Summer in the City
Finally! The sun has returned! And with it comes the season of sharing picnic tables with drunk strangers on Portland's glorious patios. This summer we're all about VIBES, so here are some patio options for whatever day-drinking, sun-soaking mood you're in.
Rooftop cityscapes at Revolution Hall
The historic Washington High School is a gem to explore. The recently remodeled campus is surrounded by a sprawling dog park and ground-level patio, and inside are hallways filled with lockers, indoor bars, and an 850-seat venue. But the real money is the rooftop bar with an incredible west-facing view of downtown. Lined with picnic tables and boasting a full bar (no running stairs for drinks!), you’ll only get a few reliably non-rainy months to check out this stunning view with a cocktail in your hand. Watch the sunset over the city and keep drinking until the starry lights come on above you. 1300 SE Stark, Mon-Fri 4 pm-late; Sat-Sun 1 pm-late.
Backyard picnic feels at Blackbird Pizza on Interstate
Serving slices and pies of the same great pizza as their flagship on Southeast Hawthorne, the new location of Blackbird Pizza is only improving their excellent reputation with a massive back deck and yard. Shaded by huge trees, covered in greenery, and surrounded by a tall fence for total pizza-eating privacy, this Blackbird is sure to be a new favorite spot to suck down a few beers or sip on one of their classic mason jar cocktails. 6214 N Interstate, 11 am-2 am
Cornhole at Landmark Saloon
Don’t worry—the surrounding condos haven’t blocked out the sun from the Landmark Saloon patio. It’s one of the neighborhood’s best spots to spend a day tooling around in the adult playground that is the bar’s backyard. Get the crew together to play a few rounds of cornhole, pet strangers’ dogs, or eat BBQ from a cart! Filled with beers, beards, and bark chips (and a slushy machine to boot), it’s hard to think of a friendlier summer hangout. 4847 SE Division, noon-close
Westside courtyards at MoMo’s
Street-side tables are ubiquitous at downtown bars and restaurants, but where do you go when you want to have an actual conversation that’s not drowned out by traffic or interrupted by the wandering herds of Portland tourists? Momo’s has a multi-level outdoor seating area nestled between businesses and residences that’s one of the most private, quaint dive patios the West side has to offer. 725 SW 10th, 3 pm-2:30 am
Old Portland charm at Holman’s
Look closely around the back patio of Holman’s and you’ll find a few hidden delights—a fake-frog-filled fountain, garish fence decorations, and maybe even the barfly you slept with a few years ago whose name you’re not totally sure of. Other assets include tons of umbrella-topped garden tables and a long menu of comfort food. Open at 8 am (!!!) and featuring a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar on Saturday and Sunday, it’s easy to lose track of time and spend a whole day on this classic Portland patio. 15 SE 28th, 8 am-2:30 am
Casual garden party at Vendetta
Opened in 2006, Vendetta existed on Williams long before it was the street we know today. The Mercury’s original review called the bar “hassle-free,” and “friendlier than it sounds,” which are both still true of the now-staple of North Portland. The unpretentious gravel patio is lined with planter boxes and vegetation, where one can easily find a private nook or cranny to slip into for a cheap beer or delicious cocktail. 4306 N Williams, 1 pm-2 am.
Other patios we love...
For the party
Rontoms, 600 E Burnside, 11 am-2:30 am
Bar Bar, 3939 N Mississippi, 11 am-2 am
White Owl Social Club, 1305 SE 8th, 3 pm-2:30 am
On the roof
Century, 930 SE Sandy, 3 pm-2 am
Noble Rot, 1111 E Burnside, Sun-Thurs 5 pm-9 pm, Sat-Sun 5 pm-10 pm
10 Barrel, 1425 NW Flanders, Sun-Thurs 11 am-11 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-midnight
For the dive crowd
Rose and Thistle, 2314 NE Broadway, Mon-Thurs 3 pm-2:30 am, Fri-Sun noon-2:30 am
The Standard, 14 NE 22nd, 3 pm-2:30 am
Maui’s Bar, 3508 N Williams, 3 pm-2:30 am
Double Dragon, 1235 SE Division, Sun-Thurs noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1 am
Bar Maven, 6219 SE Foster, Mon-Fri 4 pm-2:30 am, Sat-Sun 2 pm-2:30 am
Victoria, 835 N Albina, Mon-Fri 3 pm-2 am, Sat-Sun 11 am-2am
Pizza Jerk, 5028 NE 42nd, 11:30 am-9 pm
Gold Dust Meridian, 3267 SE Hawthorne, 2 pm-2:30 am
Tough Luck, 1771 NE Dekum, Mon-Thurs 4 pm-midnight, Fri 4 pm-2 am, Sat noon-2 am, Sun noon-midnight