Best Wine Bars in Portland, Oregon



Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country is just a quick getaway and makes for a nice (even spontaneous) day trip, but the city itself is full of wine-drinking destinations that bring the whole world to our doorstep. In addition to Portland’s urban wineries, these wine-focused bars and shops are places we love to go for a drink, whether we’re looking for a new favorite bottle or just meeting a friend for happy hour.

1856

sabine
Do you like your peach wines? With a touch of Banana Boat sunscreen, perhaps? Custard? Or just poo? All the descriptors are in use at 1856, and we suggest you work your way through their vibrant wine selection as proof. This bar in NE Prescott strikes a nice balance, with interesting but approachable wines, and a friendly, unpretentious vibe. There’s also a good selection of beers and ciders, and the scarlet-hued patio is a magnet for merriment. 1465 NE Prescott Street —FM

Bar Diana

North-West district
Oysters and bubbles are in the spotlight at this wine bar tucked away in an alley. What might be the longest list of canned fish options in town and a much longer wine list make Bar Diane a go-to West Side spot for a rated happy hour. Entrance on NW 21st Ave through the next door 645 NW 21st Ave —MT




Norman bar

Hosford Abernethy
The motion at this natural and airy wine bar is to go with whatever it pours, order a cheese and charcuterie board, and people watch from the street-side covered patio on SE Clinton. The team of wine connoisseurs will guide you to a glass of the bottle floating around the cooler that sits on the bar that excites them most at the moment. Ask questions: this place takes a lot of the presumed exclusivity out of the natural wine game. 2615 Clinton Street SE —MT

Wines division

richmond
A multitude of sidewalk tables and a generously sized indoor bar make this slightly upscale bottle shop/wine bar a great pre- or post-dinner stop in the row of restaurants in the SE division. Though scantily dressed, the stacks of cardboard wine cases scattered around the shop let you know they’re more focused on the wine than your sandals and t-shirt. 3564 SE Division St —MT

Flor Wines

pearl district
The concept behind Flor, a small showcase on the North Park Blocks: Powell’s Books, but make it wine. The idea is that you browse like you would through the bookstore shelves and come out with a wine you’ve never heard of, from a region where you didn’t even know grapes could grow. The space covers 1,700 square feet, and the owners host wine clubs and classes, special events, and regular in-store tastings. 825 NW Glisan St —JS




The Cellars/The Clos

Vernon
Les Caves is the basement refreshment bar with a speakeasy vibe and funky wine selection, and Le Clos is its rear annex, a partly enclosed fancy shack that’s just what we needed during the pandemic. Even the most voracious wine lover is likely to find varietals and regions new to them – think orange wine from the Kakheti region of Georgia or rosé from Tyrnavos in Greece. You can close your eyes and pick something and be happy with it, whatever preconceptions you have about your wine likes and dislikes – and there’s even an explicit option to do so with the Winesman’s Pick. While owner Jeff Vejr (don’t call him a sommelier) is anti-wine theft, get half glasses so you can try as many weird wines as possible. Hunger? Fancy grilled cheese sandwiches on Dos Hermanos sourdough, filled with Havarti, Georgian adjika pepper paste, bologna and Hood River apple butter, are the natural accompaniment to the wild and wonderful wines on offer. 1719 NE Alberta Street —KCH

None/Ardor

sunny side
This small hallway of a natural wine bar is tucked away behind the Ardor bottle shop and pours an ever-rotating selection of hard-to-find wines by the glass. The party regularly spills out onto the SE Belmont sidewalk, often extends late, and usually involves a DJ. 4243 SE Belmont St #300 —MT

noble rot

Kerns
An OG Portland venue – if OG means the early 2000s, when many of the now-established chefs were new to town and rent was still cheap (and when this bar named after a wine-friendly mushroom opened its doors to its original location on the hill from its present Home). These days, Noble Rot is still known for its wine-focused cuisine, and its famous onion tart remains on the menu; its rooftop patio remains one of the best places in town to take in skyline views as you sip. 1111 E Burnside Street, fourth floor —JS

Stem Wine Bar

Wooded
A long, elegant room with a dusty pink banquette along one wall leads directly to Stem’s bright mirror-backed bar, where wines are served by the glass, yes, but better yet in carefully crafted flights of four glasses of two ounces. (Outside, the white-canopied seating area on N Mississippi is prime real estate for people-watching, BTW.) Choose your flight by color, region, or skin contact, or just let the knowledgeable staff compose one for you. takes you from a Greek rkatsiteli to an Oregon piquette. 3920 N Mississippi Ave —FM

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