Circa 33 Brunch

Circa 33 on SE Belmont is probably most¬† known for in the evening as a neighborhood Prohibition-themed cocktail bar. But, did you know they also offer an al fresco dining alley area, and on weekends by the restrooms when the red light is on, host a speakeasy type bar? And don’t overlook the additional hidden gem of its weekend brunch, served 10 AM – 2 PM, featuring a curated list of dishes which include several vegetarian and vegan friendly options and of course, cocktails. Today I share my brunch visit, and here’s a look at the secret speakeasy – which will be put to good use on a Prohibition Party in a couple weeks!
Circa 33 interior during the day. Circa 33 is a Prohibition-themed cocktail bar and on Fri Sat boasts a hidden speakeasy - look for the light to be on - and you can enter past a bookcase door with a special code Circa 33 brunch, Bloody Mary c.1921 with vodka, summer-spiced bloody blend, creole-salt rim and choice of bacon/veggie/combo garnish

The name Circa 33 is a nod to the neighborhood street block they are on (SE 33rd block on Belmont) as well as the year prohibition was repealed, 1933. Their cocktails are a mix of drinks from the late 1800s and early 1900s as well as more current inventions that follow the framework of spirit, sugar, citrus, and bitters. You’ll see a dozen options of specialty cocktails. If you are not into cocktails, not to worry – they have almost a dozen wines by the glass and smaller selection of beer, and non-alcoholic beverages like a ginger limeade. Below, you’ll see the Circa 33 cocktail, The Huntress which is c.1937 with Effen vodka, bubbles, black currant, citrus, Becherovka herbal liqueur
Circa 33 is a Prohibition-themed cocktail bar. This Circa 33 cocktail, The Huntress is c.1937 with Effen vodka, bubbles, black currant, citrus, Becherovka herbal liqueur
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Why you should go to Toast 2017

Coming soon on Saturday February 18 is Toast 2017. This annual event from the Oregon Distillers Guild gives ticket holders a chance to sample and learn about over 120 spirits from across the Northwest, the Country and the Globe.
Booths at Toast, an annual event by the Oregon Distillers Guild that gives ticket holders a chance to sample and learn about over 100 spirits from across the local Northwest, the Country and the Globe (tastings and bite snacks included in admission) Booths at Toast, an annual event by the Oregon Distillers Guild that gives ticket holders a chance to sample and learn about over 100 spirits from across the local Northwest, the Country and the Globe (tastings and bite snacks included in admission)

I am a huge fan of this event in learning especially about locally artisan spirits, and it’s a unique chance to be able to taste these spirits without committing to a whole drink or a bottle. Each of the booths is manned by representatives of that distillery, they are very knowledgeable about their products unlike most regular liquor store employees, so you can really have a conversation to understand what makes their product unique and what goes into each bottle.

A booth at Toast, an annual event by the Oregon Distillers Guild that gives ticket holders a chance to sample and learn about over 100 spirits from across the local Northwest, the Country and the Globe (tastings and bite snacks included in admission) Spirits

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