With a world-class wine region at our doorstep, it’s no surprise that Portland is brimming with wine bars. Whether you prefer vino from the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley or somewhere far in the Southern Hemisphere, these wine bars offer thoughtfully curated varietals from across the globe, as well as outstanding nibbles and the ideal ambiance for an enjoyable evening.
Southeast Division’s Bar Avignon welcomes wine snobs and newbies alike. With over 100 wines highlighting regions from Oregon to Austria, their wine list is hefty but easy to navigate. The bar’s French neighborhood bistro atmosphere complements a French-inspired menu that emphasizes fresh and local ingredients — think Netarts oysters and gem lettuce from an urban garden just blocks away.
This is wine on a big, but friendly, scale. Offering wine on tap, Coopers Hall boasts 44 taps of wine, cider and beer, including their own house-made vino (try the affable Coopers Hall Pinot Noir) and rotating guest taps with gems from Oregon and beyond. Housed in a transformed auto shop, this is not your mother’s quaint wine bar. And the food is as good as the setting: Go big with a whole rotisserie chicken served with gravy or keep it light with the smashed cucumber salad. As if that weren’t enough, they also offer well-crafted cocktails and wine to go.
Southeast Wine Collective
With laidback vibes, patio tables for sunny days and a front row seat to their on-site winemaking operations, Southeast Wine Collective offers a one-of-a-kind urban wine experience. In addition to their own artisan wines, sample vino from many of Portland’s best urban wineries, or choose from a long list of Old World stalwarts and West Coast favorites. The food menu ranges from delicate bites to heartier Italian-inspired dishes, like a simple but scrumptious bucatini cacio e pepe.
Bar Vivant/Pix Patisserie
You know you’re at a serious wine bar when the beverage menu comes in a binder. Don’t let that intimidate you, though — the Bar Vivant staff is ready to help. The mile-long (and award-winning) wine list features just about every wine region in the world and ranges from sherry to sparkling to ice wine. In addition to Spanish-style tapas (do yourself a favor and order several slices of tortilla Española), Bar Vivant has the advantage of sharing a space with French dessert dreamland Pix Patisserie. The finely crafted pastries and chocolates are as delicious as they are pretty.
Ambonnay is all about the bubbles. This tiny wine bar hidden in the Central Eastside is devoted exclusively to Champagne and sparkling wines. The menu is tightly curated, and the space is modern while still remaining cozy and romantic. Whether you’re a diehard Champagne lover or new to the style, owner David Speer and his staff are happy to share their bubbly knowledge with fledglings and experts alike.