What do you get when you combine a coast-straddling barman and an empire-building chef, while rubbing elbows with a totally hipster-chic boutique hotel? Clyde Common. It’s refreshingly un-Portland: clean white lines, exposed blond wood and an open kitchen with lots of shiny steel pipes heading up to the tall ceiling. It almost has an industrial feel, but with the strings of light bulbs hanging overhead and long common tables (get it? Common?), there is something of summer picnic days in there too.
The bar, along one side by the massive windows, has one seriously impressive back bar. We spotted pretty much every whiskey we could name. The cocktail list itself is nicely balanced. We liked their Spiced Dark & Stormy, a fabulous twist on an old classic: pumpkin pie spice Gosling’s Rum with home-brewed ginger beer, and finished off with lime. More into your beer? CC has got you covered, too.
Brunch and happy hour get pretty mental, and they only take reservations for parties of 6+, but we suggest rocking up, grabbing a drink (or three) and enjoying the ride. This place is worth it.