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David's Restaurant, Monument Square, Portland.
David's Restaurant, Monument Square, Portland.
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8 Cheap Cocktail Spots in Portland

Delicious drinks and low prices, not necessarily in that order.

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David's Restaurant, Monument Square, Portland.
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There's no question that Portland has upped its cocktail game in recent years. But these now-ubiquitous, carefully crafted concoctions of top shelf booze, small-batch bitters, house-made infusions, and freshly squeezed juices generally come with double-digit asking prices. For those not wanting to spend the better part of an Andrew Jackson on every drink, there are still some options. Here are eight places in Portland to drink well without breaking the bank. Share your own favorite cheap date spot in the comments.

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Shays Grill Pub

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Shay's has $5 martinis all the time. There are eight to choose from, with options like the Hot & Dirty (vodka martini with olive and pepperoncini juice) and the Downhometini (bourbon, cranberry, and pink lemonade). Still not cheap enough? They're all $4 after 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Downtown Lounge

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Happy Hour goes from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. every day (yup, even weekends) and features $3 well drinks. And these aren't weak drinks.

The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club

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The bar that raised the bar for Portland cocktails features a $6 daily punch that's always changing. Happy Hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday) also features a handful of $6 drinks to choose from.

David's Restaurant

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The Happy Hour options are plentiful: $5 infused cocktails, $5 well Manhattans and martinis, and $4 well drinks are available weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Old Port Sea Grill

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Happy Hour is long (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), frequent (seven days a week), and features $5 cosmos and Manhattans to pair with $2 oysters.

Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room

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Cocktail specials are $5 during Happy Hour, which runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m seven days a week.

The Armory Lounge

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On Martini Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m., all drinks on the martini menu (with over two dozen choices) are $7 at this subterranean bar.

Geno's Rock Club

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An Old Fashioned or Manhattan will set you back far less than $10 here — and typically come with a sidecar for the overflow of the enormous portions.

Shays Grill Pub

Shay's has $5 martinis all the time. There are eight to choose from, with options like the Hot & Dirty (vodka martini with olive and pepperoncini juice) and the Downhometini (bourbon, cranberry, and pink lemonade). Still not cheap enough? They're all $4 after 4 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Downtown Lounge

Happy Hour goes from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. every day (yup, even weekends) and features $3 well drinks. And these aren't weak drinks.

The Portland Hunt + Alpine Club

The bar that raised the bar for Portland cocktails features a $6 daily punch that's always changing. Happy Hour (4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday) also features a handful of $6 drinks to choose from.

David's Restaurant

The Happy Hour options are plentiful: $5 infused cocktails, $5 well Manhattans and martinis, and $4 well drinks are available weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Old Port Sea Grill

Happy Hour is long (3 p.m. to 6 p.m.), frequent (seven days a week), and features $5 cosmos and Manhattans to pair with $2 oysters.

Boone's Fish House & Oyster Room

Cocktail specials are $5 during Happy Hour, which runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m seven days a week.

The Armory Lounge

On Martini Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m., all drinks on the martini menu (with over two dozen choices) are $7 at this subterranean bar.

Geno's Rock Club

An Old Fashioned or Manhattan will set you back far less than $10 here — and typically come with a sidecar for the overflow of the enormous portions.