Last Friday, Esquire
published its “Best Bars” issue and tapped two Portland establishments, Clyde Common
(1014 SW Stark St.) and Jimmy Mak's
(221 NW 10th Ave.), as a couple of the best booze dens in the country.
Clyde Common is really more of a chic restaurant than a bar, but we'll let Esquire
slide on this one. The beer selection spans from Pacifico to Chimay, and the wine list is so long it takes up half the menu. Plus, the bar staff shakes up some of the most inventive cocktails in town. But Jimmy Mak's...really? True, it's one of Portland's premier jazz venues, but their wine selection is small, and the fact that they chuck Pabst for three dollars in a town known for two-buck tallboys is kind of a letdown. While the Rose City can hardly be described as Esquire
-esque, it's cool to see two of our home town bars have been deemed satisfactory by the country's most popular metro-macho magazine.
Here's what Esquire
had to say about Clyde Common:
"Hotel bars are sad places. The anodyne, Cheers-like decor, the conversation-crushing TVs, the grudging service, the uninspired drinks, make your with you'd taken the red-eye. Clyde Common -- in the Ace Hotel in the middle of downtown Portland -- breaks the mold."
And here's their take on Jimmy Mak's:
"An elegant, two-tiered showroom with lacquered wood tables, crisp acoustics, and red-velvet curtains that part for jazz acts, Jimmy Mak's is a dream venue for performers and audiences... Jimmy Mak's is an undeniable palace of jazz excellence and retro style."
Clyde Common, 1014 SW Stark St., 503-228-3333. Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th Ave., 503-295-6542.