Spork: 937 N.W. Newport Ave., Bend; www.sporkbend.com
Details: Happy hour is 3-5 p.m. daily.
Deals: Cocktails run between $5.50 and $8.
Spork doesn’t have the kind of happy hour that makes you leave work early and drive across town just to take advantage of huge savings.
There are no screaming deals. The Newport Avenue hotspot’s happy hour offers $1 off cocktails, beer and wine.
But make no mistake: Spork has plenty going for it when it comes to sips and appetizers. The savings might be a few bucks, but on Spork’s list of well-crafted cocktails, that’s enough.
Spork’s happy hour is dependable: 3-5 p.m. daily, offering a laid-back atmosphere and a wide selection of global fusion cocktails like the Singapore Sling, a variation on the gin-based classic that originated in Southeast Asia. It’s a unique, complex cocktail that contains brandy, cherry liquer and benadictine, and it’s hard to find in local bars and restaurants. With both sour and sweet notes, the Sling pairs nicely with the spices of Spork’s cuisine. Other standout drinks include the Cederberg Toddy, a cozy, seasonal drink with rye whiskey, rooibos tea syrup, brandy and spices that goes a long way toward stamping out the cold. Cocktails run between $5.50 and $8 during happy hour.
Spork has plenty of entrees, but its appetizers run between $2 and $6, with most labeled as gluten-free.
While Spork may not be the first place you think of for happy hour deals in Bend, it’s definitely worth a stop for its bright and flavorful offerings.
— Megan Kehoe