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 BikeBar, 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.
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.
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.