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1015 NW Everett, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.525208 -122.681631
Neighborhoods: Pearl, Neighbors West - Northwest
Weekend attract all kind at this creative cocktail bar but if you can get a seat at the bar and try some of the delicious creations you'll be happy. One of the original Portland craft cocktail bars.
Unique and traditional cocktails at their best – Teardrop has become a frequent location my friends and I on nights out on the town. The owners and staff are very welcoming and seem to have a passion for making your experience, drinks, and food enjoyable. I'm always intrigued by the new and unique cocktail offerings they have on their list. It's interesting to hear stories from the bartenders on how they design their delightful concoctions. As a fan of spicy drinks, I really enjoy the Araby, which is a sweet drink complimented with firey thai chilis. The combonation creates a nice balance of sweet and spicy. Another personal favorite is their sake sangria made with seasonal fruit. I appreciate their use of local and fresh ingredients in their drinks. If you are not a fan of cocktails, but like beer, try the Samurai Ale, you won't be disappointed.
A cocktail bar for the cocktail connoisseur – I have been here two times now, and in my honest opinion this is the hands down best bar in town. I know my cocktails and I know my spirits. I read a lot and I rarely talk to a bartender who knows more than I do. I'm not someone who is easily impressed. But I was blown away within minutes of sitting down at the bar in Teardrop.
Their spirit selection is limited but carefully picked. They have a lot of lesser known yet exceptional sprits. They don't use a lot of infused vodkas or liqueurs. And they don't use a lot of fruit purees and fruit juices like most other cocktail bars today. Places like that tend to artfully mask the taste of the spirits. Instead the people at Teardrop try to enhance the qualities of the spirits using superior ingredients. I've never seen a place which has put so much time and thought into their ingredients. Most other bars take things like tonic water, vermouth, olives, and maraschino cherries for granted. At Teardrop, all those things are carefully picked. They make their own tonic water and ginger beer which is naturally carbonated due to the addition of champagne yeast. They also make about 8 different bitters. Try ordering a Manhattan there with Carpano Antica sweet vermouth and an Amarena cherry, and you will see what I'm talking about. It will make it difficult to go back to the standard Manhattan with Martini & Rossi and the neon red abomination which they call maraschino cherries today.
Daniel, the owner, and David, the bartender, both took the time to tailor a cocktail to my palate despite the busy bar. And they were both happy to answer all the questions I threw at them. Having a cocktail here is a wonderful experience. This is truly a cocktail bar for the cocktail connoisseur. And if you think otherwise, well, you just don't know your cocktails!
Cocktails done right! – Like a great restaurant, they actually care about what goes into your drink, the owner spent much time talking to us about the ingredients, not trying to sell anything, trying to find out what we liked, we tried a couple different things, everything was great, great service, great drinks, no pretence, just the right atmosphere. Not the place to grab a beer, or to go get drunk, but if you want a couple of cocktails served by knowledgeable, friendly people, this is a wonderful choice!
Local rip-off – Just a standard pearl lounge - nothing special as made out to be in all the *glorious* reviews. Plus, twelve bucks for the Achel blond Belgian beer! Take a clue from the menus around town on how to set the prices right. Eg: Higgins.
Seldom is anything so inspired so well-executed! – Cocktails the way God intended?complex, potent, and intriguing to the last drop. Great bar menu, too. Fusion cooking isn?t usually my thing (too often, it?s the worst of both worlds), but the Teardrop won me over with their fabulous Viking-in-a-kimono wasabi-dressed gravlax. Do try the Mai Tai?it?s Bali Ha?i on the rocks!
Best Salmon Gravlax in town – This bar in the Pearl most recently opened this month and as a local of the Pearl I went over to check out their drinks. The drink menu was eclectic and fun. I had something called the Golden Child that was a true winner. I decided that I would dabble in the food menu to see if they could go two for two, and low and behold I had the gravlax and it was incredible. The paper thin slices melted in my mouth and the cucumbers and caviar were the perfect garnish. Props to a place that can do both Drink and Food!
Innovative drinks and friendly service – This place just opened last week and they make mouth-watering cocktails. We sat at one of the tables near the front window that opens up all the way. The service was prompt and friendly. I've been to some lounges where the servers are pretentious, but here they answered all of my questions in a non-assuming manner. I ordered the little cloud, and it was a delicate balance of elderflower syrup, aviation gin and lime. After the first, I had to order another one. They also had cocktails on special for happy hour from 4-7. We ordered the gazpacho to start; it was very refreshing on a warm day, and when they started serving hot food at 6, we ordered the edamame, ahi, salmon and drumsticks. It was all delicious and plated beautifully. You might have trouble using the chopsticks for the ahi dish, but just ask for a fork, they have them :) I would definitely recommend this place to meet for business or pleasure. I'll be there this weekend.
Pearl District lounge brings about a cocktail renaissance by refining the cocktailing craft. – In Short
A slick, circular bar's curved island occupies much of an intimate space and seats the cocktail obsessed customers who drop in for a drink and thought provoking conversation surrounding the bartending trade. Exotic, seasonal, and housemade ingredients come together in such standouts as the Freedonia featuring foie gras armagnac and washed African coffee, and classics like The Floating Bowl, or a rotating selection of hot punches. For food, the kitchen serves tapas style plates such as spiced edamame or bacon-wrapped tri-tip bites.
Max hip – Small, cozy, friendly, interesting drink and food menu, location hip-to-the-max. Its hard to be different but the Teardrop has succeeeded!
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