Cheryl Wakerhauser opened Pix Patisserie in 2002 in an east side space barely bigger than a janitor’s closet. The small bakery earned a reputation for its astonishingly underpriced list of champagne, eventually establishing itself as one of the best places to drink bubbly in the entire country. In 2012, Wakerhauser decided to leave her old space behind for an upgrade—a nearly 3,000-square-foot expansion, complete with a 2,000-bottle wine cellar—with a new name, a selection of savory tapas served alongside Wakerhauser’s famous macarons and one of the best sherry lists on the West Coast. As one of Portland’s few wine-centric spots open until midnight and beyond, Bar Vivant is best enjoyed when your inhibitions are already compromised. Go big.
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- lots of sherry
- low wine markups
- bar menu
- outdoor / patio
- late night
What to drink
Double-fist a bottle of sherry and champagne with a selection of tapas to help buffer the effects.
When it's not raining, enjoy movies on the big screen on their outdoor patio, or a game of petanque with your bubbles.
For a place with just over half a million people, there is an outsize density of great wine to be consumed in ...