Check Out These New Bars in Portland This Spring

by Alexander Frane on Mar 27, 2018 in Roundups

 
As Portland prepares for spring and the incoming sunny days that (we hope) are just around the corner, we also prepare for a slew of new bars to open. From cocktail bars to wine rooms, Portland is anticipating some great new spots to get our drink on. Here are the six bar openings we’re most looking forward to. Did we miss your most anticipated spot? Let us know on our Facebook or Twitter.
 
Palomar
Portland loves rum, as evidenced by hot spots Hale Pele and Rum Club. Now, Palomar is looking to join the scene, opening on lower Division with a rum-centric drink menu (and the daiquiri in particular) as well as Cuban food like cubanos and fried fish. Palomar is coming from pedigreed bartender Ricky Gomez, who previously worked at Teardrop Lounge and Ox, and he’s attracting experienced bartenders from across the city to join his team. The bar will likely open sometime in April. (959 SE Division St.)
 
Canard
Possibly the most anticipated bar opening this year, famed Portland restaurateur Gabriel Rucker is opening Canard, right next door to his flagship restaurant Le Pigeon. The new venue will be a more casual affair than his other spots, and will open as a cafe during the day and a cocktail bar in the evening, with French inspired snacks and meals all day. Le Pigeon co-owner and wine director Andy Fortgang will be filling the menu with awesome European and local wines, some which he has been collecting for years. They’ll also be offering a full cocktail menu, so guests can grab a drink before dinner at Le Pigeon, or as a digestif after. The bar will likely open in April. (734 E Burnside St.)
 
Enoteca Nostrana
Less of a new wine bar, and more of an extension, popular Italian restaurant Nostrana is building an adjacent wine bar. The new, larger space will include a 2,000 bottle list, wines by the glass, retail wine, and casual Italian dining to pair. There’s also a potential for some fun, non-traditional pairings with the European wines, like fried chicken and Champagne. The bar is set to open in early April. (1401 SE Morrison St. Ste. 105)
 
Domaine Serene
Oregon winery Domaine Serene spent last year building a new Burgundian influenced clubhouse to serve guests, and this year they’re building a wine bar in downtown Portland. The bar will be in the Sentinel Hotel downtown, and will serve wines from Domaine Serene, as well as selections of Château de la Crée and Maison Evenstad wines from their Burgundian winery. The bar will be open to the public Fridays through Sunday, and operate as a private event space Monday through Thursday. The tasting room is slated to open April 13. (1038 SW Alder St.; 503-864-4600)
 
The Porter is an upcoming boutique hotel from the Curio line of The Hilton, and it’s opening downtown just a few blocks from the waterfront. The hotel will boast four dining establishments, one of which is the Xport Bar and Lounge, a bar serving small plates and cocktails and sporting two outdoor dining decks with fire pits and sweeping views of the city. Other eateries in the hotel include Terrane Italian Kitchen and Bar; Chiosco, a pizza window; and Portland Exchange Grocer and Goods, where guests can find cured meats, panini, coffee, and more. The Porter is currently accepting reservations starting April 14, and the restaurants should all be open by then. (1355 SW 2nd Ave.; 503-306-4800)
 
Currently, Deadshot is a weekly, Monday night pop-up bar at the prix fixe dinner service Holdfast. However, both programs are transitioning into the space recently vacated by Associated, on SE 11th off Division. Holdfast will be offering more staggered seating throughout the night, while Deadshot will be getting its own space where bar manager Adam Robinson can sling his creative concoctions on a nightly basis. Currently, both places are on hiatus while they get ready to move in, so look for an opening in April or May. (2133 SE 11th Ave.)
 
Photo via Domaine Serene 
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