When it comes to bars, Portland, Oregon, is what you might call a “target rich environment.” The city is not only full of bars and lounges, it has a plethora of excellent bars and lounges. And a seemingly endless abundance of talented craft bartenders.
The latest stroll through the Portland bar scene went through a new place, JackKnife, the roomy watering hole located in the new Hotel Sentinel, which is itself located in one of the more majestic buildings in downtown Portland at 11th and Alder (the Alder corridor seems to be a hot spot for spirits right now).
Though opened only recently, it seems that JackKnife was a burgeoning success as soon as the doors were unlocked. With a huge and hugely visible white neon sign, a separate street entrance, and a grand entrance from the adjoining hotel, it is an impressive place.
The dark wood theme is rich and inviting. It’s a large space, dominated by a gorgeous wrap-around bar, but is adroitly designed so that there’s room for bar stools, standing and chatting in groups, and cozy little conversational areas.
The bar scene is in keeping with Portland’s cocktail vibe with a well-stocked bar, enough staff to deal with the crowds of well-heeled people it is already attracting, and a dynamic cocktail scene to satisfy even the most demanding of cocktail enthusiasts.