Bars & Nightlife

3 Outdoor Pop-Up Bars to Try Before Summer Ends

Drink in a parking lot, a driveway, or a hop field.

By Margaret Seiler August 20, 2021

The 19th Hole

A lot of local bars have stepped up their outdoor game in the pandemic, but these summertime pop-ups are all outside, all the time, and they won’t be around forever. 

The 19th Hole

The 19th Hole's giant Jenga

Started in 2015 and boasting an impressive can selection and all-day snack menu, this dog-friendly, all-ages beer garden along the MAX line on SW Yamhill Street is managed by the Hotel deLuxe (née Mallory), just across SW 15th. A short walk from Providence Park, it’s a great bet for a pre- or postgame stop on Timbers and Thorns match days, and a beer here is certainly cheaper than at the stadium. There’s mini-golf for $6 per person (no charge for hotel guests), while the cornhole and Jenga-esque giant block stacking game are free. The best part? When nature calls, 19th Hole patrons can walk across the street to use the bathroom off the glam hotel lobby, and get a dose of both classic Hollywood décor and the hotel’s air conditioning.

Seasonal closure TBD but open through the end of September at least, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun–Thu, 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Fri–Sat

Jan-Marc Winery

Marc Baker at work

Shhh! This one is just for a few North Portland neighbors, as the proprietors of this driveway tasting room are trying hard to slow down. “We’re busy enough,” says Jan-Marc Baker. “We’re nearly sold out of wine!” He and his wife, Barbara, closed the wine- and cake-focused Garagiste on N Killingsworth last summer, when the pandemic made it too hard to do proper sit-down meals and wine tastings in the small space. Since then, they’ve been “easing into retirement,” says Jan-Marc, who spent the winter in long johns selling bottles of jammy merlot, food-friendly Syrah, striking zinfandel, and more out of the winery/garage at their Overlook neighborhood home. They’re planning to sell the house (hopefully to someone who will make use of the plumbed and insulated garage/winery) and move to a place they’ve been working on outside The Dalles. Swing by when the barrels are out for a tasting, a bottle to take home, or a piece of whatever cake Barbara has just frosted. The driveway party runs only until dinner is ready—if you smell garlic cooking through the kitchen window, Jan-Marc warns, they might be nearing last call.

Through Labor Day weekend, 4–8 p.m. Thu–Fri, 3 p.m. “until we’re done” Sat–Sun (“if the big door is open and barrels are out front—we are open!”), @janmarc_wine_cellars

TopWire Hop Project

The lawn at TopWire

At the TopWire Hop Project, set in the middle of Woodburn’s Crosby Hop Farm, drinkers walk through a curtain of hop vines to reach a lawn strewn with cable spool tables and umbrellas. On offer at the shipping-container bar is a rotating tap list from Crosby clients, plus canned beer, sodas, iced tea, and sparkling “hop water.” Cheese and crackers and the like are available, but the pro move is to order delivery from Luis’s Taqueria, or time your visit when a food cart is on-site—see the website for the schedule. 

Through at least September, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. Thu–Sun, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Fri–Sat, @topwirehp

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