Happy hour makes a comeback


Happy Hour isn’t just about getting buzzed. A good one transforms the day from ASAP to TBD. For years Portland insiders have known that David’s in Monument Square makes it happen. This generous timezone, a relaxing three hours, seems to stop the clock, or at least slow it way down.

You gotta knock off early to enjoy the spread that chef/owner David Turin lays down Monday through Friday starting at 3 p.m. It’s summer in Vacationland after all, why let the tourists have all the fun?

No mere popcorn and salted wasabi nibbles here. Tuck into sliders, a steak tartar stack, fried calamari, blackened shrimp, savory Mediterranean bruschetta (a meal in itself), all priced from $4.50 to $13. Some establishments call it small plates (with not-so-small prices). We call it a stone cold bargain.


Most of these dishes clock in around $6, which is the same price as the half dozen infused cocktails like The Waterfront. The cucumber gin and lime juice libation will make you forget you are nowhere near the water. You are in Portland’s hub. Great people watching here too, especially if you go al fresco on the patio.

Around 6p, as the buttoned-up dinner crowd streams into David’s, you’ve got a head start. Feeling refreshed, and a tad looser, you saunter back out into the square. The morning of the evening has just begun and you are ready for anything. Cheers!

David’s, 22 Monument Square. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.



Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.