Slideshow: Where Bartenders Drink in Portland, OR

Brandon Josie of Riffle NW
Brandon Josie of Riffle NW

Favorite cocktail bar: I have to give Interurban the props here—they are consistently my favorite place to have a cocktail in Portland. These are men and women that put bartending and serving before pontificating about the off-the-still proof of a particular whiskey, or the chemical make-up of an archaic bitters, and the drinks taste that much better because of it. Their Old Fashioned and Suffering Bastard always do me right (maybe because I'm both of those things).

Favorite place for beer: Apex. When I'm in the mood for good beer I either go straight to the source (the brewery) or I go to Apex. Whether I'm craving a limited Boneyard or a hard to find Russian River, they always deliver. And honestly, patios and beers go hand in hand.

Favorite dive bar: Low Brow has always done right by me. Big Buck Hunter and big shots of whiskey keep me patronizing this establishment.

Kyle Webster of Expatriate (Coming Soon!)
Kyle Webster of Expatriate (Coming Soon!)

Favorite cocktail bar: Clyde Common is the only place in town where I know I'll be poured a good drink in a comfortable room by someone who cares about what they're doing. Jeffrey Morgenthaler was the first person to make me an aged rum daiquiri a few years ago.

Favorite wine bar: To go and sit and have a glass, I love Kir, particularly when their rosé offerings swell in the sunnier months.

Favorite dive bar: Binks on NE Alberta. It's the only dive in town that has Siete Leguas Blanco tequila, and they understand service. I've been going there for ten years.

[Photograph: Dina Avila]

Junior Ryan of Clyde Common
Junior Ryan of Clyde Common

Favorite cocktail bar: My favorite cocktail bar in Portland (outside of Clyde Common) is the second best cocktail bar in town...Teardrop Lounge. I go there because I think Sean Hoard and Daniel Shoemaker are great at what they do.

Favorite place for beer: The best beer selection and place to go for just beer is Apex. It has one of the biggest patios in SE, amazing selection of beers, and it has a rad Mexican food place right next door.

Favorite wine bar: My favorite place to drink wine is Nostrana. Great food, great staff, and a wine list to match.

Favorite dive bar: My favorite dive bar in Portland is the Ship Ahoy Tavern. Cheap drinks, salty customers, and I live 2 blocks away.

Connor Martin of Firehouse
Connor Martin of Firehouse

Favorite cocktail bar: Box Social. Dark, welcoming atmosphere, Hall+Oates on the stereo constantly, sweet cat mural in the bathroom. Well-made cocktails and an excellent and super well priced whiskey selection.

Favorite place for beer: Saraveza: Great beers, super nice owners, excellent drinking food. Feels like home, if I were from the Midwest. Trivia on Tuesdays! Fun beer festivals like the Farmhouse fest!

Favorite wine bar: The Hop&Vine. Yetta has pretty impeccable taste in wine and spirits, nice seasonal food menu, great bottle shop attached.

Favorite dive bar: The Spare Room: Karaoke, live music, bingo on Monday!!! One of the more interesting dive bars, a converted bowling alley that attracts a diverse crowd of hipsters, first time homeowners, and old timers of all stripes. Old German in cans and the twisted game of "Mystery Shot" make it a perfect place to ruin a morning.

Rob Fuller of Accanto
Rob Fuller of Accanto

Favorite cocktail bar: I love it at Victory Bar, it's dark, cozy and they are usually into something interesting. Love their Corpse Reviver #4, a Fernet cocktail.

Favorite place for beer: I'm infatuated with Lardo. They bring in great local beers in a casual environment. I like what the guys at Breakside are doing, Cana's Feast Chinato barrel stout, um sign me up!

Favorite wine bar: When I'm drinking wine it's usually a house pour from somewhere like Bar Avignon because it's nonchalant and you're going to end up with something Loire-ish that's funky and delicious.

Favorite dive bar: It's kind of a guilty pleasure, but I have stumbled upon a late night fish and chips at the Horse Brass more than a few times. Post indoor smoking it's much less dive bar feeling and I know my way around a game of Cricket on a dart board.

Steve Grimm of Bluehour
Steve Grimm of Bluehour

Favorite cocktail bar: Vintage Cocktail Lounge. Vintage is a classic cocktail lounge done right. I drink the “Richard Gecko” which is Luna Azul, carbonated pomegranate, and topped with mezcal foam.

Favorite place for beer: Laurelthirst Public House. Great service, great music, great beer with 19 running taps and a majority being Portland beers.

Favorite wine bar: Bin 21. What I like about it is that you feel like you’re at your own home. A delicious wine list, which pairs perfectly with the bistro style food coming from the kitchen. It’s a great place for meeting friends and family in the colorful Alberta district.

Favorite dive bar: Slabtown. It’s the ultimate dive. It’s dark, spacious and looks hungover. There’s a beauty about this place, perhaps it’s the pinball, hoops and air hockey that brings me here. This place has the divey wonderfulness that can only be found in certain bars or ammunition bunkers.

David Shenaut of Raven & Rose
David Shenaut of Raven & Rose

Favorite cocktail bar: KASK is my favorite cocktail bar in Portland, Tommy Klus put together a no-nonsense program there with simple well-appointed and consistent libations. He has left that tiny spot in the hands of Mark Macminn, who has done a great job at keeping the quality and energy up. The Boot Strap Buck in the drink to order there.

Favorite place for beer: A day trip to Hood River is the best way to enjoy beer if you are in Portland. Head out for a pizza at Double Mountain Brewery on your way to Logsdon for a Farm House Saison in the shadow of Mount Hood.

Favorite dive bar: Reel M Inn. Buck Hunter and fried chicken and Jojos...duh.

Nick Guest of Nostrana's Rooster Bar
Nick Guest of Nostrana's Rooster Bar

Favorite cocktail bar: My favorite cocktail bar—hands down—is Rum Club. All the bartenders down there have some serious talent and character. I order their Rum Club Daiquiri or I'll have Mary Bartlett make me up a Vieux Carré.

Favorite place for beer: Two of my favorite breweries in town is Breakside and Burnside. Slightly confusing, I know. Breakside and Nostrana have a strong relationship since our collaboration on a chestnut ale about 2 years ago. Their beers are always interesting but not overzealously so. Burnside I love 'cause their beers are delicious and they've got a great patio. For some good Belgians I go to Bazi Bierbrasserie and see my friends Eric and Hilda.

Favorite wine bar: I like to hit up Bar Avignon for some oysters and some sparkling wine. It's chill, intimate, and I can eat there alone and not feel out of place. Plus the owners and a server frequent our bar.

Favorite dive bar: My favorite dive bar is Conquistador Lounge. Sweet staff, cool owners, and margaritas. And hey, the sun's coming out and I'm a sucker for tequila and lime juice.

Taylor Gehrts of Smallwares & Barwares
Taylor Gehrts of Smallwares & Barwares

Favorite cocktail bar: Rum Club: I just like the way it feels in there. There's a dark kind of vintage feel and a really good drink list. I do seem to gravitate toward daiquiris here, while my wife tends to just want her Cardamaro neat. They have a great selection of rums and I can always try something new.

Favorite place for beer: I like to go to Breakside Brewery for their experimental and collaborative beers, and Hop and Vine for something more classic. It's also nice at Hop and Vine because I drink something at the bar and then pop over to their bottle shop next door and take a couple bottles home. Super knowledgeable staff there too.

Favorite wine bar: I recently took a trip over to Sauvage off of Ash and 6th in SE Portland and loved it there. The space is great, splitting time between wine bar/restaurant and winery. The wine list is smart and offers some of their house label (Fausse Piste) and everything is offered as a glass pour. Where else can you go in town and have your option of five different orange wines offered by the glass?

Favorite dive bar: The Kenton Club. I just love it there. Cheap strong drinks, pool, live music, pinball, dark wood everything, and one of the best/cheapest breakfasts for the morning after.