Red Star Tavern, Portland

Another example of Portland's brill dining scene, the Red Star Tavern was an easy venue for our last evening and a top recommendation from fellow instablogger @melbfoodstagram. For all our walking, talking and touring we went straight for the steak and chips. I paired it with some local craft brews on tap, a Double Mountain 'Vaporiser' and a Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen; and my friend with a nice drop of Soter Pinot Noir.

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Pépé le Moko, Portland

My friend and I have a weakness for espresso martinis and I had Pépé's picked out well before I arrived in Portland. Owner Jeffrey Morgenthaler has quite the reputation as a mixologist magician and Pépé is consistently listed among the top cocktail spots in town. This little basement bar was like going down the rabbit hole; time seemed endless and everything fair shouted 'eat me! drink me!' Our espresso martinis were made with Stumptown, vodka and - unusually - a drop of lemon essence; so good it would have been rude to stop at just one. We gorged ourselves on the best bocadillos on the menu, including a Nutella and Jacobson's sea salt, can't wait to make that back home!

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Ground Kontrol, Portland

A retro arcade with alcohol, um how fast can I get there? A brilliant concept, Ground Kontrol features all the games you knew and loved as an 80s child at a quarter a game, serving a simple bar menu and some whacky nibbles your mother would never let you eat. Not a great place for conversation but with original Space Invaders, Pac-man and Tetris you only need to be able to say "in your face, I win!"

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