The happy hour margherita at Life of Pie.
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Brooke Jackson-Glidden/Eater Portland

Even more than brunch, Portland’s truest obsession may be happy hour. In the Great Before, it was practically a requirement in this town that a bar provide discount cocktails and food every day, and many restaurants had joined in as well. Even during the pandemic, while business has dropped precipitously and establishments close left and right, a number of bars and restaurants continue to provide discounted afternoon menus with drink specials and food to be enjoyed in cozy dining rooms and on expanded outdoor patios. To be eligible for this map, however, happy hour must last longer than one hour, and there should be something on the menu for under $10.

While happy hours are a great way to find some food and drinks at cheaper prices, that doesn’t mean the workers — who are literally risking their lives to be there — aren’t doing any less work than at normal hours. Being respectful, following safety guidelines, and tipping well are crucial. For more low-cost dining, check out our affordable dining map.

Note: Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.

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