If you’re anything like me, you love a good weekday cocktail but you can’t always justify it in the budget. The walk from the office to my car in Portland is dangerous as I drift past handfuls of local bars and tempting restaurants just begging for me to walk in.

I’d love to say I have self-restraint and can just look the other way but that is not always the case. In my defense, a solid happy hour gives grounds for a casual cocktail at the day’s end and hell, you deserve it after busting your butt at work.

Portland boasts many things and a decent happy hour is just one of them. Whether you’re itching to take the edge off or you’re looking for a place to catch up with the girls over a cut-rate cocktail, these are 10 hot spots in town that offer the happiest of happy hours.

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