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2 Day Portland Experience Suggestions

Heading to Portland in July for the Alsace Masterclass. Embarrassingly my first time and appreciate recommendations from locals, or others, who have had the most fabulous experiences with dining & art. Advice for lodging will be useful as well. Grateful in advance!

  • I am particularly fond of Ava Gene's (Italian fare, excellent vegetable dishes, great wine list) and Maurice (perfect for a full-fledged meal, a snack or just something sweet).

    Pepe le Moko is great for its speakeasy vibe and cocktails, and you should be sure to eat some ice cream at Salt & Straw.

    Southeast Wine Collective is a worthwhile stop as well. Several Oregon winemakers use their space for production, and they have those wines among others. It's an easy way to taste a number of Oregon wines in one fell swoop!

    As for lodging, I've had great luck with Airbnb.
  • I was just up there a couple weeks ago. I really enjoyed Tasty n Alder and Radar. Imperial is also a favorite, great cocktails.
  • I've had good to great meals at:

    Aviary
    Ned Ludd
    Little Bird
    Renata
    Pok Pok
    Roe
    Coquine
    Gruner
    Le Pigeon
    Beast - depending on the menu that day
    Clyde Commons - good cocktail program
    Lardo - lunch, great sandwiches
    Laurelhurst Market

    Breakfast:
    Tasty and Sons
    Sweedeedee
    Blue Star - if your a donut kind of person

    If you're there on the weekend the farmers market is pretty great to walk around also.

    I normally stay at the Vintage which is a Kimpton downtown. Easy walking access to so much and bikes to use for free.
  • Blue Star Donuts--Get the Blueberry Bourbon and Basil donut. Unreal
  • Just had a wonderful experience in Portland for the AS Exam. The city is full of great places to eat and drink but Little Bird Bistro was my favorite and warranted repeat visits. Oysters and great small plates on specials during happy hour (early and late) a GREAT by-the-glass selections and cocktails. Mother's Bistro has solid food as the long line of locals might suggest as well.

    Pepe le Moko, Clyde Commons, and Teardrop were my favorite cocktail spots. Hair of the Dog and Cascade (if you're a sour fan) for local beer.

    If you're a fan of dive bar food and cheap craft draft beer, please don't overlook Kelly's Olympian.
  • We rented a condo with full kitchen that was nice and also affordable with Stay Alfred.
  • -If you want to experience an intense Spirits experience, you gotta attempt going to The Multnomah Whiskey Library (mondays are the best days).
    - Luc Lac does Vietnamese till 4 am which is crazy convenient downtown when you're drunk and Hungry for bomb pho
    - Forget Voodoo and go straight to Blue Star for a donut (the blueberry bourbon is indeed worth the hype)
    - Kells on 2nd ave and El Gaucho have the only grandfathered full dining cigar rooms in Portland if you want to feel like a bad ass
    - Pok Pok for the best fish sauce wings on the market
    - Clyde Common, Shift Drinks, Rum Club, Hale Pele and Pepe la Moko all have on point cocktail Programs
    - Deshutes Brewery and Rogue have solid beer selections
    - Belmont district was always my favorite stomping ground, such amazing bars and restaurants and scenery
    - Ava Gene's, Little Bird (Le pigeon's Bistro Restaurant), Ox (argentinian grilled meats, and Andina (peruvian) are all bomb
    - Check out Powells for their extensive book selections
    - Air B&B should do you well too!

    and if you rent a car go see some oregon wineries!

    Cheers!