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Mar 10, 2014 11:21 AM

trendy, upscale dining and cocktails?

Where should some east coasters go for a more trendy, upscale vibe (but not stodgy) for cocktails and good eats? No food or neighborhood preference. Just good food and drinks and not feel out of place if dressed nicer than jeans and fleeces.

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  1. Lincoln, Ox, Ava Gene's, Genoa, Castagna

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    1. re: JillO

      Haven't been to Genoa for a while. Just for clarification, do they have a good cocktail program there?

      1. re: cobpdx

        The bar at Accanto next door services Genoa, and yes, they have a good cocktail program - incl. a nice selection of amari and some interesting drinks made with them.

        I'm a fan of rye stirred cocktails, my GF is amari-obsessed...we always enjoy drinks there (and the other places I listed).

    2. Trendy, upscale vibe isn't necessarily what Portland crushes. I would agree on Ox and Ava Gene's and Castagna, less so on Genoa (established but not trendy at least in my recentish experience) and Lincoln. Departure fits the description. Perhaps the new St. Jack although admittedly I have not been to the new locale yet. Trendy is tough here.

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        1. re: oregonjim

          Trendy is certainly not tough in Portland. We have more than our share of trendy hipsters.

          1. re: jpc8015

            I don't think the OP is looking for that sort of trendy.

            1. re: oregonjim

              Either way...I would suggest the Woodsman Tavern on Division.

          2. re: oregonjim

            The new St. Jack would fit the bill.

            1. re: cobpdx

              Another fave of mine, to be sure. In fact, I think I am celebrating my b-day there on Monday...not many choices on a Monday, might as well cross the river.

              1. re: JillO

                Nice choice. They probably won't try to serve you green beer there!

                1. re: cobpdx

                  Yeah, that's the other problem with a 3/17 b-day...second only to NYE for amateur drinkers and terrifying rides home. ;o)

          3. I'd also add Clyde Common to that list. Mostly communal seating, but there are tables for 2 and 4 on the mezzanine level if you ask.

            And, Racion should be on that list too. Great food, focus on MG (even the drinks) but done in a way that makes sense and makes for great combos of flavors and textures.

            I am leaning more toward the upscale and good cocktails, but I think Clyde Common would fit the trendy bill too.

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            1. It perhaps doesn't get any trendier than Multnomah Whiskey Library. Go very early and put your name in and be prepared for a wait. Might work out better for an after dinner drink (put your name in, go to dinner, come back). They do have food that looks decent, although I have not eaten there.

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              1. re: cobpdx

                I haven't eaten there either, but I do love a drink (or three) there. It is an amazing space and the drinks are top-notch.

                If I go on a weekday, I get there when they open at 4pm - on a Sat. you have to get there around 3:30 for the line outside. ;o)