Summer Picks

Our Favorite Patios for Drinking & Soaking Up Sun

From luxe cocktail hideaways to dive bar patios, there’s an outdoor drinking spot for everyone.

By Katherine Chew Hamilton

Sip on a First Time Caller cocktail on Double Dragon's patio. 

After a freakishly rainy, even icy and snowy spring, summer is here—and that means it's time to revel with friends and family outdoors. Here are our picks for patios where you can make up for some much-needed socializing and sun.

North Portland

Bar Bar

Burgers, beers, and cocktails ranging from mai tais to old fashioneds are the name of the game here. Take a seat on the patio, which offers at least partial sun at most of the tables during the day, and at night, enjoy the glow of the fire pit (though gathering around the fire is discouraged at the moment, to maintain distancing). 3943 N Mississippi Ave

Ecliptic Brewing 

On a hot day, Ecliptic’s light, fruity beers like their peach sour, tangerine sour, guava blonde ale, and pineapple upside-down cake barley ale are sure to refresh. Pair it with a burger for instant summer vibes. 825 N Cook St

George’s Corner Tavern

Come to this old-school, chilled-out bar for beers, mixed drinks, fried chicken with potato wedges, and burgers if you want to feel more like you’re at a friend’s backyard get-together rather than a froufrou lounge. Both covered and uncovered seating is available. 5501 N Interstate Ave

Occidental Brewing & Urban German Wursthaus 

Weissbier on the patio at the Urban German, in Cathedral Park Place

Hit up one or both of these neighboring spots, both partially shaded, for a proper German bierfest. (Full disclosure: Occidental is co-owned by the husband of our Managing Editor.) Occidental's offers mainstays including Kölsch and Pilsner, plus seasonal beers like Maibock, and a collaboration NW Pilsner series that features varied hop profiles in each batch. Occidental’s seating area is for ages 21 and up, and outside food is welcome—including takeout from Urban German Wursthaus just across the parking lot. Or settle in at the all-ages Wursthaus itself for sausages, schnitzels, spätzle, and fondue-sided pretzels. If you’re lucky, you might even show up on raclette night. They’ve got their own selection of beers, including Occidental and other local brews, plus some German and Austrian choices. The cherry on top: views of the St. Johns Bridge and Forest Park. 6635 N Baltimore Ave

Prost

You’ll usually have to wait for a patio table on weekends, but it’s well worth standing in line for pours of Oktoberfest, Kölsch, Weissbier, and Dunkels ranging from a third of a liter to a whole liter. Order pretzels, bier cheese soup, or currywurst, or bring food from one of the excellent on-site carts; we particularly like anything at Desi PDX, the oyster mushroom tacos at Little Conejo, cheeseburgers from Burger Stevens, and brisket from Matt’s BBQ. Some tables are covered, while others offer at least partial sun. 4237 N Mississippi Ave

Stormbreaker Brewing

With a location off Mississippi and one in St. Johns, this brewery makes an excellent spot for whiling away an afternoon with a beer (The Good Place–themed Bad Janet kettle sour, perhaps?) and a burger. 832 N Beech St & 8409 N Lombard St

Victoria Bar

Grab a picnic table at this charming bar-meets-gastropub, with fun drinks like the Sayonara Cowboy—a blue-tinted mezcal drink—or the occasional alcoholic slushie. Nibble on hand-cut fries, vegan chicken ’n’ waffles, or a beefy burger. 4835 N Albina Ave

Northeast Portland

The Barley Pod

There’s no shortage of food or beer options at this pod that’s centered on a Baerlic Brewing outpost. Choose from one of tons of beers on tap, and grab Korean/Hawaiian food from Namu or arepas from La Arepa (or one of the eight other carts on site). 6035 NE Halsey St

Cully Central

Lao cuisine is already a rare find in Portland. Combine Lao cuisine with a beer garden off this busy Cully strip and you've got a slice of happiness. Look for local beer on tap from the likes of Ecliptic and Gigantic Brewing, plus cocktails infused with tropical fruit like lychee or passionfruit. But you should definitely order some food, from the nam kao (crispy, pork-loaded rice ball salad with herbs) to the papaya salad to the crisp, juicy, lemongrass-scented Lao sausage with sticky rice.

Radio Room 

This former gas station is a neighborhood go-to for sunny day drinking, with two levels of patios, picnic tables, and a fire pit. Sip on one of their many signature cocktails (including a zero-proof paloma) or a beer, or stop by for daily brunch, a burger, or a sandwich. 1101 NE Alberta St

Friendship KitchenTropicale

Piña coladas—lightly creamy, tangy, and not too sweet—are the specialty at this summery patio bar, perfected by founder Alfredo Climaco who died in January 2021 from coronavirus complications. The vibrant, welcoming atmosphere he created endures at this bar-meets-restaurant. Other standouts: grilled shrimp tacos with zippy mango salsa on hand-pressed blue corn tortillas, plus grilled octopus with shrimp and chorizo and a creative weekend brunch menu.

Meanwhile, its patio-sharing neighbor, Friendship Kitchen, offers its signature bun bo hue, complete with slurpable, chewy round rice noodles, and its Laughing Cow cheese-stuffed banh mi, plus refreshing cocktails like the Fresh off the Boat, made with muddled kumquats, coconut soda, and rum. 
2337 NE Glisan St

The Zipper

The Zipper's industrial-chic patio offers a quiet hideaway behind busy Sandy Boulevard, equally suited for sunny afternoons and chilly evenings around the firepit. Grab a cocktail or a tallboy from Paydirt, and pair it with the unmissable fried chicken sandwich from Basilisk, a vegan Detroit-style pie from Boxcar Pizza, or a couple al pastor tacos from Tight Tacos2705 NE Sandy Blvd

Southeast Portland

Barrio at Portland Mercado

Bring food from one (or more!) of the neighboring carts to go with your beer or wine at Barrio.

This wine and beer bar, serving everything from sangria to cider to micheladas to Latinx-made Oregon wines, plays host to the occasional live music performance and food pop-up. But there’s no shortage of food options at the Portland Mercado, including mole specialist cart Tierra del Sol and Yucatecan cart Principe Maya, which was one of our favorite new carts when it opened in 2021. 7238 SE Foster Rd

Decibel Sound & Drink

This Milwaukie bar pays homage to music at every corner, with a neon “Wish You Were Here” sign posted above the bar (made from the surface of a repurposed bowling lane). Post yourself up on the brand-new wooden deck with a classic cocktail or a seasonal libation like the Linda Rose-Stadt (rose-saffron vodka with rose water, lemon, and sparkling rosé) or the Comfortably Numb (which includes strawberry, gin, and Sichuan peppercorn). 11380 SE 21st Ave, Milwaukie

Double Dragon

Pork belly banh mi, Sriracha-aioli double smashburgers, coconut ramen, and festive cocktails make this spacious, umbrella-shaded patio feel like a little oasis in Ladd’s Addition. Try the First Time Caller cocktail, which mixes mezcal, Aperol, lime, passion fruit, aloe, bitters, and a float of blackstrap molasses. 1235 SE Division St

Hinterland Bar & Carts

If this is the next generation of food cart pods, we're all in. Opened in January 2022, the centerpiece of this pod is a bar serving local beers on tap and carefully crafted cocktails. The front patio boasts covered, heated counter-style seating and tables for groups; there are a few more tables indoors, plus real flushing toilets. Behind the bar is another cluster of covered, heated tables, complete with a TV so you won't miss the game during dinner. Plus, this pod is also home to some of the city's star carts: Matt's BBQ Tacos (including breakfast tacos all day), artful plant-based tacos at La Taquiza Vegana, fast food-style burgers and fries at Burger Stevens, and cheffy, seasonal plates at Poppyseed

OK Omens

On days when the weather looks like it could turn rainy at any moment, OK Omens’ covered, heated cabanas come to the rescue, offering shelter and a luxurious sense of privacy. Grab a burger or some Sichuan peppercorn–infused fried chicken bites to go with your wine by the bottle or glass, chosen from a carefully curated list that’s described with quirky tasting notes; a chenin blanc, for instance, was once described as “tastes like Slip n Sliding naked through a wet cave.” 1758 SE Hawthorne Blvd

Revolution Hall Roof Deck

Enjoy a stunning panorama of the city while sipping on cocktails and chowing down on a burger or brat. If you’ve got canine friends in tow, you can also park yourself at the lovely combo that is Martha’s and Show Bar downstairs, offering drinks and burgers on picnic tables adjacent to a massive dog park. 1300 SE Stark St

Sebastiano’s 

The hidden patio behind Sebastiano's

Sicilian summer has arrived in Montavilla with the new backyard (read: parking lot) patio at this Italian-American deli, a 2020 PoMo Best Restaurants Pick. Sebastiano's serves an outstanding afternoon aperitivo on its sunny, optionally umbrella-shaded Spritz Garden from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Sip a refreshing spritz and chow down on antipasti, salads, and cheese and charcuterie boards. 411 SE 81st Ave

 

Northwest Portland

North 45

This bar's spacious patio covered with a translucent roof to let all of the sunlight in and keep the rain out. But the drink menu sets this place apart, too, with a sizeable selection of whiskeys and Belgian beers. 517 NW 21st Ave

Pope House Bourbon Lounge

Perch yourself on the deck of this old house-turned-bar, which offers an excellent daily happy hour (plus all-day happy hour pricing on Monday) with a selection of $6 cocktails—or your choice of $5 bourbon served neat, on the rocks, or in a sour. 2075 NW Glisan St

Twenty First Ave Kitchen & Bar

This bar’s got some serious backyard vibes going on, with picnic tables, umbrellas, a grassy lawn, and even a koi pond. Some tables are covered, while others let you work on your tan. 721 NW 21st Ave

Southwest Portland

Broder Söder

This is a go-to for sunny weekend brunches—share a fish board or get an order of Danish pancakes, and sip on aquavit (including plenty of PacNW-made options), mimosas, or a lingonberry soda. 8800 SW Oleson Rd

Lucky Labrador Public House

This quirky former Freemason lodge in Multnomah Village is now home to a family-friendly brewpub with a picnic table-filled outdoor patio. No-frills pizza makes a natural companion to their handcrafted beer. 7675 SW Capitol Hwy

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