So, we are bucking tradition a little bit with an evening wedding and a dessert reception that includes a few hors d’oeuvres. The cool thing about this is that visitors to Portland will have a chance to experience the fabulous Happy Hour meals and deals that the city has to offer beforehand and once at the wedding and reception guests will get enjoy the freedom to roam around the venue rather than being stuck at one table all night. And we promise delicious deserts, an awesome signature cocktail, and perhaps your first, but not last, sip of Swedish Schnapps.
Happy Hour in Portland is traditionally from 5-6 or 7pm and the best restaurants in Portland offer fabulous food at unbeatable prices, generally garnished with a fantastic cocktail.
A few of our favorites in relatively close proximity to the ceremony site include:
250 NW 13th Avenue, at Everett Street; 503-226-3394 4:00 to 6:30 Sunday to Friday
Rian’s mom’s favorite restaurant, Blue Hour makes impeccable food and has a beautiful atmosphere situated next door to Weiden & Kennedy, the groundbreaking agency that grew started alongside Nike as their first ad agency.
Portland City Grill
111 SW 5th, 30th floor, 450-0030, 4:30-6:30 & 10-midnight daily
A favorite hang out of downtown office types, and single clerical workers looking for a love connection, this happy hour spot on the 30th floor of Portland’s tallest building has a view and menu that far outweighs the downsides of the crowd. The burger is hand-pattied, huge, and one of the best in town; the mussels are fresh and the seared tuna is amazing. Choose from about 20 items (crab cakes, pot stickers, salads), and get fancy full.
1341 NW Glisan, 228-9535, Tues-Fri 4-6 pm
Exotic Peruvian drinks for $4, and food for $2. Highlights include the Solano cocktail–a combo of Makers and lime juice, plus cinnamon and clove, and food options like the parmesan crusted scallops, mussels, or their simple quinoa salad.
1014 Southwest Stark Street Portland, OR 97205 3-6 pm
Clyde Common is the restaurant housed in the Ace Hotel. Their bartenders are not bartenders, but “mixologists.” This is the place to stop if you’re staying at the Ace and appreciate a serious cocktail and an adventurous culinary experience in a cool, modern space. You can order Pork Terrine or just go with their signature burger. Great food, just be ready to battle for counter space if you show up after 5:30. Stop into the lobby of the Ace to capture the moment in their photo booth.
611 SW 10th, 220-1850, Fri 3-6 pm & 10 pm-1 am
The drinks may be priced normally at swanky Jake’s, but the happy hour food specials are amazing. With a $2 minimum beverage purchase, you can choose off of their $1.95 happy menu, which includes a 1/2 pound cheeseburger, salads, and damn fine oyster shooters.
1001 SW Broadway, 790-7752, 4-6 pm daily
As far as the downtown fancy hotel bars go, the Heathman is pretty middle-of-the-road, but it’s a comfy joint with a happy hour you can count on from 4-6 pm every day of the week. No drink specials, but a killer bistro menu that includes a decent burger for $3.50 and steamed mussels in a curry sauce (yum!) for $4.
2165 W Burnside, 223-1513, Daily 9:45-Midnight
Admittedly, Rian and Niclas have never experienced the two-dollar food, which includes a great burger, four oyster shooters, a big Caesar, a French dip, steak bites, etc. at “America’s Best Steakhouse,” but all reports indicate the food is great and it’s the closest spot to the ceremony. If you’re looking for a dark, classical, masculine style restaurant with good food, this is supposed to be one of Portland’s best.
600 E Burnside St. Portland, OR 97214 Friday 4:30-6:30
Conveniently located on the east side of the Burnside bridge this large bar is a perfect drop in spot for out of town guests staying at the Jupiter Hotel. Be prepared for a large open plan space filled with vintage furniture reminiscent of midwest relative’s basements and an unbeatable grilled cheese and tomato soup. The cheese fondue is also a good option. Food specials are filling and only $4 and the patio out back is a great way to enjoy Portland’s summer weather.