When we moved to NE Portland, we were a little sad that we were losing our neighborhood bar, C Bar. The food was great, the beer list was awesome, and it was about a 10 minute walk from our old house. Little did we know that the Waypost was down the street from our new house.
Actually, we did know. But we didn’t realize what an amazing little spot it was. When you walk into the Waypost, it feels like you’ve just walked into your friend’s living room. Except that their living room has awesome infused liquors and music/entertainment/activities all the time, and the bartenders are always super friendly, and people are easy to talk to, and it’s simply comfortable. The owner hails from Tucson, AZ, and has brought a touch of that desert vibe to the northwest in this little space.
Speaking of bartenders, let’s talk about Antonio. Antonio is the bartender you’ll see probably the most often, as he shakes up drinks, introduces bands, and hosts songwriters workshops. He’s also just the friendliest guy. We visit the Waypost frequently, but even if we haven’t been there in a while, he greets us like old friends. He’s always up for a chat, especially when it comes to conversations about what liquors they’re infusing and cocktails they’re creating. Listen to his suggestions.
One place where the Arizona influence is perhaps most evident is the menu. Tacos abound! They’ve got some delicious chicken and carnitas tacos, but they also have breakfast tacos (yum) and Colombian tacos (YUM). They serve weekend brunch too, and it looks delicious, though I haven’t tried it yet. As far as drinks go, I always rely on their house infused liquors. In the fall, they have a tasty pumpkin infused bourbon, which is great on its own or in a hot toddy concoction. On a recent visit, Antonio made me a cardamom gin & tonic. The cardamom was powerful without being too strong, and I loved how refreshing and spiced it was.
There are a wide range of events happening at the Waypost on a regular basis. Music? Check. On our most recent visit we saw Wildish, a band we’ve enjoyed a few times around Portland. Wednesdays are trivia (it’s really fun, but pretty hard). They have games in the front room. One night we happened upon a group of violas and violins playing classical music. I love that the Waypost welcomes all kinds. It’s cozy and friendly, and I definitely recommend a visit.