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.

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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

Portland's Happy Hour Guidebook details over 500 locations, so if you sense it's five-o-clock somewhere, the city almost certainly has you covered. Here are some favorites.

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

  • House Spirits Distillery

    This acclaimed manufacturer of gin, vodka, aquavit, liqueur & whiskey offers tours & a tasting room.

  • 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.

  • Eastside Distilling

    Since 2008, Eastside Distilling has been offering spirits like Portland Potato Vodka, Burnside Bourbon and Below Deck Spiced Rum.

  • New Deal Distillery

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

  • 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.

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.

6 Only-In-Portland Fall Drinks

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

7 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 Top 9 Winter Drinks

Portland’s award-winning brewers and mixologists help you beat winter's chill with beverages featuring seasonal flavors like eggnog and apple cider.

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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.

  • The 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.

Upcoming Craft Spirits Events

Raise a glass to these festivities dedicated to cocktails and spirits.

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Negroni Week
Sept. 14–20, 2020

Negroni Week

Citywide

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

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Cider Rite of Spring
Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020

Cider Rite of Spring

Leftbank Annex Tickets Available Feb. 17, 2020

EVENT POSTPONED. “With the news from Governor Kate Brown that all large gatherings are banned for the next month, the Northwest Cider Association has made the difficult decision to postpone Cider Rite of Spring due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The new date will be November 7th, still at the Leftbank Annex (perhaps…

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