Ten bars in Portland, Oregon that serve smooth single malts, for those who prefer their whisky without the "E."
In my early 20s, I spent a year living and tending bar in Edinburgh, Scotland. And while confusing Scottish culture with English culture is a good way to get your teeth knocked out by a Scot, I still find myself wandering over to the Moon & Sixpence when I miss the idea of people forming a queue to buy rounds for their mates.
Holman's is a neighborhood dive with an exceptional whisky collection. Head here if you prefer your whisky smokey--with a lot of peat. Then return the next morning for their build-your-own Bloody Mary bar on Sunday.
While most folks who frequent Pix fill up on sweet tortes and macarons, I suggest sipping on a pour of (my favorite) Caol Ila 12-year. The smokey, peppery whisky in and of itself is a meal, with the taste staying with you long after.
The whiskey isn't the only thing to write home about, try the Steamed Manila Clams or the Alberta burger. Oh! Don't forget the Hanger Steak!
The whiskey selection is heavy on the bourbon at Old Gold--no complaints here. The sandwiches are stellar, especially the bahn mi and grilled cheese. Old Gold is crowded during happy hour but tends to thin out as the night goes on.