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10 places to get a great cocktail in Bend and Central Oregon 

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The Stihl Whiskey Bar

About four years ago, owner Jason Gartz drove around Bend looking for a good whiskey bar but came up empty handed. He opened The Stihl so "others wouldn't have to suffer the fate of foregoing a good Old Fashioned again." With over 400 varieties of whiskey to choose from—and excellent food—it's safe to say Gartz succeeded.

550 NW Franklin Ave., Suite 118, Bend
541-383-8182
thestihl.com

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Rockin’ Dave’s Bistro & Backstage Lounge

East-siders flock to Dave’s for the great cocktails and appetizers. We reviewed Dave’s Manhattan for our Happy Hour Guide: Dave’s B-side is a sweeter, lighter take on the classic drink. The ginger-peach bourbon sets off the vermouth without making the cocktail into a drink-with-your-pinky-out disaster. On the nose, it’s as Manhattan as Times Square; the intoxicating smell of the bourbon beckons you to dive in.

661 NE Greenwood Ave., Bend
541-318-8177
rockindaves.com

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The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin

For those looking for a chic spot to take a date before dinner (or after), you can't go wrong with Dogwood. This spot's "Cabin Fever" happy hour includes a number of excellent drinks, and they'll be happy to whip one—or two—up for you, and do it well every time. Winner of Best Cocktail and Best Bar in the 2018 Source Weekly reader poll.

147 NW Minnesota Ave., Bend
541-706-9949
thedogwoodcoctailcabin.com

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Los Agaves Mexican Grill

If you want tequila, they’ve got it! Sorry to bite on the AC/DC lyric, but seriously, if you want more options for a Margarita—or just straight shots—Los Agaves is the place to go in Sisters. Maybe tequila with a beer back? No problemo, you can order the Coronarita, the house Margarita with a Corona overturned into the glass. Or go for the La Patrona, Patron silver, freshly squeezed lime and citrus soda. Refrescante!

291 E. Cascade Ave., Sisters
541-549-0777
agavesgrillsisters.com

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900 Wall

When it’s tourist season—wait, isn’t it always?—this place can get slammed, but don’t fret. Even if you have to wait for a table, you can be sipping one of the great cocktails 900 Wall has to offer. A Negroni in the summer months, or a My Little Pony when it’s dumping snow?

900 Wall St., Bend
541-323-6295
900wall.com

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Velvet

This narrow, double-story bar will have you feeling like you're on the VIP guest list. The comfy couches and chairs suck you in as you sip on the Prohibition Intoxicants, or order off the Local Favorites menu. A Sour Cherry Oregon Old Fashioned or a Cardamom Old Fashioned Smash... how could you go wrong?

805 NW Wall St., Bend
541-728-0303
velvetbend.com

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Jackalope

Grill Pull up a seat at the bar or relax at one of the small couches and enjoy a cocktail. The well-trained staff can pour you a Manhattan—see our review in the Winter Happy Hour Guide—or order off the menu. The Raspberry Cosmo is as refreshing as a dip in the Deschutes.

750 NW Lava Ln., #139, Bend
541-318-8435
jackalopegrill.com

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Hola!

When the sun’s out, what better way to quench your thirst than a Margarita? Hola! makes the best around, with five varieties to choose from, and locations in Bend, Sunriver and Redmond. Margarita not your thing? Try a Mexican Martini or one of their many Mojitos.

920 NW Bond St. & 680 SW Powerhouse Dr. & 2670 US-20 #710, Bend
17430 Deschutes Rd., Sunriver / 514 NW Greenwood Ave., Redmond
holabend.com

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Washington Dining and Cocktails

Just sitting around the bar at Washington is worth the drive up the hill. And, you can order a Duck Fat Sazerac—seriously, who doesn’t want duck-fat infused bourbon, Absinthe and bitters shaken with a bit of lemon? If this doesn’t do it for you, there’s always the seasonal craft menu. Either way, you’ll be stoked.

900 NW Mt. Washington Dr., Bend
541-640-8257
washingtonbend.com

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Level 2 Global Food & Lounge

Maybe the best view of any bar in Bend. Sip off the lengthy cocktail menu and just stare at Mt. Bachelor, or pick a Sister to gaze at. And, if you’re really lucky, you can listen to a concert at the nearby Les Schwab Amphitheater while the bar staff refills your Level 2, or Lavender Love. We could go on and on...

360 SW Powerhouse Dr., Suite 210, Bend
541-323-5382
level2bend.com

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The Stihl Whiskey Bar

About four years ago, owner Jason Gartz drove around Bend looking for a good whiskey bar but came up empty handed. He opened The Stihl so "others wouldn't have to suffer the fate of foregoing a good Old Fashioned again." With over 400 varieties of whiskey to choose from—and excellent food—it's safe to say Gartz succeeded.

550 NW Franklin Ave., Suite 118, Bend
541-383-8182
thestihl.com

It may be Beer Town, USA, but make no mistake—Benditos like their cocktails, too. If your desire for libations falls more on the sweet, savory, or non-hoppy side, here's where to find your jam. (And yes, they all serve beer, too.)

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