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This Week
October 15th, 2014 WW Culture Staff | Food Reviews & Stories

Buzz List: Where We’re Drinking 
This Week

clublist_prettyman_4047PRETTYMAN’S GENERAL - IMAGE: Thomas Teal
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

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, super-fancy tuna salad sandwiches.

2. Barlow

737 SW Salmon St., 227-0705, barlowpdx.com.

The Jazz Age ardor is evident at this new downtown bar with a big-band soundtrack and suspendered bartenders preparing livened-up takes on little-seen libations, such as a rye-and-egg-white Rattlesnake.

IMAGE: James Rexroad


3. The Big Legrowlski

812 NW Couch St., 206-6481, biglegrowlski.com.

Way out in the Pearl there was this clean-lined, 15-tap growler bar…bar I wanna tell ya about. Bar by the name of Big Legrowlski.

Courtesy Big Legrowlski website


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.

St. Jack
IMAGE: Jerek Hollender

5. There Be Monsters

1308 SE Morrison St., 971-319-6983, tbmpdx.com.

The name’s a misquote from the edges of old maps, but the newish bar is slowly aging into its ragtag neighborhood, with dimmer lights and white-collar music fans blending in with bikers. But even with a packed house, nobody plays on Hal’s old shuffleboard table. What gives? 


Previous Buzz lists: 

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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