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This Week
June 23rd, 2015 6:01 pm WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

culminationfbIMAGE: Culmination Facebook
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.

1. Culmination Brewing

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

After its official grand opening last weekend, Culmination 21’s cozy front-of-brewery bar is up to 10 taps of its own beer, alongside 14 others. Highlights were a sour citrus that deeply lived up to its name, and its Saison I farmhouse that strongly recalls another better-known Portland urban farmhouse.


2. Portland Cider House

PORTLAND CIDER HOUSE
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3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 206-6283, portlandcider.com.

The cider house’s 24 rotating taps make it the best spot for cider tastings in town, and it has been backing it up with a series of takeovers during cider week, which continues with Dragon’s Head on Thursday, Northwest Cider Brokers on Friday and Schilling on Saturday. 


3. Sandy Hut

SANDY HUT
IMAGE: Anna Jaye Goellner

1430 NE Sandy Blvd., 235-7972.

Club 21’s owners have done less a full-scale remodel of the decades-old Handy Slut than the sort of rearrangement a mother might give her son’s bedroom after he finally moves out: scrub the stink out of the carpets, move some furniture around and open a damn window.


4. Momo’s

IMAGE: Momo's Facebook

725 SW 10th Ave., 478-9600.

We have arrived at peak patio. And in downtown or the West End, a patio seat on the tucked-away back porch area of Momo’s—still quaintly domestic even with the ivy cleaned up—is one of the most coveted pieces of real estate.

 

5. No Fun 

NO FUN
IMAGE: Emma Browne

1711 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 236-8067, devilsdill.com.

You can now get your favorite tasty-ass, five-spice, pulled-pork Devil’s Dill sandwich in an amiable, sunny bar, with one of five craft taps, an $8 Negroni, a Pickleopolis pickle plate with beets, or especially the $8.50 house martini.


Previous Buzz lists: 

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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