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.

Where to drink this week.


1. Stammtisch

401 NE 28th Ave., 206-7983, stammtischpdx.com.

Oktoberfest is the best time of year. Drink German beer—made of nothing but the wheat, hops, malt and yeast that the purity-obsessed German overlords intended.


2. Kells Brewpub

210 NW 21st Ave., 719-7175, kellsbrewpub.com.

Kells will celebrate three years of brewing Sept. 19 with a party full of $3 Kells beer and $3 snacks, plus spanking-new six-packs of its lager, rotational IPA and flagship red.


3. SE Wine Collective

 

2425 SE 35th Place, 208-2061, sewinecollective.com.

Harvest time! There is no more wonderful time to wander down to the wine collective—the grapes stack up outside the winery to get squished, and you can watch everybody do it while lazily drinking last year’s crop.


4. Noble Rot

IMAGE: Nobel Rot Facebook

1111 E Burnside St., 233-1999, noblerotpdx.com

Noble Rot may be best known for its rare eastside rooftop view and its signature flight of funky Sauternes dessert wine, but dig a little deeper and you’ll find the throaty sweetness of a 1983 Toro Albala Don PX sherry. Take advantage.


5. World Famous Cannabis Cafe

IMAGE: Adam Wickham

7958 SE Foster Road, 777-1667, usaworldfamouscannabiscafe.com. 

The reboot of Madeline Martinez’s accidentally world-famous pot cafe is more like a spartan, small-town gathering space for smokers of all stripes than a pretentious multiuse den for dilettantes. Get hold of weed however you see fit, bring it here, and smoke in warmth, dryness and peace.



Previous Buzz lists: 

Sept. 9: 1SE Wine Collective 2. Noble Rot 3. The 19th Hole 4. Analog Cafe 5. Fifteenth Avenue Hophouse

Sept. 2: 1. Noble Rot 2. The 19th Hole 3. Analog Cafe 4. Fifteenth Avenue Hophouse 5. Trifecta

Aug. 26: 1. The 19th Hole 2. Analog Cafe 3. Bit House Saloon 4. Trifecta 5. Splash Bar & Brewing

Aug. 19: 1. Analog Cafe 2. Trifecta 3. Bit House Saloon 4. Shift Drinks 5. Belmont Station 

Aug. 12: 1. Analog Cafe 2. Shift Drinks 3. The Fields 4. Belmont Station 5. Montavilla Brew Works

July 29: 1. The Upper Lip 2. Shift Drinks 3. Culmination Brewing 4. Panic Room 5. Altabira

July 22: 1. Loyal Legion 2. Culmination Brewing 3. Shift Drinks 4. Altabira 5. Dusk Til Dawn: Casa Diablo II

July 15: 1. Shift Drinks 2. Reverend Nat’s 3. Sandy Hut 4. Momo’s 5. No Fun 

June 17: 1. Culmination Brewing 2. Portland Cider House 3. Sandy Hut 4. Momo’s 5. No Fun 

June 10: 1. Shift Drinks 2. Sandy Hut 3. Momo’s 4. No Fun 5. Killingsworth Dynasty 

June 3: 1. Sandy Hut 2. Shift Drinks 3. Solae’s Lounge 4. No Fun 5. Killingsworth Dynasty

May 27: 1. Solae’s Lounge 2. Killingsworth Dynasty 3. Sandy Hut 4. Portland Cider House 5. Brooklyn Park Pub

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