Surprise: the bustling Scotch Lodge cocktail bar opens its doors a day earlier, with fried mozzarella brie, sea bean martinis and plenty of absurdly rare bottles of scotch.
Last month, the Scotch Lodge team announced that the bar, a large whiskey haunt of former Multnomah Whiskey Library Tommy Klus, would finally open on May 2, revealing the space tinged with brown and green and his A team of bar and kitchen staff – everyone from Aaron Zieske (Duck) to Tim Artale (Proud Mary). Today the restaurant announced that – psych! – the bar actually opens early, with service tonight from 4 p.m.
The restaurant’s opening menu sits somewhere between super stylish and ultra playful: the restaurant’s pasta swirl contains surprisingly brackish flavors thanks to black trumpet mushrooms and ‘umami fresno spice’, while the fried brie, coated in Crumbled pumpernickel and a touch of verjuice syrup, arrives like a pile of puffed mozzarella sticks. Things can get trickier too, between a scallop crudo with candied lemon juice and a beef tartare with smoked celeriac and horseradish.
Beyond the mysterious 60-year-old whiskey bottles, let me just pull out those 60-year-old whiskey bottles, Scotch Lodge’s cocktail menu surprisingly uses its namesake spirit, slipping it into a gin. martini with sea bean infused vermouth, to rival mezcal in a leather chair in a glass loaded with coriander. Beyond the scotch, the bar also gives the whiskeys a tropical twist, including a rye-bound drink made from blackstrap rum and the classic tiki falernum. To go even more tiki, Nobody’s Poet combines pineapple rum with 10 year old bourbon, as well as a touch of coconut oolong demerara and cinnamon. Explore the food and to drink the menus below, and know that they will only get more involved over time:
• Scottish Lodge [Official]
• Scotch Lodge, a chic cocktail cellar by Tommy Klus, opens on May 2 [Portland Monthly]
• All previous Scotch Lodge covers [EPDX]