Wednesday, June 1, 2011

PDX Cocktail Stop #1: Happy Hour at Clyde Common (Portland, OR)

So much to drink, so little time. Wandering Chopsticks and I decided to jam pack it all in one day. After a morning of wine tastings, we went to Clyde Common for some happy hour cocktails and food.

The bar at Clyde Common is headed by Jeff Morgenthaler, a famous and prolific bartender/cocktail writer, and comes recommended by many of my cocktail-loving friends. Alas, he was in California the day I was there. To absorb all the wines we had (before we start over with cocktails), we ordered some food from the happy hour menu (the happy hour is M-F 3-6pm, and they also have late night happy hours).

Being the cheap Asians that we are, we couldn't NOT order from the happy hour menu, both food and drinks. WC wanted the Fried chickpeas ($3)

Fried Chickpeas
I was initially skeptical, but these turned out to be addictive. The crispy batter was dusted with spices. Can't. Stop. Poppin'. At $3, these make a great bar snack.

I ordered the Flatbread, white bean puree, ricotta salata, raisins, pine nuts, greens ($6)
The flatbread itself was too soft and doughy for my taste, but I loved the toppings, especially the combination of the smooth bean puree with the crunch of the pine nuts and the sweet golden raisins.

Daily Charcuterie Board ($5)

During happy hour they have a list of $5 cocktails, and they aren't your run-of-the-mill highballs. We ordered the B.M.O.C (bourbon, raw ginger syrup, angostura, soda water) and Nasturtium (Dolin Blanc vermouth, Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, Bonal Gentian-Quina, lemon peel).
Cocktails at Clyde Common

I love ginger-y drinks but the BMOC with the raw ginger syrup was a bit harsh for me as my first afternoon drink. It might've been better colder/with hard ice. We both preferred the sweet but strong Nasturtium with its lighter ginger notes. The Bonal Gentian Quina is apparently a quinine and herb infused wine. Even with all the herbal infusions and liqueurs in the drink, it was well balanced.

Clyde Common
1014 SW Stark St
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 766-2998
Clyde Common on Urbanspoon


Banana Wonder

Cheap Asians... haha i love it! I wish I could have checked out with you ladies. I have never actually been. I could easily be addicted to those chickpeas. Ok will hit this place up soon and report back.

Wandering Chopsticks

I was just telling someone about those chickpeas. So good.

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