Food & Drink

30 fireplace-equipped PDX drinking spots

Published On 02/12/2014 Published On 02/12/2014

Fireplaces are good for two things: 1) Christmas present delivery, and 2) drinking next to while Portland gets battered by snow and freezing rain. Making sure the latter is even better than that year you got a Sega Genesis AND the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Wagon, is this epic list of 30 fireplace-equipped drinkeries, all arranged by neighborhood, so you can find the one closest to your house/ get your fireplace bar crawl on.

The Fireside
801 NW 23rd Ave
This place is so committed to open flames, they're serving campfire-inspired eats in a space dominated by an indoor fire-pit.

Casa del Matador
1438 NW 23rd Ave
Between the fireplace and the decently warming South-of-the-Border eats, you'll soon forget it was raining when you came in. And thanks to the killer tequila selection, you probably won't notice if it still is when you leave.

Cafe Nell
1987 NW Kearney St
The squat, cherry-lacquered brick fireplace is right in the middle of the dining room, where they're serving French classics like steak frites, and... um, Oregon Rockfish poached in butter.

801 NW 23rd Ave
It's getting hot in here, 'cause this cozy lodge has two stone fireplaces, so take off all your clothes.

Papa Haydn
701 NW 23rd Ave
Most known for their intricate desserts, the classic hearth and warm fireplace make this an irresistible date spot.

Ringside Steakhouse
14021 NE Glisan St
If the floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace isn't enough to get you inside, the best-on-the-west-coast onion rings probably are.

The Fixin’ To
8218 N Lombard St
Technically way northwest up in St. John’s, this blue collar spot has killer outdoor fire pits, which you should put off checking out 'til Portland's Summer starts around June... 2016.

Paragon Restaurant

Paragon Restaurant
1309 NW Hoyt St
The casually industrial eat/drink spot boasts a massive indoor fireplace, beside which you should be eating a yellow-and-white-cheddar grilled cheese w/ a fired egg & bacon.

Vault Martini Bar
226 NW 12th Ave
One of the premier and priciest cocktail lounges in The Pearl, Vault makes it worth the cost, thanks to a roaring fireplace with lots of seating, and a horseradish-infused vodka cocktail named after Diane Keaton.

1314 NW Glisan St
The dining room may be perennially packed, but cozy on up to the bar, where there's hardly any wait and one of the 'hood's best fireplaces.

120 NW 3rd Ave
Surprisingly intimate space for its location (and namesake) thanks to a fire-warmed interior, and a cozy courtyard out back. Bonus: haunted Shanghai Tunnels tours. (Yeah, yeah it’s technically in Chinatown.)

Irving Street Kitchen
701 NW 13th Ave
Gas fireplace embedded in wall, limited seating nearby though, so get there early and stake your claim.

Blue Moon Tavern
432 NW 21st Ave
Technically, it’s a McMenamin’s, but it does have a fireplace built right into your table, and the usually plentiful happy hours offering things like Third-Pound Cheeseburger, and Cajun tots.

Radio Room

Radio Room
1101 NE Alberta St
It's one of our favorite places to day drink (or would be, if we weren't too busy working at a sweet men's lifestyle site to do that sorta thing) thanks in part to its two outdoor fire pits.

Tonic Lounge
3100 NE Sandy Blvd
The beautiful open fire pit in the middle probably... waitforit!... gins up business by itself.

Overlook Family Restaurant
1332 N Skidmore St
Divey Greek spot with indoor fire pits and neon lighting. Huge menu, big portions, and bikers slurping Bloody Marys playing Video Crack.

3901A N Williams Ave
Shortly after man discovered fire came what is arguably man's second-most important invention: limited release, small-batch, barrel-aged brews on tap.

Kennedy School
5736 NE 33rd Ave
The biggest party school in the Pacific NW(!) has TWO fireplaces: one in The Detention Room - a cigar bar with wood-burning fireplace - and one in The Courtyard Restaurant - an outdoor space with fire pits and the old cafeteria seats.

Doug Fir Lounge

Doug Fir Lounge
830 E Burnside St
Awesome wood-lined indoor fireplace plus covered, outdoor patio with killer open fire pit. Maybe that’s why it’s one of our favorite late night spots.

Casa del Matador
2424 E Burnside St
Between the fireplace, the decently warming South-of-the-Border eats, you'll soon forget it was raining when you came in. And thanks to the killer tequila sele... wait, this sounds familiar. Yep, there're two of these Seattle-based bars.

1800 E Burnside S
The last part of this place's name is presumably what they do to this in their outdoor fire pit, but is also what someones done to you if they tell you to go out there and wait for 'em by it before, like July.

600 E Burnside St
C’mon, it’s been voted the best outdoor patio in Portland!

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A Roadside Attraction
1000 SE 12th Ave
Outdoor covered fire pit that you must tend to, ensuring that wherever you end up, you’ll look, smell, and feel like you just went camping.

Lucky Devil
633 SE Powell Blvd
As if you weren’t already planning on spending some time here.

Blitz Ladd
2239 SE 11th Ave
There’s a fireplace, but you have to ask yourself, is it worth it?

Claudia’s Sports Pub
3006 SE Hawthorne Blvd
With free wifi and 16 satellite streams, the fireplace is just icing on the cake at this sports hang.

Sapphire Hotel
5008 SE Hawthorne Blvd
We really shouldn't tell y’all about this place. Not only is there a dope fireplace, but the quirky charm of this place has been helping those in-the-know get ladies... um, in-the-somewhere-else for years.

The Heathman Hotel

The Heathman Hotel
1001 SW Broadway
Elegant white marble in the Heathman’s Tea Court Lounge. Plush chairs, plusher environment.

The Rookery at The Raven and Rose
1331 SW Broadway
Vaulted ceilings, pool tables, and a fireside flatscreen.

Nel Centro
1408 SW 6th Ave
Outdoor patio with long, sleek black marble fire pit in Hotel Modera.

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1. Paragon Restaurant 1309 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

With an open, spacious interior, Paragon plates upscale pub eats in their combo art gallery/resto in The Pearl. Stop in for a cocktail by their cozy fireplace.

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2. Meriwether's Restaurant 2601 NW Vaughn St, Portland, OR 97210 (Nw Portland)

A tucked-away cozy lodge with two stone fireplaces, Meriwether's serves only the produce they grow at their own farm, with a Mediterranean-inspired menu.

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3. Casa del Matador Restaurant & Tequila Bar 1438 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 (Nw Portland)

With killer eats like grilled, stuffed jalapenos and oh so much more, this resto and tequilary will satisfy your Mexican cravings, with outposts in NW and EastBurn.

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4. The Fireside 801 NW 23rd Ave, Portland, OR 97210 (Nob Hillalphabet Dist)

Fireside burns bright in the space once occupied by Music Millenium, a favored music store in the neighborhood. These days it's all about a different sound -- that of guests eating outdoor-inspired American eats by Chef Henry Kibit in a dining room with a U-shaped bar framed by two fireplaces. Sharable snacks and small plates make up most of the menu, ranging from "pig candy" with bitters syrup and local bee pollen to grilled lamb kebabs with beet & harissa yogurt. Still, larger entrees like saucy cheeseburgers and herb-buttered steak beat campfire-warmed cans of beans. The cocktails -- notably the Feelin' Funky, loaded with cachaca, Cynar, lemon and pineapple -- will get your inner fire going.

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5. Vault Martini Bar 226 NW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Alberta Arts Dist)

With bar eats that range from charcuterie to cheese plates, Vault Martini serves up creative cocktails, with over 100 versions of their namesake libation.

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6. RingSide Steakhouse 2165 W Burnside St, Portland, OR 97210 (Nw Portland)

RingSide is one of Portland’s most classic steakhouses, serving some of the best cuts of steak, chops, and chicken entrees in town. While the fries are predictably good, it’s the spicy cheese Jojo’s with Parmesan and herbs during happy hour that steal the show. This spot also boasts a serious stash of wine, featuring more than 700 labels.

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7. Andina 1314 NW Glisan St, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

With Latin-inspired music playing every night, Andina serves up creative Peruvian eats and tapas like their seared yellowfin tuna topped with orange zest and lima bean tacu tacu garnish.

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8. Irving Street Kitchen 701 NW 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97209 (Pearl District)

Irving Street Kitchen's got a classic space with wood-accented bar and serves up a killer Bloody Mary.

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9. Radio Room 1101 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211 (Ne Portland)

Part diner, part bar, part rooftop lounge, the triple-threat Radio Room pours stiff drinks from sunup to sundown, plus it serves up an endless breakfast to go along with the endless cast of characters who call it home.

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10. Overlook Restaurant 1332 N Skidmore St, Portland, OR 97217 (Ne Portland)

This diner serves up classic breakfast eats any time of day. Stop by for comfort food, like their famed chicken fried steak.

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11. Rookery 1331 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 (Sw Portland)

Entering The Rookery Bar, housed in the historic 1883 Ladd Carriage house right above British tavern Raven & Rose, feels like stepping into an old boys' club. It's all too easy to assume a "dandy chap" pose when you're sitting sitting fireside in an armchair, sinking further in with every sip from your Manhattan. Any of the classic cocktails poured here will get you in the mood, really, and the proprietary concoctions are given so much care, you'd mistake them for old standards (try Caroline's Fancy: reposado tequila, curacao, cardamom bitters). The kitchen nods to Irish and English inspirations, with fish & chips, shepherd's pie and London broil feeding tipplers under the vaulted ceilings. Stir in some regular live Irish folk music, a bold green billiards table, and a rare liquor selection and the entire experience is intoxicating.

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12. Sidebar 3901 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227 (Ne Portland)

This tasting room adjacent to Lompoc is where you can enjoy their speciality/seasonal brews, or even purchase a keg to-go!

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13. Kennedy School 5736 NE 33rd, Portland, OR 97211 (Concordia)

A former elementary school, Kennedy School has been converted into a swanky hotel that features 57 guest rooms, a restaurant, a movie theater and a brewery. If that last part piqued your interest, you'll be delighted to know that there's a selection of standards and seasonals to rival any non-hotel-based craft breweries in the area.

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14. Doug Fir Lounge 830 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 (Lower Burnside)

This triple-threat bar, lounge, and restaurant near Buckman stuns with an entirely wood interior (right down to its chandeliers) with a rustic and interior vibe ideal for date nights. The American fare offers modern takes on staples like mac & cheese and bar food like buffalo wings, along with some of the best burgers in the city. The Fir Burger's decked with local cheddar, house-made pickles, and bacon on a soft brioche bun.

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15. EastBurn 1800 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 (Kerns)

With casual dining and a skiball-intensive beer ball downstairs -- plus swinging hammock chairs everywhere and swinging benches at its courtyard tables -- EastBurn is a neighborhood mainstay. There’s also full dinner service outside, making this bar close to being a restaurant.

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16. Rontoms 600 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97214 (Buckman)

A covered patio and fire pit bring a cabin-like ambiance to this event venue and bar in East Portland. The rustic and cavernous space is decked out with mid-century modern touches, but peep the outside patio area: you have two (count 'em!) options for wine-ing and lounging. One is covered, has a bar, and serves as a music venue during the summer, and the other is a sprawling wooden deck filled with bamboo.

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17. Roadside Attraction 1000 SE 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

The front yard of Roadside Attraction feels like a Secret Garden, as most the tables are covered by low-hanging vegetation, and it’s almost entirely blocked off from the street. It’s an iconic Portland location: rustic, quirky, dark, and frustratingly cash only. But what more do you expect from a beer bar attached to a thrift shop?

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18. Lucky Devil Lounge 633 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97202 (Se Portland)

Inspired by a 1960s Playboy vibe, Lucky Devil Lounge brings wild themes to their velvet-lined stages.

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19. Claudia's 3006 SE Hawthorne, Portland, OR 97214 (Se Portland)

Southeast's Claudia's is home to supercharged fans, who on Sundays (And sometimes Mondays! And sometimes Thursdays! And 'cause they’re just that crazy, even one Saturday!) can be found amidst the ridiculous/ ridiculously comfy, high-backed, bar-side captain's chairs, pointed toward the huge projection screen, or checking their fantasy stats via free wi-fi.

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20. The Heathman Hotel 1001 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

Looking for luxury everything, personal assistance, and a sure way to satisfy your inner-diva? Book a stay at The Heathman Hotel.



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