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Bit House collective to open featuring beers from pono brewing

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Arriving on the Portland imbibing scene in mid-2015, Bit House Saloon became well known for its cocktail prowess and late-night hours set in a historic Nathaniel West Building that dates back to 1892. Now six years later the bar will receive a refresh with a new team taking over the location at the corner of SE Grand and SE Morrison that will now be known as Bit House Collective.

— D.J.

Breaking: New Island-Inspired Bar Will Offer Adult Capri Suns and Filipino Bar Snacks

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A new hotspot for locally brewed beer, island-inspired craft cocktails, and Filipino bar snacks is coming to SE Grand on March 3. Named Bit House Collective, the bar brings together a talented group of friends under one roof: Pono Brewing, a Lents brewery that hasn’t had a taproom up until now; chefs Carlo Lamagna, Dante Fernandez, and Roberto Almodovar of Filipino restaurant Magna Kusina (a PoMo Best New Restaurants pick in 2019 and Best Restaurants pick in 2020); and mixologist Natasha Mesa, formerly of cocktail bar Deadshot.

— Katherine Chew Hamilton

Bit House Collective adds ‘dive bar Filipino food,’ island vibes to old saloon

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What do you get when you combine island-inspired cocktails, Filipino bar food and beers brewed with mango and pineapple? Bit House Collective is the answer. Opening next week, the new bar is a collaboration between award-winning bartender Natasha Mesa (Deadshot), critically acclaimed chef Carlo Lamagna (Magna Kusina) and Pono Brewing, makers of a notably crushable pineapple kölsch.

— Michael Russell

A Deadshot Bartender and Celebrated Filipino Chef Will Take Over the Former Bit House Space

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Bit House Saloon, the tavern in a historic brick building on SE Grand, won’t reopen as its previous incarnation; instead, the bar will reopen as a collaborative restaurant, taproom, and cocktail lounge with an all-star team. Bit House Collective will incorporate the talents of bartender Natasha Mesa (Deadshot, Raven and Rose), chef Carlo Lamagna (Magna Kusina) and local brewery Pono Brewing, with a menu of drinking snacks from the Philippines, all manner of wild and creative cocktails from a team of bar veterans, and Pono’s signature style of light and fruity beers.

— Alex Frane

Bit House Saloon Will Be Revived as Bit House Collective With Pono Brewing Beers and Magna Food

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If there's one thing the past year has taught food and beverage purveyors, it's that teamwork can be a viable option to not just survive the pandemic but potentially thrive. Three familiar entities in Portland's hospitality scene are ready to give collaboration a try. Pono Brewing, Filipino restaurant Magna, and Mixtress Natasha Mesa—formerly of cocktail bar Deadshot—have formed Bit House Collective, which simultaneously revives the popular Southeast Grand Avenue bar of the same name.

— Andi Prewitt

Five Things for Wednesday, including alcohol taxes and a real estate thaw

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A former Eastside saloon will be reborn as an ambitious watering hole with a team of local food and brewing veterans. Bit House Collective is to open next week in the old Bit House Saloon at 727 S.E. Grand Ave. in a collaboration by Pono Brewing, Magna Kusina restaurant and former Deadshot bartender Natasha Mesa. Their vision: a 'Michelin Star dive bar.'

— Christopher Bjorke

New bar from Magna, Pono Brewing & Natasha Mesa

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Three Portland food and drink innovators – Pono Brewing, Magna, and Mixtress Natasha Mesa (formerly of Deadshot) – have teamed up to form Bit House Collective, a new bar dedicated to hospitality, inclusivity, creativity and island vibes. Bit House Collective opens on March 3rd in the former Bit House Saloon space at 727 SE Grand Avenue.

— PDX Food Dude

The 150 Best Bars in America for 2019

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Portland’s Bit House Saloon has a hefty collection of beer, wine, and spirits, and uses a lot of in-house ingredients for their cocktails, which attempt to honor classic American tastes as do the snacks and small plates. In addition to the usual classics, the bar also spotlights seasonal concoctions like the Bit House Toddy (Wild Turkey 101, lemon, and medicinal honey) and the Firefly (rye, fig shrub, and sweet potato fly, a lacto-fermented potion related to kvass) currently being served in the cold months.

— Lauren Mack

Playboy Magazine - Best Bars 2016

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Five of Oregon’s best bar managers walk into a bar. And they don’t leave! Instead, they form Team Riff Raff, the high-energy squad behind Portland’s Bit House Saloon. “It’s an all-star cast that has proven you can make many different styles work together cohesively…provided enough tequila,” general manager Jesse Card says. Luckily, Bit House Saloon has plenty of tequila, plus 24 single barrels of booze, a full slate of boilermakers, whimsical slushies and even a house sherry blend on tap.

Bit House is located in a historic, exposed-brick building that formerly housed another real, live saloon. That old-timey feel is dialed up to 11 at Bit House, where the floors are made from old bourbon barrels, the bar is built from Oregon wine barrel staves and the room is dotted with leather armchairs and brass light fixtures. The cocktail menu has bold cocktails alongside precious ones. There’s the ingenious Churchill Infield, for example, a spin on a mint julep that’s just bourbon served over a lime-mint granita. (Why didn’t we think of that?) And a booze-your-own-adventure selection of draught cocktails, in which you choose a drink like a Kentucky Buck and then a flavoring ranging from marionberry to jalapeño. As Card says, “Bit House has reimagined the modern saloon and by god is it fun.”

— Robert Kowalski

Eater PDX Awards 2016 - Bar Of The Year

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When Bit House Saloon first threw open the doors to its historic digs, it delivered an ambitious bar program involving everything from rare whole barrels of spirits to boozy Otter Pops. It has only grown more ambitious since. This award goes to Bit House Saloon for continuing to be one step ahead of the cocktail, wine, and beer trends.
Reader’s choice award: The Bible Club, whose bartenders bring classic cocktails into the 21st Century, while using pre-1930s bar tools.
Nominees: The Solo Club, The Bible Club, Bit House Saloon, Pollo Bravo, and Revelry.

— Mattie John Bamman

Best Cocktail Bars in the U.S.

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Thanks Food and Wine for including us in Best Bars in America!

With star bartenders, expert cocktails and cool designs, these destination bars make key nightlife stops in cities around the country. With a focus on single-barrel spirits, Bithouse, an old timey bar offers house versions of classics, plus unique drinks, boilermakers and cocktails on tap.

— Food and Wine