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This Week
September 17th, 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. Prettyman’s General (pictured)

2637 SE Hawthorne Blvd., prettymansgeneral.com.

Part market, part pub, this couch-heavy nook in a new Hawthorne condoplex is surprisingly cheery and has an incredible beer list, including a rare handle for the Humble nano-brewery’s outstanding Saaz saison.

2. Mi Mero Mole (Chinatown)

32 NW 5th Ave., 971-266-8575, mmmtacospdx.com.

There’s a lot to prefer about the second location of Nick Zukin’s taqueria. Our favorite addition? Happy-hour pints for $2.50 and a basket of sauce-sopped duritos.


3. Paymaster Lounge

1020 NW 17th Ave., 943-2780.

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!

4. 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.

5. Higgins Bar

1239 SW Broadway, 222-9070, higginsportland.com.

This tucked-away little cave, featuring an immense beer selection and old-guard locavore food, is where DEA  agents sit next to corporate attorneys and talk smack about old New York. Some of the bartenders have been making the same Salty Dog for the same customers for 20 years. We have no other bar quite like it.

 Courtesy Higgins Bar Facebook.

Previous Buzz lists: 

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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