The 150 Best Bars in America for 2019
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
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
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
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— Food and Wine