1. Ruse Brewing

4784 SE 17th Ave., 503-662-8325, rusebrewing.com

CJ Monserrat
CJ Monserrat

Few places shine as brightly as the new Brooklyn location of Ruse Brewing. It has massive western-facing windows and a giant rectangular skylight—and a trip through the company's 10 taps of innovative beer feels as blessed as the aesthetics.

2. Bar Norman

2615 SE Clinton St., barnorman.com.

(Emily Bernard Stevens)
(Emily Bernard Stevens)

All-world sommelier Dana Frank's new venture is an ode to chic European wine bar culture. With more than 25 wines available by the glass, the bar at Bar Norman offers a vast range of flavor experiences depending on mood and inclination—plus an awesome hi-fi sound system.

3. Little Beast

3412 SE Division St., 503-820-7721, littlebeastbrewing.com.

(Emily Joan Greene)
(Emily Joan Greene)

A welcome respite from a New Portland beer scene overcrowded with garage doors and concrete, Little Beast is a retooled yellow bungalow with 16 taps, a smattering of indoor seating and a massive half-covered outdoor area that serves as the liquor-licensed front yard you never had, complete with blankets for picnic-style drinking on the lawn.

4. Vault Cocktail Lounge

226 NW 16th Ave., 503-490-1178, vaultpdx.com.

(Thomas Teal)
(Thomas Teal)

The owners of Montavilla's Vintage Cocktail Lounge have moved into the Pearl, bringing an unpretentious eastside aesthetic with them. It's a touch that won't be lost on regulars from Vintage who hope to enjoy a Prohibition cocktail for $8 in a neighborhood where that's a rarity.

5. Sardine Head

5202 N Albina Ave., 503-946-8087.

(Suzie Gotis)
(Suzie Gotis)

Hosted Friday through Sunday inside Sweedeedee, the Sardine Head pop-up bills itself as a "natural-wine dive bar," but it's really a perfectly pleasant, not-at-all-divey extension of the bakery's daytime space, with a deep and impressive list of natural wines.