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This Week
January 28th, 2015 5:00 pm WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories
 

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

clublist_habesha_cbHABESHA - IMAGE: cameronbrowne.com
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. Habesha Lounge

801 NE Broadway, 284-4299.

Finally, a restaurant event space that doesn’t cost $75 a head for a party: This bar above an Ethiopian restaurant springs to life for Tuesday open mics, weekend shows and indie-tinged Thursday karaoke, with most of the party always on the patio.


2. Bar Maven

6219 SE Foster Road, 384-2079, barmaven-pdx.com.

Bar Maven has recently rounded into one of the neighborhood’s best bars, with a tight-knit crowd, an interesting drink selection and walls made from a faded rainbow of reclaimed wood.

BAR MAVEN
IMAGE: Thomas Teal


3. Bazi Bierbrasserie

1522 SE 32nd Ave., 234-8888, bazipdx.com.

It’s hard to argue with the food and drink pairings this little Belgian spot has been trucking out lately, from a New Year’s party with chef Paul Kasten serving roast, to a gluten-free beer dinner.

IMAGE: cameronbrowne.com

 

4. Sandy Hut

1430 NE Sandy Blvd., 235-7972.

Behold the surprising resurgence of the Handy Slut: The dive bar chucked the pool table and threw down a stage to become a place where the Dwarves might play a New Year’s Eve Eve show, with even more punk the next day.



5. Wilder Bar Cafe

5501 NE 30th Ave., 704-8332.

This little “bar cafe” has aged into a lovely hangout and 31st-date spot. The cozily domestic bar offers a curated array of elevated comfort food, craft beer and cider—and has perhaps the best TV placement we’ve seen in a bar, with no seat quite facing it.

WILDER
IMAGE: Jerek Hollender

 

Previous Buzz lists: 

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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