Food & Drink

The 11 best places to drink by a fire in Portland

Published On 12/10/2014 Published On 12/10/2014

We already gave you 30 spots with fireplaces, and that was pretty cool, but now that it's, like, cold again, we figured it was time to bring you a list of the 11 best places in Portland to eat/drink by the fire -- from white tablecloth'd spots to outdoor fire pit-equipped boozers -- plus what to eat/drink when you get there...

Matador Restaurants

Casa del Matador

What you’re getting: The cucumber-jalapeño margarita with a chipotle salted rim
This long-time favorite Tex-Mex spot may remind you of an old gothic Spanish train station, but this stop has a killer $5 late-night menu (10pm-1am, every night), with spicy fried calamari and ancho-chili wings that'll go with your doubly spicy cocktail.

Doug Fir Lounge

Doug Fir Lounge

What you’re getting: Dark 'N Stormy with the Kraken rum and ginger beer
This music-centric lounge and bar attached to the Jupiter Hotel is all done up with neon, antlers, leather, and repurposed wood -- it’s a little Twin Peaks, a little bit Tron -- and it's serving things like Wagyu beef burgers, fish & chips, and seasonal slices of pie, but you should start with this 'tail that's like the weather outside. For the next 6 months.

RingSide Steakhouse

RingSide Steakhouse

What you’re getting: The Smokey Martini (half scotch, half vodka)
This old-school steakhouse has been carving dry-aged slabs of beef in PDX for more than seven decades, it’ll make you miss your Grandpa, and wish he was picking up the tab.

The Fireside

The Fireside

What you’re getting: The Jolly Old Elf -- hot chocolate with tequila, chili liquor & a house-made marshmallow
It would be a cruel joke if this casual eatery didn’t have a fireplace, but, of course, they have more than one to choose from, plus a local ingredient-heavy menu that boasts house churned butter, charcuterie, and crispy duck legs, as well as this appropriately hot chocolate-and-chili-based beverage.

The Benson Hotel

What you’re getting: Irish Coffee
Under all the garland and poinsettias this time of year you’ll find the Palm Court bar in the lobby, it’s the classic holiday spot for a warm drink by the fire. You’ll feel like you’re on an episode of Mad Men, so order a classic cocktail at the bar, grab a couch or a lounge chair, and be cool, like Draper. But, you know, warm 'cause there's a fire.

Stormbreaker Brewing

StormBreaker Brewing

What you’re getting: StormBreaker Winter Coat
This newish brewpub took over the old home of Amnesia Brewing, and they’re serving some dark and tasty seasonal suds, including this one named for what you should be wearing this time of year, also, there’s a full menu of “Stormburgers” sandwiches and shared plates to be enjoyed out by the fit pit.

White Owl Social Club

White Owl Social Club

What you’re getting: Build your own s’mores
This bar might seem all tough with its loud metal music and industrial exterior, but it’s mostly for show ‘cause they love their frozen drinks named after Tom Cruise during the summer and the camaraderie of making your own s’mores table-side in the winter. That said, the fire pit in back is big enough for your entire band to sit around.

Radio Room

Radio Room

What you’re getting: Rosemary’s Toddy with apple-cinnamon-rosemary bourbon
This cafe-by-day, lounge-by-night spot, is open 365 days a year and has two large fire pits, plus a heated loft-style patio that gives you a place to drink and eat brunch outside on even the coldest days.

Multnomah Whisky Library

Multnomah Whiskey Library

What you’re getting: Tom and Jerry with bourbon, rum, warm milk, and meringue
This booze athenaeum may bring back memories of studying until all hours of the night in college (that is, if you went to an Ivy league school), but it's way better because instead of textbooks, there are thousands of bottles of hooch.

EastBurn Eat Drink Play


What you’re getting: Pear Toddy with Clear Creek Brandy
At this restaurant you can choose to sit in a swing instead of a boring old chair. And a few of the outdoor tables have fire pits in the center, which just makes their “recess” way more fun. That’s what they call happy hour (Monday through Friday 3-6pm).

Claudia’s Sports Pub and Grill

Claudia’s Sports Pub and Grill

What you're getting: The “Boss” burger with egg, ham, and bacon
This long-time, like almost 60 years long, sports pub and poker spot has “let’s go watch football and have several drinks” written all over it. If you can't score a table by the fire, have said several drinks in the big blue captain chairs that line the bar facing the TVs.

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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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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. The Benson Hotel 309 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205

You’ll find the Palm Court bar in the lobby, it’s the classic holiday spot for a warm drink by the fire. You’ll feel like you’re on an episode of Mad Men, so order up a classic cocktail at the bar and grab a couch or a lounge chair, and be cool.

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6. StormBreaker Brewing 832 N Beech St, Portland, OR 97227

This newish brewpub took is serving some dark and tasty seasonal suds, also, there’s a full menu of “Stormburgers,” sandwiches, and share plates to be enjoyed out by the fit pit.

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7. White Owl Social Club 1305 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214 (Hawthorne Dist)

A bar, restaurant, and music venue all rolled into one, White Owl Social Club is typically brimming with west-side hipsters, young suburbanites, and... pups! That's right, this Buckman spot is dog-friendly, boasting a Wednesday Yappy Hour, when dog owners are treated to drink specials, their furry friends are treated to, well, treats, and there's even a show-and-tell that brings pooches in from shelters for playtime and possible adoption. No matter when you stop in, you'll find excellent craft cocktails and plenty of scrumptious bites like jalapeño poppers, brussels sprouts, and burgers in both vegan and bacon-cheddar varieties.

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8. 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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9. Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library 1124 SW Alder St, Portland, OR 97205 (Downtown)

If you're a whiskey fan, Multnomah Whisk{e}y Library in Portland is worth a trip. One of the best whiskey bars in the country, it has more than 1,500 whiskeys stacked along a huge brick wall, and in true library fashion, they're accessible by a sliding ladder. Roaming bartenders serve drinks from bar carts, and they know more about whiskey than you ever will, so trust them. You can buy a membership to the semi-gentlemen's club to reserve a table ahead of time, otherwise you'll have to wait a few hours for a seat on peak nights with the rest of the non-members. You can always buy a one-time "Hall Pass" to skip the line though.

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10. 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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11. 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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