Everything you need for an awesome night out in Portland, Ore., can now be found along a few short block of Division Street 23rd through 35th.
After Portland locals have waited a long time, the new apartment buildings have finally opened, and along with them comes lots of new shops, restaurants and bars. (This is not to mention all of the restaurants, bars and wineries that were already located here.) All together, Division Street now gives you a variety of nightlife options.
Inside Block + Tackle seafood bar in Portland — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
Seafood-lovers, try Block + Tackle, a seafood bar with an amazing atmosphere. They serve clam chowder with homemade oyster crackers, jumbo peel-and-eat prawns, fried calamari, fish and chips and oyster po’boys.
These options go perfectly with one of their specialty cocktails or a glass of draft beer or a local wine. During happy hour, they offer discounts on both drinks and oysters.
Wine-lovers will enjoy a unique night out at SE Wine Collective, where they can taste an assortment of wines made locally. This is the perfect place to start your evening out by trying a few wines along with a few bites.
If you really want to kick your evening off early, they have happy hour from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily, with discounts on wine and food.
16 beers on tap at Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom — Photo courtesy of Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom
Beer-lovers will rejoice upon entering Imperial Bottle Shop and Taproom and seeing the choice of 16 beers on tap plus another 400 types of bottled beer. They also have a selection of ciders. Don't let the selection overwhelm; just order the beer sampler and pick out five you would like to try.
This is considered one of the best places to grab a beer in Portland, and they're typically open until midnight. They even have special beer events once a month that you can find out about on their website.
Desserts at Lauretta Jean's — Photo courtesy of Meagan Shamy
Dessert-lovers will fall in love with Lauretta Jean’s, the sweet spot for a drink and dessert. Here, you can enjoy one of their specialty cocktails along with a slice of pie or a glass of wine with a mind-blowing salted carmel brownie. (This is not an exaggeration: mind-blowing.)
For those who are wishing they were in Thailand instead of rainy Portland, the Whiskey Soda Lounge is the place. Forget waiting in line just to eat at Pok Pok and instead head here. It's owned by the same chef!
Whiskey Soda Lounge is a bar serving Aahaan Kap Klaem (aka the drinking food of Thailand). Salty, spicy food is served in small plates (including Pok Pok wings) to go along with your drink of choice.
The cocktail, beer and wine list here is long, with choices like a Tamarind Whiskey Sour, a Umeshu Cooler or a Thailand beer.
Pick one of these places, grab some friends and have a fun night out on Portland's Division Street.