1. Hey Love

920 E Burnside St., heylovepdx.com.

The much-anticipated new venture from the co-owners of Dig A Pony is finally set to open inside the new Jupiter Next hotel Oct. 12. It's said to have a retro cocktail lounge vibe and a tropical motif—and, we hear, a CBD-infused bananas Foster on the menu.

Sweet Nothing. IMAGE: Jim Abeles.
Sweet Nothing. IMAGE: Jim Abeles.

2. Sweet Nothing

4330 N Mississippi Ave., 503-841-8345.

The drink menu at this neon-hued, Florida-themed micro-lounge is replete with highbrow adaptations of trashy delights. The Green River ($12) is a magical concoction of Midori, Hpnotiq, aquavit, fresh cucumber Lillet Blanc—a combination as bizarre and colorful as the Sunshine State itself.

3728 NE Sandy Blvd., 503-477-7637, wedgeheadpdx.com.

The building at the intersection of Sandy and Northeast Halsey Street has been a rock club, supper club and punk bar—and now it's pinball-nerd nirvana. Owner Chris Rhodes took over the space after the unfortunate end of the Know and installed 25 classic machines, plus a food program from ex-Bunk and Clyde Common chef Alan Robertson.

(Abby Gordon)
(Abby Gordon)

4. Psychic Bar

3560 N Mississippi Ave., 503-206-5343, psychicbarpdx.com.

Housed inside a converted Victorian home, the psychic-themed bar is the creation of three film and TV vets. The dark walls are adorned with a supernatural motif, and the restroom has surreal illusion mirrors. Crucially, though, the bar does not place theme over comfort—it doesn't take a clairvoyant to imagine it eventually becoming a popular neighborhood haunt.

5. Outrage

424 SW 4th Ave., 971-229-1477, outragepdx.bar.

Portland's first hangout dedicated to esports is now open, where you can watch live-streaming tournaments or beat a stranger bloody in Street Fighter V. The games are the focus here, but the menu includes traditional pub grub, burgers, tacos and mac-and-cheese, along with a full range of drinks.