• Fête de Fernet

    No matter how you like it—chilled in Milan, mixed with Coca-Cola in Buenos Aires, or a quick shot after a bar shift—there is no denying the allure of Fernet. The distilling wizards at Thomas & Sons know this very well, which is why they worked their magic on Townshend's Pacific Northwest Fernet.

    To celebrate the release of this fine local spirit, we're putting on our party hats for the Townshend's Pacific Northwest Fernet release party. The fun starts at 6pm on Monday, August 15 and there will be flights of Fernet, a special Fernet cocktail menu, and lots more—but, due to the fear of a delicious drowning, there will not be a Fernet swimming pool. Our apologies.

    Come on by for a drink. 

  • Whiskey 101 in September

    Your whiskey education (whiskucation?) is of paramont importance to us. That's why we have announced the latest Whiskey 101: An Exploration of American Whiskey class. 

    Our next class will be Saturday, September 3rd at 12pm here at Paydirt This interactive lesson will cover the origins, styles, and varieties of American Whiskey. This includes bourbons, ryes, and plenty more. Yes, you'll get to drink as you learn, as host/professor Andrew Finkelman helps you learn more about the most fascinating spirit on your liquor shelf.

    As always, space is limited and this class always sells out, so get your tickets right this very second

  • We Will Be Closed on the Fourth of July

    Our fellow Americans, we will be closed for the Independence Day holiday on Monday, July 4th. But worry not, we'll be back to our patriotic duty—exhanging alcohol for money—the follow day. 

  • Hop Valley Tap Takeover

    On Thursday, July 7th we are turning over our taps to the mystical beer wizards at Hop Valley. There will be old favorites on draft plus some small batch rare pours as well. And there will be whiskey pairings. And games. And giveaways. Oh, and we're not done...

    …In addition to all the drinking goodness, all four of our Zipper neighbors—Basilisk, Slice, Bywater Grocery, ChickPeaDX—will be serving food specials made with Hop Valley beer. It's an one night only event, starting at 4pm. See you there.

  • Portland Monthly's Best Bars of 2016

    Aw, it's us. We're honored to make the list of Best Bars 2016 in the latest issue of Portland Monthly. Pick up a copy at your local newstand before we buy them all up and mail them to our parents (so they can proudly put them on their refrigerator, naturally)

  • The Ginquizition is Coming!

    Hey smarty pants, show off that big brain of yours when we welcome The Ginquizition to Paydirt on Monday, April 18th at 8pm. Portland's only history themed trivia night is an interactive pub quiz where groups are welcome and the prizes are plentiful. Gather up a crew of your smartest friends and we'll see you at The Ginquizition.

  • New Classes Announced for Whiskey 101 and 201

    Our devotion to alcoholucation knows no bounds (in fact, we might have more accreditation than Trump University): We have just announced brand new classes for both Whiskey 101 and Whiskey 201.

    The Whiskey 201 course will be on Saturday, April 23rd at noon. This $45 class is an advance journey through global whiskeys, including everything from Scotch to Irish to Japanese and more. 

    The Whiskey 101 course will be on Saturday, May 7th at noon. This $40 class is a very special one-of-a-kind Kentucky Derby edition of our traditional Whiskey 101 lesson. In addition to the regular drink-while-you-learn instruction, there will be Mint Juelps for all attendees at the end. Jockey attire is not required.

    Both classes are hosted at Paydirt and include about a half-dozen tastings, tasty snacks, run about 90 minutes in length, and always sell out. Get your ticket to the Derby Edition Whiskey 101 here and our advanced Whiskey 201 here. Don't delay!

  • New Happy Hour & Bottled Cocktails

    We've doubled down on our Happy Hour menu and have some exciting new items, including a gilded bucket of Miller High Life bottles (five for $10), rotating $7 cocktails, a bartender's choice Boilermaker Roulette plus our brand new line of bottled cocktails. Plus, don't forget that all micro beers are $1 off, same goes for house wine and well drinks.

    As for the small-batch carbonated cocktails, they will change constantly and our first offering will feature a Dark & Stormy (made with Blackstrap Rum and house ginger syrup) and Xima, our not-so-legal ode to a questionable malt beverage of our youth. 

    Also, we've expanded our Happy Hour range; it's daily from opening until 7pm and now ALL DAY on Sunday and Monday.

    That's a lot of Happy Hour.

  • Whiskey 101 is Sold Out

    Our March 5th Whiskey 101 class is sold out. How sad. But don't panic, we'll announce a new one soon.