Located at 2637 SE Hawthorne next to Coava Coffee, Cared for is a brand new whiskey bar with a decor worthy of the neighborhood. From Schlomo, the stuffed deer wearing a yarmulke, to a wall decorated with hand-painted portraits of women with real fake mustaches stuck to their philtrums, there’s plenty to see inside. But above all, Neat serves two-ounce glasses of whiskey, with a good selection in the $7-9 range, and a variety of contemporary cocktails, overseen by Aaron Howard (sidecar) and Alain Stevensthe former head bartender of Multnomah Athletic Club.
Partners in business and in life, Robert Volz and Nicole Carlson own Neat, and Volz also owns Wine bar on NE Broadway. Volz says Neat uses whiskeys, scotches and bourbons from around the world, as long as they come from countries with strict purity laws; Canadian whiskeys, for example, are absent. You’ll also find eight draft beers, wine, and a small selection of other spirits, from gin to tequila, for making cocktails. Cocktails include shrubs from Howard’s newly launched Shrub Works Co.
Neat serves a loaded potato menu, as well as soup, a meat and cheese platter, and mac and cheese. The Kentuckian loaded potato comes with butter, sour cream, slowly pulled pork and cheddar cheese. You’ll find bargain-priced beer, wine, and cocktails, plus a $4 potato special during happy hour, which runs from 4-6 p.m. daily.
One thing to note – Despite its illustrious decor, there is no large sign that reads “Neat” outside. Instead, look for a large sign that says Drink & Eat.
After a few neat whiskeys, you might be wondering what’s up with mustachioed ladies. Here is Volz’s story:
“I was at one of the best dive bars in the world, a walk-down in Tulsa, OK called the Cellar Dweller. There on the wall was a painted portrait of a middle-aged woman. The kind that would have taken multiple sittings on the paint was a perfect mustache made of hair that matched the paint’s hair color.
“Zach Matthews, the owner, explained that he was driving down the street and passed a garage sale when he saw him. I don’t know if his eyes were deceiving him or not, he did the tour and bought the painting, which was of someone’s ex-wife with swept-up animal hair stuck to her upper lip.
“Once you see a painting like this, the picture is hard to shake. We decided to make an entire wall of these paintings. Hope you enjoy them.
Discover the menu of dishes, whiskeys and cocktails:
Neat food menu
Neat liqueurs menu
Neat cocktail menu