With your kitchen's pots and pans inhabited by the evil spirits of dead pots and pans, cooking at home has become both time-consuming and spooky. Get quality cuisine without interference from crazed kitchenware with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of fresh pub eats and libations at Branch Whiskey Bar, the friendly, low-key home of craft liquors tucked away in the Alberta Arts District.
Branch's menu features locally sourced cuisine lovingly prepared by chef Larry Tavernetti. Chef Tavernetti takes pride in his house-made pork sausages, served atop a currant, red-onion, and arugula salad ($13), and he grinds the meat for each Branch beef burger ($11), topped with cheddar or Swiss cheese ($1 extra) or house-made bacon ($2 extra). It's enough to distract you from the duck-leg confit with a white-bean ragu ($14). Start things off with roasted red potatoes for $5 or the pork rillettes with crostini for $7, and finish with the bread pudding with bourbon-caramel sauce or the banana split, both $6 each. Check the in-house chalkboard or call Miss Cleo for chef Tavernetti's special creations of the day.
The equally impressive drink menu is a stunning catalog of libations; you may want to start with a classic scotch (starting at $7), or use this deal to justify trying the 23-year-old Black Maple Hill Rye ($23). If you can't commit to just one flavor, try one of Branch's brilliant cocktails, such as the Portland 75 (Aviation gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and sparkling wine, $7), the Diablo (tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice, a dash of cayenne, and ginger beer, $8), or the Branchhattan (rye, Vya sweet vermouth, Angostura bitters, and orange bitters, $7).
Branch's cozy lighting, European-influenced comfort food, and more than 50 whiskeys, bourbons, and scotches keep you glowing until the cows come home and demand to know what you’re doing in their house. Branch is also open seven days a week, so swing by any time for a summertime refresher, a complex quaff, or some lovingly constructed victuals.
You must be 21 or older with a valid ID to enjoy this deal. This Groupon is not valid with Branch's happy hour.
- Cozy, comfortable, and equipped with a large flat-screen TV, this is the kind of neighborhood bar where everyone might not know your name when you walk in, but they very likely will when you walk out. – Kasey Cordell, Portland Monthly
- Absolutely the best burger I've ever had. It's all about the meat – Jessica DePetro, Urbanspoon
The chefs at Branch make everything from scratch—including butchering their own steak, curing their own bacon, and smoking their own poultry—to put their distinctive stamp on traditional dishes. Classic comfort foods take on inventive transformations to result in such unusual plates as Maine lobster dumplings and macaroni 'n' cheese gratin with Oregon black-truffle oil. On their side of the establishment, the bartenders take the same artisanal approach by infusing their bourbon with fresh local fruit and concocting their own whiskey liqueurs. The full bar features an extensive whiskey list with more than 150 whiskeys from around the world available in single glasses or tasting flights.