• Take a salsa-making class at SE Portland restaurant Xico
• Sign up for an art class at Carter and Rose
• Visit Washington Park’s International Rose Garden
Food & Wine recently named one of Portland’s new restaurants to it’s list of 2017 restaurants of the year. To find out what hotspot made the list, click here.
NW Portland’s Yo! Vintage is more than what it seems – with a bright interior, chic vintage finds and sustainable children’s clothes, this shop is more than your average “vintage” store.
Migration Brewing promises locally brewed pints and plenty of patio space.
Photo by Billy Cook
Home to a crowd of craft distilleries, urban wineries and more breweries than any other city on earth, Portland has no shortage of world-class watering holes. And when the weather warms and the days grow long, imbibers flock to these picturesque bar patios to pair a shot of sunshine with their summer drinks of choice.
Hip Mississippi Avenue offers a handful of top-notch patios. Order grass-fed cheeseburgers at roomy picnic tables and buy pints from an outdoor order window at Bar Bar, then catch a live show at adjoining Mississippi Studios. Down the street, locals cheer on the Portland Timbers with Cloud Ripper IPAs at StormBreaker Brewery, where outdoor seating options include a large tented area outfitted with a TV projector. For a quick European getaway, check out Prost!, an authentic German beer hall with a spacious back porch, where patrons pair imported bier with traditional bratwurst and Bavarian pretzels.
A few blocks east on the popular cycling corridor Williams Avenue, Vendetta offers a gigantic back patio with Zen-inspired landscaping, hanging lights and plenty of tables. Hungry? Nearby, The Waypostserves “Arizona-themed” fare like plantain tacos and habanero lime margaritas in a patio space that doubles as a community garden.
The rooftop garden at Noble Rot provides the Central Eastside restaurant with some of freshest organic veggies in town — and the fourth-floor view’s not bad, either. Grab a seat outside and enjoy views of the sun dipping behind downtown Portland and the woodsy West Hills. Not to be outdone, Alberta Street’s Radio Room offers two airy options: an adults-only rooftop outfitted with heaters and a wood-burning fireplace, and a family- (and canine-) friendly street-level garden warmed by a gas fire pit.
On Mondays, picnic tables in front of Migration Brewing are in high demand thanks to $3 microbrews; order a flagship Migration Pale Ale and settle in for some quality people-watching.
Summer means frequent dance parties and live band performances on the back patio at White Owl Social Club. The menu boasts a great selection of gluten-free and vegan grub, and revelers can even roast s’mores on tabletop campfires. Outdoorsy types also love Base Camp Brewing, where the vibe includes outdoor fire pits, tree stump chairs and well-rounded beers like the “In-Tents” India Pale Lager.
For a boot-scootin’ time, grab your cowboy hat (or trucker cap) and drop into the Landmark Saloonto play backyard cornhole and horseshoes accompanied by live honky-tonk tunes. Pulled pork po’boys from Leroy’s BBQ food cart keeps the crowds well fed. Super picky about your beer? Apex keeps 50 drafts on tap — and about that many picnic tables out front.
Named one of the country’s best grilled cheese sandwiches by Food & Wine, the bacon-and-Fontina sando is reason enough to visit EastBurn. The cozy fireside tables and quirky swinging chairs only add to the appeal.
Perched atop the 15th floor of the Nines Hotel, the rooftop bar at Departure boasts panoramic views of downtown, including an aerial view of “Portland’s Living Room” (aka Pioneer Courthouse Square). Settle into the comfy outdoor couches and order Asian-inspired small plates prepared by Top Chef finalist Gregory Gourdet. Another happy hour favorite, Nel Centro features a mod courtyard with a black marble fire pit and an artsy “living wall” of lush greenery.
On Deck Sports Bar and Grill claims the title of neighborhood’s largest outdoor patio, offering cool summer breezes and hi-def coverage of the day’s top athletic events. For more sophisticated pub grub, peruse a long list of Belgian beers, gourmet small plates like mussels and frites, and more than 150 whiskeys at North 45, whose tucked away brick- and tree-lined patio feels like it was transported from a town square in Brussels.
“Burrasca is the high-spirited love child of native Florentine Paolo Calamai and his Detroit-bred wife and longtime Florence resident, Elizabeth Petrosian. Born as a food cart in August 2013 in Southeast Portland, now, two years later, it has grown up into a proper little restaurant.
Why we focus exclusively on Tuscan cuisine
In creating an all-Tuscan menu and wine list, our aim is to not only honor tradition and Paolo's roots but to offer a total regional gastronomic immersion experience. We're passionate about showcasing the incredibly rich breadth and diversity of this spectacular chunk of Italy.”
The Oregonian just released news that St. Jack chef Aaron Burnett will open La Moule, a Belgian-style moules frites and beer-centered restaurant, on SE Clinton Street in late August. There will be 10 classic cocktails created by Tommy Klus of Kask, Multnomah Whiskey Library, as well as several salads, pickled fish and traditional Belgian street-food sausage.
New! Casual French restaurant Renard recently took over the old St. Jack’s location on SE Clinton. Starting July 13, Renard will be open seven days a week. For more information, visit: http://renardpdx.com.
1. Stop by World Foods, new this spring to the old Local Choice Produce Market space on NW Everett
2. Sign up for “In Praise of the Ponies: Kentucky Derby at the Library” at the Multnomah Whiskey Library on May 3rd to “experience Louisville drinks and culture while the 140th Run for the Roses broadcasts”
3. Try the new Reverend’s BBQ in Sellwood, one of the spring’s most highly anticipated restaurant openings, from the chef’s at Laurelhurst Market
Jade Teahouse and Patisserie • 7912 SE 13th • 503.477.8985
The unexpected combination of two completely different styles of food (Asian Fusion and French Baking) works surprisingly well in this modern Southeast Portland restaurant. Included on the menu are homemade baguettes with Lemongrass Tofu, as well as traditional Asian noodle dishes. Jade finds success in its variety.