Sharing Time with the Boys
Surrounded by nature’s playground and over 20 local craft breweries, Bend is either a mountain town with a nightlife problem or a beer town with a recreation problem. After a long day riding Phil’s Trail, skiing Mount Bachelor’s backside, or paddling the Deschutes River, there’s no shortage of nighttime opportunities. Either way, guys will jump at the chance to get out of the house and catch some music, explore their surroundings, or share adventures while sipping on a favorite bourbon. When an opportunity arises to increase the testosterone with some guy time, try a brewery housed in a former AAMCO Transmission Plant, a pub with over 400 different craft beers, or a bar with over 400 kinds of whiskeys.
Crux Fermentation Project
Located on the Old Mill District’s outer edges, Crux Fermentation Project became the go-to hangout upon its opening in the summer of 2012. The inside tasting room sits amongst the grand copper brewing stations. Outside, food carts—including the favorite El Sancho—line the yard, complete with games and forged metal fire pits. Start the evening under the watchful eye of the Cascade Mountains during Crux’s Sundowner hour—30 minutes before and after sunset—for specials on their 20+ original craft beers on tap.
Broken Top Bottle Shop
Down the hill from Central Oregon Community College, Broken Top Bottle Shop (BTBS) refers to itself as a Brew Hub, instead of brew pub. Twelve taps of craft brews, cider, and mead may entice those at the bar, but it’s the 400 bottles and cans providing the choice for discerning beer drinkers that draws people in. BTBS really shines through its events; from Monday’s Local’s Nights, Sunday’s $.60 wings, and regular live music. Bonus points for attending a “Know-Before-You-Go” avalanche awareness presentation.
The Stihl Whiskey Bar
Nestled in the southwest corner of Downtown Bend’s Franklin Crossing Building, The Stihl Whiskey Bar boasts 400+ brands of its namesake drink. A dark motif of stained concrete floors and bar tops frame the red brick and wood walls, while a mounted brown bear watches over The Stihl. Copper mugs, brandy sifters, and highball glasses await your drink order. Bourbon steak fingers and pan-seared pork chops highlight the menu, but it’s difficult to stray from the classic Old Fashioned and a burger.