Top 20: Portland

I lived in Portland, Oregon, arguably the most underrated city in the US, for six months in 2012. These are the reasons you should go, too. First published in the Sun Herald. To read the fill article, click below:
Sun Herald: 20 Reasons to Visit Portland

1. Distillery hopping
It’s perfectly acceptable to drink straight rum at 10am in Portland, as long as you’re sampling the handcrafted spirits at one of its new micro-distilleries. In the past two or three years, independent producers have set up on the east side, most within walking distance of each other. Don’t miss House Spirits, which makes the world-renowned Aviation Gin, and New Deal’s flavoured vodkas.

2. Stripparoke
The city is also known as “Pornland” due to its large number of fantasy stores and strip clubs. However, these are no ordinary establishments. One of the clubs serves only vegan food and the dancers are not allowed to wear (or remove) animal-based clothing. On Sunday nights, Devils Point incorporates karaoke. At this female-friendly “stripparoke”, you sing while the girls dance. Often dressed in costumes matching your song choice, the talented strippers are very good-humoured. And yes, they do get naked.

3. Craft brew capital
Portland has 51 breweries and more brew-pubs per capita than anywhere in the US. Combined with daily happy hours and beer festivals held almost every week in summer, this good-time town lives up to its “Beervana” nickname. Bailey’s Taproom has real-time monitors displaying the level of each keg, while Cascade Brewing specialises in sours. For a fun setting, McMenamins has converted a primary school into a pub, which also houses a music hall, a $US3 cinema and a cigar lounge in the old detention room.

Also….  the smallest park in the world, food carts, Powell’s City of Books, the 4T Trail, urban wineries, Washington Park, Portland City Grill and ‘Portlandia’!

To read the full article, click below:
Sun Herald: 20 Reasons to Visit Portland


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