Michael Madigan was already dominating Pearl District wine with CorksCru bottle shop when he opened Portland's newest wine bar, envisioned as a homey hangout on the North Park Blocks. Awkwardly placed between downtown's homeless shelters and art galleries, it's a swanky First Thursday stop for affluent, middle-aged browsers keen on modern décor with a wood-shingled bar so clean-cut you can smell the sawdust. Under artistic chandeliers of repurposed glass bottles, over-polite staff pour slightly pricey wines ($8-$12), mainly local and French. A sherry flight ($12) and three basic beer options ($4) complete its cocktail-free menu. Pastry pro Lucas Parsley, a Madigan mainstay, offers pork rillettes ($8) and cured mushrooms ($8). But the regularly rotating herd of local cow, goat and sheep's cheeses (around five of each, $7-$29) easily makes Remedy an early-to-bed cheese bar that serves wine. It's a decent Band-Aid for dull Tuesday evenings, but no panacea.
Happy hour: 4-6 pm daily. $6 wine, $7 sparkling, $4 snacks, $5 cheese of the day, $6 grilled cheese.