Thursday, April 26, 2012

Portland Happy Hour: North 45

What: North 45 Pub
Where: 517 NW 21st Ave
When: Daily 4-6pm, all night Monday
Honeys Heart: Back patio

North 45 is our go-to neighborhood bar when the weather's nice thanks to their large back patio. They recently revamped their happy hour menu, so Kelly, Adam, Doug, and I met up a few Fridays ago to check it out.

During happy hour, Trumer Pilsners are $3.5, well drinks are $4, glasses of house wine are $5, and house margaritas are $5.50.  Don't be tempted by the margaritas- they're cheap, but very weak. Beer and wine is probably your best bet.

For food, we took a family-style approach.

 Pomme frites
($3) with aioli.

Beef sliders
($7) topped with Tillamook cheddar, tomatoes, lettuce, and aioli, with house-picked veggies.

($6) with thai sweet chili, wasabi aioli, and lime.

Southwest chicken sliders
($6) with tomatoes and lettuce, with house-pickled veggies.

Green beans
($4) with spicy oyster sambal glaze and toasted peanuts.

Our favorites were the calamari and the green beans. Nice to see something semi-healthy on a happy hour menu!

After sampling the new menu, we'll definitely keep North 45 in our regular rotation, and now not only for drinks!