One of the great things about Portland is that we have many, many happy hours in this city. So if you’re having a rough work week and need to get out in the afternoon or evening, you have a lot of delicious choices.
There are too many happy hour spots to cover in one blog post, but here are some of the best of the best places to relax and get a drink and some tasty snacks.
The Knock Back
The Knock Back has many beverages for a dollar off during its happy hour, including old-fashioneds and margaritas. Don’t miss the phenomenal fried Brussels sprouts for $6 or the popcorn with paprika and cumin for just $2. If you want slightly upgraded popcorn, try the dirty popcorn for $4 to accompany your drink.
Each day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
2315 NE Alberta Street
Mi Mero Mole
This casual taco shop, Mi Mero Mole, is all about the unique margaritas during happy hour. Every margarita is $2.50 or less, and there are some wild flavors to try. We recommend the plantain margarita with star anise, plantain, and cinnamon, or the tamarind margarita. There are some tasty food choices that are discounted during happy hour, including the taquitos, tostadas, nachos, and more.
Monday–Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
32 NW 5th Ave
Vintage Cocktail Lounge
If you’re feeling stressed, the delightfully laid-back atmosphere of the Vintage Cocktail Lounge is just what you need. There’s a great selection of happy hour drinks for just $6, including the delicious Hemingway daiquiri, the lavender cocktail with lavender tincture and vodka, and the Vintage 75 with gin and rhubarb-soaked bitters. You can also buy beer and wine for just $5 a glass and choose from food in $5, $3, and $2 categories.
Each day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
7907 SE Stark Street
You’ll love the playful atmosphere of this pink-and-turquoise Cubin-inspired daiquiri bar called Palomar. Their happy hour features glasses of rosé for $6, $2 Modelos, and the house daiquiri for $7. Baked oysters for $10 are the perfect accompaniment to your drink. If you don’t want to spend that much, the $1 croquetas and 50-cent fritters are good, inexpensive choices.
Monday–Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
959 SE Division Street
Vendetta has everything you could want in a happy hour hangout, including delicious food, a variety of drinks, a killer outdoor area, and even shuffleboard. Don’t leave without getting the Motherboard Nachos with ground beef, beans, cheese, tomatoes, bell peppers, red onions, sour cream, and salsa.
Each day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
4306 N. Williams Avenue
Chill N Fill
This cool North Portland happy-hour spot has 30 taps of beer, wine, and cider. No matter what you like, you’ll find something you love. Even better, they all rotate, so you can try something new every time you come in. The atmosphere is cozy and perfect for settling in for a long chat with friends. Enjoy $1 off pints and $3 pints during late night happy hour.
Monday–Saturday: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
5215 North Lombard Street
The Old Gold
If you’re hankering for whiskey during happy hour, the Old Gold is one of the best spots you could go. Not only does it have a fabulous selection of whiskey, which are $1 off during happy hour, but it also has a delightful selection of sandwiches, including an elk burger and a buffalo-style cauliflower sandwich.
Monday–Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
2105 N. Killingsworth Street
The Leaky Roof
The Leaky Roof is a Portland institution—it’s been in Goose Hollow since 1947. The friendly staff loves to chat with and get to know every single person who comes through the doors. It focuses on buying local products, and the wine and beer list includes the best craft brews and wines from the Pacific northwest. Enjoy $1 off your drinks during happy hour, and try out the baja fish tacos or coconut vanilla prawns for just $6.
Each day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
1538 SW Jefferson Street
Headwaters at the Heathman
The classy Headwaters at the Heathman restaurant has a truly excellent happy hour, with $4 beers and $6 cocktails. Headwaters’ delicious food is cooked by James Beard award-winning chef Vitaly Paley, so don’t leave without trying the lobster and shrimp slider, the curry fries, or the fried calamari.
Monday–Friday, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Late night happy hour, 10 p.m. to close
1001 SW Broadway
Looking for some inexpensive drinks? This popular happy hour spot includes $5 sake, wine, and cocktails. Enjoy some asian fusion snacks with your drinks including taro chips, tapioca dumplings, and smoked wings.
Each day from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
214 Southwest Broadway
This open, airy bar is a mixture of the Old West and Scandinavia. Swine has an extensive list of whiskey, including the acclaimed Lion’s Tail with Henry McKenna bourbon and lime. Cocktails and wine are $8, while beer is $5. Don’t miss the root-beer-glazed pork or fried chicken sliders to go with your drinks (snacks start at $2, and we suggest the pork rinds and tasty deviled eggs).
Each day from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. | Sunday–Thursday, 9:30 p.m. to close
808 SW Taylor
Tasty n Alder
Tasty n Alder is a modern steakhouse with a family-friendly vibe. Enjoy $3 mugs of beer during happy hour or the sriracha-spiked Tasty Mary for $8. The $3 fries, $5 hushpuppies, or $10 spicy beef kebabs are the perfect accompaniment to any drink.
Each day from 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
580 SW 12th
Bluehour’s massive happy hour food menu has a lot of variety, including chicken liver mousse, stuffed Medjool dates, Manchego fritters, and pickled deviled eggs. Pair your food with $7 cocktails, $6 beer, and more.
Monday–Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 :30 p.m. | Saturday, 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
NW 13th Ave
Brix Tavern’s menu is full of American comfort food, including the popular smoked bacon mac and cheese and tasty tachos (tater tots with smoked cheddar and bacon). Draft beers and wines are $5 off, while well drinks are $5 and house cocktails are $6.50. Stay for a game of darts!
Each day from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 to close
1338 NW Hoyt Street
Clyde Common is well known for its barrel-aged negroni and European plates. Don’t miss the cheddarwurst croquettes and fried chicken drumsticks. On the drinks side, try the Southbound Suarez (tequila, lime, and agave) or the Champagne Supernova (gin, Luxardo Bitter Bianca, blanc vermouth, and grapefruit).
Each day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 p.m. to close
1014 SW Stark Street
Irving Street Kitchen
Irving Street Kitchen’s menu is filled with Southern-inspired snacks, including chicken fried oysters, meatballs in peppercorn sauce, and sriracha fried chicken wings. These go well with the Basil Gimlet or Smoked Maple Old Fashioned.
Every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
701 Northwest 13th Avenue
Shift Drinks is dedicated to being a place where you can blow off steam from work and other stress of daily life. Happy hour at Shift runs all day and all night, every single day. Custom-brewed beer is $3. They have $5 cider and sake and $7 glasses of wine. Whiskey and cocktails are $5 to $7. The $6 Cubano is a favorite accompaniment to any of these drinks!
Monday–Friday, 4 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. | Saturday and Sunday, 5 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
1200 SW Morrison Street
If you have a favorite happy hour spot I missed, leave me a comment so I can check it out, too!