Cup & Bar
In a city dense with specialty cafes and chocolatiers, it makes sense that Trailhead Coffee and Ranger Chocolate would join forces to open Portland’s first tasting room dedicated to both. Here, you can pair a drinking-chocolate flight with single-origin espresso.
Cup & Bar, 118 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Portland, Ore. 97232
At the east edge of the Burnside Bridge, a kaleidoscopic mural by Taiwanese American artist James Jean covers the exterior of the Fair-Haired Dumbbell building. Inside, you’ll find an equally unusual stationery store dedicated to the psychology of creativity.
11:11 Supply, 33 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Portland, Ore. 97232
Take a self-guided tour of a half-dozen distilleries — from New Deal’s vodkas to Vinn’s rice-based spirits — clustered in the Central Eastside. The proximity of the tasting rooms makes it easy to explore on foot without the need for a designated driver.
Distillery Row, 900 S.E. Salmon St. Portland, Ore. 97214
Independent Publishers Resource Center
Find your inner Sylvia Beach at this two-decade-old hub for self-publishing and independent literature. Visitors can attend readings and mingle with fellow zinesters at screen-printing, letterpress and risograph workshops.
Independent Publishers Resource Center, 318 S.E. Main St. No. 175. Portland, Ore. 97214
Coava Public Brew Bar & Roastery
What began as a dream in a barista’s garage now ranks among the top coffee purveyors in America. Stop by this industrial space for a complimentary cupping of their single-origin roasts.
Coava Public Brew Bar & Roastery, 1015 S.E. Main St. Portland, Ore. 97214
This beloved Tokyo ramen chain chose a warehouse in the Central Eastside for its first noodle shop outside Japan. The reason, supposedly, is Oregon’s soft water — perfect for the citrusy yuzu-shio broth, the house style.
Afuri, 923 S.E. Seventh Ave. Portland, Ore. 97214
If you’ve always dreamed of dancing to darkwave in a haunted house, then line up outside this queer-friendly goth bar, where Halloween is the mood every night. Named in honor of H.P. Lovecraft, the venue pays homage to macabre themes in pop culture.
Lovecraft Bar, 421 S.E. Grand Ave. Portland, Ore. 97214