Here in Oregon, establishments selling liquor must have food available at all times, and we're not talkin' peanuts and pretzels. Portland has revolutionized the bar menu, bringing modern, sophisticated cuisine to the fore and changing the way we think about "drinking food." Here are the best bars serving food as good as their drinks.
Chef Jun Robles is reinventing pub fare with an eclectic menu of Asian-meets-brew-pub dishes. Try the vegan Japanese pancake & Vietnamese rice bowl with a pint.
An industry favorite. Try the Venison burger with fried leeks or spaetzle and work your way through the international beer list.
Best cocktails in town meets sophisticated, adventurous, and internationally-inspired seasonal cuisine. Communal tables, ultra-hip clientele, and some damn good French fries. Now serving brunch!
This sexy neighborhood restaurant-meets-wine-bar offers up European class & unassuming high-style. Head in for a late-night weekend burger & vieux carre.
This craft cocktail bar serves the most sophisticated drinking food in town. Try the black tea fried chicken or braised short rib, and try at least three cocktails.
Sport bar heaven. Newly revamped menu from owner Nate Tilden includes small plates and sandwiches, like BBQ pork belly and wings, smoked tri-tip steak, root vegetable sandwiches, and refined salads. Plus, skeeball.
The goods: locally-made soft-serve ice cream, shuffleboard, free old-school video games (yes, unlimited Ms. Pac Man and Donkey Kong), frozen margaritas, and kid-friendly bar food that feels like a mash-up of gourmet regional cuisine and the deep-fried-everything booth at the state fair.
This modernist tavern features 16 local wines on tap, a domestic-only beverage program, and a well-curated menu full of innovative yet accessible dishes. Try the "eat the whole menu" option for just $55.
Rum Club is an industry favorite. Expect to see high-profile bartenders drinking Fernet and trading stories from the night's service. Try the Ellwood.