Food & Drink

30 fireplace-equipped PDX drinking spots

Published On 02/12/2014 Published On 02/12/2014
Paragon Restaurant
Radio Room
Doug Fir Lounge
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The Heathman Hotel
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1. Paragon Restaurant 1309 NW Hoyt St, Portland, OR 97209

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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