brewing 2. Portland Cider House 3. Sandy Hut 4. Momo’s 5. No Fun 

June 10: 1. Shift Drinks 2. Sandy Hut 3. Momo’s 4. No Fun 5. Killingsworth Dynasty 

June 3: 1. Sandy Hut 2. Shift Drinks 3. Solae’s Lounge 4. No Fun 5. Killingsworth Dynasty

May 27: 1. Solae’s Lounge 2. Killingsworth Dynasty 3. Sandy Hut 4. Portland Cider House 5. Brooklyn Park Pub

May 6: 1. N.W.I.P.A. 2. Stammtisch 3. The Liquor Store 4. Brooklyn Park Pub 5. Black Water
April 29: 1. Stammtisch 2. The Liquor Store 3. Likewise 4. Coopers Hall 5. Habesha Lounge

April 7: 1. Charlie Horse Saloon 2. The Standard 3. Black Water 4. Lompoc Tavern 5. The Liquor Store

Mar. 4: 1. Upright Brewing 2. Sasquatch Brewing 3. The Liquor Store 4. Prettyman’s General 5. Plew’s Brews

Feb. 18: 1. St. Honoré 2. Plew’s Brews 3. Loowit 4. Prettyman’s General 5. Savoy Tavern

Feb. 11: 1. Plew’s Brews 2. Prettyman’s General 3. The Liquor Store 4. Savoy Tavern 5. Bar Maven

Feb. 4: 1. Habesha Lounge 2. Bar Maven 3. Bazi Bierbrasserie 4. Sandy Hut 5. Wilder Bar Cafe

Jan. 21 1. Bazi Bierbrasserie 2. Sandy Hut 3. Wilder Bar Cafe 4. McMenamins Edgefield 5. Loowit

Jan. 13: 1. McMenamins Edgefield 2. Wilder Bar Cafe 3Habesha 4. Loowit 5. Brannon’s

Jan. 6: 1. Wilder Bar Cafe 2. Loowit 3. Habesha 4. Savoy Tavern 5. The Knock Back

Dec. 31: Habesha 2. BTU Brasserie 3. Savoy Tavern 4. Civic Taproom 5. The Knock Back

Dec: 24: 1. BTU Brasserie 2. Savoy Tavern 3. Civic Taproom 4. The Knock Back 5. Lucky Horseshoe Lounge

Dec. 17: 1. Savoy Tavern 2. BTU Brasserie 3. The Knock Back 4. Lucky Horseshoe Lounge 5. Big Trouble

Dec. 10: 1. The Knock Back 2. The Big Legrowlski 3. Lucky Horseshoe Lounge 4. The Ranger Station 5. Prettyman’s General

Dec. 3 1. Pips & Bounce 2. Lucky Horseshoe Lounge 3. Bar Bar 4. The Big Legrowlski 5. Prettyman's General

Nov. 26: 1. The Knock Back 2. Lucky Horseshoe Lounge 3. Bar Bar 4. The Big Legrowlski 5. Prettyman’s General

Nov. 19: 1. Lucky Horseshoe Lounge 2. Bar Bar 3. The Big Legrowlski 4. The Pines 5. Prettyman’s General

Nov: 5: 1. The Pines 2. The Big Legrowlski 3. Bar Bar 4. Prettyman’s General 5. There Be Monsters

Oct. 29 1. Slabtown 2. The Big Legrowlski 3. Prettyman’s General 4. There Be Monsters 5. Scoreboard

Oct. 15 1. Prettyman’s General 2. Barlow 3. The Big Legrowlski 4. St. Jack 5. There Be Monsters

Oct. 8 1. BTU Brasserie 2. Prettyman's General 3. Barlow 4. St. Jack 5. Mad Sons

Sept. 24: 1. BTU Brasserie 2. The Conquistador 3. Mi Mero Mole (Chinatown) 4. Paymaster Lounge 5. Mad Sons

Sept. 17: 1. Prettyman’s General 2. Mi Mero Mole (Chinatown) 3. Paymaster Lounge 4. Mad Sons 5. Higgins Bar

Sept. 10 1. St. Jack 2. Hopworks Urban Brewery 3. TeSoAria 4. Paymaster Lounge 5. Mad Sons

Sept. 3: 1. Scout Beer Garden 2. TeSoAria 3. Paymaster Lounge 4. Mad Sons 5. Stein Haus

Aug. 27 1. Rum Club 2. Scout Beer Garden 3. Paymaster Lounge 4. Paddy’s Bar & Grill 5. Growler Guys

Aug. 20 1. Paymaster Lounge 2. Mad Sons Pub 3. Growler Guys 4. Scout Beer Garden 5. Rum Club

Aug. 13: 1. Paymaster Lounge 2. Spin Laundry Lounge 3. Growler Guys 4. Scout Beer Garden 5. Victory Bar

Aug. 6: 1. Scout Beer Garden 2. The Hop & Vine 2. Spin Laundry Lounge 3. George's Corner Bar 4. White Owl 5. Lompoc Tavern

Jul. 30: 1. The Hop & Vine 2. Cooper's Hall 3. George's Corner Bar 4. White Owl 5. Lompoc Tavern

 
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