1. Modern Times
Maybe it costs a buck extra, but you're going to find your way in to try the new hot beer in town. Make it a coffee stout or a sour, both of which are great.
2. Wildwood Saloon
1955 W Burnside St., 503-228-8527.
West Burnside dive Tony's Tavern is gone, but its spirit lives on at the Wildwood with the addition of dollar hot dogs and some Jell-O shots.
3. The Nerd Out
The Nerd Out is the nerdiest nerd bar that ever geeked—a nest of comics wallpaper, action figures, elf ears, bright blue drinks, a 4-foot-tall Batman and a library of comics.
4. Small Bar
From Tuesday to Thursday through March at pop-up bar space Function, Small Bar is turning out excellent, classic cocktails. The tacos are gone—replaced now by Japanese fare from Yoshimasa Ikeda.
5. Garrison Tap Room
Royale Brewing's St. Johns taproom has transitioned into the pleasant cocktail haunt the 'hood had been missing for years.