The Old Gold

2105 N Killingsworth St., 894-8937, 4 pm-12 am Monday-Tuesday, 4 pm-1 am Wednesday-Thursday, 2 pm-2 am Friday, noon-2 am Saturday, noon-midnight Sunday.

Former Portland Mercury music editor Ezra Caraeff's Old Gold is a bourbon bar, albeit in an earthy shell that makes sipping on sharp, neat Blanton's ($9) all the better. A massive chalkboard, diplomatically titled "WHISK(E)Y," boasts more than 100 bottles of the liquor, from a $6 glass of Buffalo Trace to $25 Lock, Stock & Barrel. Europeans and their disciples should note that Kentucky outnumbers the U.K. 4-to-1, while the Tennessean and Canadian fill rightfully little space. The stable-sized room echoes and bustles to Speaking in Tongues after the garage door squeaks closed; when it's open, the bearded NoPo set take their drinks out onto Killingsworth. MITCH LILLIE.

Happy Hour: 4-7 pm weekdays. $1 off well drinks, house wine, micros and sandwiches.
Entertainment: Weekly trivia, ESPN, reading whiskey bottles.