The Multnomah Whiskey Library in Portland, Oregon features an obsessively curated archive of spirits, tableside whiskey service, and a full curriculum of booze education.
Time to dig out your old library card and do some drinking. With 1,500 bottles of liquor, the Multnomah Whiskey Library is a whiskey lover’s paradise. It’s a 2,200 square foot clubhouse with 25-foot high ceilings, brick walls, aged wood, and two skylights ornamented with stained glass. Seventeen bookshelves hold a treasure trove of bottles, with an emphasis on whiskeys from around the world. Each 12-foot-tall shelf is organized categorically by region, ingredient, and distilleries’ production practices.
The library’s a place you can go and have a conversation. It’s an intimate environment that’s extremely comfortable and which borrows design details from university libraries. There are large study tables with desk lamps, a masculine fireplace and leather chairs. Unlike most bars, the Library offers tableside service, with cocktails and neat pours poured for the drinker at the table.
Although the Multnomah Whiskey Library is not a speakeasy, it’s kind of a secret. To find the place, enter a doorway on Alder between the English Department and Lille Boutique, walk down a 20-foot corridor, and up a flight of stairs to a door with minimal signage.