Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish Coffee

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With St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, many people are gearing up to celebrate all things Irish. And what better way to mark the occasion than with an Irish coffee? This classic cocktail, made with hot coffee, Irish whiskey, brown sugar, and lightly whipped cream, is the perfect way to toast the holiday. But where can you find the best Irish coffee in Bend, Oregon? Indulge in this delicious drink and celebrate the luck of the Irish at one (or more!) of these Bend bars and restaurants.

McKay Cottage

While McKay Cottage is known for its dynamic brunch offerings, we love them even more for their coffee cocktails. Specifically, Nana’s Irish Coffee. McKay Cottage uses local Thump coffee to make this breakfast cocktail, infusing it with Irish whiskey, Irish cream Liqueur, and Grand Ma’s sauce. What’s better, you can order a steaming hot boozy coffee while you wait for your table.

J-Dub

Now that J-Dub serves breakfast every day, there are more opportunities to enjoy Irish Coffee from morning until night. J-Dub starts with local C4K Coffee, Tullamore Dew Irish whiskey, and Irish cream, and finishes with a dollop of whipped cream. Fuel up with their chicken fried chicken in the dining area, or cozy up with a hot Irish Coffee on their outdoor patio.

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River Pig Saloon

If you’re in the mood for a little debauchery, this is your spot. Afterall, its namesake pays homage to the “River Pigs” of Oregon who, after a long day’s work, would celebrate with a tall glass of whiskey. Fast-forward to present day, and you’ll find plenty of whiskey sipping and shooting at River Pig Saloon. Head to their Box Factory pub for one of the best Irish Coffees in Bend.

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Café Sintra

Not only does Café Sintra make our list for some of the best brunch in Bend, they offer a variety of Irish Coffees and hot chocolates at their Downtown eatery. Go for their Jameson-infused coffee. Or, opt for an Irish cream coffee, Kahlua Irish coffee, or Irish hot chocolate. And, because they’re open daily, you can start your any-day-of-the-week funday with a fried egg sandwich and brunch cocktail.

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Victorian Café

Everyone in Bend knows that The Vic makes some of the best Bloody Marys in town. But did you know you can get a 16-ounce Irish Coffee alongside your brunch? The Vic’s Irish Coffee is served with Jameson, Bailey’s, and whipped cream. Still, they offer some delicious Irish-themed cocktails. For example, the Nutty Irishman, which comes with Hazelnut liquor, Bailey’s, coffee, whipped cream, and a sprinkle of nutmeg. Feeling Irish, yet?

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Pine Tavern

If you find yourself out on St. Patrick’s Day and the snow begins to fall, head straight to Pine Tavern. When it’s snowing, their classic Irish Coffees are just $3. What a treat! However, Pine Tavern still serves the boozy coffee every day of the week. Regardless of the weather, you won’t want to skip Pine Tavern for some of the best Irish Coffee in Bend. It’s tradition!

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Monkless Belgian Ales

If hot cocoa is your preference, head to Monkless Belgian Ales. Here, you can enjoy The Chocolate Monk. This hot chocolate spin on Irish Coffee comes with Jameson and cinnamon simple syrup, then topped with whipped cream and a drizzle of chocolate sauce. What a perfect way to enjoy a nightcap without the caffeine buzz!

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Best Irish Coffee in Bend, Oregon

We’re always on the hunt for the best Irish Coffee in Bend. Why? So you can spend less time researching, and more time enjoying! Whether you’re a Central Oregon local, or just passing through, we invite you to visit one or more of these spots to satisfy your craving for an Irish Coffee. So, don’t wait! Raise a glass to the Emerald Isle and indulge in one of its most iconic beverages.

5 Places to Grab a Really Good Cocktail

Are you due for a friends’ night out? Craving some of Bend’s best cocktails? We’ve listed just a few of the best bars in Bend to meet up for anything from champagne margaritas to cigars and pizza. Enjoy a Central Oregon evening of happy hour, pregame, or a nightcap with a few of the best cocktails in Bend!

1. San Simón

Set in Tin Pan Alley downtown, this gem of a bar offers indoor and outdoor seating, fantastic cocktails, and build-your-own charcuterie boards. Dubbed the “Cheers” bar for cocktails, San Simón is a place for all types of meet-ups. (During the summer, we love their boozy slushie cocktails.)

Start your evening out with a glass of wine before dinner, gather for classic daiquiris and charcuterie boards, or come for a nightcap of painkillers affront the fire pit. Note: a painkiller is a cocktail of orange juice, coconut creme, pineapple, rum, and nutmeg that originated in the British Virgin Islands and is popular in New Orleans.

When you’re hungry, ask for a charcuterie menu that allows you to choose your own meats, cheeses, pickles, and conservas. Don’t forget to add a chocolate bar from local chocolate maker Fawkes Confectionery. Add this to your list of the best bars in Bend!

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San Simón is open daily from 2 pm ’til late.
845 Tin Pan Alley, Bend

 

2. Waypoint

When you don’t want to venture downtown, head to Waypoint at The Grove Market Hall. It’s the second taproom from Bend Brewing Company and features BBC beers, specialty cocktails, a curated wine list, and their own label of spirits. There’s plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and a large fireplace to gather around.

Tuesday is local’s night for beer, wine, and cocktail specials. Check out their social media page for updates on live music, which takes place on their spacious outdoor patio. Waypoint doesn’t offer food, but you can order from surrounding food carts and counters inside of The Grove. Try delicious egg rolls and fried wontons from ThAiPAS, fast-casual Italian from Sunny’s Carrello, and lobster rolls from Sebastian’s Seafood.

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Waypoint is open Wednesday through Saturday from noon ’til close;
Sunday through Tuesday from 3 pm ’til close.
921 NW Mt. Washington Drive, Bend

 

3. The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin

Dogwood is often voted one of the the best bars in Bend, and for good reason. They have an impressive cocktail list while offering delicious bites that you won’t believe come from a bar kitchen. And, when you’re in the mood for that young and free feeling, head to Dogwood on a weekend evening. You might just catch a DJ playing throwback and earworms. 

The cocktail menu features plenty of aromatics, herbs, and infusions. Think rosebuds, CBD, specialty bitters, and orange blossom. And it doesn’t end there — opt for low ABV cocktails or even a curated mocktail in lieu of imbibing.

The cabin-like bar offers plenty of seating options, including a dart room, outdoor tables, and cozy nooks. Stop by between 5 and 7 PM or anytime during open hours on Sunday for Cabin Fever, aka happy hour. Select eats and drinks are 25% off.

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Dogwood is open Tuesday through Sunday from 5 pm ’til midnight.
147 NW Minnesota Avenue, Bend

 

4. Velvet

From the outside, Velvet looks like a small plant shop. (You might even notice the sign explicitly stating that it’s anything but.) Step inside and you’ll find intimate seating, plenty of plant babies, and two bars—both upstairs and downstairs. 

The drinks are generous in size, beautifully garnished, and unique. Like their champagne jalapeño margarita, an enticing blend of silver tequila, jalapeño, cucumber, housemade lemonade, and sparkling wine. Or, try a blue velvet made with house-infused blueberry vodka, homemade lemonade, Yerba Maté, and infused Oregon blueberries.

Pre-game your evening plans with a slice from Pizza Mondo next door, or order bacon-wrapped apricot skewers and BLT sliders from Velvet. The bar also serves up Aussie meat pies and a few hot drinks that are perfect for sweater weather.

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Velvet is open daily from 5 pm ’til midnight.
805 NW Wall Street, Bend

 

5. O’Kanes at McMenamins Old St. Francis School

O’Kane’s is one piece of the larger McMenamins Old St. Francis School complex. The 1936 Catholic schoolhouse was transformed into a hotel in 2004 and has been outfitted with a pub, brewery, movie theater, and beautiful soaking pool. 

Set in the schoolhouse’s former garage, O’Kanes offers patrons Northwest-style pub fare, handcrafted beverages, and cigar smoking. You can sit inside and curl up in front of the 1896 Round Oak stove or enjoy the wood-burning fire pits on the patio. Find their patio situated between hotel guestrooms and the soaking pool. You’ll see guests walking through the patio in bathrobes to get to the pool and wonder why you’re not doing the same.

The cocktail menu at O’Kane’s features bourbons and whiskeys from around the globe. Pick your poison, grab a cigar, and don’t forget a growler fill of beer on your way out. Catch happy hour specials from 3 to 6 pm every Sunday through Thursday.

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O’Kanes is open weekdays from 3 pm ’til close;
weekends noon ’til close.
700 NW Bond Street, Bend

 

Could these be some of the best bars in Bend? We’ll let you decide! Tag @eatdrinkbend when you visit one or more of these cocktail bars!

 

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