1. Prettyman’s General
2637 SE Hawthorne Blvd., prettymansgeneral.com.
This dandy little pub and market has all the trappings of contemporary Portland culture: antlers, sheepskin-adorned leather sofas, oil landscapes, Courtney Barnett records, super-fancy tuna salad sandwiches.
737 SW Salmon St., 227-0705, barlowpdx.com.
The Jazz Age ardor is evident at this new downtown bar with a big-band soundtrack and suspendered bartenders preparing livened-up takes on little-seen libations, such as a rye-and-egg-white Rattlesnake.
3. The Big Legrowlski
812 NW Couch St., 206-6481, biglegrowlski.com.
Way out in the Pearl there was this clean-lined, 15-tap growler bar…bar I wanna tell ya about. Bar by the name of Big Legrowlski.
4. St. Jack
1610 NW 23rd Ave., 360-1281, stjackpdx.com.
The gin cocktail is underplayed in this town. Not at the St. Jack bar, where the flagship cocktail—a cardamom-spiced, gin-blossomed Barrel-Aged Bijou—is just one of many delightful juniper-focused concoctions.
5. There Be Monsters
1308 SE Morrison St., 971-319-6983, tbmpdx.com.
The name’s a misquote from the edges of old maps, but the newish bar is slowly aging into its ragtag neighborhood, with dimmer lights and white-collar music fans blending in with bikers. But even with a packed house, nobody plays on Hal’s old shuffleboard table. What gives?
Previous Buzz lists:
Oct. 8 1. BTU Brasserie 2. Prettyman's General 3. Barlow 4. St. Jack 5. Mad Sons
Sept. 17: 1. Prettyman’s General 2. Mi Mero Mole (Chinatown) 3. Paymaster Lounge 4. Mad Sons 5. Higgins 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