A well-made cocktail is a delight, but one that also benefits a charity is downright soul healing. Across the country, bars are taking two great things—drinks and donations—and making them one. On any given night, thousands of dollars are being passed on from members of the drinking class to those in need.
It’s inspiring to see how far our drinking dollars can go, and it’s a great excuse to go out on a Monday and buy an extra round. For the best of the best, we zeroed in on bars and hospitality groups that have a near continuous flow of contributions. Here are 10 bars from coast to coast that regularly donate to a charity or non-profit organization.
Oregon Public House in Portland, Oregon
Vitals: Open every day at 11:30 a.m. Closes at 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour runs every day from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to close.
Few things sound as inspiring as the Oregon Public House motto: “Have a pint, change the world.” Portland is just as famous for its beer as it is for its nonprofits (it has more organizations per capita than any other city in the country), so it’s no surprise that the first nonprofit U.S. taproom opened in the Emerald City. Setting aside the bar’s location, Ryan Saari—the president and founder of Oregon Public House—tells Supercall that it’s successful because of the inherent good vibes of drinking for a cause. The model, he says, can work anywhere that “people want to go out and where there is a need.” Since opening in May 2013, Oregon Public House has donated more than $151,000 to charity.