In days gone by Speakeasies, were illicit hidden places that sold alcoholic beverages in the 1920’s prohibition era. Today there’s a huge trend in bars with a speakeasy retro feel and Portland has an awesome scene from secluded salons to raucous pubs. Here are some of the best speakeasy-style bars in Portland, Oregon…
1. Bible Club PDX – a stylish antiques-filled speakeasy serving inventive and classic cocktails
The Bible Club is a place where you can travel back to the Prohibition era. In Westmoreland, it’s a relatively new addition.
These century-old antiquities, including antique bar stools, vintage goblets, antique pictures, and copper ceiling tiles, may be found in this unmarked yellow house. After 5 p.m, this secret pub only allows walk-ins. Waiting for a table or a bar seat is welcomed, but they only have room for six people at a time.
At Bible Club, you’ll be reliving the past in a new way. Because it’s one of a kind, it’s impossible to describe this speakeasy adequately so you just go and see for yourself!
Address: 6716 SE 16th Ave, Portland, OR 97202
2. The Side Door at the Fitz,(A Speakeasy Bar) – a cool speakeasy-style restaurant and bar
They serve breakfast sandwiches, potato salads and other great eats. In addition, fine wine and craft beer will be available for sampling. Espresso and lattes at this establishment are noted for their quality.
It lies directly behind the slow bar, a short distance from Main Street’s roadway. With so many carts scattered throughout the area, it’s easy to get lost!
If it’s a sweltering afternoon, you’ll be able to sit outside on the picnic tables with umbrellas. Their location on a side street means that the area is not overcrowded because of the low traffic flow in the immediate area.
Address: 1905 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210
3. Voysey – an awesome new speakeasy in the basement of Loyal legion with incredible plush decor
F. A. Voysey, an English architect, was the inspiration for the name of this stylish little bar with a smoky vibe to it. While their drinks are a nod to their past, one sip shows that they haven’t lost their fun factor.
You can recreate James Cameron’s star-studded love story with an apple brandy-lime-pomegranate cocktail, Jack & Rose. Blend white rum, pear brandy, kiwi cordial, and the crackle of cardamom while infusing Avua Prata Cachaca, a Brazilian tequila, to create the perfect Full Sail.
A delicious mixture created with Blanco Tequila, Sparkling Wine, Blood Orange, and Black Tea makes for a great after-dinner cocktail to share with friends.
Address: 710 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
4. Pope House Bourbon Lounge – a cool and cozy Kentucky-themed bar housed in a Victorian house
Visit this bar for tasty bourbon, martinis, and draft beers and there’s a live musical performance in the evenings for entertainment.
Drinking at Pope House is a great experience. On a Friday night, you can sit outside in Pope House’s courtyard for Portland’s best happy hour. The courtyard has a New Orleans feel but is still a great place to hang out with friends and have a good time drinking and laughing.
Without even noticing, three Martinis made with New Deal vodka, will be swooping down your throat like a hungry pelican swooping down on a catch.
Address: 2075 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209
5. Ash Bar – the closest thing Portland has to a boutique speakeasy
There’s a bar separate from the main area in the elegant and romantic Nomad. Ash Bar is a horseshoe-shaped tavern tucked away in the middle of town. An à la carte dinner menu is available, and the bartenders curate an extensive drink list.
The openness and brightness of this area, which is uncommon in speakeasies, will appeal to those who enjoy them. Toki, The Death Note, is a cocktail made with Suntory whisky, Braulio, Maurin dry vermouth, and citrus bitters.
Address: 575 NE 24th Ave, Portland, OR 97232
6. Fuse Bar – a welcoming brick-clad corner venue that offers coffee by day and cocktails by night
Get your crew ready and hop into Fuse Bar for an amazing experience! The drinks are averagely priced and quite tasty. As the bartender makes the cocktails, expect some impressive feats with him whirling the bottles around.
This Latin music will surely attract you if you are looking for a place to have some fun. The DJ’s performance is spectacular, always keen not to drop a beat. Stunning moving bubble lights adorn each of the venue’s tiers, and there’s a nightlife photographer looking to capture the moments into memories. It is an excellent club for a girls’ night out.
Address: 36 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
7. Driftwood Room – a 1950s inspired lounge and cocktail bar offering awesome drinking experiences
Intimate, refined, and hospitable. Driftwood is also easy on the eye. You’ll be shocked by the broad menu at reasonable costs and the imaginative cocktail concepts. Expect the staff to be extremely helpful and pleasant.
Drop in the evening for supper, and a cocktail as the drinks are amazing. Although the cuisine is rather substantial, the type of food matches perfectly with the drinks.
Even if you are not a great lover of absinthe, the sight of the fountain will make you want to reconsider. Additionally, this location is fortified.
Address: 729 SW 15th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
8. Multnomah Whiskey Library – Portland’s hottest restaurant is a speakeasy-like bar housed in a former piano store
Whiskey enthusiasts, as well as casual whiskey drinkers, are both welcome. The upper lounge, which boasts brick walls and a magnificent chandelier, is a terrific spot to chill. There is a wall lined with whiskey bottles and a modest bar. This unmarked pub in the center of downtown provides an enormous choice of distilled cocktails worldwide.
It comprises both well-known and lesser-known kinds. The Multnomah Whiskey Library provides a membership program to add to the exclusivity. Members can make reservations, avoid waiting, and take advantage of other privileges. It’s a more relaxed atmosphere with the same commitment to quality.
Address: 1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205
9. Teardrop Cocktail Lounge – a popular and inventive cocktail lounge with a speakeasy kind of vibe
Since 2007, Sunset Magazine, Portland Monthly, Esquire, and countless other publications have complimented The Teardrop.
This restaurant is fantastic, and you’ll only wish you’d found it sooner. It has a wide range of flavors, from light and crisp to dark and rich, so you’re sure to appreciate it.
One of their seasonal cocktails, the dark side, and the late checkout will be on the menu. You can taste the blend of passion and the freshness in the drinks. You may experience new tastes when sweet and bitter flavors are combined.
Address: 1015 NW Everett St, Portland, OR 97209
10. Vintage Cocktail Lounge – a snug watering hole offering a range of classic and contemporary cocktails
This modest pub on Stark Street is popular with those who appreciate “cocktails made properly.” Because of their names, you’ll want to try all of them.
A few ingredients are needed, including whiskey, sugar cane, gin, and agave. Wild Turkey 101 bourbon, grapefruit juice, honey, and rosemary are a winning combination in Summer of Swayze’s Wild Turkey 101 bourbon.
It’s possible to plagiarize by mixing Smith and Cross rum with Amaro Averna (a bitter liqueur), lime juice, and demerara syrup (a sweet liqueur). The bartender will likely use ransom dry gin, lemon juice, crème de cacao, and huge cube ice cubes to make the Misfit Toy.
Address: 7907 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
11. Scotch Lodge – a small, hidden-away restaurant that deliberately fosters a speakeasy vibe
Scotch Lodge was built for whisky aficionados only. So soak up the French-inspired decor and a few glasses of your favorite cocktail.
The French Disko features calvados, blended malt, lemon, honey, nutmeg, and a slew of delicious bubbles to enjoy while you dance the night away. The Islay Daiquiri is named in honor of the pineapple rum, lime, and coconut-oolong demerara layers. It goes well with scotch.
Address: 215 SE 9th Ave #102, Portland, OR 97214
12. Vault Cocktail Lounge – for seasonal craft cocktails in a hip setting with a warm, moody vibe
Vault cocktail lounge appears to be out of context with its neighbors from the outside. Expect friendly service, attentiveness even when busy, and delicious food and drinks.
Setas are accommodative in the bar, both in booths and floor. Take advantage of their happy hour specials if you’re in the area.
A hip bar in the middle of downtown is one that you can easily locate on a Friday night. Head in with no expectations and see what you’ve missed. It’s a nice place to go on a date.
Address: 226 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209
13. Loyal Legion – Oregon-brewed beers served up in a historic building
You’ll need to converse with your bartender to confirm whether or not there is a speakeasy beneath the Loyal Legion, but we’ve heard there is. Loyal Legion dishes you exquisite meals and a varied assortment of drinks in either case.
They sell a variety of beers, ciders, kombucha, and CBD products. This is your chance to try their cocktails, or if you are interested in the beer and cider variety. Additionally, they have a wide choice of dishes, a plethora of food that appears to be excellent, including some snacks. Portland organizes cuisine events like Wing Week, and Loyal Legion actively participates.
Address: 710 SE 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
14. Speakeasy Tavern – a small basement bar with a relaxed divey vibe
Picking out The Speakeasy, the hipster hangout of choice in the region is a brainer as the bar is almost fully hidden beneath the flats in the inner-southeast.
There are barely two tables in the teeny-tiny room within the tavern, but it’s big enough for hip but relaxed individuals to hang out comfortably. Monday nights are for Bingo, and a case of Ramen is up for grabs as a prize.
Address: 609 1/2 SE Taylor St, Portland, OR 97214
15. Nalu Kava Lounge Tea House – a unique speakeasy of sorts hidden away in Northeast Portland
Having a cup of tea in the middle of the night is a great idea. In the company of book nerds, you can get to do some tarot readings in the corner.
Despite the larger table in this bar, the ambiance will not be particularly intimate, so keep this in mind. However, with so many options and knowledgeable staff to guide you through them, you won’t have any trouble finding what you’re looking for as far as drinks are concerned.
You can stay inside to work or write because there are days there is no live music in the evenings. Drinks available include chocolates flavored with a mushroom broth.
Address: 722 N Sumner St, Portland, OR 97217
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