Now in Portland: New Bars

Your friends call you the social director of the group. Your job: Sniffing out the hottest bars (and clubs, if you're into that thing) in Portland for nights of debauchery and the best-laid drunken plans. From low-key neighborhood taps to pretty people lounges, we've got you covered with our list of the best new spots for boozing in Portland.

Updated: November 23, 2009

Scenes That Sizzle


Departure

525 Sw Morrison St, Portland, OR 97204

With a view as pretty as the people and potent, inventive cocktails, it's no surprise that this hotel lounge hits the roof--literally--in popularity. Expect a polished, after-work crowd and dates looking to impress.


Bar Mingo

811 NW 21st Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Everyone should have a bar as inviting as this in their neighborhood. An added bonus: It's attached to Caffe Mingo so you can take your sparkling wine buzz--and bubbly conversation--to a table next door.


Ping

102 NW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Yes, there's a restaurant on this list. After all, haven't the lines blurred between nightlife and dining? Line your belly with a shochu cocktail or the house sake to ready your palette for stewed Thai-style pork knuckle.


Metrovino

1139 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

Sure, the 80-choices-deep wine list is sure to please, but it's the sleek Enomatic machine behind the bar that will impress the most discerning of oenophiles. The contraption preserves vino for 30 days and spits out pours. Fascinated? So are we.


Beaker and Flask

727 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

Cocktail culture is alive and well, thanks to nightlife scores like this. Craft bartenders pour in the TLC with inventive ingredients and long-forgotten recipes. Inky black booths and downtown views give hipsters more reasons to linger.