Today is International Women’s Day 2017 and with our current political climate the day feels especially poignant. Many women are striking in the Day Without Women protest, but not everyone is able to do that. And while there is a general request to not spend money today, that’s not entirely practical for everyone either. If you want to go out and support women this Women's History Month and beyond, try some of these great female-owned Portland bars.
Find great cocktails and ridiculously well-priced glasses of wine at this industry-driven bar downtown. Don’t forget to grab a bottle of wine to go, available until 2:30 AM each day. (1200 SW Morrison St.; 503-922-3933)
Sommelier-run wine bar focusing on the wines of Oregon, as well as champagne, Oregon Wines on Broadway is a Portland institution. (515 SW Broadway; 503-228-4655)
Tankui is self-defined as a bar, not a restaurant, despite its high quality Japanese and Korean cuisine. The food is great and the drinks are strong, just prepare yourself for risqué Japanese cinema on the screens here; Tanuk is a unique experience. (8029 SE Stark St.)
Portland’s oldest strip club is owned by the daughter of the original owner. It’s Portland’s only entirely woman owned and operated strip club. More than a few talented Portland dancers have gotten their start here, and menu continue to perform here. (129 SW Broadway; 503-227-3023)
A friendly neighborhood bar and a regular destination for people working in the industry, Mad Hanna is named for its co-owners Crystal Maddox and Liz Hanna. You can buy a drink for an absent friend here which they can claim later, or play horseshoes during the summer. (6129 NE Fremont St.; 503-288-2944)
A piece of Wisconsin in Portland, with a huge tap and bottle list, as well as elevated Midwestern comfort food. It’s definitely the best spot in town to catch a Packers game. (1004 N Killingsworth St.; 503-206-4252)
Belmont Station used to be on Belmont, sharing a space with The Horse Brass Pub before moving to Stark, thus the confusing name. It’s still the best bottle shop in the city, as well as an excellent tap room. (4500 SE Stark St.; 503-232-8538)
A cozy, romantic cocktail bar, the Sapphire Hotel is a Portland institution. Cozy up by the wood-fire stove and try some signature drinks and snacks. (5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd.; 503-232-6333)
Newly opened to accompany the recently moved Besaw’s, Solo Club feels you’ve been transported to the Mediterranean. Highball concoctions are the star here, along with a fun cocktail menu. (2110 NW Raleigh St.; 971-254-9806)
Beast is one of Portland’s most famous restaurants, but if you’re looking for some snacks and drinks, head across the street to its sister bar, Expatriate. It’s lush, decadent, and sexy. (5424 NE 30th Ave.)
This iconic dive is recognizable from blocks away due to the Christmas lights hanging on its very low ceiling. Cheap drinks, juke box, and skeeball make Slammer a destination. (500 SE 8th Ave.; 503-232-6504)
Wife and Husband owned and operated, chic, classy, and home to Portland’s very best happy hour, Aalto Lounge is a must visit bar. Don’t skip the $2 grilled cheese. (3356 SE Belmont St.; 503-235-6041)
Part of the Lightning Bar Collective, Victoria is named for its talented, heavily tattooed, dog-loving owner Lisa Victoria (pictured above). Great drinks, veggie friendly food, and a photo booth make this a Lightning Bar favorite. (4835 N Albina St.)
Another Lightning Bar, Dig a Pony is a nice cocktail bar in the afternoon and a busy dance hall in the evenings. It’s also heavily involved in the local community, and is a favorite of bartenders and servers. (736 SE Grand Ave.; 971-279-4409)
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