Mint and 820, Portland
Portland , Oregon
Tel: 503 284 5518
Concierge.com's insider take:
In an industrial-chic spaceexposed brick, high ceilings, a long, curving bar with towers of sugar-rimmed martini glassesconvivial groups of friends settle in at happy hour to sip pioneering mixologist Lucy Brennan's daring concoctions. Depending on the season, the cocktails might include anything from beets to cilantro to avocados. Some work better than others: The IVO, the house variation on a lemon drop, is made with vanilla vodka, which some might find a bit overpowering. But the Ad Lib, vodka with cilantro and lemon-lime, is unusual and refreshing. The Bella, with blackberry puree, vodka, and lemon-lime, is one of the most popular choices. You can order a full meal or simply graze on upscale bar snacks such as Vietnamese spring rolls, but the real point here is the fun cocktail list and the spirited ambience of the nightly happy hours.
Open Mondays and Tuesdays 4 to 11 pm, Wednesdays and Thursdays 4 pm to midnight, and Fridays and Saturdays 4 pm to 1 am.