Portland's Top Bars of 2009

This city has no shortage of decent watering holes, from brewpubs to classic cocktail lounges. After all, with all that rain, we have to find some way to fill our time nine months of the year and the easy solution is to drink. Here, enjoy our picks for the best places to drink in town, rain or shine.

Updated: December 09, 2009

Raising the Bar


1001 Restaurant

1001 NW Couch St, Portland, OR 97209

Bartender Kelley Swenson has an encyclopedic knowledge of everything to do with the bartending trade, and it shows in his well-balanced cocktails. He's also got a way with pairing familiar flavors with lesser known ingredients in cocktails like The Viking of Sixth Avenue which introduces imbibers to aquavit and yellow chartreuse.


Clyde Common

1014 SW Stark St, Portland, OR 97205

The talented bar staff at this European-style tavern keeps the focus on American whiskeys, European bitters and local spirits. Blogger-bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler curates the inventive cocktail list with drinks rooted in classic techniques. Try the Norwegian Wood or the Broken Bike to start (or end) an evening right.


Kir Wine Bar

22 NE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

In a town teeming with great cocktail bars, sometimes you want a glass (or bottle) of wine to shake things up. On those occasions, wine-seeking drinkers head to this tiny candlelit wine bar where the chatty staff is only too happy to talk up the newest swoon-worthy wines from the eclectic list.


The Gilt Club

306 NW Broadway, Portland, OR 97209

This Old Town favorite recently revamped its drinks menu with a new list of vintage cocktails that will only further its far-reaching appeal. When you've tired of classics like the Bee's Knees or The Brooklyn, move on to drinks that make use of Gilt's house infusions like the cool Tracy's First Love.


Beaker and Flask

727 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

There's been plenty of buzz about the beyond standard bar fare served at this cavernous watering hole but the place is great for drinking, too. It is, after all, a bar. Behind the bar, skilled mixologists craft classic cocktails with cheeky names like The Comb Over or Daddy Issues, then serves them in vintage glasses that help create a retro mood.