1. Spin! Turn! Turn!
8 NE Killingsworth Street, 503-284-6019, turnturnturnpdx.com. 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesday to Monday. Open later on event nights.
You’ll always find records and CDs for sale in this bar, live music venue, and event space, as well as food and drink. However, the menu has changed under the new owner. Where there was once a toaster oven and hot dog-centric entrees, there’s now an Instant Pot, rice cooker and slow cooker for an intentionally simple array of brown rice and black bean bowls. with various toppings. Six Northwest beers are on tap, and there’s a fridge case full of more drinks. Behind the bar there is also alcohol, but no cocktails per se – order as you would at a dive bar or most rock clubs.
2. Social Punch Bowl
340 SW Morrison St., #4305, 503-334-0360, punchbowlsocial.com/location/portland. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday to Saturday.
If you’re looking for a bar to settle in and watch non-stop March Madness games, head to Punch Bowl Social. Sure, the 32,000 square foot gambling palace might be in a strip mall, but it fills a wonderful niche in downtown Portland – there’s something on the menu for everyone, a list of deep beers and creative cocktails, to boot. New brunch dishes like chicken and cookies, raspberry waffles and Southwestern green chorizo fries should also help you fuel up for those early morning games.
1030 Belmont Street SE, 503-208-4022, suckerpunch.bar. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.
Suckerpunch, the local business that started as a seller of mocktail kits in 2020, has launched an experimental pop-up in the Goat Blocks – further proof that the non-alcoholic trend is gaining momentum after a spike well-documented pandemic consumption. Here, you’ll find a regular rotation of zero-proof, seasonally inspired cocktails, as well as events like tasting flights and dessert pairings.
1668 NW 23rd Ave, 503-954-3794, boxerramen.com. 11am-9pm, Wednesday-Sunday.
This popular Portland fast-casual restaurant brand has finally resurfaced after a long pandemic shutdown. Boxer, formerly Boxer Ramen, welcomed customers to its new Slabtown location this month. Although not previously a drinking destination, the noodle shop has doubled the size of its menu, which includes an exciting range of sakes and cocktails.
5. Distilling Room 503
4784 SE 17th Ave, Suite 150, 503-975-5669, 503distillation.com. 3-9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday.
Portland has a new outlet where you can enjoy draft cocktails right next to the spring. 503 Distilling recently opened a lounge adjacent to their distillery inside the Iron Fireman Collective building. This is where you’ll find six rotating cocktails on tap, plus cocktails, beer, and wine made to order. Draft options give visitors a first look at some of the newest concoctions coming out of the distillery, acting as a sort of laboratory. And once you’ve had your fill of spirits, Ruse Brewing is a stone’s throw away.