written by Lauren Sharp
Take a trip down the rabbit hole in Portland’s Pearl District at Pink Rabbit cocktail lounge. Pull a seat up at the neon-lit bar in the revamped space with its pop-art mural paying homage to its namesake bunny for hopped-up cocktails served until midnight most weekdays and 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
At the helm is industry veteran Collin Nicholas who cut his teeth on mixology in late-night leaders New York City and the Bay Area, and is a two-time finalist of Bombay Sapphire’s “Most Imaginative Bartender Award.” He grew up immersed in the strong cocktail of cultures of the East Bay and Berkeley, which he’s been bringing to bar programs across Portland as the bar director of Submarine Hospitality Group (Tusk, Takibi, Ava Gene’s).
Pink Rabbit is his first solo leap. “I’m excited to incorporate all the influences from past projects into the cocktails I’ve developed for Pink Rabbit,” said Nicholas, “It’s truly an inspiration from every region I’ve lived.” Nicholas and his team had been developing the Pink Rabbit idea for a few years, with the 2020 shutdown putting a delay in their original opening plans. During that time, Nicholas and team transitioned the old, dimly-lit eclectic space into a bright, sunlit bar that stands out for it’s colorful, fresh vibe.
Tempting libations include customer favorite Fast Car by Tracy Chapman, a melange based on tequila, mezcal, Cocchi Americano aperitif wine, saffron and grapefruit. The signature Pink Rabbit, is a balanced concoction that includes tequila, sherry, watermelon, coconut, lime and curry oil.
Chef Jonathan Holiday delivers a cocktail pairings menu with craveable and shareable globally influenced dishes such as miang khum, a pocket-sized betel leaf topped with coconut, shrimp and peanuts, and yucca tots, with garlic chives, kimchi ranch and sweet chili. Late night patrons can also rejoice as Holiday serves up an abbreviated menu from 11 p.m. until close.
232 NW 12TH AVE.