Portland is Hot and sunny at times during the summer months. You want to feel like your at the sandy sunny beach but you just don’t have the funds to travel. Check out one of these joints for a fun tropical drink and exotic atmosphere to take you to that sandy beach.
As you walk in to this Northeast location you’ll immediately feel as though you are in an underground, locals only, club on an island somewhere. The people are friendly and the drinks are HUGE and strong. Very classic tiki bar but lots of fun. The drinks are classics with a twist.
Yes, it is a chain but does that mean its a bad thing? Trader Vic’s has your typical decor and classic island drinks. Lots of space and when the weather cooperates they open the restaurant up and allow the fresh breeze and the sun to shine through. Great place for Happy Hour after a long day or while your sweetie shops in the Pearl district you can relax at the bar dreaming of the ocean and the sand between your toes.
This is such a contemporary style bar. Not a tiki bar by any means but as you enter and are in awe of the enormous selection of rum and other liquors behind the bar you can instantly expect a fabulous cocktail. I could see this place representing a modern hotel bar you might find in Hawaii or Turks and Caicos. The drinks are creative concoctions and you can guess they specialize in rum. Try the Waterloo Sunset or Faster Pussycat.
Casa Del Matador
This place has so much tequila it made me dizzy. The ambiance is a gothic Spanish style but they open the windows during the summer and is a great place to consume tacos, enchiladas and anything tequila. Their seasonal margarita was spot on and quenched my thirst. The food is pretty good and reasonably priced. Very lively place and the service was a little slow but still enjoyable. Nice not to be rushed like some places can be. Take your time, enjoy the tequila flights or a margarita, kick back and pretend you are looking at the ocean instead of the cement jungle.
The old classic. This place has survived from the ’50’s. Just be ready for a true tiki bar experience with all the trimmings including karaoke. Yes, feel free to grab a classic tiki drink, perhaps the Mai Tai and sing your heart out. They also have developed an outdoor patio so if you feel the red lights and the screeching is too much for you head outside for some fresh air. Don’t forget to take that delicious Mai Tai with you. Who knows, you may meet a new friend out there on the patio as you dream of far off places filled with sun and sand.