In the fall of 2018, Portlanders were invited past a nearly hidden door in the Pearl down a flight of stone steps. Beyond it, the stylish, subterranean cocktail lounge Botanist (also known as Botanist House) served cocktails from a gin-heavy menu that often brought ingredients from the kitchen to the drinks, and vice versa. Nooks built into the stone walls held rare and obscure liquors, and beverage director and co-owner Robbie Wilson, often donning a kitty-superhero apron, would share some of his favorite new concoctions, maybe something with a fat-washed spirit, or locally harvested honey. But almost exactly three years later, Botanist has closed its doors for good.
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