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Get Happy!… Hour

Kick off your long weekend with a little happy hour action. As usual, we’ve got suggestions above. Nothing hitting the spot? Peruse our list of 28 options in neighborhoods all over PDX.

Bar Mingo

In Portland, it’s fairly easy to swing your restaurant stick and wind up striking $4 happy hour wells and $2 domestic cans. But $5 martinis with dry vermouth and a pair of marinating Castelvetrano olives? Not so much, unless, of course, you show up for Bar Mingo’s happy hour. (Hint: show early—the place fills up quickly.) What sort of began as a waiting lounge for the next-door Caffe Mingo has become its More…

Lucky Strike

When you enter Rita Jia You’s and Stefan Leopold’s steamy, sexy, black-on-red, Sichuan-style restaurant, one of the first things you’ll notice are the clusters of satiny chili peppers strung by the door. It’s their way of wordlessly saying: Expect heat. If hot, hot heat’s not your thing, there are options, You says, like the Dan Dan Noodle, a moderately spiced, Sichuan-style noodle dish that’s garnished with beef, scallions and crushed peanuts. More…


Mextiza’s hora feliz is exactly that—one hour in which to sample your way through its happy hour menu and get a taste, at $2 to $5 a pop, of what to expect when you come back for dinner. If it’s a bright, sunny day and you’re in the mood for something light, ask for the shredded jicama, a very generously portioned (not so) small plate that the kitchen seasons with a New Mexican heirloom chili powder More…

Sidecar 11

Squeezing into Sidecar 11 is kind of like stepping into a speakeasy—the room is long, the candles lit, the space tight. That’s exactly what owner John Cooper was going for and his initial pre-Prohibition cocktail list supported this effort. But over time, Cooper says, those cocktails began to lose their appeal. When they did, he abandoned that list and came up with another one that features original and twisty takes on the classics More…


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