HIGH-PROOF PDX ITINERARY: Cocktail Enthusiast (No Matter the Distance)

The best spots for tasting cocktails made with locally made spirits can be in the very places where they’re produced. But until laws change, distilleries aren’t permitted to serve full-size cocktails unless there’s food service too. The distilleries can, however, serve up mini cocktails. If you’re looking for a cocktail adventure—and willing to cross the river—this itinerary is for you. Taste and sip at the distilleries, then later in your tour experience Portland’s best bars as they make you full-size cocktails, many using Portland-made spirits.

Don’t miss the mini cocktails at any of these three Distillery Row distilleries: House Spirits Distillery, New Deal Distillery, and Vinn Distillery. Then, drive—DD behind the wheel, of course—less than two miles to Southwest Portland, the “vanguard of Portland’s craft cocktail scene:” Driftwood Room (729 SW 15th Avenue) for the Driftwood Sazerac, or the Vesper. Loop back toward W. Burnside Street and follow the dark stairwell to Pépé le Moko (407 SW 10th Avenue) for house classics like an Amaretto Sour or Grasshopper. Last, head to Sizzle Pie’s Quality Bar (931 SW Oak Street) for a bar stacked high with Oregon-made favorites, and of course pizza. 

Driftwood Room

729 SW 15th Avenue Portland, OR 97205

DRINK: PORTLAND ‘85 cocktail

House Spirits Distillery

65 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

DRINK: Mini cocktail flight, $20 for 4 or $6 each.

New Deal Distillery

900 SE Salmon St, Portland, OR 97214

DRINK: Mini cocktails, $5 each or a flight of 3 for $12.

Pépé le Moko

407 SW 10th Ave, Portland, OR 97205

DRINK: Amaretto Sour cocktail

Quality Bar

931 SW Oak St, Portland, OR 97205

DRINK: Character Study cocktail

Vinn Distillery

222 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

DRINK: Mini cocktail, $5.