We’ve officially entered another Portland summer, where day-hikes, farmers markets, movies in the park, beer festivals, backyard grillin’ and patio chillin’ are a part of the daily agenda. With the short window of warm, long nights we get each year, how can you blame us for taking every advantage of this glorious season as we can? Whether you’re just visiting, newly transplanted, or a seasoned local, you should know that it’s impossible to do summer right without sipping many an ice-cold beer on some of the amazing bar and restaurant patios the city has to offer. Below, check out our top fifteen spots for hanging out under the sun and enjoying the finer things in life.
The NW Pearl District’s newest hop-haven comes in the form of Bend-based 10 Barrel Brewing, who’ve taken their outdoor service game to the next level, literally, with an amazing rooftop patio. The newly-opened 1600 square-foot rooftop space celebrates its first Portland summer with 80 seats and sun-soaked views. Order pub grub such as mussels and frites, bacon jam burgers, or build-your-own pizzas while sipping their award-winning Crush cucumber sour beer.
Open Daily 11:30am-2:30am
Southeast Division’s Apex Bar provides patrons with over 50 beers on tap (not to mention 250+ bottles), and a great patio for enjoying them. The tap list is constantly changing, but you can check out their current list on their website. This bike-friendly bar has pinball and cold taps at affordable prices. A few things to know before you go: the patio is not dog-friendly, it’s cash-only, and it doesn’t serve food. However, Los Gorditos next door pairs pretty damn well with a few tasty pints.
Open Daily 11am-2pm
Happy Hour Daily 4-6pm
The former Baptist church turned music venue, Mississippi Studios and Bar Bar provide one of the city’s most popular patios. With exceptionally curated live music happening here most nights of the week, come to catch your favorite local and touring bands and stay for one of their famous burgers. Where else in town can $10 bucks score you a grass-fed Painted Hills cheeseburger topped with onion rings, with a side of fries and a Rainier? Enjoy summer evenings on the massive Bar Bar patio with a date, sipping a cocktail by the fire-pit and watching classic black and white movies on the outdoor screen.
Happy Hour Daily 3-6pm
It’s hard to think of a more well-rounded bar and restaurant in Portland than EastBurn. The joint has it all: an amazing happy hour, late-night menu, excellent selection of craft beers, and three different spaces that are each entirely unique. The upstairs dining room offers a seasonal menu, movies on a big screen, and live music. Downstairs, you’ll find skee-ball, DJs, and free stand-up comedy. Then there’s the patio, equipped with swinging chairs, fire-pit tables, and a selection of fun board games. Come on Tuesdays when craft pints are only $2.50 all day, which is one of the best deals in Portland.
Happy Hour Sun-Thurs 4-6pm and 9-close, Fri-Sat 4-6pm and 10-close
With the motto “We Fear No Beer,” you would expect Green Dragon to have an epic selection of taps. The Buckman brewpub doesn’t disappoint, offering 62 tap beer options. Owned by Rogue Brewery, Green Dragon was named one of the 100 Best Places to Drink Beer in America by Imbibe Magazine. Come and soak up some Vitamin D on their dog-friendly and spacious outdoor patio. The bar also offers a full menu and large selection of board games, so pick your poison: Jenga or Candyland.
One of only a handful of country bars in Portland, Southeast Division’s Landmark Saloon is the place to go for live honky tonk, cold beers, and a spacious outdoor patio. Live music happens nightly and Wednesdays are for the appropriate Whiskey Wednesdays. The patio has a food cart, corn hole, and sunny space that encourages drinking vodka-spiked sweet tea. The food is no-frills but good, the crowd is chill, and no one cares what you’re wearing. Landmark Saloon is the perfect old-school escape in New Portland.
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-5pm and during all Blazers/Timbers Games
Northeast’s Migration Brewing has a lot to offer: excellent beer, a menu that goes beyond wings and nachos, and a comfortable outdoor space. Stake a claim at an umbrella-shaded picnic table and order a summer-worthy beer. A suggestion? The Blood, Sweat, and Red: a rosy-colored medium-body ale with fresh citrus notes. $3 pints on Mondays, deals during Blazers/Timbers games, and dart boards sweeten the pot.
Happy Hour Daily 4-6pm and Monday all night
The alphabet district’s North 45 is known for four things: Belgian beer, whiskey, mussels, and an epic patio. If you’re a fan of any of these things, there’s no doubt you’ll feel right at home in the neighborhood pub. Take a seat beneath string lights at one of the picnic tables and order from the 150 bottle long whiskey list. If you come for dinner, ordering the mussels are a must. Choose between seven different preparations of the shellfish, from red curry to coconut lemongrass. Bonus: Monday’s feature an all-night happy hour. What better way to start your week?
Open Daily 2pm-2:30am
Happy Hour Daily 2-6pm
Most find their way inside Northwest’s Paymaster Lounge out of curiosity or mere accident. With the misleading original “Check Writers and Signers” sign still hanging out front, it can be all easy to let confusion keep you from discovering this gem. Those who do enter and make their way out to the amazing back patio are instantly rewarded. The sunny, airy space is completely covered and provides perfect shelter from our you-never-know-when-it-may-rain weather. Come to Paymaster for their slushy cocktails, upgraded bar food, and to shoot some outdoor pool.
Open Daily 3pm-1am
Happy Hour Daily 3-6pm
In perfect homage to the fantastical Tom Robbins novel, visiting Roadside Attraction is like being transported to another world. This Southeast dive bar is, like all good things, unique, lovable, and a little weird. Although it’s a cash-only bar, and the quirky decor makes it look like one big garage sale, it’s a local favorite for good reason. Throw back a cold one on their foliage-filled patio, complete with a fire-pit, picnic tables, swings, and tons of random knick-knacks. Fan of cheap beer? It’s one of the few remaining places in the city to get one.
Happy Hour Daily 3-6:30pm
Ah, Rontoms. Portland’s ultimate hipster haven. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying the ambiance of this rustic modern bar and it’s massive back patio with an architecturally remarkable wooden covering. The mid-century inspired space houses a fireplace, ping-pong table, and lots of greenery. The relatively healthy menu features an array herbivore friendly courses from beet and goat cheese terrine to a portabella sandwich or pulled jackfruit tacos. Carnivores can rejoice over their deliciously juicy burgers, an on point french dip, seared ahi and more. Stop by on Sunday nights for excellently curated live music from local and touring acts alike, always cover-free.
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-6pm
Order a beer flight and claim a seat outside on the patio of Stormbreaker Brewing. Sprawl out on handcrafted benches while sipping craft beer in front of cozy fire-pits. Sounds so Portland already, doesn’t it? The Mississippi brewery offers a full menu, happy hour, and late-night specials. Order the Meat Plate, a carnivore’s dream of Olympia Provisions goods, sweet pickles, and house-made liver mousse, with a seasonal beer. Try the When I Fruit, I Fruit for the Timbers: an easy-drinking summer blonde ale aged with 180 pounds of cantaloupe. Also keep an eye out for Stormbreaker’s summer events, including putt putt and trivia nights.
Happy Hour Mon-Fri 3-6pm
Woodlawn’s Tamale Boy not only has amazing tamales in the vast tamale desert of Portland, but a great outdoor space. Their ultra-colorful patio is large, bright, fun, and both dog- and kid-friendly. Order the guacamole, made fresh table-side, and sip refreshing aguas frescas on especially hot, sunny days. They offer plenty of vegan and vegetarian options and host a weekday happy hour from 3-6.
Open Daily 1pm-2am
Happy Hour Daily 3-6pm
V is very much for Vendetta. North William’s Vendetta hosts a daily happy hour in addition to several weekday specials. Come on Mondays for $3.50 wells all night and on Sundays for $1.50 Rainier pints and $6 pitchers. The outdoor space is vast and offers tons of tree-shaded seating. Order a cheesesteak, play some shuffleboard, and grab a vodka lemonade at this laid-back spot.
Open Daily 3pm-Late
Happy Hour Daily 3-6pm
Make your way to Industrial District’s White Owl Social Club to find Portland’s largest outdoor patio. The 12,000 square-foot space provides plenty of seating suitable for sipping ice-cold libations and noshing on inventive bar fare. The dog-friendly patio is complete with a fire-pit for s’mores roasting, undeniably making it a Portland summer hotspot. White Owl has a happy hour every day from 3-6 and makes an epic vegan burger that PDX omnivores go nuts for. Check their calendar for upcoming live musical performances and movie nights when they take the projector outside.