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Peet's Buys Stumptown Coffee; Every Important Portland Cocktail Bar, Mapped

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PORTLAND When word got out that Peet's Coffee & Tea would buy Portland's beloved Stumptown Coffee, people were divided: Some were shocked, while others said the TSG investment firm's 2011 acquisition of Stumptown Coffee had already transformed the company. Now it's confirmed.

PORTLAND The Portland cocktail scene is growing faster than you can say "Oolong Old-Fashioned," and it continues to be defined by the bars and restaurants using house-made ingredients to make a mix of classic and modern cocktails. Because Portland's bar programs and bartenders are plentiful, this list only features true cocktail establishments—the creme della creme de menthe of the Portland cocktail scene, if you will.

MISSISSIPPI After securing a lease at 4214 N. Mississippi Ave. last month, Olympia Oyster Bar has honed its concept. Owners and chefs Melissa Mayer and Maylin Chavez tell Eater they intend to open in early December with the atmosphere of a casual French oyster bar, a place where friends gather around communal tables to drink inexpensive wine, chat about the day, and eat oysters.