Portland Charity Cocktail

Drink and do good through this program, which supports local nonprofits.

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Launched in 2018, the Portland Charity Cocktail program supports local nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness in Portland. For each featured cocktail sold at a participating bar (see list below), $1 is donated. Travel Portland regularly collects donations from program participants and presents them to the designated nonprofit organization.

How it Started

The charity cocktail concept was originally created by Kimpton Hotel Monaco’s then-general manager, Ryan Kunzer. Kunzer rolled out a similar program at the hotel in fall 2017. After immediate interest from guests and the program’s early success, he brought the concept to Travel Portland for expansion.

“Portland is an incredible city. At the Kimpton, we found that both residents and visitors are looking for opportunities to help strengthen this community,” says Kunzer. “Through the Charity Cocktail Program, our staff are able to talk with guests about one of the many ways we are giving back to those in need while inviting them to contribute with a very low barrier for entry.”

Portland is an incredible city. We found that both residents and visitors are looking for opportunities to help strengthen this community,

Ryan Kunzer, original creator of the Charity Cocktail

Inspired by Kunzer’s success, Travel Portland invited Portland hotels, bars and restaurants to join the effort.

See the cocktails and learn more by following the hashtag #PDXCharityCocktail on Instagram.

Who Benefits

From Jan. 1–June 30, 2020, donations will go to Transition Projects Mobile Engagement Unity. Transition Projects delivers life-saving and life-changing assistance to some of Portland’s most vulnerable residents. The Mobile Engagement Unit is a pilot initiative that connects people experiencing homelessness to essential health, shelter and housing services.

To date, the Charity Cocktail program has raised more than $50,000 for local nonprofits including Transition Projects, New Avenues for Youth and p:ear.

Where to Find a Portland Charity Cocktail

Make a difference just by ordering a specialty cocktail at these local sipping spots.

  • 23Hoyt

    23Hoyt is a New American restaurant in the heart of Nob Hill offering a full bar and an extensive happy hour.

  • AC Hotel Portland Downtown

    This hotel draws on Spanish roots and European style, and offers guests free Wi-Fi, a fitness center, a convenient downtown location and easy light rail access. Onsite dining options include AC Kitchen, AC Lounge and the Slab coffee shop.

  • Aloft Portland Airport at Cascade Station

    Aloft is a fresh, modern hotel near the airport. Downtown Portland is easily accessible via light rail, and the Cascade Station shopping center is just out the front door. Enjoy the bar, 24-hour pantry, lounge, spa amenities and free Wi-Fi.

  • Bar Rione

    Bar Rione is a neighborhood cocktail and wine bar offering Italian small plates next door to its family-owned trattoria, Piazza Italia, in the Pearl District.

  • Bethany’s Table

    Tucked away in Northwest Portland, Bethany’s Table is a family-owned bistro serving up European-inspired cuisine made using ingredients grown at nearby farms.

  • BLVD Kitchen & Bar

    BLVD Kitchen & Bar serves up American bistro fare alongside traditional bar and grill options. The menu includes fresh salads, hand-carved sandwiches and flatbreads, all made using fresh, local ingredients.

  • Brooklyn Trattoria

    Located at Bethany Village in Northwest Portland, Brooklyn Trattoria offers Italian dishes highlighting ingredients and flavors from the Pacific Northwest.

  • Canopy by Hilton – Pearl District

    Canopy by Hilton brings 153 rooms to Northwest Portland’s Pearl District, along with a restaurant focused on locally grown and produced ingredients.

  • Dame

    Dame is a restaurant and wine bar focused on natural wines. Paired with the carefully curated wines are seasonal, veggie-focused dishes with European flare.

  • Jam on Hawthorne

    Jam on Hawthorne is a neighborhood café known for breakfast and brunch, served in huge portions. They make their own jam (surprise) and serve inventive cocktails — even for breakfast.

  • Jantzen Beach Bar & Grill

    Jantzen Beach Bar & Grill offers a stylish, upbeat atmosphere boasting one of the best views on the Columbia River. Located inside the bustling Red Lion on the River with easy access from I-5 we offer selections for breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • LeChon

    Offering South American fine dining, Lechon combines dishes from Argentina, Chile and Patagonia. Enjoy charred flank steak, slow-roasted pork and escabeche, and stop by for live music on the weekends.

  • Mother’s Bistro & Bar

    Mother’s Bistro & Bar serves comfort food classics made from scratch. Enjoy biscuits, pot roast, chicken and dumplings, and a different decadent macaroni and cheese daily.

  • Mt. Hood Oregon Resort

    For meetings, incentives and social events, 15,000 square feet of flexible interior function space accommodates groups of five up to 750 guests.

  • Oregon Convention Center

    The largest event venue in the Pacific Northwest, the Oregon Convention Center hosts complex, large-scale events, embraces local flavor and innovative approaches, and provides modern amenities, sustainable practices and unparalleled customer service.

  • Portland Spirit Cruises & Events

    Come experience premier dining on one of five luxurious yachts. Portland Spirit Cruises & Events operates year-round on the Willamette River in beautiful downtown Portland, with a second location (and a land-based restaurant) in Cascade Locks.

  • Proof•Reader Restaurant & Bar

    This restaurant and bar specializes in whiskey — they offer more than 150 whiskeys, from Oregon and around the world. Pair an elevated cocktail with a selection from their menu of authentic Pacific Northwest cuisine.

  • Hotel Vance, Portland, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel

    Opened in 2018 and occupying the first eight floors of the new 19-story Broadway Tower, this hotel offers 180 studios, a game lounge and an app for keyless room entry and service.

  • Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel

    Located on the airport grounds, this is the closest hotel to the airport terminal — it’s accessible by a 24-hour, complimentary airport shuttle service. They offer 24-hour room service, a 24-hour fitness center, a pool, complimentary Wi-Fi and more.

  • Southland Whiskey Kitchen

    Southland Whiskey Kitchen specializes in house-smoked and wood-fired meats along with hearty Southern fare. Sample their hundreds of whiskeys, hand-crafted cocktails or local wine and beer selections.

  • Swank & Swine Restaurant

    This stylish restaurant polishes the rugged offerings of the Pacific Northwest into bright, precisely crafted plates. The bar specializes in whiskey, and also offers local beers and an extensive wine list.

  • Tamale Boy – Dekum

    Tamale Boy is an approachable, affordable dining option. They offer a seasonally changing menu designed to highlight cuisine from various regions throughout Mexico.

  • Tamale Boy – Russell

    Tamale Boy is an approachable, affordable dining option. They offer a seasonally changing menu designed to highlight cuisine from various regions throughout Mexico.

Join the Charity Cocktail Program

If you run a bar or restaurant in Portland and would like to add your cocktail to the program, we'd love to have you on board!

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