On the weekends, we often like to roam about town and find new, hidden gems to try. Opal Bar, located at the Dossier Hotel on SW Park, was a pleasant surprise. The interior, with its kaleidoscopic ceiling, pastel tones, and gold accents was a welcome retreat from the cacophony of downtown visual clutter. And we’re suckers for well-seasoned appetizers!
We practically had the place to ourselves, and the staff was kind enough to let us help select the tunes. Jazz is always a good choice. Positioned on a more quiet side street than most, the normal subtle roar of downtown hustle didn’t bother us, and we got to snap a couple shots and enjoy our generous glasses. We love wine tasting! It’s a little side hobby and always super fun to guess the regions and tasting notes. We can’t pretend to know a lot about wine, but we are learning fast.
In search of another selection, we walked a couple blocks over to the Park Avenue Fine Wines. Having driven past many times, we expected the typical bar top with a small but curated selection. What we found exceeded every expectation. If you are wine lovers like us, and you find yourself exploring the wonderfully odd city of Portland, this place is a must!
The staff was kind enough to give us the whole 8,500sq ft tour, including the members only space downstairs, where once a month they have wine tastings and local culinary collaborations with the chefs, vintners, and ten lucky members. They carry everything from your average $20 bottle to a $80 ’06 Chateauneuf-du-Pape and many selections far surpassing those price points. We have a feeling we’ll get to know this place well.
Located in the historic 1907 Esquire building, the shop stands where once the much loved French restaurant Brasserie Montmartre did. The interior pays homage to the original space, with exposed beams, old sliding steel doors, and a large aged mirror with the Brasserie Montmartre in gold filagree. Its charming, humble design has us smitten for sure.