No Bones Beach Club offers taro sandwiches, jackfruit flautas, and drinks served in shark glasses.

Years ago, I led a merry band on a mission to ride the happy hour wave as long as we could, not settling for some mere two- or three-hour window. We survived, wallets and bellies pleasantly full. This marathon-not-sprint approach is a great way to explore a neighborhood while ticking restaurants off of your growing “to-visit” list. This year, we headed to North Portland in search of burgers, Corpse Reviver Jell-O shots, and vegan tiki. Follow our itinerary, or patch together your own crawl. Tips: pick a weekday (weekend happy hours are less common), and maybe send an advance scout ahead to get an order in before your next destination’s happy hour ends.

1:30 p.m. Life of Pie

Our annual commencement—one of the best and longest-duration happy hours in the city. For seven consecutive hours, Life of Pie offers $4 pints and glasses of wine, plus very good $5 wood-fired margherita pizza. Happy hour: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, 3632 N Williams Ave

3 p.m. Stormbreaker Brewing

Cruise over to Mississippi Avenue for a pint and a soft pretzel with beer cheese ($5) or the towering, chili con queso–drenched nachos ($8). Happy hour: 3–6 p.m. Mon–Fri, 832 N Beech St

4 p.m. Bar Bar

Patio-hop to this mate of music venue Mississippi Studios. Burgers are always $7, but save a buck on drafts, house wine, and cocktails. Happy hour: 4–6 p.m. daily, 3939 N Mississippi Ave

4:45 p.m. Interurban

One block north of Bar Bar, craft cocktail temple Interurban molds the requisite craft Jell-O shot (recently a dangerously delicious Corpse Reviver, $2). Slurp ’em down post-haste or stay for the cocktails, inexpensive whiskey, pints, and wine for a cool $26. Happy hour: 4–6 p.m. Mon–Fri, 4057 N Mississippi Ave

5 p.m. No Bones Beach Club

Against all odds, the words “vegan” and “tiki” are a match made in heaven. Try the jackfruit flautas and beer-battered avocado tacos at this double-decker, philanthropic bar, or spring for the creamy $7 piña colada, complete with a dark rum float and decorative orchid. Happy hour: 4–6 p.m. Tue–Fri, 3928 N Mississippi Ave

5:30 p.m. Quaintrelle

Splash some water on your face for the seasonal, veg-heavy restaurant next door, where you can round out the night on a low note ($2 cans and $5 shots) or a high note ($2 oysters, $8 beef carpaccio, and $13 mussels and merguez stew). Happy hour: 5–6:30 p.m. Wed–Sat and all day Sun at the bar, 3936 N Mississippi Ave

6:45 p.m. The Alibi

Shuffle over to N Interstate Avenue for a menu of $6 snacks and $1 off drafts and wells at PDX’s oldest tiki bar. Catch some sun on the deserted patio and order a plate of salty-sticky-sweet shoyu chicken wings, and the Miami Vice: a swirly piña colada–strawberry daiquiri slushy. Keep the party rolling until 9 p.m., when the legendary karaoke venue flips on the amplifier. Happy hour: 2–7 p.m. Mon–Sat and all day Sun, 4024 N Interstate Ave

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