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This Week
September 10th, 2014 WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

st_jack_jh-25St. Jack - IMAGE: Jerek Hollender
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. St. Jack (pictured above)

1610 NW 23rd Ave., 360-1281, stjackpdx.com.

Forget beer—the French sure do. Instead, throw back the cardamom-spiced, gin-blossomed barrel-aged Bijou while eating the bar-side-only boudin noir pigs in a blanket, the bloodied-up Francophile answer to the Coney dogs of Flint, Mich.

2. Hopworks Urban Brewery

2944 SE Powell Blvd., 232-4677, hopworksbeer.com.

Hopworks always has something new. Right now, try the killer Dutch ale called Go Fly A Kuyt. Also, the year’s first cans of Abominable just landed—drink up now, before it gets cold and you want something dark and spicy.

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3. TeSoAria

4003 N Williams Ave., 971-229-0050, tesoaria.com.

Roseburg winery TeSoAria runs this butternut-walled tasting room, a pleasant, airy space where your mom’s book club would be at home. That’s not so bad: A $10 tasting nets you 10 pours, and you’re likely to get an earful about the Bull’s Blood, a Hungarian-style red blend that dates to the mid-16th century.

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4. Paymaster Lounge

1020 NW 17th Ave., 943-2780, paymasterlounge.com.

Get the frozen piña colada inside this Slabtown art-dive, then make your way through the labyrinth to the new best patio in Portland. Outdoor pool table!

IMAGE: Martin Cizmar

5. Mad Sons

1109 SE Madison St., 265-8531, madsonspub.com.

This Revolutionary War-themed bar is a beautiful hardwood affair, with 13-star flags, a hearth, a giant blue-felt billiards table and a picture of the signing of the Declaration of Independence burned into the wood of the bar’s service gate. This time last year it was Madison’s Bar and Grill, an 18-year survivor that looked like a Denny’s in West Virginia.

IMAGE: Jerek Hollender

Previous Buzz lists: 

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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