Portland Wine Bars
A Guide to the Top Wine Bars in Portland
Vino Vixens - Southeast Portland
2929 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
Specialty: Vino Vixens is more of a wine lounge than a wine bar. With free pool, foosball, darts, and a Nintendo 64 video game system, Vino Vixens is just begging you to go and have fun. You can easily host events there and bring in food from another restaurant. They even have a list of take-out places nearby.
Good: Great place to have a good time with friends. You can bring in food from other restaurants, such as pizza.
Bad: Not many food options, but you are allowed to bring in food from other restaurants, so this isn’t much of a problem if you plan ahead.
Vino Paradiso - Pearl District
417 NW 10th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Specialty: If you’re looking for a good night out with a unique atmosphere, Vino Paradiso is your go-to spot. The modern decorations give it a fun mood, even though it maintains its wine bar feel.
Good: Good selection of inexpensive wines. This is made even truer by Happy Hour, when select bottles of wine are half off by the bottle or the glass and some appetizers are only $6. Great for parties, with both a back room available as well as the ability to rent the entire place out.
Bad: Almost never many people around, which could be a good thing if you want to be alone, so it’s definitely not the place to go to meet other people.
Metrovino - Pearl District
1139 NW 11th Ave
Portland, OR 97209
Specialty: Metrovino isn’t known for its wine (even though they have an extensive wine list that includes “tastes” for as little as $2) or for its atmosphere (despite its typical yet elegant wine bar atmosphere). It’s known for its food, including the double-decker cheeseburger that was featured in Willamette Week’s “BurgerQuest” as the best burger in Portland. Is it the best burger? You will have to find out for yourself. I guess that’s a good excuse to have one of the biggest, most delicious burgers around – at least twice, just to be sure.
Good: Great food, including “the best burger in Portland.” Extensive wine list, with many wines available to taste.
Bad: Metrovino only makes a limited number of burgers per day, so call in advance to reserve one. Expensive, but $13 is easily worth it for the best burger around.
Oregon Wines On Broadway - Downtown, Southwest Portland
(503) 228-4655 or (800) 943-8858
515 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
Specialty: If you’re looking for a large number of varietals in a wine bar, you won’t find that at Oregon Wines. Instead, you will find a wine list that will teach you about Oregon’s Pinot Noirs while bringing you closer to the community. There are 36 reds available, and 30 of those are Pinot Noirs from Oregon. The servers at Oregon Wines will teach you everything you need to know about Pinot Noirs from Oregon, making your time there both educational and delicious. Oregon Wines is the perfect place for out-of-towners who want to learn about this region’s wine.
Good: Extensive list of Pinot Noirs from Oregon. Friendly and knowledgeable servers will teach you about the wines.
Bad: Not many varietals, but that’s not why you would go to Oregon Wines anyway.
Alu Restaurant & Wine Bar - Northeast Portland
2831 NE MLK Jr. Blvd
Portland, OR 97212
Specialty: Alu is the kind of wine bar that makes you want to linger, and with its relatively late hours, you can stay much later than many wines bars in that area. The atmosphere is very luscious and romantic, making it the perfect date spot.
Good: Romantic atmosphere will make you want to stay for hours. It’s open later than many wine bars in the area. Delicious food.
Bad: Small portions for some dishes, but the atmosphere more than makes up for it.