The best bar in Portland changes pretty much every night, depending on who shows up, what beers get tapped and who controls the speakers.
Our pick for the top brewpub, dive bar or wine lounge might change by the time you've finished reading this. But here are the spots, new and old, that we're most excited about right now. For a comprehensive list of favorites, check out our Bar Guide.
Where to drink this week:
1. Grand Army Tavern
901 NE Oneonta St., 503-841-6195, grandarmytavern.com.
Fomerly Bushwhacker, this Dekum spot is now an elegant wood-slatted hall of refreshing citrusy cocktails and seriously delicious pork rinds and sliders.
2. Upside Down
3318 SE Milwaukie Ave., 971-373-8607, facebook.com/upsidedownpdx.
The folk from Uno Mas now have a chile-verde-and-cheeseburger beer patio in Brooklyn, and it's great—with 30 taps including root beer for the kids, and a 4-6 pm happy-hour that goes all day Sunday, with burgers for a mere $5.
3. Bar Casa Vale
215 SE 9th Ave., 503-477-9031, barcasavale.com.
Bar Casa Vale is a dream of Spanish cocktails, tapas, hearth fire and ham straight off the hock. It is also our 2017 Bar of the Year. See wweek.com/drank to read our bar guide online, or find out where to pick up a free hard copy.
930 SE Sandy Blvd., centurybarpdx.com.
Weekends it's a nightclub, Sunday morning it's drag queen bingo, and on a Monday it might host an obscure Czech film. But the most important thing to you right now is going to be that beautiful roof.
5. Lay Low Tavern
6015 SE Powell Blvd., 503-774-4645.
If former dive bar Club 21 is now an outdoor graffiti museum on Sandy Boulevard, the old owners' new Lay Low Tavern is like a museum devoted to Club 21, with seemingly every bartender, every piece of decor and the build-your-own burger bar transported intact.