Some people will insist that any city is only as good as its cocktails. I’m one of those zealots – and in Portland, Oregon, you will find cocktails so good that you’ll wish you hadn’t passed out after the last one, mumbling, “Christ in a coupe,” because then maybe you could have drunk one more.
Portland has a new reputation as Beertown, Planet Earth – and I’m sick of it. Sure, the IPA’s are as varied as the goodies on the small-plate cuisine, but we also excel at beverages that come with little umbrellas sticking out of them. And maybe a maraschino cherry. And a slice of Satsuma. Or a half-pineapple held in place with a short-sword to fend off the bastards who are trying to get at my strawberry daiquiri (non-blended, you Spring-breaker heathens).
Portland’s cocktail scene has been refined over decades of trial and error. Here are the very best of Portland’s cocktails, and where to find them: