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.

The program has raised more than $26,000 to support local nonprofits serving people experiencing homelessness in Portland.

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. “Every year, the city of Portland welcomes nearly 9 million visitors, in addition to entertaining residents from across the region,” says Tamara Kennedy-Hill, Vice President of Destination Management, Equity, and Community Affairs at Travel Portland. “By expanding the Portland Charity Cocktail Program to the city’s broader hospitality industry, we have the opportunity to raise visibility for two tremendous nonprofit organizations while also creating a sustainable funding stream to support important projects within our community.”

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

Who Benefits

From July 1–Dec. 31, 2019, donations will go to p:ear. Founded in 2002, p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless youth to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Their programs include education, arts and recreation, as well as job training programs through their barista school, gallery and bike mechanic school.

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In its first year, the program generated a total of $26,708 for two local nonprofits.

Cocktail sales in the first six months produced $5,080, which was matched by the Travel Portland Foundation for a total contribution of $10,160 to Transitions Projects Mobile Engagement Unit. 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.

In the next phase, $11,548 was generated through cocktail sales, with an additional $5,000 from the Travel Portland Foundation, for a total contribution of $16,548 to the New Avenues for Youth Service Industry Training & Placement Program. This New Avenues for Youth program helps young people develop the skills to gain and retain employment in the tourism and hospitality industry. It also helps foster a pipeline of talent for the region’s growing tourism sector.

Where to find a Portland Charity Cocktail
  • 23Hoyt

    23Hoyt is a New American restaurant in the heart of Nob Hill. They also offer 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.

  • 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 Portland's only restaurant and wine bar focused on natural wines. Paired with the carefully curated wines are seasonal, veggie-focused dishes with European flare.

  • Enoteca Nostrana

    Enoteca Nostrana is a bright, fresh gathering place that boasts a two-story glass wine cellar. The menu features regional Italian dishes, a vast wine selection, a full bar, and Italian and local beers.

  • The Hairy Lobster

    The Hairy Lobster combines classic cuisine with modern cooking influences. The menu focuses on seafood and garden offerings, and the full bar features artisanal craft cocktails.

  • Irving Street Kitchen

    Located in the Pearl District, Irving Street Kitchen is a soulful New American restaurant that specializes in slow cooking and deep flavors.

  • Jackrabbit

    Jackrabbit specializes in local ingredients, and adheres to a use-every-piece philosophy when it comes to meat. In addition to a classic high-brow cocktail menu, they serve wine and draft beer and operate a full espresso bar.

  • 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 Oregon Convention Center (OCC) is a hub for national meetings and hosts frequent public events, from home and auto shows to the annual Crafty Wonderland Super Colossal Holiday Sale.

  • Portland Spirit Cruises & Events

    Come experience premier dining on one of our five luxurious yachts, we operate year round on the Willamette River in beautiful downtown Portland as well as the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area in Cascade Locks.

  • Proof•Reader Restaurant & Bar

    Our name reflects our devotion to local whiskeys and elevated cocktails, while offering an authentic taste of the Pacific Northwest through our inspired cuisine.

  • Radisson RED

    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

    Swank Restaurant polishes the ruggedly natural aspects of the Pacific Northwest into precisely crafted plates for daily breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings. Locally sourced ingredients also make an appearance in the house crafted cocktails and wine

  • 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!