Melt Bistro & Bar is a small cozy coffee shop type place but provides a full bar and a excellent happy hour menu.
Their Happy Hour menu is impressive! Happy Hour is from 2pm-close which is great because most happy hours are from (3-6) or (9-close).
All items are finger food plates so order a few because they are smaller portions but for the price its fair. Most items on the Happy Hour menu are under $5.
The inside atmosphere is shabby chic, retro vintage decor with soft lights and cool chairs. The vibe is calming and casual. There are plenty of mini tables that fit small groups comfortably. There is outside seating as well, but outside seating was not set up because its still chilly and rainy in PDX. Melt is a great place for a quieter bar experience with mediocre innovative bar food. The drinks are on the sweeter side, I had 3 and didnt really feel tipsy so it was more juice than cocktail but still yummy.
They were pretty busy for a rainy Wednesday night, at some point in the evening I noticed all tables were taken and people coming in were walking out because there was nowhere to sit. The staff was never pushy about us leaving or “wrapping things up” to give others who came in a chance. My group was there easily for THREE HOURS just chatting and enjoying the space.
The service was good, and our server was nice. Our server was also the bartender, who made our drinks on the spot fast! Her and the cook were the only staff in the place and they kept up with traffic great.
What we ordered:
My drinks: Grapefruit Spritz Martini, Pink Berry Martini,
My friends’ drinks: Rum Punch, Paris Gimlet, Whiskey Manhattan
BBQ Pork Sliders: with crispy fresh arugula
Hot Wings: 1/2 pound, sweet & spicy sauce, blue cheese dip
Coconut Prawns: crispy shrimp w/sweet chili sauce
Blue Cheese Bacon Wedge: lettuce wedge w/homemade blue cheese dressing, bacon crumbles
Hot Soft Pretzel: giant salted pretzel w/ spicy blackberry mustard dip
Parmesan Fries: crispy fries tossed w/Italian parmesan
Kids are welcome, but its more of an adult atmosphere great to catching up with friends over cocktails.
Happy Hour 2pm-Close
Smaller place not so great for BIG groups.