1200 SE Morrison St., 503-922-3933, shiftdrinkspdx.com. 4 pm-2:30 am Monday-Friday, 5 pm-2:30 am Friday-Saturday.
Established: May 2015
Shift Drinks presumes its clientele works downtown, lives somewhere else and mostly hates this arrangement. Rather than drown the pain of the proletariat with cheap beer and a fuck-'em-all attitude, this high-ceilinged cathedral of champagne, cocktails and cheese plates offers a novel concept in post-work pleasure—that your hard work has earned you a certain level of niceties. Shift Drinks' "happy hour" menu goes into great detail to clarify its ethos, which acknowledges through its all-day availability that not all wage earners can drink on the cheap at exactly 4 pm every day. It also presumes that discounting a $10 cocktail by $1 is a joke to those who actually receive shift drinks, which informs a selection of discounted snacks like a Cubano ($6) or a manchego, apple and nuts platter ($5) that pairs well with Shift Beer ($3), a light and toasty Pilsner brewed specially for the bar by Royale. You needn't be a seasoned industry vet to appreciate cheap beer and strong cocktails served in an unpretentious space, but damn will that gin and tonic taste all that much better when it bookends a day of retail or service-industry hell.