If you like to dabble in affordable adult beverages every now and then, the South Waterfront District is the perfect place for you. As one of the fastest-growing areas in the Rose City, it has attracted an impressive influx of premier bars and restaurants that know how to do drinks right.
Being that so many hotspots are right near Osprey’s South Waterfront apartments in Portland, we regularly keep track of the best happy hours in the neighborhood. And, because the South Waterfront has grown quite a bit since the last time we did a happy hour breakdown, we thought it’d be a good time to provide a quick update!
City Rotisserie (4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday; 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday – Sunday; Select Late Nights)
*Image from City Rotisserie’s Facebook
As you can probably guess from the name, City Rotisserie serves up scrumptious rotisserie chicken as well as other roasted meats. So, it’s only appropriate that the tasty happy hour sips are complemented by awesome food specials. Happy hour highlights include:
- $3 dollar mini cocktails
- $5 house wines
- $2 Rainier tall boys
- $4 soup and cornbread
- $5 chicken slider and coleslaw
The Growler Guys (3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Wednesday)
*image from the Growler Guys
One of the main benefits of living in South Waterfront apartments in Portland is that there are craft breweries galore. With 55 taps of malty, sudsy deliciousness, The Growler Guys is one of the best. Not to mention, they have some pretty yummy bites as well. Happy hour highlights include:
- $1 off grunts and pints
- $2 growler fills
Lair Hill Bistro (4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday – Friday)
*image from Lair Hill Bistro’s FB
If you like a laid-back, mom-and-pop kind of feel, then Laird Hill Bistro is where you want to be. Not only does happy hour feature super cheap drinks and bites, but also you might even get to catch some great live music while you imbibe. Happy Hour highlights include:
- $3.50 well drinks
- $3 draft beers
- $4.50 house margarita
- $3.75 quesadilla
- $4.75 mac and cheese bowl
Caro Amico (4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Every Day)
*image from Caro Amico’s FB
For nearly 70 years, Caro Amico has been tantalizing PDX-ers with mouthwatering Italian food. Regulars often argue that this might be the best Italian in Portland. The food is authentic, the staff is friendly, and the ambiance is reminiscent of a classic NYC Italian cafe. You’ll love it. Happy hour highlights include:
- $7 house wine
- $8 – $10 cocktails
- $5.50 draft beer
- $9 angel hair pasta
- $9 meatball sandwich
Mama Mia Trattoria (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday; 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday)
*image from Mama Mia’s Facebook
Mama Mia Trattoria has an award-winning happy hour and when you see the size of the menu, you’ll understand why. You get to choose from delectable drinks, appetizers, pasta, and desserts. Just one quick thing to note — the happy hour menu is only served in the bar area. Happy hour highlights include:
- $5 wines and craft beers
- $6 specialty cocktails
- $7 classic martinis
- $7.95 lasagna
- $8.95 half-pound of steamed clams or mussels
We hope you enjoy your hunt for the perfect happy hour!
Also, not to toot our own horn or anything, but Osprey’s South Waterfront apartments in Portland also happen to be a great spot for having good times with good friends. While we don’t have a full-service bar or bartender, what we do have are warm and inviting spaces that are ideal for entertaining and socializing.
Our Community Lounge includes a full kitchen, tons of seating, TVs, ping pong, billiards, and a foosball table. Additionally, the Community Lounge opens up to the Eastside Terrace Courtyard which showcases lounge chairs, BBQs, fire pits, and picturesque views of the Willamette. If heights aren’t your thing, no worries — we also have a beautifully landscaped Central Courtyard that features fire pits, BBQs, comfortable seating, and an outdoor cook and prep station. Plus, complimentary WIFI is available in all of the social spaces.
It may surprise you to hear that there’s still actually so much more to the Osprey community. But, we don’t want to keep you from getting to a killer happy hour.