Portland, Oregon is a special place. Its plentiful bridges reminds me of Pittsburgh, but its unique character stands apart from any city I’ve ever visited. This eco-conscious art hub is home to the best Pinot Noir, microbreweries, food carts, doughnuts and coffee I have ever had. And to boot, its effective public transportation will haul you home whenever you’ve had to much too eat or have your hands full from tax-free shopping. As a foodie, I am particularly fond of the city’s growing restaurant scene, including everything farm-to-table and fresh seafood, to specialty bakeries and endless local, vegetarian and vegan fare.
While in Portland in August for work, some coworkers and I headed over to Clyde Common, in which the Ace Hotel is also found, for happy hour. Upon entering the Ace lobby, a contemporary vintage themed space certainly worth seeing on its own, you can make your way through to Clyde Common, where you are instantly greeted with high ceilings, a chalkboard ridden wall, touches of reclaimed wood and an inviting, open-kitchen concept. We enjoyed a few items from their happy hour menu, including brown butter and Old Bay seasoned popcorn (so very addicting!), bordelaise meatballs and French fries with pepper aioli. I paired these snacks with the punch of the day, part of their happy hour $5 cocktail special. If you’re a coffee lover like I am and in need of an extra boost, you can head next door post happy-hour for some darn good coffee at Stumptown.
Clyde Common // 1014 SW Stark ST, Portland, OR 97205