Saraveza Bottleshop & Pasty Tavern
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Saraveza is the sum of its parts, a series of short stories that capture a time and place through its smells, sounds and sights. It’s the scent of sausage being smoked on North Michigan Avenue. It’s the nostalgic sounds of 1960s surf guitar and the lush schmaltz of Percy Faith and Mantovani. And it’s the vibrant Packer green and yellow walls crowded with vintage mirrors, signs, lamps, and cans tagged with the German names of the Midwest’s most storied brewing families: Stroh's, Schmidt, Schlitz, Blatz and, of course, Pabst. But what makes Wisconsin transplant Sarah Pedersen's bottle shop shine is its dedication to craft beer and Midwestern cuisine. And, the best way for Midwestern expats to make the most of their time—and money—is to settle onto a stool or into a booth for a weekday happy hour. Try the housemade link sausage, served with a side of lightly griddled sauerkraut, or an order of tart and tangy purpled eggs, pickled in beet juice and deviled with plush whipped egg yolks. Pints are $1 off, but, because it is a bottle shop, you can take your discounted bottles and growlers with you when you go. And even though Saraveza's pasties are not on the happy hour menu, you should do yourself a favor and order one anyway. (If you've ever eaten one while visiting Michigan's Upper Peninsula, you'll know not to skip these.) Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. But should you find yourself staying past that time on the second Monday of the month, Saraveza has found another way to say "thank you" with an understated generosity, typical of Midwesterns, that every Portlander can get behind: Every second Monday, from 6 p.m. to close, each craft beer you order comes with one complimentary slice of bacon that's been cured in-house.