1. Lulu

726 SE Grand Ave., 503-780-0362, lulubarpdx.com.

With its lack of décor, inoffensively punny cocktails and dim first-date mood lighting, Lulu has the feeling of an annex meant to catch peak-hour overflow from neighboring Dig A Pony. But the narrow bar does enough to stand on its own—after all, where else on Grand are you going to get a Flamin' Hot Cheetos torta?

(Laurel Kadas)
(Laurel Kadas)

2. Five & Dime

6535 SE Foster Road

While you won't find shelves stocked with cheap talcum powder and undergarments, the new bar along the Foster-Powell corridor reflects the prices and spirit of a 20th-century trinket emporium. The room intermingles sophistication with subversion, mixing jade shelving stocked with leather-bound books with a neon ombré portrait of Rasheed Wallace, while the cocktails—some themed after the Neil Gaiman book American Gods—also balance tradition and irreverence.

(Laurel Kadas)
(Laurel Kadas)

3. Great Notion

2450 NW 28th Ave., 971-279-2183, greatnotionpdx.com.

The sister location to its tiny Northeast Alberta Street brewpub, Great Notion's newer, bigger space looks like a modern art museum from the outside. The shimmering wooden barroom is a beer-fueled echo chamber, and the beer is louder than the crowd. Bright purple sour ales, hazy yellow IPAs and jet-black imperial stouts flow from 24 taps, while massively decadent dessert stouts like Moon Pie assault the senses, fists finding all id and no ego.

 Read the full review: Great Notion's Long-Awaited New Brewpub Appeals to the Id in Every Beer Drinker.

4. Assembly Brewing

6112 SE Foster Road, 971-888-5973, assemblybrewingco.com

It was a winter of bleak news for the craft beer community, filled with closure after closure, but the launch of the much-anticipated Assembly Brewing is reason to celebrate. Expect approachable styles, including IPAs, an amber and a stout, as well as ABVs that won't knock you off your barstool—plus what might be the most authentic Detroit-style pizza in town.

(Christine Dong)
(Christine Dong)

5. Barbarella

125 NW 5th Ave., 503-208-2687

Part of a chain of bars that first launched in Austin, Texas, a decade ago, Barbarella has an aesthetic as delightfully kitschy and low-budget as a bar named after a campy sci-fi cult classic should be. A dance club with dirt-cheap drinks and themed parties, the place should be a sensation, particularly with eastsiders who usually never dare venture into Old Town.