Portland >Whiskey Soda Lounge
While you wait for your table at Pok Pok (and if you go anywhere remotely near dinner, you’ll be waiting), they’ve devised an ingenious way for you to spend some extra cash in the meantime—cross the street to this hip & happening sister bar for a few of the excellent cocktails and perhaps an order of the charcoal-toasted dried cuttlefish. I personally stick to the drinking vinegars, they’re uniquely delicious, refreshing, inexpensive, and a nice palate primer for the feast to come.
A hop, skip & dash across Division St and you're sitting pretty in The Whisky Soda Lounge's tastefully themed Thailand off-shoot of Pok Pok. Order those famous wings here, try a drink special while you wait for the waitress to tell you your table at Pok Pok is available. And if you've already dined at Pok Pok dine here and sample their authentic Thai menu. The staff was very friendly even though we were just there for a layover.
Sometimes I miss the water taxis of Bangkok, or the monks drying their orange robes out their windows, or the monkeys inviting themselves to our card games. When I miss Thailand I cheer myself up a trip to Whiskey Soda Lounge to eat Muu Sawan and sip some Chang.
Sip a housemade drinking vinegar while you wait for a table at Pok Pok or just come here instead. Those famous wings are served here too.
Great place, good location, nice drinks.
Could have better service but what can u say when they are busy!!
Whiskey Soda Lounge. Before WSL, crowds waiting for a table at Pok Pok left their name and went to Matchbox across the street to have a drink. Then Andy Ricker, Pok Pok’s chef & owner wised up and decided to open his own bar. Hardly a mere re-incarnation of Pok Pok, WSL serves Thai drinking food like deep-fried dried beef, garlic frog legs & green papaya fritters alongside Pok Pok’s stellar cocktail menu. Exposed ventilation ducts, sleek wooden benches and distressed blue walls recall a trendy NY eatery in the same thought as that delicious, dimly lit corner noodle cart from your last trip to Thailand.
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