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.
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.
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
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