Portland, OR, Offers a Culinary Happy Hour Like No Other

The weekday steals at this city's amazing restaurants are unbeatable.

Ask anyone who’s been to Portland, Oregon, and chances are they’ll all say the same thing: It’s hard to find a bad meal there. From its relentless focus on local, seasonal ingredients to the creativity of its topnotch chefs, Portland is as much of a culinary destination today as Paris or New York. But it has one leg up on those other world-class cities: a happy hour unlike happy hours elsewhere. It’s not just an event here, it’s an institution.


Maybe it’s because Portland puts a premium on community and socializing, or maybe it’s just because Portlandians know the value of access to terrific food, but every weekday (and sometimes weekends) at restaurants across the city, locals flood restaurants across the city in the evening time to drink and dine for far less than the dinner menu prices. (Just note: Not every restaurant offers its happy hour steals during the traditional post-work hours. Check each venue for time.) 


Consider, for instance, Nostrana, one of the restaurants in six-time James-Beard-Award-nominated Cathy Whims’s eclectic empire. At this classy yet casual Italian eatery (see our video, above), things are especially buzzy every night after 9PM, when pizza margherita goes for a cool $7 and the day’s chef’s specialty is just $8. Salads and antipasti start at $4 and cocktails at $5. Happiness, indeed. 

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