with an approachable food menu featuring elevated classic comfort food in Southwest Portland, Oregon. Owned and operated by Zaryab Sheikh, guests can escape from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Portland and step into an unpretentious, social atmosphere of exceptional food and drink, great conversation, and comfortable, yet refined style in one of Portland’s oldest downtown buildings.
great conversation, comfortable, yet refined style in one of Portland’s oldest downtown buildings. Chef Allen offers an approachable menu of classic pub favorites like burgers, steaks, and salads, which pay homage to classic neighborhood pub fare. Hints of global cuisine, inspired by Zar’s travels around the world, are also integrated throughout the menu. The beverage program, inspired by Zar’s favorite signature cocktails and regional wines, is comprised of standout, premium cocktails made with quality liquor made from top international and local distillers. Bar Manager Cody Miller created a cocktail menu filled with unique interpretations of approachable, trending cocktails of the time, but that also reflect the bar’s ambience: warm, inviting, and personable.
We are currently expanding and adding an outdoor patio. Please join us again soon for great outdoor music and events.
Zaryab Sheikh, better known as Zar, is Owner of ZARZ on First in Southwest Portland, Oregon, a neighborhood bar with an approachable food menu featuring elevated classic comfort food. Sheikh graduated from the University of Portland in 1979 with his master’s degree in Business. Prior to venturing into the hospitality industry he spent almost two decades as a VP of Operations & Finance for Circle International (now CEVA Logistics). During his time at CEVA, he was also stationed in Europe where he began to find his inner passion for food and drink. His eclectic taste in great cuisine and even better cocktails led him to some of the most well known dive bars and restaurants in Europe - Rules, the oldest restaurant in London, The Fat Duck and The Waterside Inn, two well-known three-star Michelin star restaurants in Bray, are some of his favorites. He eventually moved back to his home in Portland after 16 years with CEVA and embarked on his own venture, where he now owns and operates four hotels throughout the Pacific Northwest including one in Troutdale, two in The Dalles and one in Pasco, Washington.
Trina Paquette is General Manager of Zarz Bar on First in Southwest Portland, Oregon. She began his career in the food and drink industry in the spring of 2007, leading the front of the house team at McGilvras in Seattle. Soon after, Paquette was managing Nicks Off Market also in Seattle. After Nicks sold Trina ventured to Honduras where she managed "Roatan Oasis" I Roatan Island.
Cody Miller is the Bar Manager. Miller has been in the hospitality industry for more than two decades with lead Bartending experience at Greek Cusina, Rogue Public House and Bartini.