Box Social is about as close as you'll ever get to a classic speakeasy—small, nondescript, curtains drawn, and upon arrival you'll wonder if you need a secret password to enter. Deemed Portland's premiere drinking parlor, the Box is all about locally sourced fine spirits, wines, and beers. The atmosphere is warm and dark with a feel that begs you to keep your conversation on the down-and-low. Lots of candles and dim lighting soften and quiet this intimate space.
Staff cater to keeping you comfortably hydrated and are happy to test their mixology skills to match your pallet and pocketbook. The place screams "brown liquor" the minute I walk in and I can't resist. Cocktails are cool and creative, pairing local fare with international spirits like Novo Fogo Cachaca from Brazil. The food menu is short but sweet. Don't leave without a lap around the grilled cheese and tomato soup combo. Box Social has an early and a late happy hour making it a great stop at the beginning or end of an evening in the NoPo neighborhood. Frankly, it's a great stop all evening and one I am drawn to on a regular basis.