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Mapping Out Portland's Most Memorable Cocktails

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[All photos: Ted Axelrod]

Portland does not have the precious, takes-itself-too-seriously cocktail culture of, (ahem), some other cities, and for that, we can be thankful. What it does have are fine places to enjoy a well-made, (please, not "crafted") signature drink - from the classics to more modern interpretations. And fine people to mix them, too. At Hugo's, Roxanne Dragon perfects the Manhattan with Old Overholt rye and whiskey-barrel-aged bitters. For Eventide next door, she plays with tiki tradition to concoct The Walking Dead, a potent rum/juice combo with house-made grenadine and an umbrella, of course. Alicja Bronk-Zdunowski at Bar Lola on Munjoy Hill is known for her version of the Ward 8, a bourbon-based, late 19th century libation made famous at Boston's Locke-Ober. Vignola Cinque Terre goes local with a Blueberry Cosmo, shaken up by Jessica Streitburger and featuring Cold River Blueberry Vodka, distilled just up the road in Freeport. Over at Gingko Blue, her brother (yes, this is a small city) Guy Streitburger, creates inventive cocktails like Catcher in the Rye, made with hot new spirit Bulleit Rye Whiskey, and has the quote of the day: "I'd rather make a drink than pour a drink." We'll raise a glass to that.

If, in our tribute to the Portland women and men and the drinks that make happy hour happy, we've missed your favorite bar, bartender or cocktail, make your toast in the comments. And don't forget to tip.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Basil Julep: Figa

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249 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

2. Pinarita: Zapoteca

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505 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

3. The Walking Dead: Eventide Oyster Co.

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86 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

4. Hugo's Manhattan, Hugo's

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88 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

5. Catcher In The Rye: Gingko Blue

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455 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

6. The Drunk Monk: The Corner Room

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110 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101

7. The Heated Affair: Grace Restaurant

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15 Chestnut St
Portland, ME 04101

8. Dry Vodka Martini: Eve's at the Portland Harbor Hotel

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468 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

9. Ward 8: Bar Lola

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100 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

10. Sonny's Silver Hammer: Sonny's

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83 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101

11. Maine Blueberry Cosmo: Vignola Cinque Terre

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10 Dana St
Portland, ME 04101

12. Double Trouble: The Farmer's Table

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205 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

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1. Basil Julep: Figa

249 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
249 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

2. Pinarita: Zapoteca

505 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
505 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

3. The Walking Dead: Eventide Oyster Co.

86 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
86 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

4. Hugo's Manhattan, Hugo's

88 Middle St, Portland, ME 04101
88 Middle St
Portland, ME 04101

5. Catcher In The Rye: Gingko Blue

455 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
455 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

6. The Drunk Monk: The Corner Room

110 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101
110 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101

7. The Heated Affair: Grace Restaurant

15 Chestnut St, Portland, ME 04101
15 Chestnut St
Portland, ME 04101

8. Dry Vodka Martini: Eve's at the Portland Harbor Hotel

468 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101
468 Fore St
Portland, ME 04101

9. Ward 8: Bar Lola

100 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101
100 Congress St
Portland, ME 04101

10. Sonny's Silver Hammer: Sonny's

83 Exchange St, Portland, ME 04101
83 Exchange St
Portland, ME 04101

11. Maine Blueberry Cosmo: Vignola Cinque Terre

10 Dana St, Portland, ME 04101
10 Dana St
Portland, ME 04101

12. Double Trouble: The Farmer's Table

205 Commercial St, Portland, ME 04101
205 Commercial St
Portland, ME 04101

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