Benson Hotel309 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97205 Downtown Portland
(503) 228.2000 - Visit Website
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BarFly's Review of Benson Hotel
Richly appointed, lovingly preserved grand lobby of one of Portland's best and oldest hotels is a grand setting for getting spifflicated in style.
Antique walnut, marble and crystal sparkle throughout - enjoy your drinks at the small bar or one of the club tables, or take it to the fireside sofas on the other side of the foyer. Great servers, deft mixologists behind the bar. Eclectic, perfectly Portland crowd ranges from silver fox grandpas on the make, to decked-out drag queens on any given day.
Live jazz Tuesday-Saturday (no cover).
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They killed the music there. Not much left except an overpriced 5 star hotel... never was crazy about the servers, tho the bartenders were nice. But without the music, what's the point? I'd run next door for a good stiff one at the Gaucho's bar next door if I was just going to drink... Bartenders there make killer martinis, & no, I'm not one of them...
A bit expensive for what you get. It's located in the Benson which seems to be a very high class hotel like the Heathmen. Drinks were made properly but I just couldn't swallow the price. It is nice, but just a bit too expensive.
I was waiting for my father to arrive since this is where he stays when he comes to town. Had 2 drinks and caught an amazing buzz, they know how to mix drinks. It is one of the best spots for people watching if you sit on the sofa facing the entrance. I saw everything from Portland fleece wearing outdoorsy types to the 70 year old with his 21 year old mistress. Pricey drinks..... but they are like getting doubles, well the Martini's anyway. We had dinner at The London Grill excellent as well.
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