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In Portland, the bartenders all have doctorates in mixology, and the cocktails tend to be infused with something akin to tamarind reduction or elderberry essence. But there's no need to go east for a straight-up, by-the-book Manhattan. We've put together a list of Portland bars that don't fix what isn't broken--the classic cocktail. (Photo: Cocktail at Teardrop Lounge by Flickr user scaredy_kat)
Updated: September 13, 2011
Bring a date to this intimate, low-lit spot above the Wonder Ballroom, where a live jazz band squeeze in despite a bar capacity of just 50. Choose from the bar's many-page list of old-school cocktails, such as the Bees Knees--made from gin, honey and lemon juice--it's served in a classic Champagne coupe. (Photo: Flickr user eyeliam)
Circa 33's menu is separated by year, and spans the spectrum of classic cocktails. On one end, there's the Wild West-era Corpse Reviver No. 2 (gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, lemon juice and absinthe) served chilled in a martini glass and garnished with orange peel. On the other end, there's the 1940s Hollywood-era Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger puree, lime juice and soda water) served in a highball glass with a wedge of lime.