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15 Best Whiskey Bars in Portland, Oregon (2023 Updated)

Last Updated on December 28, 2022 by Lydia Martin

If you’re looking for an enjoyable spot with the best whiskey selections, Portland will never let you down. You can find diverse bars and restaurants offering special whiskeys and delicious dishes. 

From vintage to modern themes, make sure to check out the best whiskey bars in Portland, Oregon.  

15 Whiskey Bars You Should Visit In Portland

Multnomah Whiskey Library

Multnomah Whiskey Library Lounge

Location: 1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205

Opening Hours: 4 PM – 10 PM (Tue-Thurs)/4 PM – 11 PM (Fri-Sat)

Contact Details: 503-954-1381

Why We Like It: The Multnomah Whiskey Library is an intimate upstairs bar and lounge featuring brick walls to create a vintage feel.

You might find this bar quite pricey, but you will get a great experience with only the finest whiskey and other spirits.

Pope House Bourbon Lounge

Pope House Bourbon Lounge

Location: 2075 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209 

Opening Hours: 4 PM – Last Call (Mon-Sun)

Contact Details: (503) 222-1056

Why We Like It: With a Victorian-like mansion structure, the Pope House Bourbon Lounge features a selection of Kentucky whiskeys and Southern-inspired dishes.

Don’t miss their daily happy hour from 4 – 7 PM with $1 off on select drinks and house wines.

Bootleggers Whiskey Bar

Bar Counter at the Bootleggers Whiskey Bar

Location: 12424 SW Broadway St, Beaverton, OR 97005

Opening Hours: 4 PM – 10 PM (Tue-Thurs)/4 PM – 12 AM (Fri-Sat)

Contact Details: (503) 268-1111/[email protected]

Why We Like It: Bootleggers Whiskey Bar is known for its unique whiskey and Prohibition-inspired haunting atmosphere.

It’s one of the best bars in the area with a unique theme along with its selection of whiskeys and other alcoholic beverages [1], like its signature Bootleggers Blood cocktail. 

The Old Gold

The Old Gold Bar Counter

Location: 2105 N Killingsworth St, Portland, OR 97217

Opening Hours:

3 PM – 11 PM (Mon-Thurs)

12 PM – 11 PM (Sun)

12 PM – 12 AM (Fri-Sat)

Contact Details: 503-894-8937/[email protected] 

Why We Like It: The Old Gold is a cozy bar featuring booths showcasing different types of whiskey [2].

They sell single-barrel Bourbon, a popular type of whiskey from Kentucky. You can hold a small event in the bar, and their staff can accommodate table reservations.

Shine Distillery & Grill

Shine Distillery & Grill Bar Counter

Location: 4232 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97217

Opening Hours: 4 PM – 10 PM (Wed-Fri)/ 10 AM – 9 PM (Sun) up to 10 PM (Sat)

Contact Details: (502) 825-1010/[email protected]

Why We Like It: Shine is a restaurant and distillery that offers a wide selection of spirits by the bottle, such as Pink Hibiscus Gin, Minty Vodka, Bourbon Whiskey, Gold Agave, etc.

You can still experience their whiskeys outside Portland as they sell bottles in nearby cities. 

The Green Room

The Green Room Bar in Portland

Location: 1122 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205

Opening Hours: 4 PM – 11:15 PM (Mon-Thurs)/4 PM – 12:15 PM (Fri-Sat)

Contact Details: +1 503-954-1381/[email protected]

Why We Like It: The Green Room, an offshoot of the Multnomah Whiskey Library, is a fun and lighthearted bar place.

You’ll feel encouraged to appreciate the natural world while enjoying your favorite whiskey or cocktail. Also, this bar doesn’t require membership to enjoy all its offerings.  

Scotch Lodge

Scotch Lodge Bar Counter

Location: 215 SE 9th Ave #102, Portland, OR 97214

Opening Hours: 4 PM – 11 PM (Sun-Tue)/4 PM – Midnight (Wed-Sat)

Contact Details: [email protected] 

Why We Like It: Scotch Lodge is a stylish and whiskey-focused bar featuring a variety of cocktail recipes – including the French Disko, Orange Sherritt, and the Lotus Espirit.

Try their Four Grain Old Fashioned (with a blend of four-grain whisky) and The Namesake cocktail (with an Islay blend).

Paydirt

Paydirt Bar

Location: 2724 Northeast Pacific Street, Portland, OR 97232 

Opening Hours: 

3 PM – 11 PM (Mon-Wed)

3 PM – 12 AM (Thurs) up to 1 AM (Fri)

12 PM – 11 PM (Sun) up to 1 AM (Sat)

Contact Details: (503) 908-3217/[email protected]

Why We Like It: This casual bar serves a wide range of whiskeys and other beverages.

Paydirt is known for its signature craft beers, bourbon, other whiskeys, and various non-alcoholic drinks and S’mores kits.

Sidecar 11

Sidecar 11 Bar Signage

Location: Address: 3955 N Mississippi Ave, Portland, OR 97227

Opening Hours: 4 PM – Late (Mon-Fri)/2 PM – Late (Sat-Sun)

Contact Details: 503-208-3798

Why We Like It: The Sidecar 11 is a whiskey bar featuring a variety of specialty drinks, like their Mississippi Sidecar, along with whiskey, brandy, orange liqueur [3], and more.

However, Sidecar 11 is temporarily closed, but you can expect its delicious bistro bites and specialty drinks once they’re back.

The Cavern

The Cavern Bar

Location: 4601 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97215

Opening Hours: 3 PM – 11 PM (Tue-Thurs)/3 PM – Midnight (Fri-Sat)

Contact Details: (503) 889-0943

Why We Like It: The food at The Cavern is great, and the whiskey selection is extensive. Their menu features funny titles such as “Draaanks” and “Dinner-Y Stuff.”

For drinks, choose from their various offerings, such as Cavern Manhattan, Stagger Lee, and Plain Old-Fashioned.

Swine Restaurant, Moonshine & Whisky Bar

Swine Restaurant, Moonshine & Whisky Bar

Location: 808 SW Taylor St, Portland, OR 97205

Opening Hours: 4 PM – 11 PM (Mon-Sun)

Contact Details: (503) 943 5844/[email protected]

Why We Like It: Featuring a modern-rustic setting, the Swine Restaurant, Moonshine & Whisky Bar offers a variety of craft drinks and a wide range of whiskeys.

“Some of you say religion makes people happy. So does whiskey. I believe in the brain of man.”

― Clarence Darrow, American Lawyer

Their food is made from local ingredients, and their selection of whiskey, beer, and wine is extensive.

Southland Whiskey Kitchen

Southland Whiskey Kitchen

Location: 1422 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210

Opening Hours: 4 PM – 10 PM (Thurs-Sat)/ 10:30 – 2 PM (Sun)

Contact Details: (503)-224-2668/[email protected]

Why We Like It: This casual and cool bar & restaurant features a wide selection of bourbon. The food and drinks are only made with the finest ingredients.

Their house-made cocktails, such as the Vespa Margarita, are available, along with other beverages, including whiskey, wine, and beer.

House Spirits Distillery

House Spirits Distillery Menu

Location: 2025 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214

Opening Hours: 12 PM – 7 PM (Thurs-Mon)/By Appointment: 12 PM – 5 PM (Tue-Wed)

Contact Details: 503-235-3174

Why We Like It: House Spirits is a leading whiskey distillery offering tours, classes, and tastings. Their products include Aviation Gin, vodka, whiskey, Aquavit, and liqueur.

They’re part of the Oregon Distillers Guild and are also one of the many establishments that represent the upscale spirits of Oregon.

Westward Whiskey

Westward Specialty Whiskey on a Shelves

Location: 65 SE Washington St, Portland, OR 97214

Opening Hours: 12 PM – 7 PM (Thurs-Mon)/By Appointment: 12 PM – 5 PM (Tue-Wed)

Contact Details: (503) 235-3174

Why We Like It: Established in Buckman District, Westward is a renowned whiskey producer, offering tours, classes, and a whiskey club.

Don’t miss tasting their specialties like Westward Whiskey, Double Gold Single Stout, Westward Pinot Noir, and Gold Single Malt. 

Brooklyn Park Pub

Brooklyn Park Pub liquor shelves

Location: 3400 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202

Opening Hours: 2 PM – 2:15 AM (Mon-Thurs) up to 2:30 PM (Fri)/12 PM – 2 AM (Sun) up to 2:30 PM (Sat)

Contact Details: (503) 234-7772/[email protected]

Why We Like It: With an old-school ambiance, Brooklyn Park Pub features a large whiskey list and a variety of dishes.

You’ll find your favorite old-style burgers, the Garden Burger or the Reuben Burger, paired with different types of whiskey. You can catch them at Portland’s annual arts, crafts, and whiskey festival.

FAQs 

What’s the oldest whiskey bar in Portland?

The oldest whiskey bar in Portland is Huber’s, founded in 1879 [4].

This bar is now like a Portland tradition, serving customers for over 140 years. 

What whiskey bar in Portland offers the most expensive shot?

The whiskey bar in Portland offering the most expensive whiskey shot is the Multnomah Whiskey Library.

Their Macallan Royal Marriage single-malt costs around $1785 per shot. 

In Summary 

Exploring Portland alone can give you a lot of experience regarding whiskeys and other spirits. 

There’s no better bar than others, as every establishment highlights its own identity while catering to the needs and demands of every whiskey fanatic. 

References:

  1. https://www.britannica.com/topic/alcoholic-beverage 
  2. https://www.britannica.com/topic/whiskey 
  3. https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/food-science/liqueur 
  4. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/2020/10/10/oldest-bar-in-every-state-we-can-visit-when-this-is-over/114149258/ 

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