By Bartender David Shenaut
Our seasons, our climate, and our access to excellent water have so much to do with the quality of our food, spirits, wine, and beer in Portland. It was farmers and food first, but the beverages are following suit. People have always asked me why I became a bartender in the first place and, back then, it had nothing to do with quality, which has changed with Portland's evolution. I am less and less interested in spending money on anything that isn't delicious or that doesn't make me feel good. The more I learn about where food and drink comes from and what it takes to make it really taste great, the more I'd just prefer to eat at home. Lisa Mygrant (partner and owner of Raven & Rose) has been essential in this journey for me. She is always challenging the why and how while always looking for the new what.
About David Shenaut
Bartender David Shenaut is the beverage director and operations manager at Raven & Rose in Portland, OR. He became known for his work behind the bars at Teardrop Lounge, Beaker & Flask, and Kask and was one of the original founders of Portland Cocktail Week.
RAVEN & ROSE
1331 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201
BARTENDER'S PORTLAND GUIDE
This place will teach you how to drink vodka that way it was intended to be consumed – directly from the freezer with caviar, dumplings, and mackerel.
720 SE Grand Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
T: 503.235.0059 | kachkapdx.com
They offer perfectly executed tiki from the balanced cocktails with garnishes, to Spices and Fire, to the Thunder Storm.
2733 NE Broadway Street, Portland, OR 97232
T: 503.662.8454 | halepele.com
I come here for the mezcal selection and drink it with their handmade mole and masa. They do a great classic margarita here and offer lots of mezcal flights.
3715 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202
T: 503.548.6343 | www.xicopdx.com
This a small space that is owned by a very close friend of mine, Tommy Klus. He curates a killer back bar and I like to come here to check out his bartender's craft cocktails or their big list of Belgium drafts. The mussels are a must.
2500 SE Clinton Street, Portland, OR 97202
T: 971.339.2822 | lamoulepdx.com
Ken's Artisan Pizza & Apizza Scholls
These two are a toss-up for me. We often switch back and forth between the two depending if we are in the mood for a bottle of wine at Ken's or just a beer at Apizza.
This is a small storefront beer shop with one of those screens that changes constantly as the beers rotate. They have the very best local beers in one place, both on tap or by the bottle. They also have growlers to go.I usually look for fresh hops or fruit-driven seasonal sours. I tried a couple of barrel-aged stouts last time I was here.
3520 N Williams Avenue, Portland, Oregon
T: 503.477.7689 | www.tin-bucket.com
Order Kevin Ludwig's sherry and a rye cocktail before and a steak afterwards.
3155 E Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214
T: 503.206.3097 | www.laurelhurstmarket.com
There is only one choice here and that is carefully-curated Champagne and popcorn.
107 SE Washington Street, Portland, OR 97214
T: 503.575.4861 | www.ambonnaybar.com
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