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Happy Hour Not Tragedy Hour

Happy hour is a great time to get together with friends to unwind from work, while enjoying deep discounts on your favorite bar foods and drinks. The following outlines some of the best specials in the Portland area, but we urge you to use caution. Lower than usual alcohol prices can cause you to lower your guard and drink more than you otherwise would, which can have tragic consequences for you, your passengers, and other drivers if you get behind the wheel. Unfortunately, drunk driving accidents continue to be one of the main causes for serious and potentially life threatening injuries. Go ahead and enjoy these happy hour tips, but make sure to take a cab home or have a designated driver.

Portland Happy Hour Deals

An April 2017 report by Oregon Live outlined ten of Portland’s best new places to enjoy happy hour. Our favorites include:

Pearl Tavern: Owned by former Oregon Ducks and NFL quarterback Joey Harrington, the Pearl Tavern on N.W. 11th Avenue runs specials from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, including $5 chicken wings and macaroni and cheese, along with $5 house wines and $3 Pilsners.

Jacqueline: Located on S.E. Clinton, Bill Murray aficionados can enjoy the themed food and decor along with $1 oysters, $2 Rainier tallboys, and $5 Campari specials from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

No Bones Beach Club: Vegans will appreciate this tiki bar on Mississippi Ave, with specials from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Our favorites include the $5 avocado tacos, along with crab cakes, frozen Pina coladas, and jackfruit flautas for $6 each.

Jack Rabbit: Featuring an earlier happy hour from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, this downtown restaurant on S.W. 6th Avenue offers one-dollar oysters, $4 French onion deviled eggs, and honey spiked grilled cheese sandwiches. Miller High Life sells for $2.00, and tap wines and beers are $5.00 a glass.

Shift Drinks: For those whose ‘happy hours’ fall outside the traditional nine to five, Shift Drinks on S.W. Morrison offers all day, every day specials. Included are $3 custom brews, $5 cider and sake, and fine wine at $7 a glass. For munchies, try the grilled cheese and tomato soup or a cheese snack for $5, or the hearty Cubano for $6.

Enjoy Responsibly

Depending on your perspective, happy hour may be a great deal, or it may be a great deal of trouble. Some places have gone as far as to outlaw happy hours, out of concern over drunk driving accidents that could be a result.

BostInno reports that Massachusetts has had a ban on happy hours since 1984, after a drunk driver killed a woman on his way home from overindulging after work. While some in the state would like to see a return of happy hour specials, others claim it is simply not worth the risk.

At the Johnston Law Firm, we know the damage drunk driving accidents in Portland can cause, and we urge you to enjoy local happy hours responsibly. In the event you or someone you care about is injured, contact our car accident attorneys to get the professional legal representation you need.


Marc Johnston

Lead Attorney at Johnston Law Firm, P.C.

Based in downtown Portland, Marc A. Johnston is the owner and managing attorney of the award-winning, internationally-known personal injury law firm, Johnston Law Firm, P.C. Marc's career has been dedicated to representing the injured and individuals who have been treated unfairly by an insurance company. His focus on trial law creates the backbone of the Johnston Law Firm — a firm that is ready to go the distance in seeking justice for its clients.