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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The Tannery Bar

I'm the weirdo who tries to nonchalantly whip out my phone and take photos of things like this in a bar, because it's just so pretty!

I'm falling more in love with Portland every week; five years here and I keep tacking on more reasons I adore this city. And yes, some of those reasons are bars. 

Last weekend I grabbed a drink with a few friends at The Tannery, one of Portland's newest drinking establishments (only 8 Yelp reviews "new") on the city's eastside. I had been wanting to check this bar out for a while, mainly drawn to its tiny size and potential coziness for a cold rainy night. When I walked in the door on Saturday, I was met with a great rustic-Portland vibe, super nice bartenders, and a stellar drink list. Some of the notable design elements included School House Electric lighting, long communal wooden tables, oil lamp sconces and old-timey accents reminiscent of saloons of the Wild West. And just as I hoped, it was really cozy.

I tried one of the beers on draft called "The Cowboy," a tasty Smoked Pilsner by Danish brewer Evil Twin, and it hit the spot. Unfortunately, like really unfortunately, I had already eaten dinner because the food menu looked bomb: bier wurst or monte cristo, anyone? Next time.

I snapped some pics with my phone which I've posted below; know it's killing me that a couple of those photos are as grainy as they are. Lesson learned that I should be carrying my big camera with me at ALL times. 

My new favorite place to eat, drink and be merry....

The Tannery. That's it, folks!

where the drink and food making magic happens, open for all to see

Evil Twin's "The Cowboy"

What bars/coffee shops/cafes in your city do you particularly love?


  1. Love the look of this place - it is always good to find somewhere with atmosphere.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Kate x

  2. It's awesome when you can keep discovering great new places to frequent where you live. This bar looks like it has a great homey vibe that would just invite you to spend hours there. The old school decor is great! There are a couple of bakeries in my neighborhood that I love like this.

    Happy Wednesday!
    Rowena @ rolala loves

  3. Yes I remember visiting a friend in Portland shortly before I moved back to NY and I could not believe the difference. Portland had really changed in the 10 years I had been on the west coast.There a TON of cool places to eat and drink there now.

    Ali of

  4. That looks like such a cool atmosphere.

  5. I have to get to Portland! Never been but your posts are making me wanna visit!!!

  6. I'm forever taking pictures of the tables I eat and drink at. You can get some great style tips this way.

  7. This place looks so cool and don't worry you aren't the only one who takes your camera out and snaps pics at restaurants and bars of food and drinks. :-) One of my favorite brunch places right now in Richmond VA is a place called Lady N'awlins. Great Cajun food, bloody mary's and pitchers of mimosas. :-)

    Jayme @ Her Late Night Cravings

  8. It looks so welcoming and cozy! I take my ipod touch out and pretend to be checking things on it when I'm really taking pictures! lol

    Sincerely, Sara

  9. this bar looks awesome! always more fun to have a tasty drink somewhere with good atmosphere.

  10. I've only been to Portland once, briefly, and I feel like I missed out on a lot of fun things - on my next visit I'm definitely going to have to stop in at The Tannery, it looks so relaxed and fun :) My favourite cosy place for a drink here in Paris is our neighbourhood bistrot, Le Bar Au Metre - we go so often that the owners and staff know us! It's charming and relaxed and the soundtrack is always quirky and fun :)

  11. I have always wanted to visit Portland!

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  12. Another place to add to my Must Do In Portland list! I can not wait to visit your beautiful city. <3 I've been wanting to for years now... and now that I'm living on the West Coast, what better time to go! :)

  13. Looks like a fun place to hang out! The most important aspect are the people.
    I have a favourite cafe in our town - only because the owner is down to earth, which is rare here.
    And we have an Irish pub that we like to go to for the food and the guinness!

    Have a wonderful weekend sweetie!


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