1. St. Jack (pictured above)
1610 NW 23rd Ave., 360-1281, stjackpdx.com.
Forget beer—the French sure do. Instead, throw back the cardamom-spiced, gin-blossomed barrel-aged Bijou while eating the bar-side-only boudin noir pigs in a blanket, the bloodied-up Francophile answer to the Coney dogs of Flint, Mich.
2. Hopworks Urban Brewery
2944 SE Powell Blvd., 232-4677, hopworksbeer.com.
Hopworks always has something new. Right now, try the killer Dutch ale called Go Fly A Kuyt. Also, the year’s first cans of Abominable just landed—drink up now, before it gets cold and you want something dark and spicy.
4003 N Williams Ave., 971-229-0050, tesoaria.com.
Roseburg winery TeSoAria runs this butternut-walled tasting room, a pleasant, airy space where your mom’s book club would be at home. That’s not so bad: A $10 tasting nets you 10 pours, and you’re likely to get an earful about the Bull’s Blood, a Hungarian-style red blend that dates to the mid-16th century.
4. Paymaster Lounge
1020 NW 17th Ave., 943-2780, paymasterlounge.com.
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!
5. Mad Sons
1109 SE Madison St., 265-8531, madsonspub.com.
This Revolutionary War-themed bar is a beautiful hardwood affair, 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.
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