Where to drink this week
1. SUCKER PUNCH
1030 Belmont Street SE, 503-208-4022, suckerpunch.bar. 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday to Sunday.
Suckerpunch, the local business that started as a seller of mocktail kits in 2020, has launched an experimental pop-up in the Goat Blocks – further proof that the non-alcoholic trend is gaining momentum after a well-documented spike of pandemic alcohol consumption. Here, you’ll find a regular rotation of zero-proof, seasonally inspired cocktails, as well as events like tasting flights and dessert pairings.
2. 503 DISTILLATION LOUNGE
4784 SE 17th Ave, Suite 150, 503-975-5669, 503distillation.com. 3-9 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, 1-7 p.m. Sunday.
Portland has a new outlet where you can enjoy draft cocktails right next to the spring. 503 Distilling recently opened a lounge adjacent to their distillery inside the Iron Fireman Collective building. This is where you’ll find six rotating cocktails on tap, plus cocktails, beer, and wine made to order. Draft options give visitors a first look at some of the newest concoctions coming out of the distillery, acting as a sort of laboratory. And once you’ve had your fill of spirits, Ruse Brewing is a stone’s throw away.
1668 NW 23rd Ave, 503-954-3794, boxerramen.com. 11am-9pm, Wednesday-Sunday.
This popular Portland fast-casual restaurant brand has finally resurfaced after a long pandemic shutdown. Boxer, formerly Boxer Ramen, welcomed customers to its new Slabtown location this month. Although not previously a drinking destination, the noodle shop has doubled the size of its menu, which includes an exciting range of sakes and cocktails.
4. PUNCH BOWL SOCIETY
340 SW Morrison St., #4305, 503-334-0360, punchbowlsocial.com/location/portland. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday to Saturday.
If you’re looking to spend an evening trying to rack up the highest score on The simpsons arcade game, then collect spare parts from a bowling alley, head to Punch Bowl Social. Sure, the 32,000 square foot gambling palace might be in a strip mall, but it fills a wonderful niche in downtown Portland – there’s something on the menu for everyone, a list of deep beers and creative cocktails, to boot. You can also count on at least one special punch to give away during the holidays.
5. BRASA HAYA
412 NE Beech Street, 503-288-3499, brasahayapdx.com. 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday to Saturday.
Although only open since June, Brasa Haya serves up a traditional Spanish cafe that is already one of the best in town. Rich chocolate vies for dominance with locally roasted Junior brew and a cool cloud of amaro whipped cream. Start your meal with one drink and have a second at the end – you’ll be justified as the decadent drink also appears on the dessert menu.