The spot reaches its oddball zenith every Saturday night. Manned by longtime Portland bartender David Shenaut, the bar excels at classic cocktails and riffs thereof, but it also takes a fervent interest in whiskey and apple brandy they acquired their own private barrel stock. A tiny second floor offers additional seating and occasional exhibitions. Kind of like the way phone booths no longer exist. Volunteering with the introduced me to the best group of men and women tons of whom are single in Portland.
Partitioned nooks and booths, all bedecked in buttery leather and fiercely grained wood, give you plenty of options for tucking into the scene: hole up in a dark booth with a group; sidle up to the bar in a tufted, swiveling seat; ogle Nob Hill shoppers at a window seat beside the open fire pit; or kick back with strangers at the front fireplace. I realized a few years ago that all the men I fell for were mountain bikers. On the surface, Portland seems like the perfect place to meet people. Where are they the rest of the week? This is the world women have asked for. Getting out there and talking to women might be the biggest hurdle you encounter. My friend and I are both single in our early 40s.
Kick back and have a beer to unwind from your week. It is gritty and glamorous, playful but self-assured. The respite comes with a history lesson: it may not be right on the water, but few bars in Portland make you feel more connected to our rivertown history than the Lighthouse. About the Author Isobel Washington has been a freelance journalist since 2007. As always, we've got a fabulous array of weekend events including theater, concerts and a chicken wing challenge! The Rose City swarms with young singles who hit up the gamut of nightlife in search of fun and new company. There is zero pretension at Interurban, a barebones gastropub-cum-cocktail-bar in North Portland. The creation of cocktail enthusiast Blair Reynolds, Hale Pele is an unlikely oasis in a weird, suburban sector of cloudy Portland.
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Owner Caleb McBee refined the unpromising structure into a snug, consid ered epitome of that post- Deadwood, neo-steampunk, Craftsman Industrial design aesthetic that Portland loves. You will be unique, something special, and treated as such. This airy Linnton tavern offers plenty of room to rehydrate after a hike in Forest Park or recover from a harvest-season trip to nearby Sauvie Island. Washington has a 10-year career in marketing communication and holds a Bachelor of Science degree. Somehow, such rituals feel refreshingly stuffy. By: Kristin Lane Portland, Ore. The tiny kitchen works a rich vein of Euro-Oregonian pub fare, turning out a Monte Cristo spiked with marionberries and steak frites sourced from St.
The white marble horseshoe bar displays spirits bottles in overhead racks while a few excellent wines—many of which are French and natural—hide behind the counter sister restaurant next door excels in the wine department. Try to go slightly outside your usual comfort zone and take a class that crosses traditional gender lines. Exposed lightbulbs hang from the ceiling, casting a warm glow. To travel back, order a Manhattan or a Martini, both of which are tops. The space is devoutly industrial; a concrete and metal bunker where a giant, monochromatic American flag serves as décor and shop rags double as napkins. The little Washington Avenue tasting room provides a small counter and a handful of leather chairs plus a patio in warmer weather just yards from the 1,200-liter still that makes it all possible.
To find out more or to opt-out, please read our. But while the plush interior may seem a bit confused, the drinks are anything but. One of the few major changes was a circular bar that now sits in what would have been the center of the aisle, providing the perfect place to ponder the almighty with a in hand. Their wine list comprises mostly West Coast reds and whites. It begins when you walk in the door and find yourself in a discrete world of warmth: thick red candles flicker, dark booths ooze that come-hither look, a well-coiffed bartender flashes a knowing smile, and jazz purrs from a turntable. There are menus dedicated to each spirit category and, if you inquire, an earful of spirits knowledge will be enthusiastically delivered.
Enjoy interesting conversation and a night to remember. They may not be the well groomed, polished and refined urban types, but they have a lot to offer though. Since the late 1990s, Portland, Oregon, has transformed into a hub of hipsters, alternative youth culture, trendsetters and traveling artists. She founded as a place to talk openly about dating and sex and to connect with other intelligent women who want to find relationships that are as passionate and ambitious as they are. It is closed on Sunday and Monday.
Emily also works with these women as a certified Holistic Health Coach to focus on their health and mindfulness as they go through breakups, job changes and other transitions to feel and look amazing in their own unique bodies. The beverage program was created by the team behind The Bye and Bye, Dig a Pony and The Sweet Hereafter and carries the same devil-may-care attitude, merging casual hipsterdom with the sleek hotel aesthetic. Find a trendy girl who has style and enjoys good music and great atmosphere by hitting up some of the trendiest spots in Portland. Maine Restaurant Week runs March 1 to 12 and we've got all sorts of ideas on where to go and what to eat for all budgets and tastes! The sugary classics are here the Painkiller , but plunge deeper into the menu for a taste of the spicy side of the tropics the Navy Grog. Find attractive, creative twenty- and thirty-somethings at these establishments. So when Double Dragon transformed into a bona fide bar last fall, complete with the requisite bitters and tinctures lining its poured-concrete bar and a list of classic and curious cocktails, it felt like a raucous homecoming.
Bring a frisbee, book or picnic -- looking active and engaging is far more attractive than canvassing for chicks. Step inside, take a seat at one of six bar stools, and order the La Yapa rye whiskey, Fernet Branca, Velvet falernum, grenadine, lemon , which could easily be overpowered by the fernet but is in fact flawlessly balanced. Co-owner and Clyde Common alum Nick Gusikoff brings a smart parade of well-balanced cocktails to the convivial party that skip from light and fizzy the Clear Creek pear brandy and Chartreuse-laced Park Life to silky-smooth bourbon-backed Honey Suckle. I have single friends in places like Molalla, Banks, and Estacada that constantly complain that they can't meet any single women. From there, let the candles be your guide as you freely roam both sides of the globe-trotting menu. Approach several woman during the evening, asking them to dance.