What are some Northwest Portland happy hours?

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Answered by: Lisa, An Expert in the Tips for Traveling Category
Known for its rapidly expanding culinary scene and great prices, Portland, Oregon has tons of happy hours with quality food and drinks at discounted prices. Happy hours are a great way to try out new restaurants without committing to purchasing a full meal, and the trendy Northwest Alphabet District offers quite a few worthwhile ones. Most of these restaurants are within walking distance from tons of shopping, buses, the MAX light rail, the Portland Streetcar, and many hotels, making transportation simple.



McMenamins Ram's Head or Blue Moon

With two prime locations, the local McMenamin's chain is a classic choice when it comes to Northwest Portland happy hours. McMenamin's is a Portland staple, and their locally-bottled beers, wines and spirits help visitors to the area get a feeling for what Northwest microbrews and wineries are all about. Both locations have happy hours from 3-6 p.m. during the afternoon and after 10 p.m. in the evening. The happy hours feature reduced-price beers and wines as well as several dirt-cheap food items, including $2 cajun tater tots, a $4 burger, and a $3 hummus plate.

The Ram's Head; 2282 N.W. Hoyt St. Portland, OR 97210; (503) 221-0098



Blue Moon Tavern and Grill; 432 N.W. 21st Ave. Portland, OR 97209; (503) 223-3184

Basta's Trattoria

Most happy hours stop during dinner to ensure that some patrons end up purchasing full-price entrees. Basta's is not one of those. With an extensive happy hour menu that runs from 5 p.m. until late at night, Basta's is the prime choice of Northwest Portland happy hours to visit during regular dinner hours. With a couple of inexpensive happy hour wine options, a two-page list of happy hour foods, and very long hours, Basta's has one of the least restrictive happy hour specials in the city. On top of the convenience, it also has great Italian food in a classy, non-pub location. Most wines and food plates on the happy hour menu range between $5 and $10.

Basta's Trattoria; 410 Northwest 21st Avenue Portland, OR 97209-1104; (503) 274-1572

M Bar

After a long day of shopping and sightseeing on Northwest 23rd and 21st, sometimes you need a relaxing drink even more than food. M bar is an astonishingly small and cozy wine, beer and sake bar with a central Northwest 21st Avenue location. It's happy hour features $4 glasses of wine and $15 bottles of wine before 8 p.m. The bar doesn't serve any food, but nobody can beat $15 for a bottle of wine that would normally cost twice that.

M Bar; 417 Northwest 21st Avenue Portland, OR 97210; (503) 228-6614

Santa Fe Taqueria

Santa Fe Taqueria has happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. daily. Specials include tacos and several other plates of food ranging in price from $3.75 to $5.75, as well as $3.75 well drinks and reduced-price margaritas, beer and wine. With colorful artwork covering the walls, T.V.'s playing sports, and friendly bartenders, Santa Fe Taqueria offers a relaxed and unique Portland experience. Happy hour is only in the bar, but the restaurant does have a kid-friendly dining area.

Santa Fe Taqueria; 831 Northwest 23rd Avenue Portland, OR 97210-3003; (503) 220-0406

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