Portlanders love beer, yes, but we also appreciate a nice, smooth bourbon. More and more distilleries are establishing their headquarters in town as evidence of this. The following bars stock diverse and high quality selections of the Kentucky firewater.
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 will justifiably rave about the multinationally-inspired menu, the bar--with Mr. Jeffrey Morgenthaler at the helm--deserves equal praise. Try the B.M.O.C., a fresh take on a whiskey-ginger, with bourbon, raw ginger syrup, bitters and soda.
Keeping with Southern tradition, EaT's whiskey list is short on Scotch and long on bourbon, ensuring you'll be shooting more than just oysters. Try Elijah Craig, 18 year and the Basil Hayden's.
Sip on some 15-year-old George T. Stagg on the Pope House's outdoor patio while munching on some country fritters to round out the lazy Sunday experience.
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.
Thursdays at East Burn is folk night, so head to the downstairs game room bar where you can enjoy the same menu fare and draft selection as above, with the added bonus of free skee ball below.