Photo courtesy of Meagan ShamyKask is a small, sleek candlelit saloon/cocktail bar in downtown Portland in the up-and-coming West End near the corner of 12th and Alder. The bar is adjacent to Gruner, an award-winning German restaurant.
Named one of the Best Bars in America in 2012 by Esquire, Kask boosts an amazing list of spirits including 25 types of gin and 48 types of whiskey. Many of the whiskeys are scotch; this is no surprise considering their award-winning bartender Tommy Klus spent time in Scotland studying scotch production.
Photo courtesy of Meagan ShamyHere you,ll find all the classic cocktails like mint juleps or manhattans, plus some of the most innovative cocktail creations in Portland. Watching the bartenders concoct a cocktail is fascinating. Each drink they prepare gets their undivided attention; the result is a work of art.
They serve 30 of their own hand-crafted cocktails, plus 6 seasonal signature cocktails. Unlike many bars, Kask offers a punch of the day for only $5. If you are unsure of what to order, tell the bartender what kind of drink you like and they will construct one just for you using their house made extracts and syrups. All of their bartenders are extremely knowledgeable and friendly.
Kask also offers a beer and wine selection and serves small plates like local cheeses, breads, house-cured meats and croquettes.