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This Week
May 20th, 2015 12:01 am WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

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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. Solae’s Lounge

1801 NE Alberta St., 206-8338, solaeslounge.com.

If you could bottle human joy and sell it out of a couple taps, it’d come out something like new Northeast Portland jazz-blues bar Solae’s Lounge. At Snoop Lion’s uncle Reo Varnado’s birthday party May 17, the band sang him an extended version of “Happy Birthday” in a minor key, and then Reo stepped up to sing it to himself, just for good measure. It is wonderful here.


2. Killingsworth Dynasty

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IMAGE: Jennifer Trezza

832 N Killingsworth St., 234-5683, killingsworthdynasty.com.

Like a North Portland Holocene from the guy who made Rotture and the Tube, the deeply queer-friendly Dynasty is a much-needed dance-party venue for the art kids who’d rather not bike over the Alameda Ridge to get home.


3. Sandy Hut

SANDY HUT
IMAGE: Jeff Alworth

1430 NE Sandy Blvd., 235-7972. 

The shufflebaord is gone. The stage is gone. But, holy shit, they brightened the corners on the dingiest old dive bar in Portland, it’s still dirt cheap, still stiff drinks, and suddenly pretty as hell. God bless. 


4. Portland Cider House

3638 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 206-6283, portlandcider.com.

Finally, a cider bar in the central city, with 24 rotating taps of almost all-local cider (with a little English thrown in), and six-cider flights for a mere $7. The best recently? A hopped Apple Outlaw, just released to the world.


5. Brooklyn Park Pub

3400 SE Milwaukie Ave., 234-7772.

Go for the excellent whiskey, and stay as long as you can without inadvertently insulting someone from Jersey and making it awkward.


Previous Buzz lists: 

May 6: 1. N.W.I.P.A. 2. Stammtisch 3. The Liquor Store 4. Brooklyn Park Pub 5. Black Water

April 29: 1. Stammtisch 2. The Liquor Store 3. Likewise 4. Coopers Hall 5. Habesha Lounge

April 7: 1. Charlie Horse Saloon 2. The Standard 3. Black Water 4. Lompoc Tavern 5. The Liquor Store

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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