Oregon’s Tualatin Valley already has a reputation for excellent wineries and craft breweries but if you’re looking for something a little different, it’s not hard to find fun and high-quality craft cocktails here. Bartenders are mixing unique concoctions that may just sway your order away from your favorite IPA.
Tropical for Instagram
Top Burmese’s Bistro Royale opened in downtown Beaverton in May, bringing the taste of Myanmar to “Restaurant Row.” Before enjoying the tasty curries and tea-leaf salads, go for a tropical cocktail. Instagramable drinks include the bright Jade Midori and vibrant Burma Sky, which are as colorful as they are delicious. You really can’t go wrong with the Ngapali Day Off, which is served in a fresh coconut and mixed with the coconut water. Tip: Ask for a spoon to scrape the soft coconut meat out after you finish your drink!
Bistro Royale also serves artisan spiced mocktails including the Pagoda Spritzer with lemon balm, pear juice, raw apple cider and spearmint. Bistro Royale is open for dine-in (outdoor seating available) and takeout.
The 649 Taphouse stayed busy during the pandemic by creating a line of cocktail kits you can mix with spirits at home. They crafted an Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Whiskey Sour and Negroni. Despite “taphouse” in its name, the 649 also makes a variety of craft cocktails using homemade infusions, spirits and barrels. Unique cocktails include the Paris of the Plains, a re-imagined Old Fashioned infused with chamomile, juniper, lemon pepper and rose water.
Look out for specials like the Rum Barrel Manhattan, which is mixed and then aged in an oak cask for a year. Some featured cocktails this summer include White Peach Sangria Slush, which is made with brûléed fresh white peaches and champagne, frozen mojito and the Mangonado with spiked mango and tajín chile-lime salt — slushies are available in the bar or take home and enjoy. Check their Instagram page for special cocktails announcements. The 649 Taphouse is currently open for dine-in (reservations recommended, outdoor seating available) and takeout.
Coffee with a kick
At its Sherwood and Tigard locations, Symposium Coffee serves up local coffee the way to expect it but also includes an extensive collection of spirits. Try their coffee cocktails like the espresso martini, honey cardamom bourbon latte or lavender Tom Collins with homemade lavender syrup and extracts. In the past, Symposium has featured specials including a blended bourbon mocha and bourbon pumpkin spice latte and hot buttered rum latte (is it fall yet?). Pacific Northwesterners love our coffee and a bit of bourbon only makes it better. Symposium is currently open for dine-in and takeout.
These spots are just a few examples of the fact that you don’t have to go to a big city bar to sip fancy cocktails.