Rum Club is always a party.
For now, Hey Love is an impressive culmination of disparate talents at the peaks of their respective games. Whether it buckles under the pressure of being a highly Instagrammable venue for strong drinks in a neighborhood that’s slowly turning into Old Town East is yet to be seen. But we’re rooting for it regardless.
There’s still plenty on the menu for the brave or rum-averse.
There’s something for everyone in the district that starts near the Burnside and Morrison bridges and stretches east into Buckman and beyond.
Though still loosely tropical in name and spirit, with a full page of cane-based cocktails, it’s outgrown the shtick to become one of the finest cocktail spots in town.
You remember that rack of vanilla or pepper tequila infusions that used to be at every Portland bar? Those are almost all gone now. Housemade bar shrubs are also back in the weeds. You don’t find many bartenders brewing their own beer, either.
Azuñia blanco tequila, Campari, cucumber syrup, lime, grapefruit, Peychaud’s bitters and Sprite tastes like the greatest grown-up pink lemonade.
$2 cheap vodka infused with serrano and mixed with pineapple and lime is the cheapest sweet heat you’ll ever find.
A guide to happy hours in Southeast Portland—where the cool kids hang with new Portland bougies.
For locals still convinced that Portland lost its soul, the inner eastside is where Portland jumped the charcuterie. But imagining a complete transformation rather underestimates how deep the area’s weirdness lays.