Craft Spirits

Powered by a collective of Southeast Portland spirit makers, Portland's craft distilling era is coming of age.

Not to be outdone by the city’s famous craft beer scene, craft cocktails (along with their makers) are a vibrant culture of their own. Experience exciting new flavors at distilleries and cocktail bars throughout Portland or attend one of the city’s many annual cocktail events. Read on for our guide to Portland’s craft cocktail scene, then head to our events calendar to help you plan your next trip.

Know Before You Go

To slow the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant, effective Aug. 27, a statewide mask mandate is in place. Oregonians and visitors ages 5 and up are required to wear face coverings in all public indoor settings, as well as crowded outdoor public spaces where physical distancing is not possible, regardless of vaccination status. This rule does not apply to individuals actively eating or drinking.

Additionally, some event organizers and venues may require proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test, for admission. Other events may be canceled, postponed or held virtually. Please check individual event websites for the most up-to-date information.

Cocktail Specials and Events

Get a taste of Portland's distilling scene with these events and happy hours.

Celebrate Negroni Week in Portland

Each June, do good while sipping delicious drinks during Portland's Negroni Week, when proceeds benefit dozens of charities.

Portland Charity Cocktail

The Portland Charity Cocktail is one of many ways visitors can have a positive impact on the community during their stay.

Happy Hours in Portland

If you sense it's five o'clock somewhere, Portland has you covered — at these great happy hours, you'll find excellent deals on house wine, draft beer, cocktails, small plates, bar bites and more.

Portland’s Distillery Row

The epicenter of the emerging craft distillery movement, Distillery Row is home to independent, small-batch distillers who have put Portland on the spirits map.

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Local Distilleries

  • Westward Whiskey

    Though most well known for Westward Whiskey — a grain-to-glass, locally produced single malt — this distillery also produces several other award-winning spirits, such as Krogstad Aquavit, Volstead Vodka and a line of limited, small-batch spirits.

  • Wild Roots Spirits

    Wild Roots uses high-quality ingredients to create original, hand-crafted spirits that highlight fresh, natural flavors and the aromas of the Pacific Northwest. Stop by their bright, welcoming tasting room in Northeast Portland.

  • Vinn Distillery

    Vinn Distillery produces rice-based spirits from family recipes that have been passed down for more than seven generations. All of their products are truly handcrafted in small batches.

  • New Deal Distillery

    New Deal Distillery has been has been crafting small-batch, award-winning spirits in Southeast Portland since 2004.

  • Rolling River Spirits

    Rolling River Spirits is a Portland-based, family-owned and -operated business producing handcrafted organic spirits from still to bottle. They use fresh, organic ingredients in their vodka, gin, whiskey and more.

Portland’s Signature Cocktails

Take your happy hour to the next level with one of these classic Rose City cocktails, from a sophisticated Negroni to a group-sized Tiki bowl.

Seasonal Cocktails

Taste the ingredients of the season through these locally crafted beverages.

Only-In-Portland Fall Drinks

Stay cozy with creative autumnal beverages like spicy drinking chocolate and gingerbread chai from Portland restaurants, bars and cafés.

Only-In-Portland Summer Drinks

Treat yourself to boozy milkshakes, build-your-own bubble tea and other quintessentially Portland bevvies with our insider’s guide to the city’s best summer drinks.

Portland’s Best Patio Bars

Whether you're looking for a cocktail bar, a brewpub or a dive, enjoy your favorite summer beverage at one of Portland's rooftop bars or outdoor patios.

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Favorite Cocktail Bars

From underground speakeasies to wood cabin-inspired bars, these watering holes are local faves.

  • Pepe le Moko

    This subterranean speakeasy at the Ace Hotel offers high-quality classic cocktails and a menu of bar snacks.

  • Hale Pele

    Hale Pele is a tropical tiki bar that celebrates fruity cocktails from times past. The menu includes 20 tropical drinks made with fresh-squeezed juices, premium spirits and locally made syrups, as well as small plates inspired by island culture.

  • Teardrop Lounge

    The bartenders at Teardrop Lounge are dedicated to reviving and celebrating the classic era of mixed drinks. They serve truly handcrafted cocktails, creating tonic water, specialty liqueurs, bitters and tinctures in house.

  • Doug Fir Restaurant, Bar & Lounge

    East Burnside’s iconic Doug Fir is known for live shows in the lounge downstairs, hearty brunch and generous dinner plates enjoyed in the mid-century meets log-cabin dining room.

  • Driftwood Room

    The Driftwood Room is an intimate lounge in the Hotel deLuxe that offers a bevy of house-made cocktails. The iconic space is unchanged since the 1950s.

Portland’s Best Boozy Flights

Sip your way through budget-friendly tasting flights of local wines, beers, ciders and spirits.

Bars and Cocktail Spots

Enjoy the community feel and creative cocktails at these local businesses.

Woman-Run Distilleries in Portland

Discover Portland’s best woman-made spirits and bitters, one sip at a time.