May 11, 2018
One of the groundbreakers in Portland’s ever-evolving (and
accolade-receiving) bar and restaurant scene, Clyde Common has thoroughly
impressed us ever since it opened in 2007. And with its signature blend of
European-influence and quintessentially American tavern touches, it continues
to create something truly unique.
Lest you think Clyde Common is only a trendsetter in the
Pacific Northwest, oh no, it has been credited with creating several restaurant
and bar trends that have gone global,
and once such example is the gem that is the communal dining space. These
weathered wooden tables make for a fantastic first impression to the venue, and
along with other understated touches like dangling light bulbs, glass water
jugs, and strewn canvas sheets, bring a minimalist vibe to the proceedings that
have been emulated the world over.
The food is fresh, local, and many of the meats are even
prepared in-house. Naturally, it’s the cocktails that have had us excited all
these years, as Clyde Common is serving up simple stunners and is even the
birthplace of the barrel-aging phenomenon. The card is always-evolving, but
recently included cocktails like the Rag and Bone (premium ancho chili liqueur,
sherry, lime, brown sugar and homemade ginger beer), the Barrel Aged Chrysanthemum
(dry vermouth, herbal French liqueur, and absinthe, aged for five months in a
bourbon whiskey barrel), and the Southbound Suarez (aged tequila, lime, agave,
herbal bitters, and housemade creamy horchata). In short, come to Clyde Common
today to see what bars back home will be doing tomorrow.