Portland, Oregon is a seriously good town for drinking basically anything you might want to experience. From coffee, wines and cocktails, this city has access to incredible local ingredients to up the game any beverage program. Our friend, Jordan Hughes aka @HighProofPreacher, is a native Portlander in addition to being extremely well-versed in all things drinks.
He gave us his guide to a day of drinking in Portland’s Eastside Industrial District. Jordan says of the ‘hood, “It’s a neighborhood I spend a lot of time in for both work and play. It’s a fun mix of grungy industrial space and cool bars, coffee shops and restaurants. Aside from it just being a great place to hang, it’s luckily where a lot of my clients are located.”
‘Hood Guide with @HighProofPreacher
Start Your Day: Coava Coffee (SE Grand Ave.)
Truly one of Portland’s best spots to taste and experience coffee as an artisanal craft. In addition to serving amazing coffee, you won’t find a cooler café to hang out in. Their space is actually shared with a high-end bamboo workshop. You can’t go wrong with good coffee + good design.
Lunching or Brunching: Produce Row Café
It’s seen a fair amount of changes over the years, but Produce Row has been a Portland institution for over half a century now. It’s the perfect spot for a cold beer and a hardy lunch (and brunch on weekends!) Their heated patio is a plus during the colder months.
Happy Hour / Sunset Drinks: Distillery Row
Since you’re in the neighborhood, check out Portland’s thriving craft distilling scene which is anchored in this district. There are 8 total distilleries all in relatively close proximately to each other. Visit each tasting room in what is called “Distillery Row” and try out cocktails or sample local spirits like rum, whisky and gin, as well as some more niche products like aquavit, Amaro and baijiu.
Essential Eats for Dinner & Drinks: Olympia Provisions (SE Washington St.)
Come hungry but not if you’re vegan. Olympia Provisions is all about high-quality ingredients and hand-made precision… and MEAT. Lots of amazing, flavorful, artisanal meat. I especially love their various charcuterie boards and their Olympia Old Fashioned (which features walnut bitters and pickled rhubarb).
Crafty Cocktail Strolling: Palomar
New Orleans bartender, Ricky Gomez, opened this fun Cuban-inspired bar in April 2018 and it’s been hopping ever since. I had always written off frozen daiquiris as sugary, overpriced boat drinks but this place has changed all that for me. Palomar is the craft cocktail bar where you can order a Piña Colada and no one will bat an eye.
Late Night Libations: Rum Club
It’s always a party at Rum Club and it’s definitely a neighborhood favorite. Chances are you’ll see several local bartenders hanging here on a night off. Honestly, it’s a great spot to start or end your evening out… or both.
Follow Jordan’s thirsty adventures in drinks and photography – @highproofpreacher