Food & Drink

Boozy Frozen Drinks To Try in Portland For Summer 2021

Frosé, Piña Coladas, Pops, and More
July 7, 2021
Cool off with a vibrant frozen drink from Lazy Susan. (Lazy Susan)

There's nothing more satisfying than a frozen libation on a sweltering day. Luckily, Portland has no shortage of frosty ways to imbibe, from frosé and piña coladas to boozy slushies and freezer pops. And of course, the coolest, most delicious event of the summer, the Portland Mercury's annual Summer of Slushies, is in full swing right now, with exclusive $5 slushies from a host of Portland bars and restaurants. Check out the handy slushie map to locate a special near you, and read more about the full lineup here. Read on for the lowdown on even more ice-cold refreshments, and for other ideas on how to stay quenched, check out our food and drink guide.

The Automatic Bar
This laidback neighborhood bar features a slushie of the day. Past flavors have included amaretto sour, frosé, and "Dodgey Summer" (Buffalo Trace bourbon, fresh watermelon, and sugar).
Southeast
Pickup, outdoor seating, indoor seating


Bar Maven
Bar Maven has updated the freezer pops of your youth with three hard seltzer-spiked variations: original lemonade, mango lemonade, and strawberry lemonade.
Southeast
Pickup, outdoor seating, indoor seating


Cheese and Crack
The makings of a perfect summer afternoon: grab a spot on the patio at this fun snack shop and pair an ice-cold frosé with one of their cheese boards.
Southeast
Pickup, outdoor seating


Creepy’s
You’ll find all sorts of kitschy oddities at this bar that insists it is “not a clown bar.” Sip a minty Grasshopper or Creepy’s Frozen Coffee while all manner of dolls and creepy posters stare you down from around the bar. The frosty, boozy drinks are on their permanent menu, but ‘tis really the season for them now.
Central Eastside
Outdoor seating, indoor seating with A/C


Dig A Pony
The recently reopened bar, which now boasts an Italian-American-inspired comfort food menu by Stevens Italiano, offers a slushie on their menu with rotating flavors—they suggest asking your bartender for the flavor of the day or just ordering one for a surprise.
Southeast
Indoor seating


Donnie Vegas
Chill out with the quirky bar's frozen CBD prickly pear margarita or frosé, both available on tap.
Northeast
Pickup, outdoor seating, indoor seating


Eem
The lauded Thai barbecue joint has just what you need: mezcal tequila lime fro-yo dispensed straight from a slushie machine into whimsical drinkware shaped like a pufferfish.
Northeast
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating


Gold Dust Meridian 
Choose from two slushies on the stylish bar's menu: the "Chi Chi" (vodka, coconut, orange, and pineapple) or a passionfruit margarita.
Southeast
Pickup, outdoor seating


Hale Pele
Portland's go-to tiki cocktail destination offers a bevy of frozen drinks year-round, from frosty piña coladas to scarlet-swirled lava flows.
Northeast
Pickup, indoor seating


Haymaker
This cozy North Portland bar is featuring a frozen "pineapple dream" cocktail made with white rum, lime juice, and pineapple juice and finished off with the requisite tiny cocktail umbrella.
North
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, indoor seating

Hey Love
The Jupiter NEXT Hotel's 1970s-inspired cocktail bar offers two slushie cocktails: the "Tropical Contact High" (pineapple Dole whip, vodka, rum, lime, and vanilla) and the "Master of Karate & Friendship" ("funky rums," strawberry, lime, and rosé). If you're feeling indecisive, simply order the two swirled together. 
Southeast
Pickup, outdoor seating, indoor seating

Lil' Shalom
The Alder location of Shalom Y'all has been replaced by a more casual concept called Lil' Shalom, which had its grand opening this Wednesday and serves dips, salads, sandwiches, wraps, bowls, and other simple fare. Among other cocktails, the menu features a "Turkish Delight" slushie with house-made limoncello, Ceylon tea, lemon, Reagan's orange bitters, and orange blossom.
West
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating


Lazy Susan
The charcoal grill restaurant's trusty slushie machine is keeping a steady flow of summer refreshments coming. Slushies are also available on the bar's happy hour menu, available from 2-5 pm on weekends.
Southeast
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating, indoor seating

Lutz Tavern
The longtime Woodstock bar serves a rotation of slushie specials. The current special is the "John Daly," a boozy, frozen take on the Arnold Palmer with lemonade, iced tea, and vodka.
Southeast
Indoor seating


Rum Club
Your bartender’s favorite bar, Rum Club offers meticulously made craft cocktails (half of which are rum-based, obviously). Chill out in their intimate space or patio with a piña colada or a Strawberry Blendie, which features fresh Oregon strawberries and local honey.
Buckman
Reservations required, outdoor seating, indoor seating with A/C

Palomar
Sip one of the Cuban-inspired cocktail bar's rotating frozen daiquiris on their sunny rooftop (weather permitting).
Southeast
Outdoor seating


Pambiche
This Cuban restaurant offers two frozen Caribbean classics—banana and mango daiquirís served frappé with Carta Blanca rum, fresh-squeezed lime juice, and pure cane sugar.
Kerns
Pickup, outdoor seating, indoor seating

Sebastiano's
Okay, this one's not boozy, but the Italian deli Sebastiano's has a brand-new granita machine and is churning out Sicilian-style lemon granita, a refreshing complement to one of their muffulettas or other sandwiches.
Montavilla
Pickup


Summer of Slushies
The coolest, most delicious event of the summer is finally here! The Merc and Jim Beam present Summer of Slushies, which brings boozy, frozen, custom-made treats to the frugal and thirsty denizens of Portland at just $5 a pop. Check out this convenient slushie map to see which bars have the goods.
Various locations

Thunderbird Bar
The vegan bar is fully prepared for warm weather with a variety of alcoholic slushies, including blush-pink frosé.
Southeast
Pickup, outdoor seating


Tropicale
Frozen drinks don't get much better than the warm, lively bar Tropicale's famous piña coladas, made fresh to order with or without rum and served in a whole hollowed-out pineapple. Mixes and ready-to-drink bottled piña coladas are also available if you'd like to whip one up at home.
Northeast
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating


Victoria
This "mostly vegan" bar has a couple of pop culture-inspired frozen drinks on its menu, including the "La Isla Bonita" (a piña colada with chai-infused Bacardi Cuatro rum) and the seasonal "So Fetch" (hibiscus-infused tequila, guava, pineapple, and lime).
North
Pickup, delivery, outdoor seating