If you’ve had a challenging year (and… hello! Who hasn’t?), we’ve got just the thing to make life a little more fun: It’s the Portland Mercury's Shot & Beer Week! That’s correct: For one glorious week, your favorite local bars and restaurants will be serving up a one-of-a-kind, creative “shot & a beer” pairing—and all for the low price of $8!

This year’s Shot & Beer extravaganza runs from NOVEMBER 8-14, and is graciously sponsored by our generous pals at Jim Beam! But before you go racing off to your nearest location, keep a few things in mind...

Drink responsibly! Be safe and smart with your Shot & Beer consumption—and NEVER drink and drive.

Be patient! If your favorite bar is slammed, be cool—it’ll all get sorted soon enough, and there are plenty of other Shot & Beer locations to choose from! And if you want to help things going smoothly, pay in cash—it’ll save time, and your server will appreciate it. Speaking of which....

Tip your bartenders, and order food! While the entire purpose of Shot & Beer week are those dee-licious $8 heavenly pairings, we've made sure each participating location also has great food! So relax, grab a bite, and let your bartenders and waitstaff know how much you appreciate them.

Folks: The Mercury’s Shot & Beer Week helps everybody—you’re supporting local bars and restaurants during a very difficult time, you’re helping the Mercury continue to produce their hot-stuff journalism, AND you’re taking the edge off what’s been a very difficult year. See? EVERYBODY WINS.

So don’t miss the Mercury’s Shot & Beer Week, coming at ya November 8-14. It’s a double-shot of FUN!

Cosmo Lounge, Hazic PaloMo
Cosmo Lounge, "Hazic PaloMo"