For our glass-half-fullkinda people, happy hours in Portland are where it’s at. Whether you’re looking to try out a new spot on the cheap or get together to decompress after work, these discounts on beer, wine, cocktails, and snacks will turn thatfrown upside down.
Loyal Legion has 50-100 Oregon beers on tap at any given time. | Photo by @littlezestypdx
🥃 Keeping spirits up
Loyal Legion | Sun.-Fr., 3-5 p.m. | PDXtoday reader Danny M. tipped us off about this beer hall’s 1-oz pour of Pendleton Whisky on the rocks for $5 with a $3 IPA back, paired with a $6 smash burger.
Tropicale | Tues.-Thurs., 3-6 p.m. | Leave your worries on a white sand beach; this Caribbean + Latin American bar offers Xicha Mexican lagerand ashot of Altos for $11, $7 hibiscus margaritas, and $5 zero-proof piña coladas.
$4 will buy a pretzel, grilled cheese sandwich, or hummus with pita at Aalto. | Photo by @cutthroatpixie
🥨 Biggest bargains
Aalto Lounge | Daily, 5-7 p.m. | Those in the know head to this neighborhood haunt for $3 Jell-O shots, buckets of beer to share for $12-15, bottles of wine for $12, and $4 comfort snacks.
Vintage Cocktail Lounge | Daily, 4-6 p.m. | It’s not hard to find thoughtfully crafted cocktails in Portland for double-digits; the real challenge is finding them at this bar’s prices. French 75s, Hemingway Daiquiris, and five others to choose from — each for $6.
Suckerpunch’s “One Cent Magenta” is for the black cherry fans. | Photo by Julie Rodriguez
🍹 Mocktail musts
Looking for a zero-proof beverage to enjoy with your crew? Here are some of our favorites around town.
Suckerpunch | Thurs.-Sun., 6-10 p.m. | Sip an elegant craft cocktail — but leave as sober as you came in — at this experimental speakeasy offering concoctions made with ingredients like pistachio oil, mandarin soda + tarragon.
Xico | Wed.-Sat., 5-9 p.m. + Sun. 4:30-8 p.m. | Not in the mood for mezcal? Enjoy a delicious beverage without the buzz by trying a hibiscus tea or horchata at this popular Mexican spot.
Wizarding Weekend | Fri., July 29-Sun., July 31 | 5-9 p.m. | McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd Ave. | Celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday with a visit to Diagon and Knockturn alleys, participate in special games and activities, and enjoy magically-themed food and drink specials in the Great Hall. 🪄
Milwaukie Porchfest | Fri., July 29 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Locations vary | Free | Singers, musicians, dancers, comedians, and more will entertain passersby from their porches and driveways.
Washington County Fair | Now-Sun., July 31 | Times vary | Westside Commons, 801 NE 34th Ave., Hillsboro | Free | From goat milking contests and live music to carnival rides and turkey legs, this is country summer fun at its finest. 🎡
Portlandia Mermaid Parade & Festival | Sat., July 30 | 12 p.m. | South Waterfront Park, 2001 S. River Dr. | Free | This shellabration of professional merfolk entertainers and the LGBTQ+ community is part of the Weird Portland United collective. 🧜
One Year Anniversary Party | Sat., July 30 | 2-10 p.m. | Pink Rabbit, 232 NW 12th Ave. | Price of purchase | What’s cute + fluffy, serves great cocktails, and is celebrating its birthday? You’ll just have to find out. 🐇
Slammedenuff Portland | Sun., July 31 | 1-7 p.m. | Portland Expo Center | $30 | This car show for showy sports cars is coming to the City of Rose for the first time ever.
“The Shining” | Sun., July 31 | 9 p.m. | OMSI bridge lot, 1945 SE Water Ave. | $20+ | Kick back and take in this silver screen classic — you know what they say about all work and no play.
Lavender Wreath-Making | Mon., Aug. 1 | 3 + 6 p.m. | Wayward Winds Lavender Farm, 17005 NE Courtney Rd., Newberg | $60 | Get crafty on the outdoor deck overlooking acres of vibrant lavender, while sipping a refreshing beverage.
Llama Experience | Mon., Aug. 1 | 4 + 5:30 p.m. | Evergreen Llamas, 1570 Green Mountain Rd., Kalama | $10+ | This experience offers the chance to walk + pet llamas.
Dungeons and Flagons! | Mon., Aug. 1 | 4:30-9 p.m. | Gigantic Brewing, 5224 SE 26th Ave. | $45 | You get two beers, a D&D-themed meal + an adventure run with a dungeon master. 🐲
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Lil’ America is a soon-to-be-born food cart pod with a mission: to bring fresh, cultural flavor to inner Southeast Portland by uplifting BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ small business owners. The pod is local restaurant group Win Win’s first project.
The group is currently looking to bring in four to eight carts showcasing a diverse range of cuisines. Those interested in joining the team can apply online.
Lil’ America is set to open in early fall 2022 at Southeast 10th Avenue and Stark Street, with indoor + outdoor seating, event space, and restrooms.
100º | Excessive heat warning | 4% chance of rain
Sunrise + Sunset
Rise: 5:51 a.m.
Set: 8:42 p.m.
Drivers will have the option to step out of their cars and pump their own gas through Sun., July 31. The Oregon Fire Marshal said self-service will be allowed in 25 counties — including Multnomah, Clackamas + Washington — in an effort to keep attendants safe amid the heatwave. ⛽ (KOIN)
A ban on recreational firesis now in place in Vancouver. High temperatures + “extremely” dry conditions prompted the Vancouver Fire Marshal’s decision, which encompasses campfires, bonfires, fire pits, and outdoor fireplaces. An end date has not been set, but city officials said the ban will likely last through summer. 🔥 (KOIN)
Catching a flight this weekend? If you were planning on riding the MAX Red Line to the airport, you’ll have to take a shuttle bus from the Gateway Transit Center instead. Construction on TriMet’s “A Better Red” project will pause all Red Line servicesSat., July 30 + Sun., July 31. 🚌 (The Oregonian/Oregon Live)
A bright blue food truck celebrated its grand opening — and its home country’s day of independence — earlier this week. Mama’s Peruvian Bowls, located in the Collective Oregon Eateries (CORE) pod at 3612 SE 82nd Ave., serves traditional dishes featuring rice + steak, ceviche, and tuna-stuffed avocados, among other South American bites. 🇵🇪
Applications are now open for Healthy Business permits for the upcoming September 2022-December 2023 cycle. The PBOT-managed program has helped businesses stay open through the COVID-19 pandemic by expanding their space to streets + sidewalks. Businesses will pay $500 per parking space and $6 per linear ft of sidewalk used.
From now until Sat., July 30, you can visit the Museum of the Oregon Territory in Oregon City for freein celebration of the Clackamas Historical Society’s 70th anniversary. Learn about the history that flows through the Willamette Falls, see Native American petroglyphs, explore a new exhibit + more. 🎟️
This is your sign to get out and visit a restaurant or food cart that really gets you. Eater Portland is spilling the astrolo-tea with its new astrological chart for the Rose City’s food scene, matching each of the 12 star signs with a spot like Cafe Rowan, La Fondita + Berlu. 💫 (Eater Portland)
“We’ve never increased our prices, we’ve never charged more than $2 for a book,” said Linda Arnett, the store manager at The Book Nook in Estacada. The nonprofit, volunteer-run shop is celebrating 30 years of selling used titles (all are donated) — and has even seen a recent surge in business. 📚 (Estacada News)
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As the heat spell continues to hold the metro area in its thrall, local aid groups are working hard to keep some of the most at-risk Portlanders safe.
Feed the Streets, part of two-year-old nonprofit organization Our Streets PDX, prepares hundreds of meals every day + distributes them to people facing housing and food insecurity throughout the community. One day this week, the group took 122 meals to local camps.
Editor’s pick: City Editor Ben and I really do try the things we write about — including the PDXtoday coffee crawl we published earlier this week. I managed to visit three shops before hitting my caffeine (and heat) tolerance; if you missed my journey that I documented on Instagram stories, you can watch it here.
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