Portlanders take their patios as seriously as mailmen take their routes: rain, snow, sleet, hail, or hipsters be damned, we're outside all year long. And as the sun comes out for its annual visitation, we're counting down our seven favorite places the city has to offer.
The Patio Power Rank: The seven finest outdoor drinking spots in Portland
7. Salty's on the Columbia
3839 NE Marine; NE Portland; 503.288.4444
A two-tiered patio hovering over the mighty Columbia, Salty's outdoor seating area is the only spot in PDX that's directly overlooking Lewis & Clark's favorite river. Unfortunately, said river is waaaay the hell North, meaning you might run out of ox meat or get dysentery en route. But the view's worth the risk.
6. Noble Rot
1111 E Burnside; Lower Burnside; 503.233.1999
The Eastside's best -- and possibly only -- rooftop bar has become a perfect place to watch the sun set over the West hills and, more importantly, walk among the Rot's indigenous species: super-hot, well-dressed wine chicks, who come out to graze on pork belly and cheese.
4306 N Williams; Williams/Vancouver; 503.288.1085
The inconspicuous NoPo chill spot's drab front hides a gigantic patio that feels a lot like somewhere David Carradine might hang out: a
shady closet in Thailand Zen-like garden populated w/ picnic tables and hanging lights. Just be sure to bring your hipster repellent during the Summer.
4237 N Mississippi; Mississippi Ave; 503.954.2674
Zee most popular German bierhall in NoPo has all the essentials: chicks drinking out of boots, schnitzel that's the shizzle, and a commitment to German beer so strong, they insist on serving beers only in each brand's signature stein. Even better, they've got a bar right on the massive patio, so you can order your Spaten without losing your seat in the sun.
3. Rose & Thistle
2314 NE Broadway; NE Portland; 503.287.8582
An authentically dark and dingy Scots pub on the inside, the RAT's hiding a patio out back that's bigger than William Wallace: a two-tiered monument to day-drinking that proves that haggis always tastes better with a little extra sun.
2. Roadside Attraction
1000 SE 12th; SE Portland; 503.233.0743
In case a beer-intensive bar that looks like an old opium den and has a thrift store attached to it isn't Portland enough, Roadside's also got the lumberjack thing down pat with a front yard stacked w/ load-em-yourself fire pits and handmade wood shanties. All that's missing is live music... oh, wait -- they have that too.
525 SW Morrison; Downtown; 503.802.5370
Located smack in the middle of downtown on the 15th floor of the Nines, Departures' rooftop patio has a panoramic view of downtown, a steady flow of good-looking people chilling on outdoor couches, a killer happy hour special, a futuristic Miami Vice vibe, and hybridized Asian food by one of PDX's hottest chefs that'll totally have people calling you Tubbs.
1. Salty's on the Columbia3939 N Marine Dr, Portland
2. Noble Rot1111 E Burnside St, Portland
3. Vendetta4306 N Williams Ave, Portland
4. Prost4237 N Mississippi Ave, Portland
5. Rose & Thistle2314 NE Broadway St, Portland
6. Roadside Attraction1000 SE 12th Ave, Portland
7. Departure Restaurant & Lounge525 SW Morrison St, Portland
Salty's on the Columbia is a seafood and steak resto boasting some awesome views of the river from their outdoor patio.
Offering scenic views of Portland, Noble Rot's a wine bar with a serious vino menu (they've got 300+ bottles in stock from small wineries in the Pacific Northwest and across Europe). Noble Rot's always topping out best of Portland lists, and for good reason; It's a solid date spot with great happy hour specials, and awesome dinner menu, and a great rooftop bar.
The inside of Vendetta, a friendly and not-too-hip neighborhood bar, is basically a very large garage, entirely concrete with wide warehouse doors. The comfort-food inspired menu includes Portland French bread sandwiches -- such as the popular pulled pork or cheesecake -- and daily happy hour specials. Vendetta also boasts a lovely, 3000sqft patio with gravel pathways and plenty of plants and picnic tables
This German biergarten and restaurant on Mississippi offers an authentic Teutonic experience, with its braunschweiger (pâté), Bavarian pretzel, and wurst sampler. Portland’s best bar for German biers is also one of the best bars for outdoor drinking, especially if you’re looking to enjoy a liter of lager without the confines of a ceiling. This dog-friendly patio has an outdoor bar, perfect for any occasion.
Rose & Thistle is a Scottish-style pub tucked away in NE Portland, with a secret patio that you can enjoy while sipping on authentic drafts.
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?
Located in the Nines Hotel, The Departure serves authentic pan-Asian cuisine -- such as sushi, dim sum, and kushiyaki, along with vegan and gluten-free items-- and creative cocktails in a scenic, double balconied setting with a great outdoor seating area and sweeping views of downtown PDX. Try the Tasho Macho, the venue's longest-surviving drink, which is an Asian fusion take on the Moscow mule.