Wine and Dine Yourself at These Neighborhood Bars and Restaurants

We are going to give you another two-for-one in this week’s newsletter! National Wine Day was yesterday the 25th, while National Hamburger Day lands this Friday, May 28th. This might just be the combo you didn’t know you needed and Portland has no shortage of options in either category! After a tough year, none of us should feel bad about a little indulgence for ourselves. Have a look at our recommendations below. 

  • Alberta: Les Caves is quite the stylish hideout to enjoy a glass of wine. In fact, it is located in what was the boiler room of the original Victoria Theater (1910 -1965) and Portland Monthly named it Portland’s coziest wine bar. 
  • Beaumont: Find your next favorite Italian wine at Amalfi’s Restaurant and Mercato. Mercato is an Italian inspired marketplace specializing in fresh house-made foods, local delicacies and products imported directly from Italy, including wine.
  • Central Eastside: There are numerous options for wining and dining in the Central Eastside. Coopers Hall has an expansive space and great natural light. For a private, small group tasting and a more personalized experience, try Division Wine. If you are going for ambiance, Enso Winery is a charming space that is worth a visit.
  • Foster: Take in the bustle and cultural flare of the Portland Mercado, grab a bite at one of the many food carts, then top it all off with a glass (or bottle) of wine in the covered patio at Barrio.  Whether you’re a carnivore or herbivore, Thunderbird Bar has the perfect burger for you. Pair it with a drink on their outdoor patio for the ultimate experience.
  • Gateway: Mando’s makes everything fresh every day. They have vegan and specialty burger options that receive consistent five star raving reviews. 
  • Lents: Lents Draft and Bottle not only sells craft beer, they have an artfully curated selection of wines, too. Looking to add a Bavarian twist to your burger? Check out the Schnitzel Burger at Zoiglhaus. Other options include their Classic Burger and Bacon and Bleu Cheese.
  • Midway: For a quality burger made quickly and an old school diner theme, try Cruiser’s. Don’t forget to order a milkshake and curly fries!
  • Montavilla: Montavilla is home to Vino Veritas, which translates as “in wine there is truth”. We can get behind that notion as well as their selection of bubbles, reds and white wines. Nearby, you will find the Observatory, which features a lamb burger that is very much worth the stop.
  • Multnomah Village: Sip D’Vine carries a large selection of Northwest wines by the glass, bottle or case, plus has a lounge area for sipping on the spot.
  • Northwest District: Liner & Elsen has been serving both local and visiting wine lovers since 1990. They have also been nationally recognized for their expert selection, friendly customer service, and extensive inventory of the best wines of Europe, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond.
  • St Johns: The 45th Parallel is a retail bottle shop and wine bar with an emphasis on highlighting unique wines from all corners of Oregon. They primarily work with independent, sustainably minded producers. If you are a vegetarian, try the Enlightened Hunter at Stormbreaker Brewing which is made with a Beyond burger patty. 

This list is non-exhaustive so don’t forget to wine and dine locally in your own neighborhood business district. Show us how you are celebrating National Wine Day and National Hamburger Day on Instagram and Facebook.