Named for its position against the confluence of two rivers, this emerging neighborhood boasts local institutions young and old, and a history unlike any other.
Things to Do
The East Bottoms boomed in the 1800s, and after a period of relative decline is now humming along with thoughtful revitalization that pays homage to the past and present. Nowhere is that more evident than J. Rieger & Co. distillery. Founded in 1887 in the adjacent West Bottoms, the distillery boarded its doors during Prohibition. The “monogram” remained quiet until the namesake’s great-great-great-grandson joined a local restaurateur to revive the distillery in 2014 in the historic Heim Brewery in the East Bottoms. Sign up for a tour to watch—and taste—the making of whiskey, vodka and gin. Soon enough you’ll be saying their classic slogan, “O! So good.”
Just across the street, another historic building pulses with life. Housed in the site of a former boardinghouse for rail workers, Knuckleheads Saloon is now a destination for musicians and music lovers alike. With indoor and outdoor main stages, a cross-street venue labeled “The Garage” and an intimate lounge for jam sessions, it’s no wonder Knuckleheads received the Blues Foundation’s "Keeping Blues Alive" award for Best Blues Club.