Treat yourself to creative cocktails, caffeinated milkshakes, creamy cold brew and other quintessentially Portland bevvies.
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 in food establishments.
Additionally, some restaurants may require proof of vaccination and/or a negative COVID test for entry. Please check with individual businesses on their policies and hours of operation before visiting, and continue to be patient, flexible and kind, especially if asked to mask up or share your vaccination status. These measures are in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Zombie Punch at Hale Pele
The cocktail list at Hale Pele is an impressive assortment of all things tropical: fruit juice, coconut, tartness, tang — even group drinks for the whole table to share. But if it’s a drink for just one you’re after, why not try the classic that helped launch the tiki bar craze Hale Pele celebrates today: the Zombie Punch, which blends an assortment of rums with fresh juices (and dashes of spice). It’s strong. It’s refreshing. It’s delicious.
Nitro Cold Brew at Stumptown Coffee Roasters
Portland’s latest coffee craze draws inspiration from the city’s other beverage of choice: beer. Stumptown Coffee Roasters locations now sport pressurized nitrogen taps that dispense not hoppy IPAs, but chocolate-y cold brew. The nitrogen gives the coffee a creamy, full-bodied texture with a thick head of foam reminiscent of a frothy pint of Guinness. Bottoms up!
The Oaxacan Sunrise at Hey Love
Sometimes, in the summer, you simply must have a slushy. If you find yourself in such a mood, get to Hey Love, stat. With plants lining the walls and ceilings and a menu emphasizing fresh, bright ingredients, “it’s summer all year round” at Hey Love. The cocktail menu’s focus is on the summery as well — one of the many delicious options is the Oaxacan Sunrise, which combines a mezcal margarita, passion fruit puree and a strawberry slushy. (Plus it comes in a cactus-shaped glass — how fun is that?)
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The Pedro Martínez at Rum Club
Cocktail aficionados will be familiar with the Martinez, a classic that prefigured the martini (basically, a Manhattan for gin lovers). Rum Club’s twist on this storied cocktail is the Pedro Martínez, a tempting marriage of rum, vermouth, maraschino and two types of bitters. It’s a refreshing summer drink that’s also rich and robust enough to win over imbibers who may prefers cocktails of the wintery variety.
Espresso Shakes at Jim & Patty’s Coffee People
Patty and Jim Roberts have been perfecting their handcrafted coffee concoctions since 1975, and their decadent mochas and milkshakes have become the stuff of local legend. Skip the Frappuccino line in favor of Jim and Patty’s original recipes, available in indulgent flavors like Caramel Fudge, Habanero Mocha, Mokaluah Screamer and Alameda Mudslide.
Slushies at White Owl Social Club
Spring’s first sunny days herald the return of the White Owl Social Club’s slushy machine, churning out sweet creations like the Hornitos Plata Margarita, plus an additional rotating slushy cocktail. Enjoy your refreshments on White Owl’s sprawling backyard patio, complete with a fire pit and tabletop s’mores — the ultimate summer dessert.
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The Isla Bonita at Victoria Bar
You’ll come to Victoria Bar for the top-notch cocktails, like the perfect-for-summer Isla Bonita: a blended piña colada featuring chai-infused Bacardi Cuatro (plus coconut and lime, of course). You’ll stay for the menu of delicious, vegan-friendly pub fare. And you’ll keep on staying for the excellent, expansive patio, where you can enjoy your snacks and summer drinks with a side order of abundant fresh air.
CBD Mimosas at Tiny Moreso
Sister shop to Portland’s beloved vegan bakery Rawdacious Desserts, Tiny Moreso specializes in quick vegan and gluten-free bites served alongside several tasty CBD-laced beverages. Using blood orange cranberry Albis CBD soda combined with citrusy Domaine Ste. Michelle sparkling wine, this quaint snack shop concocts refreshing mimosas that will help you ease into your day feeling relaxed and revived. Not in the mood for bubbles? Try their Wanda CBD smoothie made with seasonal fruit.
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