When warm weather arrives, nothing beats a cold drink on the patio — especially when said patio is several stories above the ground! Pair breathtaking views with the city’s best brews and cocktails at these remarkable Portland rooftop bars.
Perched on the 15th floor atop the Nines hotel in downtown Portland, award-winning pan-Asian restaurant Departure was named one of America’s hottest hotel rooftop bars by Travel + Leisure. Nibble happy hour bowls of edamame and spicy tuna as you admire sights of distant Mount Hood and the adjacent Pioneer Courthouse Square.
This fourth-floor wine bar combines form and function. Its lush, sprawling rooftop garden invites delighted locavores to munch on hyper-local organic greens harvested by Noble Rot chefs only hours earlier. Plan your visit for Tuesday at 5 p.m. to catch a free garden tour.
Equipped with space heaters and a fireplace for cooler evenings, the upper deck at Radio Room is a perfect perch from which to sip sugar-rimmed vodka lemonade and watch the colorful characters of the Alberta Arts District. If you want a birds-eye view, you’ll have to leave the kids behind, as the smoking-friendly deck is adults-only.
10 Barrel Brewing
Cool off with pints of Apocalpyse IPA and Cucumber Crush at the Portland outpost of Bend, Oregon-based 10 Barrel Brewing. The brewery’s Pearl District location features an expansive rooftop deck with festive twinkling lights, chill summer vibes and stellar views of downtown.
On Deck Sports Bar
A quick ride on the Portland Streetcar carries sports fans from downtown to the Pearl District’s On Deck Sports Bar, where the rooftop doubles as the neighborhood’s largest outdoor patio. If you need a break from the heat, step back inside and watch the day’s top athletic events on one of bar’s 25 high-definition televisions.
Altabira City Tavern
Located atop Lloyd’s Hotel Eastlund, the patio at Altabira City Tavern boasts windbreaks, heaters, fire pits and sweeping views of downtown. And with space for more than 100 patrons, there’s plenty of room to enjoy locally crafted beers and gourmet happy hour pizzas in the sunshine.
The sunny rooftop patio at Northeast Portland’s Laurelwood Brewpub is a bit of an insider’s secret, so you might have the whole space to yourself as you sample flights of flagship ales brewed right downstairs. Availability varies by season and weather, so check the pub’s website for the patio’s current hours.
New Seasons Woodstock
If your shopping list is getting long, multitask with a trip to the Woodstock New Seasons Market location. This B-Corp certified neighborhood grocery store features a 100-seat, all-weather rooftop bar, complete with beer and cider taps, a growler station, fire pits and a children’s play area.
Xport Bar & Lounge
Whether you opt to take in the sweeping views of downtown from the cozy, ambient booths inside Porter Hotel’s rooftop Xport Bar & Lounge or if perching on one of the expansive decks, craft cocktail in hand, is more your style, you’ll feel transported to lands unknown at this epicurean oasis in the clouds.