Portland Guide

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Help your fellow attendees find awesome ways to eat, drink and be merry while visiting Portland for Clojure/west!

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Portland is famous for its beer, with 116 breweries within a one-hour drive, according to the 2017 Willamette Week Beer Guide (the paper version is still available at coffee shops and other newspaper-having places, pick one up if you're into beer).


The Willamette Valley south of Portland is great pinot noir country, and there a number of good wine bars and urban wineries where you can sample Oregon wines:

  • Oregon Wines On Broadway is a wine bar within close walking distance to the hotel
  • Enso Winery is an urban winery with a great tasting room across the river on SE Stark St
  • Teutonic Wines, also in SE Portland, is the place to go if you German/Austrian-style Oregon wines and/or late 70s hard rock on vinyl

Washington and Oregon are orchard country, and hard cider is experiencing a renaissance. Local ciders are on tap in most bars, but cideries and tasting rooms are mostly on the east side of the city.

  • Rev Nat's is reachable by streetcar across the river
  • Cider Riot is the place to go if you like your cider to be English punk-themed.

Close-in industrial Southeast is home to Distillery Row, with more distilleries within a few blocks of each other than you could responsibly visit in a day. In NW Portland, Bull Run's whiskeys, Clear Creek's brandies, and Aria's gin are in a small radius reachable from the hotel by streetcar.

  • Clyde Common on SW Stark & 10th is a finalist for this year's James Beard award for outstanding bar program.
  • Pepe Le Moko just around the corner is a neat basement cocktail bar with excellent classic and tiki-themed drinks.
  • Kask on SW 12th & Alder has a great inventive cocktail list, with the bonus of having bar snacks provided by Superbite next door.
  • If you are into whiskey, the Multnomah Whiskey Library can be a little tough to get into but worth it.
  • If you want to venture further afield, Hale Pele on NE Broadway is a modern reimagination of mid-century tiki bars.

Unique Places


  • Fancy coffee is everywhere. If you're unaware of what to try, order a "single origin pour over" or a "cold brew nitro" -- it may be pricey but worth trying.
  • A couple places to try within walking distance of the hotel:


Sights and Things to Do

  • Half-day trip to the closer of the waterfalls — visit 1-3 depending on how long stay at each/etc.
  • Trip to the coast (maybe 1.5 hr drive?)— Cannon Beach (Haystack rock and tide pools), Seaside, Astoria, Newport.
  • Columbia River Gorge Half to full day trip depending on activites
  • Japanese Garden
  • Oregon Zoo
  • Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (great for kids)
  • Mt. Tabor Park
  • The Portland Timbers are playing at home Sunday at 6:00 pm; tickets are perpetually sold out but available on the secondary market through apps like SeatGeek
  • Other Ideas:
    • Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden
    • Leach Botanical Garden
    • Hike at Audubon Society of Portland Sanctuary
    • Hike to the Stone House at Forest Park
    • Trolley (10th/11th streets from SW to NW)
    • Walk along the Willamette Riverfront Park
    • Soak at Salmon Street Springs
    • Pioneer Square
    • Keller Fountain, SW 3rd & Clay
    • Teacher's Fountain

Getting around Portland