Happy Hour Guidebook
Guiding you to the best!

Best-of Lists

I need to update this for 2016! Stay tuned...

Outdoor Patios

Most Pleasant Patios
21st Avenue(NW)
Altabira (NE)
Amalfi's (NE)
Bernie's (AL)
Departure (Rooftop! DT)
East Burn (CES)
Equinox (North)
Firehouse (North)
Moloko Plus (North)
Nel Centro (Fire! DT)
Night Light (SE)
Ringside Steakhouse (far east)
Tin Shed (AL)
Wild Abandon (SE)

Plus: The Grant House, Vinotopia & Cactus Ya-Ya's (Vancouver)
Hall St. & Stockpot (Beaverton)
Wassabi (Hillsboro)
Tippy Canoe & Edgefields's (Troutdale)

Runners Up: APEX (SE), Bar Bar (North), Cha (NW), Cruz Room (AL), Doug Fir (CES), Farm Café (CES), Fifth Quadrant (North), Gold Dust Meridian (SE), Green Dragon (SE), HedgeHouse (SE), Lucky Strike (SE), MacTarnahan's (NW), Noble Rot (SE), North 45 (NW), Old Town trio of XV, Shanghai Tunnel, and Berbati's Pan, On Deck Sports Bar (Pearl), Prost (North), Radio Room (AL), Rontoms (SE), Yakuza (NE)

Best Sidewalk Seating
23 Hoyt
Bar Mingo
Blue Hour
Cafe Nell
Deschute's Brewery
Jake's Famous
Rock Bottom

Alameda Brewhouse
Por Que No

Sapphire Hotel

River's Edge (See Waterfront Map)
Joe's Crab Shack
Red Lion Quay
Who Song & Larry's
Island Cafe
Salty's Sextant
The Deck
McCormick & Schmick's
Newport Seafood (seasonal, on dock)
Three Degrees

Five Spice on Lake Oswego
Riverview on the Sandy River

So these are some of the best, but not all. Let me know if you think I need to add some in...

Best Brewery Happy Hours
Alameda Brewhouse (North)
Bridgeport Brewpub (Pearl)
Deschute's (Pearl)
Henry's (Pearl)
Hopworks (H.U.B.) SE/NE
McTarnahan's (NW)
Rock Bottom (DT)

Full listing of Happy Hours at Breweries is easily found in the Beervana section of the book.

Great Portland beer site:

Happy Hour Array + Deals
Bartini (NW)Box Social (NE)
Camellia Lounge (Pearl)
Driftwood Room  (Downtown)
Gilt Club (Old Town)
Interurban (NE)
Moloko (NE)
Pope House (NW)
Rum Club (Central Eastside)
Saphire Hotel (SE)
Secret Society (NE)
Tapalaya (NE) (Hurricanes!)
Teardrop Lounge (Pearl)
Vault (Pearl)
Vintage (SE)

And go Asian! Enjoy unique, delicious HH concoctions at Departure, Kin, Seres, Shigezo, Silk, and Sinju.

And if you too, love "boat drinks": Hale Pele! Plus Andina, Blue Agave, Oba, Tapalaya, and Trader Vic’s.

Gluten Free
Restaurants with huge menus work well, as there are so many alternatives and it's great to have an array of choices. Enjoy salads and grilled ahi, steak bites and skewers. Asian (especially Seres in the Pearl) and Mexican foods are good choices in general. Always ask about preparation if you need to really stick to the GF thing, as there are many screw-ups out there.

Restaurants are at least paying more attention now. Mama Mia's has a good gluten free pasta (yay!!!), and will make any dish with it when requested. (Dinner, not Happy Hour). Thirst claims 90% of menu is or can be made gluten free. My favorite buns ever are at Fogo de Chao (and they have phenomenal steak bites there as well). Deschutes has a gluten-free beer, God bless 'em, and our cider scene is going crazy!

Bye & Bye
(THE vegan/GF HH place!)
McCormick&Schhmicks (20 items)
Portland City Grill (20 menu items)

** If you have a serious gluten intolerance, please know that I am not by any means an official authority, but just offering some suggestions. And please let me know any great finds!

Best Date Places
Happy Hour makes for the perfect first date. It's a quick, casual meeting to see if you have mutual interest/s, it's cheaper than a full dinner, and you get to drink a little! These are some quiet, quality, and impressive places:
--Benson Hotel (DT)
--Chart House (Out & About)
--Driftwood Room (DT)
--El Gaucho (DT)
--Farm Cafe (SE)
--Grant House (Vancouver)
--Living Room Theaters (DT--movie after?)
--Mama Mia's (DT) Incredible Happy Hour!
--Meriwether's (NW)
--Portland City Grill (DT)
--Pour Wine Bar (NE)
--Riverview (Out & About)
--Sapphire Hotel (SE)
--Tabla (NE)
--Uptown Billiards (NW--play pool after--FREE with coupon in the book!)
--Voicebox Karaoke (NW)

Group Meetings
Arrive at Happy Hour EARLY if you are trying to get a table for 8+! Call for details, but these are common spots that don't necessarily charge room fees, but
of course do require some imbibing:

Benson Hotel -- Quiet and gorgeous
Chapel Pub -- Nice little private room
Old Town Pizza -- Both locations
Seres -- Long group table space in bar
Spaghetti Factory -- Small groups, must buy lunch/dinner
Thirst -- Variety of options

Banquet list from OpenTable:

Family Friendly
Breweries in general!
All the McMenamin's
Oba (several tables at entry)
Tin Shed

Best Burgers
Hall Street Grill
Jake's & Jakes Famous
McCormick & Schmick's
Ruth's Chris

Best Pizza
Okay... I am from Chicago where they are known for their pizza, and have struggled to find much of a BEST list, but I want one!! I'm not taking responsibility except for what I've found and enjoyed as listed below. Email me with favorites and I'll see what gets mentioned most, and try it again. At HAPPY HOUR only, please.

Wood-fired and delicious:
Serratto, Nostrana, Piattino, Life of Pie

Wood-fired and pretty good:
Bar Due, Firehouse

No Happy Hour, but Apizza Scholls and Lovely Fifty-Fifty (Lovely Hula Hands owners) have the best I've found, in addition to the aforementioned. PDX Pipeline came up with a good list, and ended up with highlights being Ken’s Artisan, Escape From New York, Vicente’s and Flying Pie.
Click here for PDXPipeline Pizza report

Just reminding you about this category. What are you in the "mood" for??!

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