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This Week
March 24th, 2015 12:01 am WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

horseA Pendarvis Farm horse hanging out near the Galaxy Barn. - Rachelle Hacmac.
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.

1. Charlie Horse Saloon

637 SE Morrison St.

Portland’s weirdest and most makeshift bar—Sway Bar—has just become a fine facsimile of an Old West saloon, with your bachelor dad’s floor-to-ceiling paneling, cheap drinks and more taxidermy than the Bates Motel.


2. The Standard

14 NE 22nd St., 233-4181.

The unofficial winner of our Cheap Life issue, the Standard offers $2 craft brews on Sundays (including Buoy, Barley Brown’s and our beer of the year, Upright Engelberg Pilsner), plus $1 Hamms on Wednesdays. Not to mention both The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad pinball. Mazel.

 

3. Black Water

835 NE Broadway, 546-1682.

Fast on the heels of Slabtown’s closure, punk-metal Black Water is already worshipping at the altar of seitan, throwing together sold-out rock shows, saucy vegan cheesesteaks and occasional Tarantino marathons.

IMAGE: Thomas Teal

 

4. Lompoc Tavern

1620 NW 23rd Ave, 894-9374, lompocbrewing.com.

Everybody’s eerily quiet about this, but Lompoc Brewing makes a new IPA—like, a whole new kind of IPA—pretty much every week. And some of them are pretty damn good. And on Monday, it’s only $2.50.

LOMPOC HEAD BREWER BRIAN KEILTY
IMAGE: cameronbrowne.com

 

5. The Liquor Store

3341 SE Belmont St., 421-4483, theliquorstorepdx.com.

With old papers, old records, a basement dance club, a seamless horseshoe of a bar and housemade blue curaçao memorializing its predecessor, the Blue Monk, this bar is off to a hell of a good start.

THE LIQUOR STORE
IMAGE: jasondesomer.com

 

Previous Buzz lists: 

Mar. 4: 1. Upright Brewing 2. Sasquatch Brewing 3. The Liquor Store 4. Prettyman’s General 5. Plew’s Brews

Feb. 18: 1. St. Honoré 2. Plew’s Brews 3. Loowit 4. Prettyman’s General 5. Savoy Tavern

Feb. 11: 1. Plew’s Brews 2. Prettyman’s General 3. The Liquor Store 4. Savoy Tavern 5. Bar Maven

Feb. 4: 1. Habesha Lounge 2. Bar Maven 3. Bazi Bierbrasserie 4. Sandy Hut 5. Wilder Bar Cafe

Jan. 21 1. Bazi Bierbrasserie 2. Sandy Hut 3. Wilder Bar Cafe 4. McMenamins Edgefield 5. Loowit

Jan. 13: 1. McMenamins Edgefield 2. Wilder Bar Cafe 3Habesha 4. Loowit 5. Brannon’s

Jan. 6: 1. Wilder Bar Cafe 2. Loowit 3. Habesha 4. Savoy Tavern 5. The Knock Back

Dec. 31: Habesha 2. BTU Brasserie 3. Savoy Tavern 4. Civic Taproom 5. The Knock Back

Dec: 24: 1. BTU Brasserie 2. Savoy Tavern 3. Civic Taproom 4. The Knock Back 5. Lucky Horseshoe Lounge

Dec. 17: 1. Savoy Tavern 2. BTU Brasserie 3. The Knock Back 4. Lucky Horseshoe Lounge 5. Big Trouble

Dec. 10: 1. The Knock Back 2. The Big Legrowlski 3. Lucky Horseshoe Lounge 4. The Ranger Station 5. Prettyman’s General

Dec. 3 1. Pips & Bounce 2. Lucky Horseshoe Lounge 3. Bar Bar 4. The Big Legrowlski 5. Prettyman's General

Nov. 26: 1. The Knock Back 2. Lucky Horseshoe Lounge 3. Bar Bar 4. The Big Legrowlski 5. Prettyman’s General

Nov. 19: 1. Lucky Horseshoe Lounge 2. Bar Bar 3. The Big Legrowlski 4. The Pines 5. Prettyman’s General

Nov: 5: 1. The Pines 2. The Big Legrowlski 3. Bar Bar 4. Prettyman’s General 5. There Be Monsters

Oct. 29 1. Slabtown 2. The Big Legrowlski 3. Prettyman’s General 4. There Be Monsters 5. Scoreboard

Oct. 15 1. Prettyman’s General 2. Barlow 3. The Big Legrowlski 4. St. Jack 5. There Be Monsters

Oct. 8 1. BTU Brasserie 2. Prettyman's General 3. Barlow 4. St. Jack 5. Mad Sons

Sept. 24: 1. BTU Brasserie 2. The Conquistador 3. Mi Mero Mole (Chinatown) 4. Paymaster Lounge 5. Mad Sons

Sept. 17: 1. Prettyman’s General 2. Mi Mero Mole (Chinatown) 3. Paymaster Lounge 4. Mad Sons 5. Higgins Bar

Sept. 10 1. St. Jack 2. Hopworks Urban Brewery 3. TeSoAria 4. Paymaster Lounge 5. Mad Sons

Sept. 3: 1. Scout Beer Garden 2. TeSoAria 3. Paymaster Lounge 4. Mad Sons 5. Stein Haus

Aug. 27 1. Rum Club 2. Scout Beer Garden 3. Paymaster Lounge 4. Paddy’s Bar & Grill 5. Growler Guys

Aug. 20 1. Paymaster Lounge 2. Mad Sons Pub 3. Growler Guys 4. Scout Beer Garden 5. Rum Club

Aug. 13: 1. Paymaster Lounge 2. Spin Laundry Lounge 3. Growler Guys 4. Scout Beer Garden 5. Victory Bar

Aug. 6: 1. Scout Beer Garden 2. The Hop & Vine 2. Spin Laundry Lounge 3. George's Corner Bar 4. White Owl 5. Lompoc Tavern

Jul. 30: 1. The Hop & Vine 2. Cooper's Hall 3. George's Corner Bar 4. White Owl 5. Lompoc Tavern

 
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