While ice cold margaritas are most fitting in summer and a steaming hot toddy is delicious during the fall, darker, oakier spirits complement colder weather and shorter days. With that in mind, winter may be one of the most ideal seasons for sipping Manhattans. There’s something about the warmth of bourbon (or rye) stirred with sweet vermouth and a few dashes of bitters to raise spirits and brighten up a gray Portland day. If you encounter one of those this February, head to one of the bars below — they’ll be mixing up speciality Angel’s Envy Manhattans all month long.Read More
It’s Manhattan Season — Here’s Where to Order One in Portland This February
The right Manhattan can brighten up any gray Portland day
Dark and moody with a glamorous, retro feel, a visit to the Driftwood Room located in the Hotel DeLuxe is like taking a step back in time. This isn’t the place for wild twists or crazy flavor combos — classics will serve you well here – and there are plenty of choices if you go traditional. The lounge offers six different takes on a Manhattan, with a selection of bourbons and ryes, including Angel’s Envy, plus different bitters. And if you’re undecided, you can opt to sample four variations in half-ounce sizes.
The Xport Rooftop Lounge
A rooftop bar with stellar views and handcrafted cocktails, Xport is on the top floor of the Porter Hotel downtown. Take in the skyline on the outdoor patio by a fire pit or sit in the sleek lounge and sip an Angel’s Envy Manhattan garnished with a maraschino cherry. Wherever you sit, it’s guaranteed to be an Insta-worthy experience. If you want something a little sweeter, order the Strange Beauty with an apple cinnamon-infused Angel’s Envy Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels base, made even more delicious with the addition of dark rum, salted caramel, and orange and fig bitters.
Keep Portland weird, you say? Deadshot has been keeping cocktail lovers on their toes with unconventional ingredients like mustard and cabbage. Yes, mustard. While outrageous on paper, somehow these twisted concoctions just work. The menu changes frequently, so it’s best not to get attached to a particular drink. One thing is a given, though, they will feature an Angel’s Envy Manhattan this February. Admire the geometric wallpaper while perched under a retro light fixture, and order away.
Located along the busy stretch of N. Mississippi, rustic and woody Interurban perfectly balances the playful with the serious. Think Jello-O shots and corn dogs but also a massive list of whiskeys from around the world and oysters on the half shell. Take a seat at the bar, immerse yourself in the lodge-like vibes—taxidermy and all—and order a nice, warming Angel’s Envy Manhattan, the perfect accompaniment for a chilly winter evening.
El Gaucho Portland
El Gaucho is the upscale steakhouse inside The Benson, one of downtown Portland’s historic hotels. And the cocktails are fitting for such a landmark location. It goes without saying that an Angel’s Envy Manhattan is a perfect match for the formal setting, but if you’re seeking something with a little added flair, order the Oak St. Boulevardier. It’s an attention-grabbing showpiece featuring Angel’s Envy Rye Finished in Rum Casks, red Italian bitter, sweet vermouth, and oak smoke that’s served tableside for that extra flourish.
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The Ritz-Carlton, Portland
On the ground floor of the newly opened Ritz Carlton downtown, Meadowrue, named for a distinctive flowering plant that flourishes in the Pacific Northwest, evokes an ancient forest rather than an ordinary lobby bar. Under a vertical ceiling garden and dramatic dangling lights, the space is awash in deep shades of green. Relax and soak up the scene with a Manhattan, or head upstairs to the circular marble bar at Bellpine, the hotel’s signature restaurant, where you’ll find a specialty Angel’s Envy Manhattan as well.
Loyal Legion might be known for their extensive list of local beers, but there’s more to this Buckman bar than meets the eye. Head to the back and go down a flight of stairs — look for the neon hand and candlestick — to find Voysey, a compact, chic cocktail spot that borrows design touches from the Arts and Crafts movement. Featured drinks are often designed around a fun theme like star signs or a Halloween “Cocktales From the Crypt,” but there’s nothing wrong with embracing the speakeasy ethos and ordering a timeless Angel’s Envy Manhattan.
Nothing beats a neighborhood wine bar that also has a solid cocktail menu. Ran by brothers, one who bartends, the other who’s a wine expert, Bonne Chance in the Alberta district is just that perfect unpretentious place. Cocktails run from creative to classic, so don’t hesitate to order an Angel’s Envy Manhattan and take in the plant-filled space that’s a little kitsch, with a welcome dive bar chill.
Located in the lobby of the Kex Hotel near lower Burnside, Pacific Standard isn’t your typical hotel bar that only appeals to guests. With architectural wood accents and desk lamps on the zinc-topped bar, the vibe is more like a cool library designed for hanging out. Try one of the many cocktails on draft, or order an Angel’s Envy Manhattan and Dungeness crab toast on homemade brioche to take in the atmosphere in style.
With brick walls, warm light, and outdoor firepits, Northwest Portland’s Bantam Tavern is a cozy neighborhood bar that features solid cocktails and elevated bar food. If you’re into whiskey, take a look at the house cocktails where you’ll find a handful of drinks featuring bourbon and rye, or simply order an Angel’s Envy Manhattan the way you like it.
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An American bar and brasserie in the Duniway Hotel downtown, Mayrose is all about modern interpretations of classic cocktails. It’s a good bet that you’re going to see some big fat ice cubes and creative bitters. Pull a green leather, padded barstool up to the handsome wooden bar and order an Angel’s Envy Manhattan and some Pacific Northwest oysters. And if you happen to go on a Thursday, you can take advantage of happy hour pricing from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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Have you ever tried sotol, baiju, or pisco? Cereus PDX near the Alberta Arts district is the place to try lesser seen international spirits and local liquors. The drink menu also pays homage to bars around the country with riffs on competition-winning cocktails. There’s no pressure to step out of your comfort zone with concoctions like the Investment Stock that take Angel’s Envy Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels in a wild, vegetal direction with the addition of cold-pressed carrot juice and celery bitters. Order a tried and true Angel’s Envy Manhattan too, if you please.
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