As we mourn the loss of Northwest 21st Avenue to douchebags and Timbros, the Pope House near the corner of 21st and Glisan Street is a reminder of a simpler, more refined era. The repurposed Victorian houses an impressive selection of bourbon—brownest of the brown liquors—alongside some Southern and Cajun-inspired grub. Horseshoes with name tags adorn the walls honoring the brave souls who have completed the Bourbon Derby by taking shots of 50 different bourbons at the Pope House (presumably, not in the same sitting). While I have my own reservations about the many steps up into the house, the bourbon lounge is made better by its setting. The bar area being sectioned off into separate rooms helps keep the noise down to a reasonable level, even if it sometimes feels like an impromptu house party when your rich buddy's parents are out of town. Get yourself a shot of habanero-infused bourbon and a Tecate to chase it. You're on your first step toward Bourbon Derby glory and a hangover.
Happy hour: 4-7 pm Monday-Saturday, all day Sunday. Cheap pints, wine, cocktails, select whiskeys and food.
Entertainment: Patio life.