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.
DRINK: Mini cocktail flight, $20 for 4 or $6 each.
DRINK: Mini cocktails, $5 each or a flight of 3 for $12.