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This Week
October 1st, 2014 WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

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. BTU Brasserie (pictued)

5846 NE Sandy Blvd., 971-407-3429, btupdx.com.

The beer at this outer-Sandy Szechuan restaurant and brewpub is great even if most of the housemade stuff isn't yet on tap. 

2. 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, and super-fancy tuna salad sandwiches.

IMAGE: Thomas Teal

3. Blitz Ladd

2239 SE 11th Ave., 236-3592, blitzladd.com.

Sports bars aren't supposed to have a beer list this good, right? Good for NFL fans of all types beginning at 10 am Sundays, but especially for Cleveland Browns fans.


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.

St. Jack
IMAGE: Jerek Hollender


5. Mad Sons

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

This Revolutionary War-themed bar is a beautiful hardwood affair complete 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.

Previous Buzz lists: 

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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