Mississippi/Williams activities

Join locals in enjoying local beer, music and more on these North Portland avenues.

Hopworks BikeBarThe taps at BikeBar feature upcycled bicycle parts.

North Mississippi and Williams avenues anchor a vibrant neighborhood, providing ample watering holes and entertainment options.

Beer & bars

Many a pedaling commuter has been sidetracked by Hopworks North Williams Pub and Beergarden, thanks to its cycle-themed décor and local organic brews from Hopworks Urban Brewery. Around the corner, local stalwart Lompoc Brewery operates an airy brewpub with covered outdoor seating dubbed the Fifth Quadrant — also the nickname for North Portland. At Ecliptic Brewing, former Full Sail brewmaster John Harris pairs his legendary beer-making skills with a galaxy of delicious gastropub fare.

Opened in 2012, Interurban feels like a modern take on the classic American saloon; try the Sword Fight, a combination of ginger beer and whiskey. At Stormbreaker Brewing, the delicious IPAs and other beers brewed on-site are perfectly complemented by the spacious patio, complete with a fire pit and tenting in the winter. Prost serves German beers alongside the food carts of Mississippi Marketplace. Looking for more? The 40 rotating taps at Tin Bucket provide a comprehensive regional beer sampling opportunity.

Let us entertain you

At the homey Mississippi Studios, you’ll feel like you’re getting a private show — from major acts that could easily pack much larger venues. The attached BarBar rounds out the evening with a solid draft list and airy patio dining.

Mississippi Pizza Pub hosts karaoke, bingo nights, live music and two weekly spelling bees: a Monday-night bee for adults and a Saturday-afternoon event for kids.

It’s educational

At Mr. Green Beans, you can take classes on coffee roasting, cheese making, soap making and aromatherapy, canning and preserving, and cultured foods — or just shop for handmade coffee accessories.

What is there to know about salt? Find out with a visit to renowned specialty salt, chocolate and flower store The Meadow, which also offers occasional classes.

Make your gardening game Instagram-worthy with Pistils Nursery’s Living Art Workshops on staghorn fern mounting, terrarium building and basic houseplant plant care.

Learn the basics of insect pinning at Paxton Gate, which includes materials and  hands-on instruction on how to hydrate, preserve and display your own beetle, grasshopper or butterfly.

Community connections

A great first stop for lesbian, gay and transgender (LGBT) visitors is Mississippi’s Q Center, a community gathering place and resource center that hosts regular events.

Every July, the Mississippi Ave. Street Fair — Portland’s most popular neighborhood event — draws crowds with dozens of musical acts, a craft beer garden, a kiddie parade, Grandfather’s Rib-Off barbecue contest and a local artisan marketplace.

Meet new friends over a glass of wine or catch a Blazers game while waiting for your delicates to dry at Spin Laundry Lounge, an eco-friendly laundromat and cafe complete with tasty microbrews, free WiFi and a full food menu.

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