Nightlife

World's Best Bar Crawls

by Darrell Hartman

Portland, Oregon

What's on tap: An endless variety of handcrafted beers that will give you an appreciation of the art of brewing—or at least something to talk about between slugs

Why it's worth a shot: Portland has more microbreweries per capita than any city in the United States, and brewpubs (bars that make beer on-site) are essential to the local way of life. Think of Paris café culture with less attitude—assuming you don't try to order a Bud Lite.

Booze route: Start out with a homemade pretzel and a glass of award-winning Mirror Pond Pale Ale at the Deschutes Brewery & Public House, which occupies a former auto-body shop on N.W. 11th Avenue in the Pearl District. (Manly men will appreciate the chainsaw art and abundant Scottish plaids.) You can light up a cigar in the detention room at McMenamins Kennedy School on N.E. 33rd Avenue, a converted 1915 elementary school, and catch live music acts in the old gym. But if you want to hang with local beer geeks—who'd consider those places too mainstream—head to Hopworks Urban Brewery (pictured) on SE Powell Powell Boulevard, an "eco-brewpub" where the organic beers have more of the West Coast's trademark hoppy bite. Green Dragon, in the same trendy Southeast neighborhood, keeps nearly 20 beers on tap. Chances are you haven't heard of more than one or two of them, but the bartenders will be happy to explain the difference between a brown ale and a chocolate stout.

Hangover cure: The baristas at Coffeehouse Northwest on West Burnside Boulevard treat every espresso they make as if it were a work of art, but it's worth the wait. For a quicker fix, head to Stumptown Coffee Roasters, in the über-hip Ace Hotel—no need to fix your bedhead.

Deschutes Brewery & Public House
Tel: 503 296 4906

McMenamins Kennedy School
Tel: 888 249 3983

Hopworks Urban Brewery
Tel: 503 232 4677

Green Dragon
Tel: 503 517 0606

Coffeehouse Northwest
Tel: 503 248 2133

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