Red Star Reservations

Red Star Tavern
503 S.W. Alder Street
Portland , OR 97204
Phone: 503.222.0005
Fax: 503.417.3334
Adjacent to Hotel Monaco Portland

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Downtown Portland Restaurant News & Press

Readers name Portland's best burger: Diner 2014

3-7-2014  |  The Oregonian

#8 - Red Star Tavern with 275 votes!

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Three Ways: Coffee Cocktails

3-3-2014  |  Imbibe Magazine

"At the Red Star Tavern in Portland, a double shot of espresso proves a sturdy base for the Cafe Nico."

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A Bar Star at Red Star

2-11-2014  |  Restaurant Hospitality

"...It's not easy for a maker of fine drinks to stand out. Brandon Lockman, head bartender at Red Star Tavern, stands out...Lockman regularly proves he is not a one-trick pony."

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Bacon sales sizzle to all-time high

2-11-2014  |  Wall Street Journal

"But just as important, bacon is a food that has adapted well to the foodie culture of the last decade, perhaps because it's so multidimensional. 'Need some fat to balance an acidic dish? Bacon. Need something salty to balance the sweet? Bacon,' says chef Kyle Rourke of the critically acclaimed Red Star Tavern in Portland, Ore."

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Ask A Bartender: What Do You Sip During Your Shift?

2-6-2014  |  Serious Eats

"Cafe Nico - double espresso, half-and-half, vanilla, cinnamon and orange zest." -- Brandon Lockman (Red Star Tavern)

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Global Cocktail: Willamette Weak Sauce

1-10-2014  |  Passport Magazine

"The mark of a good cocktail is whether it has its own cult following, and we have word that this Willamette Weak Sauce martini has made the cut."

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Ask A Bartender: Crazy New Year's Eve Stories

12-31-2013  |  Serious Eats

"I popped a bottle of Dom Perignon and it started to foam over! I started to freak out and then all of a sudden it stopped - minimal Champagne lost (crisis averted)! Luckily the guest was looking the other way. It was his party's second bottle and they barely drank any of it. It ended up being a nice little end-of-shift gift." -- Brandon Lockman (Red Star Tavern)

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Ask A Bartender: What's Your Friday Night Playlist?

12-11-2013  |  Serious Eats

"Hip Hop instrumentals, like RJD2. I try to avoid music with lyrics because songs get stuck in my head and haunt me all evening." -- Brandon Lockman (Red Star Tavern)

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Ask A Bartender: Molecular Mixology, Yay or Nay?

12-4-2013  |  Serious Eats

"I love the creativity, pushing the industry forward, but I think I love tradition even more." -- Brandon Lockman (Red Star Tavern)

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Dining in Portland, Oregon: Red Star Tavern and Roast House

11-27-2013  |  The Daily Meal

"The rock star at the Monaco is Red Star Tavern and Roast House. The ambiance is warm, casual, and inviting, from the bar to the dining. Chef Kyle Rourke's offerings reflect the 'eat local, eat responsibly' attitude that Portland, Ore., is famous for. I'm a sucker for modern twists on classic tastes, for the right combination of cozy and chic, for tastes and sips and sights that are equal parts memory-inducing and memory-creating - and that's precisely what Red Star is for me."

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Ask A Bartender: What's a Great Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner Drink?

11-20-2013  |  Serious Eats

"The ONLY pre-Thanksgiving cocktail is the Nutty Woodford, a cocktail we created with Woodford Reserve bourbon and a splash of Nocello walnut liqueur, served in a snifter over a coffee cup full of hot water." — Brandon Lockman (Red Star Tavern)

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Portland - A perfect girls' getaway

11-18-2013  |  BC Living

"Dinner at Red Star Tavern during happy hour may just be the best deal in town. Delicious sharesie plates of tapas plus wine and swishy cocktails at supersweet prices. Try the caldo verde, the bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers and the iceberg wedge."

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Ask A Bartender: What's the Strangest Drink You've Ever Encountered?

11-13-2013  |  Serious Eats

"A guest once asked me for a dirty vodka martini—with onion brine instead of olive." — Brandon Lockman (Red Star Tavern)

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Beyond Bacon

11-13-2013  |  Nation's Restaurant News

"Chef Kyle Rourke at Red Star Tavern in Portland, Ore. used to make Canadian bacon in-house, but he wanted to put something really different on his morning menu. For his Red Star Benedict, Rourke tops an English muffin with braised pork belly, eggs and preserved lemon hollandaise."

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Nutty Woodford available at Portland's Red Star Tavern

11-13-2013  |  Food & Beverage Magazine

Want to know how to make this season's most popular beverage? Check the link for the recipe!

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'Tis The Season For Awesome Autumn Cocktails

11-1-2013  |  Hotel Chatter

"The Red Star Tavern, part of Hotel Monaco Portland, serves their Nutty Woodford in quite the stealth manner, an idea courtesy of Lead Bartender Brandon Lockman. The drink screams for a fireplace, a novel, and perhaps a tweed jacket with its Woodford Reserve and Nocello walnut liqueur ingredients served in a snifter over a coffee cup full of hot water. How dignified!"

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Hotel bars bottle up batches of fizzy cocktails

10-7-2013  |  USA Today

"The Red Star Tavern at Kimpton's Hotel Monaco in Portland, Ore., has two bottled cocktails on the menu: a Manhattan and a variation of a Boulevardier called The Midnight Stroll, with a locally made whiskey named Temperance, Ramazzotti Amaro, Royal Combier, Campari and bitters. They are often served during the hotel's free evening wine hour for guests and are occasionally given as free in-room amenities."

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Red Star Tavern: Star-Crossed Writers

10-2-2013  |  Willamette Week

"One of our contributors...told me that Red Star head bartender Brandon Lockman is one of the finest cocktail-makers in town."

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Summer Spirit Infusions

6-20-2013  |  Food & Wine

"It's an essential tenet of mixology: Great drinks start with quality spirits. But when the liquor on hand would be more appropriate at a frat party than a cocktail bar, don't give up. 'Throw some fruit in there and kick-start an infusion,' suggests Brandon Lockman, a bartender at the Red Star Tavern in Portland, Oregon."

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Homemade condiments beat the bottles when dressing up grilled fare

5-21-2013  |  The Oregonian

"That approach is echoed by executive chef Kyle Rourke of Red Star Tavern. 'I prefer to make condiments from scratch because I think it tastes better than the bottled stuff. Making it yourself gives you more control over what's in it, and typically homemade condiments are less sweet because everything being used is fresh, so there's no need for additional sugar or sweeteners,' Rourke says."

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Luxury digs in the heart of downtown

5-14-2013  |  Thrillist

"Monaco also plays host to Red Star, a celebrated restaurant and steakhouse that boasts a huge, under-$10 happy hour, along with one of the larger selections of spirits in town."

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Oscar Party-Ready Cocktails Inspired by Best Picture Nominees

2-21-2013  |

"Portland, Ore., bartender Brandon Lockman is stirring up drinks inspired by this year's best picture nominees at Hotel Monaco's Red Star Tavern. 'Finding inspiration for a new cocktail can sometimes be the hardest part. Translating movies into cocktails is a fun way to switch it up,' he tells PEOPLE of his cinematic muses. 'There are different aspects of each movie to draw from.'"

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Speakin' Easy: The Noble Experiment at Red Star Tavern

1-21-2013  |

"Cocktails were quaffed, shaken and stirred by Red Star Tavern bartender Brandon Lockman, who if he wasn't a bartender should probably be a movie star. An the place—with jazz musicians and feathery floral bouquets—looked like a movie set as seen through the eyes of King Vidor."

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Stardar Report: Fashion Guru Tim Gunn Spotted in Portland

12-7-2012  |

"Damn. I just missed meeting Tim Gunn last night at Red Star Tavern in the Hotel Monaco Portland. Last night he dined on the cuisine of Chef Kyle Rourke at the Red Star Tavern & Roast House with a few friends."

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Chill Your Cocktails with Boozy Cubes

11-28-2012  |  Men's Health

"These spiked Manhattan cubes from bartender Brandon Lockman of Portland’s Red Star Tavern blend bitters and sweet vermouth, mellowing your drink as they melt, so you’ll start out swigging straight bourbon and finish on a more complex note. Keep a stash in the freezer, and you have a quick-and-easy Manhattan any time the mood strikes."

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Mouth-watering Mocktails

11-1-2012  |  USA Today

"I like this drink because the ginger and the tea work perfectly together. The balance of the flavors and the fact that it isn't too heavy, like many other autumn drinks, is also a plus. It's crisp, just like a cool fall day."

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Portland, Ore.: Cool Brews, Food and Hotels

11-1-2012  |  Smart Meetings

"And it’s not hard to stop for hearty fare such as Idaho trout and wood-grilled, dry-aged rib eye steaks with roasted beets or butternut squash at the Red Star Tavern & Roast House in the Hotel Monaco Portland."

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Portland, Ore., visit means staying at the Hotel Monaco, tasty Voodoo Doughnuts

9-27-2012  |  The Denver Post

"In addition, the Red Star Tavern & Roast House is an on-site restaurant we’ve actually chosen to eat in on days we aren’t staying at the hotel –which says something for a hotel restaurant. The décor is woody library-meets-upscale ale house, and it makes for an ideal spot to meet for drinks and small plates before an evening out or a sit-down dinner with a group. The chef knows what he’s doing."

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Hotel Monaco Wants to See Who Can Hold Their Beer

9-20-2012  |  Portland Food and Drink

"Don't miss special Oktoberfest Beer Cocktails and beer snacks from Red Star Tavern's Chef Kyle Rourke."

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Portland, Oregon Dining Guide

8-16-2012  |  Luxury Travel Mavens

"If you're in need of a watering hole...check out Red Star Tavern, home to the largest bourbon wall in Oregon. Head bartender Brandon Lockman mixes a mean drink (don't miss the 'Cuore Amaro' made with Hendrick's gin, Aperol and Lillet Blanc), and really understands the art of pairing cocktails with food, a skill lost on many. When I was in town, Lockman served French 75 (champagne cocktail) with fresh oysters, one of my all time favorite combinations. Classic!"

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The Best Roadtrips from Seattle

8-9-2012  |  Huffington Post

"If you're looking to splurge a bit and stay in a chic, modern spot, check out the Hotel Monaco Portland, a Kimpton Hotel. Despite its offbeat perks - namely, the evening cocktail hour set up with brushes, canvases, and easels for guests to paint with; or the offer of a free companion goldfish for your room - the hotel is decidedly upscale. Rooms are large, with bright, whimsical decor; local art is showcased on each floor and Red Star Tavern has a popular happy hour."

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Hotels for cocktail lovers

7-30-2012  |

"Just pull up a chair at the bar at Red Star Tavern and Roast House, home to Oregon's largest and most comprehensive bourbon wall. Here, Chef Kyle Rourke serves up a menu of small bites perfectly paired with specialty cocktails like the Ruby Gimlet, a delicious fusion of grapefruit vodka, elderflower and lime juice. Then there's the namesake Red Star Cocktail. With ingredients like vanilla vodka and a house-made citrus blend, it tastes just like a Sweet Tart (in a good way)!"

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Booze-Infused Desserts to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

7-19-2012  |  Luxury Travel Mavens

"Across the way, chef Kyle Rourke of Red Star Tavern in Portland (it's housed in a Kimpton property) is topping his Dutch apple pie ith Oregon cheddar pastry crust and a bourbon-infused ice cream."

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Where to Stay: Hotel Monaco Portland

7-13-2012  |  Style Jaunt

"Portland is a foodie's dream and Red Star Tavern & Roast House at Hotel Monaco is a local favorite. Cocktails are hand-crafted and imaginative, and whiskey flows freely. Regional American fare and small bites are the perfect complement to the drinks and the restaurant's relaxed atmosphere."

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A Perfect Bridal Beginning

5-2-2012  |  Oregon Bride

"Before ending the night, we walked through the hotel's gorgeous Red Star Tavern -- home to over 60 bourbons, and 45 scotches-- the perfect place for the groomsmen to gather their groom around a table and salute to his new beginnings. With a bourbon and scotch selection like that, the Red Star Tavern would be a fabulous place to invent your wedding's signature cocktail, which as we know it, is a fabulous way to personalize your reception."

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