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The art of the happy hour can be perfected over a lifetime without running out of options. Whenever a new restaurant opens, you can take it for a test drive during happy hour at discounted prices. When you want to leave work early and check out well-priced food and drink, happy hour is the acceptable excuse. And when you’re flat broke, Portland’s cheapest bars still serve those fabled $1 beers with a knowing smile. This regularly updated happy hour map features a mix of the newest, most noteworthy happy hours along with long-time favorites, to help you stay on top of the best values in town. (The points on this map guide are not ranked but organized geographically).
—Mattie John Bamman and Chad Walsh
Interurban’s sizable happy hour menu offers five $5 cocktails (plus jello shots) and 11 snack options from $2 to $7 (fries on the low end, honey-glazed hot wings on the high). HH dishes are varied enough to fashion a meal: Order a salad, some fries, some chicken nuggets, and a fresh-baked cookie to cap it all off, and the whole thing will run you just $13. Hours: 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 10 p.m. to close on Sundays.
Tasting Room Established by Southern Oregon’s Tesoaria Vineyard & Winery, this “tasting room” version of happy hour comes with free food. In the tradition of Italy’s aperitivo, in which complimentary food is provided for the price of a drink, Tesoaria does Pizza Tuesdays, serving slices of Italian-style pizzas on house-made crusts topped with local and seasonal ingredients for free, from 6 to 9 p.m., or until they run out. And Wednesdays are Hangry Hump Day, when free tapas, from roasted eggplant to bites of lamb gyro, come with a glass of wine. Same deal, from 6 to 9 p.m., or until supplies are exhausted.
- Life of Pie Pizza
Super solid wood-fried pies. $5 margherita pizzas. $4 draft beers. And a daily happy hour that stretches 7 hours long, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Can you beat that?
Yes, you will get a hangover, but that’s what a huge selection of half-off martinis will do. Bartini delivers a gazillion $4 house martinis, from Basilberry to the Diablo with habanero-infused vodka. Dishes of seared ahi tune and mini crab cakes cost $4, and chicken satay with peanut sauce and shrimp and grits are $7 apiece. Happy hour offered Tuesday through Saturday from 4 to 6:30 p.m., and 9:30 p.m. to close, and all day Sundays and Mondays.
The old-school RingSide Steakhouse recently upped its prices, but they were so low already that HH remains solid. The restaurant’s steak bites, quarter-pound cheeseburger, and jo-jos all clock in at under $5 (yes, the $2.99 burger is a thing of the past). Hours: 9:30 p.m. to close, Monday through Saturday, and 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. to close on Sundays. (Looking for longer happy hours? Hit Ringside Grill in deep Southeast any day of the week from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. to close.)
When you’re looking for a touch of class, Bluehour is there for you, surprisingly value-laden happy hour menus in hand. Around five classic, well-made cocktails, from New York Sours to Cuba Libra, run $6. Snacks run $3 and bites run $4 to 7. Bluehour recently expanded HH to Monday through Friday, from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m.
- Clyde Common
The bar at Clyde Common is often packed at happy hour thanks to its menu of $6 cocktails (including favorites like the Bittersweet Symphonic and Spelling Bee) and $3 to $6 snacks. Light snackers can reach for togarashi popcorn; hungrier folks might fare better with the $8 burger. Hours: 3 to 6 p.m., daily.
Seafood After a remodel that included a big, new oyster and raw bar, Southpark Seafood likely has the best oyster happy hour around. Find a selection of around a dozen oysters. Get three for $5. Most everything else costs $5, too, including that clam chowder featuring gnocchi instead of potatoes (it can be made gluten-free that way), brick-oven pizzas, and wines, a sparkling wine, and well cocktails. HH has long hours: Everyday from 3 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight.
Imperial’s bar offers its draft cocktails for just $5 each during happy hour (generally featuring the Vieux Carre as a mainstay and another rotating option), as well as a food menu with a dozen discounted options. The superb flat-top burger can be had for $6, which you can pair with some of the city’s best fries for an additional $3. Hours: 2 to 6 p.m., daily.
Any happy hour list would be remiss if it didn’t include the clubby Saucebox. It’s just fun. Hip happy hour snacks range from nigiri to chicken pad thai for $2 to 6, and to drink, you’ll find three cocktails, read and white wines, and sake for $5, plus dollar off drafts. HH: Tuesday through Friday, from 4:430 to 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
- Little Bird Bistro
During happy hour, the Little Bird team outdoes itself, offering one of the best deals in town (and without being too hyperbolic, one of the best deals in the history of history): the double brie burger, which comes with onions, pickles, and a spicy ketchup, all for the low, low price of just $5. Hours: Monday through Friday, from 2:30 to 5 p.m. (till 6:00 p.m. in the bar); Monday through Saturday, from 10:00 p.m. to midnight; all-day Sundays (in the bar).
Opening in the old Berbati Pan space on Ankeny Alley in April, Tryst has an Old Portland vibe, with leather booths, hardwood floors, and the bygone neon Berbati Pan sign. Happy hour brings dollar off well-made house cocktails, well drinks, and drafts, as well as a fun menu of Asian and comfort food-inspired dishes. Don’t miss the furikake fries ($3) or bacon fried rice ($6). Happy runs daily from 4 to 7 p.m.
- Lúc Lác Vietnamese Kitchen
The generous length of Luc Lac’s happy hour (three solid hours each day) makes its menu the perfect stomping ground for snacking: Divided into $2 and $3 categories, drinkers can easily piece together a meal from just a half-dozen of the restaurant’s 20 small plates. Also available: A daily $6 cocktail. Hours: 4 to 7 p.m., daily.
- Muselet Restaurant & Wine Bar
For a refined experience, the bar area at Muselet brings a happy hour called Soiree, with expertly selected fine wines, a featured sparkling wine, and one daily cocktail—all at the $7 price point. Contemporary dishes run the gamut from $3 (warm olives) to 18 (half-dozen oysters), and the inventive plates—in no way your standard fare—include cured hamachi with pea, hibiscus, and avocado and short rib with hoisin and sriracha. Find happy hour Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 6 p.m., at this still-new addition to South Waterfront.
- Trifecta Tavern and Bakery
With its craft cocktails, delicately cooked steaks, and sexy red leather booths, Trifecta is a great place to take your sweetheart for a night of eating, drinking, and, after, some karaoke. But with malt vinegar fries, $6 craft cocktails, and a pretty immaculate pimento double cheeseburger, it’s also a great place to meet up with friends after work. Just know going in that this will be your dinner for the night. Hours: 5 to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 4 to 6 p.m. on Fridays; 4 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays; and 4 to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
- Century Bar
Everyone wants to get into Century Bar, the new sports bar to potentially end all sports bars. It has mahogany bleacher-style seating, state-of-the-art televisions, and great views from the rooftop deck. The happy hour food menu is rather pricey, featuring sports-stadium-inspired snacks that come in both meat and vegan versions. But the nachos are sizable enough to look past the $9 charge, and there are $5 quesadillas, fried pickles, and herb and pepper curly joes. But here’s the point: Century is a fine bar, and happy hour gets you in at a discount.
Nostrana’s rather epic happy hour just got better, at least from now through Labor Day. One of the best Italian restaurants in the city, Nostrana already did happy hour nightly beginning at 9 p.m., serving its iconic radicchio caesar and select pizzas for $5 to 8. Now for summer, it’s also offering fifty percent off ALL pizzas from 5 to 6 p.m. daily, if you sit in the bar area or at the chef’s counter.
Did you say $3 martinis? Yes, with gin or vodka. Tapalaya brings an eclectic Creole and Cajun happy hour, with discounted cocktails like the $4 Hurricane and Asian-influenced plates like like Boudin Egg Rolls filled with Cajun rice and pork sausage for $3 and Fish Sauce Wings for $6. Find it all daily, from 4 to 6 p.m.
- Aalto Lounge
This happy hour is long-running for a reason: a small but solid menu of $2 cocktails and food. The Belmont Jewel cocktail is bourbon, lemon, pomegranate juice, and orange blossom water, and on the food front, there’s a grilled cheese sandwich and oven-baked pretzel. There are also buckets of four beers for $8 to 12 and featured bottles of red and white wine for $10. Get it daily from 5 to 7 p.m.
- La Moule
The swank mussels and frites bar by St. Jack’s Aaron Barnett launched happy hour in April. From 5 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight, find discounted cocktails by Tommy Klus, Belgian beers, whiskey backs, and wines. The food is particularly budget friendly for the quality. Bowls of mussels are discounted around $5 each, frites cost $3, and one of the city’s best chicken liver pates costs just $6.
You have to love a place with food this playful, fun, elegant, and thoughtful that still serves $2 Old German tallboys at happy hour. Case in point: the tempura-fried green beans in a spicy pool of green curry. It is to food what crack is to drugs. In fact, IOW: It’s crack. Hours: 5 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.