Olive or Twist925 NW 11th Ave Portland, OR 97209
Phone: (503) 546.2900
Located in: Pearl District
BarFly's Review of Olive or Twist
At first you would think that Portland is swimming with so much good natured irony that a fancy-schmancy martini bar in the Pearl can get away with naming itself after a novel about a malnourished orphan toiling in a sweatshop that manufactures botox....but a second glance and a quick google query prove two things:
- Irony is indeed dead and
- there is a surplus of like-minded establishments congratulating themselves on their clever play of words.
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Whenever I venture south to PDX I stop in at O or T. Fabulous martinis! Rather than choosing from the Menu, talk with the bartender about what you like and you will get the perfect drink. The owner, Sam, is a delight.
It's definately a cocktail place as there's not much of a wine selection and pretty slim picken's for beer but they've got the best bartenders in town and the food is pretty good. If you're after a cheap whiskey coke, this ain't the place - go to the end of Hawthorne - but if you're after the best cocktail in Portland with a mellow ambiance, you've found it.
Great bartenders. Mellow, with an outside patio. Fantastic martinis. Let the bartender choose your drink, and you won't go wrong.
expensive martini bar. Nice staff. Yummy orange blossom martini. Expensive yet yummy snackies. Location, location, location! Take someone you are hoping to fal in love with here and then walk them over to Jamison Square and smooch under a full moon! Tres romantique!